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(EXPIRED) British Airways releases tons of award space (fuel surcharges vary by route)

British Airways is running a promotion where they are reporting that they’ve releasing 50,000 business class award seats available for full awards, upgrades, etc. While British Airways is known for high surcharges, some routes have higher charges than others and in some cases upgrades might make the most sense, especially since you can also earn miles. The Deal Plentiful British Airways business class space on routes around the world good for full awards or upgrades…

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Almost messing up with promo Avios (& don’t forget to use yours!)

Iberia Groupon

Several months back, Iberia ran a really crazy promotion where you could score 9,000 Avios for every flight you booked – including cheap intra-European flights like Santander to Madrid. If you got in early and maximized through a portal, you could have effectively purchased as many as 90,000 Avios for about $150. Even if you got in late, you might have paid more like $300 — still a deal for 90K miles. The expiration on…

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Some awesome AA web specials: Austin-LA for 5K, LA-Hawaii 12.5K, more

American Airlines Planes

Is American feeling the heat from Delta flash sales? It’s anybody’s guess, but it seems that the recently-debuted “Economy Web Specials” weren’t a one-off. Gary Leff at View from the Wing reports on some much more interesting routes this time and availability that exceeds normal saver levels. While routes are still quite limited, they seem a bit more useful than the original list (and if this is a sign of regular flash sales to come,…

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Tip: Search Delta round trip for international deals

In a recent week in review around the web, I highlighted a post from The Lazy Traveler’s Handbook about Delta award flights that seemed important enough to warranty a separate quick tip here: if you’re looking for international awards on Delta, search round trip for better deals (sometimes). While I generally look for award flights one-way to get a sense of availability in a particular direction, Delta’s dynamic pricing can mean that a round trip is sometimes…

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Are there any good ways to get to Tahiti on miles?

I recently posted on my success in booking the St. Regis Bora Bora for just 48K Marriott points per night (See: Booked: St. Regis Bora Bora for 48K per night). A few readers asked how I intended to get there — which is a good question since there aren’t exactly a ton of options for getting there on points. In this post, I’ll lay out how I went about determining the options (a key step…

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(EXPIRED) Delta award flash sale from 5K each way (includes popular events like SXSW, Sundance, etc)

The hits keep right on coming with Delta flash sales lately, with this week’s sale having a number of routes on sale for less than 10K each way. Most of the options this week are relatively short routes, but there are some gems like Austin to Seattle (or vice versa) for 7K each way plus $5.60 in tax. The Deal Delta flash sale on Fall/Winter travel on select domestic routes from 5K each way plus taxes & fees. Direct link to…

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JAL devaluation coming November 20th

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank has announced an award chart devaluation coming on November 20th, 2018. The hits are pretty big, especially considering how difficult it is to amass JAL miles (though it did get easier this year with the Barclays Arrival Premier). You must book by November 20th to take advantage of the current award chart, and the good news is that between nearly six months of notice and the ability to book travel about a…

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A miles vs points dilemma: Redeem an award or “pay” with points?

Back when I started collecting airline miles and hotel points, I didn’t spend too much time worrying about their exact value, as I’d mentally committed to never using them for less than 2c per point in value. Since 2% cash back was the best alternative at the time, that made sense as the barometer against which to compare, and I intended to use my miles and points for premium cabin international airfare and swanky hotels,…

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Searching for awards, 1 seat at a time

I mentioned once before in a post that as a kid, my Uncle Angel asked me if I knew the meaning of marriage. When eight-year-old-me shrugged my shoulders and furrowed my brow, he clued me in to the fact that it means “that a $0.50 hot dog costs you $1, ’cause you gotta buy one for her, too.” I miss those times. I miss them for a lot of reasons, not the least of which…

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