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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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ANA business class awards to Japan [Sweet-spot spotlight]

ANA Mileage Club is an Amex transfer partner and offers some of the hands-down best deals on premium-cabin travel to Japan (and other parts of Asia). Depending on the time of year, a round trip business class flight from North America to Japan on ANA will cost between 75,000-90,000 miles (total) plus about $265 in taxes & fees. For reference, most programs charge between 60-90K each way. If you have Membership Rewards points to transfer, this can be…

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Business class for 44K: pick from 3 continents [Sweet-spot spotlight]

Today’s sweet spot spotlight is on Etihad Guest for its award chart for travel on Royal Air Maroc since you can get to one of three different continents for 44,000 miles each way in business class (with lie-flat seats on routes from the US to Casablanca). Since Etihad Guest is an Amex transfer partner and a Citi transfer partner, it’s easy to amass the miles for an award ticket. Sweet spot spotlight: The short story: Etihad Guest has a really favorable…

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Free stopovers on one-way awards w/ Alaska [Sweet-spot spotlight]

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Today’s sweet spot spotlight is on Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan since they offer a free stopover on one-way award tickets, which can be a great deal when you want to reach two destinations. Sweet spot spotlight: The short story: Alaska Airlines only allows a free stopover on one-way awards (even domestic ones). Miles required: Varies, but you’re charged based on the price from point of origin to the final destination. See Alaska Airlines mileage charts here. How to find…

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