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40% transfer bonus to British Airways Avios

Just last week, we reported that the normal transfer ratio from American Express Membership Rewards to British Airways and Iberia Avios has returned to the old 1:1 ratio that had been the norm until a couple of years ago. Not even a week later, we have our first transfer bonus on the new even money ratio, with a 40% bonus meaning that transfers are now 1:1.4 or 250 Membership Rewards points = 350 British Airways Avios…

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Wow: Pittsburgh to Vegas $40 round trip nonstop

There is an incredible round trip airfare right now from Pittsburgh to Las Vegas for just $40 round trip nonstop. Yes, it’s on Spirit Airlines. I’ve never flown Spirit, but if I lived in Pittsburgh, I might just put it all on red for $40 round trip.   Note that I did not find the best price on Google Flights. Google Flights is showing the best price at $83 on many dates this month and next. However, when putting those…

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1:1 transfers from Membership Rewards to Avios

Update: After publishing this post, a representative reached out to confirm that this is indeed a change, not a promotion. See below for more information. Right now, Amex is offering transfers to both British Airways Avios and Iberia Avios at a rate of 1:1. This appears to be an unadvertised bonus — we have no idea how long this will last, so I suggest transferring sooner rather than later if you have a need to book…

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Why I paid 65,000 miles for a domestic flight

A couple of weeks ago I described how I was able to book two first class tickets for less than the price of one coach ticket.  I thought it might have been an isolated glitch, but readers found a number of other cases where this was possible. The trick is that you need the companion certificate issued to Delta Reserve cardholders. After I booked two of us into first class for $724.80 all-in (using my…

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Great fare: US to China to Canada from $273

Secret Flying reported a great fare this morning from New York, Chicago, and San Francisco to China and returning to Canada with prices from $279 round trip. The fare works only with double open jaws — meaning that it will involve a couple of positioning flights since you’ll fly in and out of different airports and return to a different city from which you started. For example, you could fly from New York to Guangzhou, China…

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New Flying Blue Promo Awards for fall travel

Air France / KLM Flying Blue has recently released their new “promo awards” for the month of July. To take advantage of the special pricing on these awards, you would need to book by July 31st for travel in September and October. As a reminder, Flying Blue is a transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi Thank you points, making it very easy to put together the points for one of these awards.…

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United creeps towards revenue-based awards

United announced today that they are making a long-expected yet still disappointing move in the direction of loosely revenue-based award pricing for some awards and are raising the prices of other awards (both on United metal and on Star Alliance awards). New “Everyday Awards” to replace “Standard Awards”. Beginning November 1, 2017, they will offer new “Everyday Awards” in place of “Standard Awards”. These new Everyday Awards will feature variable pricing that will fluctuate in…

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Should you Fly Now Earn Later? A caution and advice.

Amex has quietly rolled out a new benefit to many Delta cardmembers: “Fly Now. Earn Later.”  This new benefit lets you borrow Delta miles.  To find the benefit, log into your Amex account, select your Delta SkyMiles card, and click the Benefits tab. If you then see the Fly Now, Earn Later option, then you have the benefit: If you click the “Request Fly Now, Earn Later” button, you’ll see how much you’re allowed to…

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$400 British Airways discount with AARP

For a limited time, British Airways has brought back the full $400 discount on paid business and first class travel for AARP members. This stacks with the 10% discount for Chase cardholders with promo code CARDOFFERU. The Deal $65 off for travel in World Traveller (economy) $130 off for travel in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) $400 off for travel in Club World (business class) $400 off for travel in First Additional 10% off for Chase cardholders with code CARDOFFERU…

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