Review: An Easy Transit Through Düsseldorf

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I had about two hours between my inbound flight from New York to Düsseldorf and my connecting flight to Barcelona.  This was my first time flying through Düsseldorf and I was somewhat confused at first.  Usually when arriving in Europe, I'm ushered through narrow hallways and sent to a long immigration line where I then have to reclear security.  Instead, I was deposited into the large gatehouse, … [Read more...]

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 AA.com or BritishAirways.com. 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!

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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...]