August 2016, True Blue Promo Awards: Save 25% to 50% Off Air France / KLM Business Class Awards

posted by August 3, 2016
A380 Air France

A380 Air France

Each month the  Air France / KLM group posts a number of ‘PROMO AWARDS‘ online on their website.    These awards offer substantial discounts on the normal mileage rates required  and are a great way to maximize your benefits from your mileage account.

This month’s Business class savings range from 25% to 50% savings over the normal mileage price.

Route Class Round Trip Mileage % Savings
Europe – Montreal World Business Class 93750 25%
Europe – Edmonton International World Business Class 93750 25%
Europe – Cayenne Business Class 112500 25%
Europe – Havana Business Class 112500 25%
Europe – Punta Cana Business Class 112500 25%
Europe – Pointe à Pitre Business Class 112500 25%
Europe – Colombo World Business Class 75000 25%
Europe – Wuhan Business Class 100000 50%
Europe – Xiamen Business Class 100000 50%
Europe – Hangzhou Business Class 100000 50%
Europe – Amman Business Class 50000 50%
Europe – Almaty Business Class 50000 50%
Europe – Dammam World Business Class 75000 25%
Europe – Kuwait World Business Class 75000 25%
Europe – Doha World Business Class 75000 25%

 

What’s the catch?     Well like all great savings,  there is always conditions.       The
biggest condition are the dates :

Booking must be made between  :  1st/Aug/2016 –  31st/Aug/16
Travel must occur between  :   1st/Oct/2016 –  30th/Nov/2016

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Point Transfer Guide – Credit Cards to Airlines.

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Guide to Point Transfers – Credit Cards to Airlines.

airline-partners

Transferring points from your Credit Card  loyalty program is a great way to top up your airline program balance, allowing you to accrue enough miles for your dream air travel plans.
However,  the list of participating airlines and transfer options is often changing and can include some surprises.

To aid,   we have compiled a reference guide for you.

It is worth remembering that once transferred, these points can be used to purchase flights on any Partner airlines that the chosen recipient airline may have. For example, transferring points to Delta, can be used to purchase a flight on Fiji Airways.

Airline Alliance Credit Card to Airline ratio.

 

American
Express
Chase Citi
Aeromexico SkyTeam 5 to 8
Air Canada Star Alliance 1 to 1
Air France / KLM SkyTeam 1 to 1 1 to 1
Alitalia SkyTeam 1 to 1
All Nippon (ANA) Star Alliance 1 to 1
British Airways OneWorld 5 to 4 1 to 1
Cathay Pacific OneWorld 1 to 1 1 to 1
Delta Air Lines SkyTeam 1 to 1
El Al 50 to 1
Emirates 1 to 1
Etihad 1 to 1 1 to 1
Eva Air Star Alliance 1 to 1
Garuda Indonesia SkyTeam 1 to 1
Hawaiian Airlines 1 to 1
Iberia OneWorld 5 to 4
Jet Blue 5 to 4
Korean Air SkyTeam 1 to 1
Malaysia Airlines OneWorld 1 to 1
Qantas OneWorld 1 to 1
Qatar Airways OneWorld 1 to 1
Singapore Airlines Star Alliance 1 to 1 1 to 1 1 to 1
Southwest 1 to 1
Thai Airways Star Alliance 1 to 1
United Star Alliance 1 to 1
Virgin America 2 to 1 2 to 1
Virgin Atlantic 1 to 1 1 to 1
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Getting the most from Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles.

posted by August 1, 2016
KrisFlyer Card Important Tips, Tricks, and Cautions Using Singapore’s KrisFlyer Miles

Here are 18 things a US-based frequent flyer should know about the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program:

Article by :
Gary Leff
Originally publish on :  http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/
1.
Singapore Airlines lets you have much better award availability when using their miles.
 It’s very rare indeed that you can ever use miles from Star Alliance partner programs like United MileagePlus, Aeroplan, or LifeMiles for long haul premium cabin travel on Singapore. But Singapore offers members using their own miles fantastic award availability on most of their routes.
2.
Singapore Practices ‘Journey Control’ With Their Award Inventory
. You may not be able to find award space New York JFK – Frankfurt or New York JFK – Frankfurt – Singpaore. But there may be space searching New York all the way to Hong Kong (meaning adding on Singapore – Hong Kong to the end of the trip). You can fly all the way, or if you haven’t checked bags throw away the final Singapore – Hong Kong segment.
3. Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Awards are Cheaper than What’s Listed on their Award Chart. Singapore gives you a 15% discount for booking online. That means prices for booking Singapore Airlines and SilkAir awards are 15% lower than what’s listed on their award chart.You do not get a 15% discount for Star Alliance or partner awards, which cannot be booked on the website. However I generally have not had trouble getting a telephone agent to give me the 15% discount for a Singapore Airlines award which couldn’t be booked on the website.
4. Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Offers ‘Extra Miles’ Upgrade Awards That Are Almost Always Available. The very best deal in upgrades is Singapore Airlines premium economy to business class. Since Singapore has ‘standard’ (versus saver) prices not just for awards but also for upgrades, if you’re willing to buy premium economy and have access to Singapore miles you can almost always fly business class without buying business class.

