Get to Hawaii for Less Using Avios from the West Coast

Man, isn't that a pretty Avios map! 12,500 each way in coach on all of these routes. Alaska is in Red, American is in Green

In the last two articles, we covered two of the cheapest ways to get to Hawaii on miles: using Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer (to book travel on United Airlines and Virgin America) and using Virgin Atlantic miles (to book travel on Virgin America only). But there is one more secret weapon to get to Hawaii from the West Coast: British Airways Avios. British Airways partners with American Airlines … [Read more...]

British Airways First Class – Prague to Mexico $800 RT! [EXPIRED]

That First Class price is attractive!

UPDATE: This deal has now expired. Congrats to those who got it!   British Airways is having another great First Class sale, this time putting routes from Prague (PRG) to either Mexico City (MEX) or Cancun (CUN) on sale for just ~$800 round trip. This is a deal I recommend taking advantage of immediately and can be booked directly on or I would hold off … [Read more...]

Get to Hawaii for Less Using Virgin Atlantic Miles

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Last time, I walked through the rates for redeeming Singapore's KrisFlyer miles on the new Virgin America routes to Hawaii from San Francisco (starting December 3rd, 2015). But then I thought, “Can we do better?" Yes! ...If you live west of Dallas. Virgin America also has another partner with a mileage program that’s easy to accrue miles in — its sister airline Virgin Atlantic! (Virgin … [Read more...]

While Chase is Tightening Approvals, Ultimate Rewards is Slowly Dying

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From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… There's been an upheaval in the miles and points community over the last few months because Chase has drastically tightened up on the endless churning of their Ultimate Rewards credit cards. The new rules, according to multiple sources, appears to be some variation on what's being referred to as the 5/24 rule, which means if you've had more than 5 new cards … [Read more...]

Amex Offers of 100K, 75K, and 50K Using Private Browsing!

Amex Platinum 100K

UPDATE: This deal has now expired. Congrats to those who got it! There are a trio of fantastic American Express offers available ranging from 50K to 100K bonus Membership Rewards points, and if you’re interested I recommend taking advantage immediately. American Express Platinum 100K Offer This is an offer that comes around roughly once a year or year and a half, so I recommend taking … [Read more...]

Review: AirBerlin Business Class, New York to Düsseldorf

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I redeemed 50,000 American Airlines miles to fly one-way from the U.S. to Europe in business class.  The main flight of the itinerary was this one, New York to Düsseldorf on AirBerlin, which allowed me to use my American Airlines miles without any fuel surcharges and be guaranteed a flat-bed seat.  When I think of flying a German airline, I usually think about … [Read more...]