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Searching for Emirates sweet spots with non-flight awards

Even if you’ve never flown Emirates, chances are good that you have easy access to Emirates Skywards miles.  You have access to these miles because Emirates is a transfer partner with Amex Membership Rewards (1 to 1), Chase Ultimate Rewards (1 to 1), Capital One “Miles” (2 to 1), and Marriott (60K to 25K). In yesterday’s post, “Searching for Emirates sweet spots with partner airline awards,” I showed that it’s possible to use Emirates miles…

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Searching for Emirates sweet spots with partner airline awards

Emirates’ loyalty program, Skywards, has quietly become one of the promiscuous around now that they partner with Chase, Capital One, Amex, and Marriott (see our Transfer Partner Master List).  This makes their miles easy to get since you can transfer to them from almost anywhere (Citi is the one major holdout so far). In addition to the many ways one can get miles, there are many ways to spend Emirates Skywards miles.  You can, of…

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Best ways to fly to Hawaii from the US mainland

I’ve just returned from a fantastic vacation in Kauai, and I miss it already.  With Hawaii on my mind, I decided to put together a guide to the best ways to get to Hawaii.  Alaska, AA, Delta, Hawaiian, Southwest, and United Airlines all have flights from the mainland US to Hawaii, but you can often save points by booking these flights with foreign airline programs.  For example, I used 75,000 Virgin Atlantic miles to fly…

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Around the world in business class for 115K [Sweet spot spotlight]

Flights crossing either the Atlantic or Pacific ocean usually cost in the neighborhood of 60K miles one-way in business class with most award programs. What if you could cross both oceans — and connect the dots to also fly around the rest of the world for 115K total miles? If that piques your interest, you need to check out the ANA around the world award chart. We had a reader who recently reached out in the midst…

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[Update: Price increase 7/30] Luxury in Budapest starting at 8K per night, and suites at 13K [Sweet-spot spotlight]

Update 7/17/19: Today World of Hyatt has announced that this property will move up to Category 5 at 10:00am CT on July 30, 2019. That means the nightly rate will increase from 8K per night to 20K per night and premium suites go from 16K to 40K per night. That’s a massive increase; if you have your eye on this property, make your reservation now. Reservations made before 7/30 at 10:00am CT and free night certificates applied before that time…

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7.5K each way to Hawaii: The sweetest spot we’ve been missing

Our #40Kfaraway challenge has led me to more closely study the award charts of all of the Citi Transfer Partners. I recently stumbled on a gem that I shared over the weekend at FM to Go Minneapolis: you can fly from the mainland US to/from Hawaii for 7.5K each way in economy class. If you can find it, business class is 12.5K each way. That’s a pretty amazing sweet spot — and yes, I’ve booked it…

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Fly around Japan for 5K each way, and add a free Excursion [Sweet-spot spotlight]

Nick previously published a similar post: Fly around Japan for 4.5K each way with British Airways Avios [Sweet-spot spotlight].  But then the BA devaluation happened (see: BA devaluation not so bad after all).  Now, it costs 6,000 Avios each way to fly around Japan.  Don’t worry though: all is not lost! Thanks to my research for the 40K to Far Away Challenge, I found a better option for those with United miles or Chase points…

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Finding extreme luxury in Hyatt Premium Suites

How would you like to book a 3,294 square-foot Presidential Suite for 16,000 points per night?  How about a two bedroom, 3 bath Diplomat Suite with club access to a private beach for 10,000 points per night?  Or how about a two bedroom Ambassador Suite that includes a private butler for only 24,000 points per night? This isn’t made up stuff.  Remember my recent post about Luxury in Budapest?  There I showed an example of…

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Free hotel breakfast & dinner at Nordic Choice Clarion Collection [Sweet-spot spotlight]

  Tonight’s sweet-spot spotlight is on the Choice Privileges hotel loyalty program. Specifically, the standout value in the Choice Privileges program comes from Clarion Collection hotels within the  Nordic Choice subset of Choice Privileges. This is a set of properties in Scandinavia – some of which offer both free breakfast and free dinner. That makes them a spectacular value for Choice Privileges Points (which typically go on sale for a competitive price during the upcoming Daily…

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