Category Archives for Flights.

(EXPIRED) $99 to/from Hawaii w/ Southwest from Oakland/San Jose

In the four minutes since I first saw this, many of the $99 dates have dried up, so you have to act fact: Southwest is offering flights to/from Hawaii in early 2020 from $99 each way. Inter-island flights are also available from $29 (remember that includes two free checked bags). There are still a couple at $99 and some at $119. This could be a great use of a Companion Pass, even if one way…

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10% back at United via Chase Offer / BOA ($29 max)

Check your Chase Offers (or also see Bank of America or other banks that use the same back end program) for an offer good for 10% back on a United Airlines purchase up to a maximum of $29 back. While it’s not huge, it’s $29 more in your pocket if you were already planning to book a United flight. The Deal A new targeted Chase Offer is out good for 10% back on a United Airlines purchase (up to…

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Best options for domestic first class awards

Domestic first class is nicer than coach, but, in most cases, it’s hardly something to write home about.  Usually you’ll simply get a bigger seat and a few snacks and drinks, or a meal if you’re lucky.  If you’re really lucky, you might find yourself on an internationally configured aircraft flying a domestic route.  On these you’ll generally find large business class seats with electronic controls to adjust the recline all the way to flat…

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Price protection for flights: Google to offer pilot program

Google Travel has announced a new feature that they will be piloting for flights booked from August 13, 2019 to September 2, 2019 for “select itineraries”: If Google predicts that prices will not drop and offers you a “price guarantee”, they will monitor the airfare for your trip and refund the difference if the price of your airfare drops any time up to departure. Again, this will only be for flights booked in that specific window…

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40% transfer bonus to Avios from Membership Rewards

Through 10/1/19, American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 40% bonus on transfers to British Airways Avios or Aer Lingus Avios. Oddly, I don’t see a bonus on Iberia — though I see the ability to transfer in increments of a single Avio(?) to Iberia. This could be a fantastic deal with a good use in mind. The Deal 40% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios or Aer Lingus Avios Additionally, you may be…

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40K Business class Chicago to Europe [August 2019 Flying Blue Promo Awards]

The August 2019 Flying Blue Promo Awards are out, good for travel from September 29th to November 30th, and this time Chicago makes the list with business class seats discounted by 25%. Of course, nobody knows exactly what that means since pricing is so variable, but thus far I’ve found business class flights from under 40K one-way between Chicago and Europe. Business class flights are also on sale from several Canadian gateways that could be useful for some…

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Greg’s 40K to Far Away mistakes (yep, he’s already made a few) #40Kfaraway

I’m not excited about our 40K to Far Away Challenge.  “Excited” is too mild a word.  “Obsessed” is more accurate.  Nick, Stephen, and I each have 40,000 points and $400 and a goal: go as far as possible.  For this challenge, we didn’t define “far”.  Do we win by traversing the most miles?  Do we win by visiting the most places?  Do we win by doing the most activities?  We don’t know.  In the end,…

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$386 to Hawaii round trip from anywhere in the US

A couple of days ago a reader thanked Nick for discovering and documenting how to book flights from the US mainland to Hawaii for only 7,500 points one-way.  She wrote that she was able to book her family of six for only 45,000 points! That’s ridiculously awesome.  And it got me thinking about the power of buying miles in select circumstances like these. But first, the basics… The trick to booking cheap awards to Hawaii…

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American Airlines Shopping Portal: Earn 500-2,000 Bonus Miles

American Airlines Shopping Portal bonus

Last week we shared about how the Alaska, United and Southwest shopping portals were all offering a Back To School bonus with various tiers of bonus miles. Somewhat belatedly, the American Airlines shopping portal is getting in on the act and is offering up to 4x bonus miles per dollar spent by August 18. The Deal Earn bonus miles when shopping through the American Airlines shopping portal: Spend $150 & get 500 bonus miles (3.33x)…

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