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Australia from $688 RT nonstop from Los Angeles

In today’s Thrifty Traveler Premium email, I noticed a nice deal to Australia — Qantas is offering direct flights nonstop on its new 787-9 from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia from $693 round trip. As I explored dates, I found some dates that are a few dollars less on Virgin Australia — from $688 round trip nonstop. Flights are available for ten or fifteen bucks more to Brisbane or Sydney, and you can find round trip fares out of Dallas and New York…

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Europe on major alliances from $400 round trip (from New York, Seattle, Chicago, & more)

Over the weekend, prices have dropped to as low as $400 on flights to Europe from as soon as next month through as far out as next summer on major alliance flights (which means a free checked bag and seat selection in most cases). The Points Guy has a number of examples; there are also some below (click the images to go to Google Flights). This is not an exhaustive list, but rather a sampling of…

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US to Bangkok from ~$225 RT, many cities

Fly4Free is reporting amazing prices between several US cities and Bangkok — from $225 round trip (New York to Bangkok) on ANA. These prices are available in January, February, and March on select dates are not not shown via Google Flights. You will find these via small travel agencies listed on Momondo.com. Danny the Deal Guru at Miles to Memories reports that the cheapest prices are available on Monday–>Thursday  trips. These prices are extremely low — I would recommend…

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Southwest to Hawaii: Get your Companion Passes ready

Southwest announced late last night that they are finally starting service to Hawaii in 2018. Companion Pass holders rejoice — two-for-one tickets to Hawaii will be huge for those with the points, and the extra competition could mean better prices for everyone. We don’t know from which airports they will service Hawaii, but we can surmise from the promotion for an easy Companion Pass for California residents that they intend to fly from California.   Get a Companion…

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Holy availability! Transcon flat beds in Delta business for 18K points; Hawaii cheap, too

Delta Diamond

  Update: This appears to be dead as availability suddenly changed from daily to nearly nonexistent and rates have increased to 35K or more on dates with availability. With the 30% bonus on transfers from Membership Rewards to Virgin Atlantic that we posted about earlier and the return of the ability to search and book Delta with Virgin Atlantic miles online that Greg re-discovered today, we’ve been taking a closer look at Virgin Atlantic redemption options. Lucky at One…

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[Expired] 7.5K miles NYC to Denver, 9.5K to Seattle, more w/ Delta flash sale

Delta is running a terrific flash sale on flights to and from New York, with round trip prices starting from 11,000 miles (NYC-Boston). There are specific cities listed here on the promotion page, but I’ve found that there are more cities that seem to be on sale and some are at better-than-advertised prices. The Deal Delta Flash Sale for flights to and from New York City good for travel between November 1 and December 14, 2017 Direct link to the…

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Book Delta with Virgin Atlantic miles online! (again)

In August I was excited to report that Delta awards could be booked online via Virgin Atlantic’s website (see: Wow, Book Delta with Virgin Atlantic miles online!).  Unfortunately, the ability to do so quickly disappeared.  Thankfully, the feature is back.  My bet is that they had been working on the feature for a while and had accidentally released it too early in August.  Hopefully it’s back now for good. Virgin Atlantic can be a great…

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When Delta Mileage Upgrade Awards Don’t Work

If you’re hoping to use Delta SkyMiles to waitlist for an upgrade, read this caution first… Delta Mileage Upgrade Awards My wife and I have had fantastic success using Delta Global Upgrade certificates to fly business class between the US and Europe. Diamond elite members can optionally receive 4 global upgrade certificates each year. The certificates can be used to upgrade any purchased fares except basic economy, bulk fares, or unpublished fares (Delta Vacation deals…

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United Club Card now comes with 50K points

Chase has increased the offer on the United Airlines MileagePlus Club Card — while the previous offer only included a statement credit after first purchase, the card now comes with 50,000 United MileagePlus miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. This offer has been added to our Best Offers page. Offer details follow. United MileagePlus Club Card The Offer Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months Key Card Details…

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