Singapore Airlines Business Class

 

5. Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Business Awards Are Easy to Get and So Is Suites Class — On Certain Routes. Availability is better when the schedule opens than several months out. Availability is better from Singapore to the US than from the US to Singapore. But with Singapore changing schedules to offer its A380 only from New York JFK, there aren’t a lot of Suites from the US. Regular first class from Houston to Manchester UK and on to Singapore will be easier.However A380 Suites availability between Europe and Singapore is amazing. So you might want to combine US-Europe trips with Europe – Asia awards booked through KrisFlyer.

singapore airlines krisflyer suite

singapore airlines krisflyer

Singapore Airlines Suites

6. There Are Some Great Value Awards on Singapore Airlines.First Class Suites between Asia and Australia are 63,750 miles one-way (booked online). Between New York JFK and Frankfurt they’re 57,375 each way booked online. First class San Francisco – Hong Kong is 70,125 miles one-way booked online.US-Australia in business class via Singapore runs 85,000 miles each way with good availability for one of the world’s best products.

Singapore Airlines A380 Suites

7. Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer is a Great Option for Redeeming Star Alliance Awards.US domestic first class on United is 20,000 miles each way. US – Hawaii costs 17,500 miles each way in coach, 30,000 miles each way in first. There are no fuel surcharges on US domestic awards.North America – Europe is 65,000 miles each way in business class, 80,000 miles roundtrip in first.North America – Middle East is 57,500 miles each way in business class, 75,000 miles each way in first.South Africa is 72,500 miles each way in business class.
8. Change Fees are Ridiculously Low There are no fees for telephone booking. There are no fees for close-in award redemption. There are no fees for changing the time or date of travel on a Singapore Airlines award.Changes to partner awards are just $20 (compared to the $150 or so you’ve come to expect from US airlines).Award cancel and redeposits cost $30. And they’ll warn you about penalties if you fail to cancel or change your ticket at least 24 hours prior to departure — if you no show and don’t bother to call, and still want your miles back, that will cost just $75.
9. Roundtrip awards allow one stopover and one open jaw. Your open jaw may be at either the origin or destination (but not mid-trip). On a one-way ticket only standard (extra miles) awards offer a free stopover.
10. Stopovers cannot be used for the traditional ‘free one way’. Normally stopovers on an award ticket give you the opportunity for a ‘free one way’ ticket. You book the roundtrip you intend, but instead of just returning to yourhome city you call that your stopover point and add another flight from there to use later. That works especially well if you live in a hub city.However Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer doesn’t allow your original departure city (on a roundtrip ticket) to be a stopover city on your return.
11. You can book extra stopovers for $100 each. These cannot be booked online, but over the phone you can add up to 3 stopovers.However Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer stopovers are not permitted on itineraries entirely within one country, within the country of departure on an international ticket, on wholly intra-Europe awards, or on awards between the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, or US Virgin Islands.
12. Award holds are possible. There’s no Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer official policy I’m aware of that allows awards to be put on hold, though I’ve done it many times.I’ve read reports of agents saying you have to have at least 50% of the miles required for an award in your account in order to hold an award ticket, but I haven’t heard this in some time. It’s definitely not something that Singapore’s systems check for, as I’ve also put awards on hold without any miles in an account.I’m generally given 3 days, which is fine because points transfer to Singapore from most programs more quickly than that.
13. You can waitlist awards. In fact you can waitlist as many flights and dates as you wish and sometimes waitlists clear, but sometimes they do not.

Singapore Airlines Caviar Service

14. Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Awards must fly the most direct routing. There’s no backtracking permitted on Singapore Airlines awards — at all. However when flying an all Singapore Airlines award, you are allowed whatever the most direct routing is on Singapore Airlines flights. That means you can fly from the US to Australia or New Zealand via Singapore. You’re allowed six segments per itinerary.
15. SilkAir Flights Can Be Redeemed with Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles But Not Star Alliance Miles. That’s because even though SilkAir is a Singapore subsidiary, it is not a member of the Star Alliance. So you have access to flights that other Star partners do not.SilkAir flies to about 50 destinations in more than a dozen countries in Asia — mostly leisure destinations in countries including Australia, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, China and Thailand.

Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia .. a SilkAir destination

16. Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gives Full Miles on Most United Tickets. While United gives you only 5 to 11 miles per dollar spent on tickets (depending on your elite status), Singapore Airlines will give you 100% of the miles you fly when crediting nearly all United fares to the KrisFlyer program(.pdf). So cheap international United fares may be better credited to Singapore than to United.

17. Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Adds Fuel Surcharges to Award Tickets. You’ll pay fuel surcharges that would apply to the same paid ticket. San Francisco – Hong Kong business class roundtrip has no fuel surcharge (just airport and international taxes). Los Angeles – Tokyo business class roundtrip has a $60 fuel surcharge. US-Singapore roundtrip runs ~ $450; Bangkok ~ $550.
18. KrisFlyer Miles Expire After 3 Years. This isn’t like a US program where any activity in your account extends the life of your miles. Each mile expires 3 years after it’s earned. Non-elite Krisflyer members can pay a fee to extend their miles 6 months, elites can extend for 12 months. So only transfer the points you plan to use.

 

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Fly Etihad – New Partner of American Express!

posted by April 29, 2016

You may have dreamed about flying on Etihad–one of the world’s most luxurious airlines–but thought it was out of reach. Until now, the only way to book EY award seats was with EY Guest or AAdvantage points, which you could only earn by flying and could not transfer credit card points. Just last week, American Express announced a new partnership with Etihad Guest, which means you can now transfer your Amex points to your EY account! Don’t have one? Sign up today and plan your next trip on this 5-star airline.

See the article below for details and links to Etihad and American Express so you can take advantage of this fantastic program! Learn more

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Changes to American Airlines Mileage Program

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qatar-featured-777Even though AA has recently devaluated it’s mileage program, it has made a few positing changes. The airline has increased the number of miles earned on Qatar flights when traveling in Economy
and Business class.  And with Qatar adding new routes, it gives you a chance to earn and spend more miles on this top-rated airline. Learn more

Another great change AA has made is now you can fly to India and Maldives without having to cross the Atlantic. You can save stops and time by flying across the Pacific instead. Plus you can fly on Cathay Pacific, rated one of the best airlines in the world, under the new program. Learn More

If you missed the information on AA’s devaluation of it’s miles, you can get all the details here.

 

 

 

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CHASE Your Way to Award Flights

posted by January 29, 2016

FM ChaseEarning credit cards points that you can transfer to your favorite airline’s award program is the fastest way to accumulate enough miles for your trip. Knowing which credit card gives you the most points can be hard to figure out since the offers and rewards are always changing. Chase offers three cards that you will want to sign up for this year if you don’t already have them. The Sapphire Preferred, Freedom, and Ink Plus are must haves if you want to maximize your earnings. Here are just five reasons to use Chase:

  • Great airline transfer partners
  • The ability to transfer points instantly
  • Great hotel partners
  • Other travel rewards options
  • The ability to transfer points between cardholders in your household

By using Chase cards for you everyday expenses, including travel, you can earn over $4,000 cash back in your first year as a card member. Find all the details here.

 

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Change is in the Air

posted by January 18, 2016

FM airplaneAward programs are notorious for changing rules and devaluing miles. Aeroplan recently made changes to their award chart, increasing miles needed for routes between the USA/Canada to Europe and South America. On the bright side, they changed their “round trip” rule and now allow one-way reward flights between any regions. Great news if you are traveling one way and your trip doesn’t include the US or Canada. Aeroplan is still a great program to use as you can use your miles for any Star Alliance partner.

AA is following suit by changing their awards chart in March. While it’s not all bad news, there are definitely some advantages to booking some award flights now, before the cost goes up. While some routes are actually going down, other routes (USA to Asia, Europe and the South Pacific) are increasing. American Airlines has a pretty friendly change policy, and that will remain the same, so if you’re thinking about planning a trip, book now and you should be able to change dates later without incurring change fees and mileage increases. Make sure to check out the fine print before you book.

Even if you missed booking with Aeroplan before December, the Points Guy gives some great tips on how to get great flights. For details on the changes to Aeroplan and AAdvantage programs, read these articles:

American Airlines Announces 2016 AAdvantage Program Changes

Can I Still Change AAdvantage Awards After the Devaluation?

9 Awards to Book Before Aeroplan’s December Devaluation

 

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Top 10 Easiest Awards to Book

posted by December 11, 2015

easiest awards to bookUsing award points and miles can be a tricky business. There are websites dedicated to the ins and outs of award travel, and there are some people who are experts in the field and never pay for flights! But if you are new to the game, it can be overwhelming, but it’s definitely worth taking the time and effort to learn how to do it. To get you started, here is an article with some of the easiest awards to book. Once you master these, you’ll be well on your way to earning, redeeming, and flying…all over the world!

  • Southwest Award Flights
  • Chase Hyatt Card
  • Citi Prestige 4th Night Free
  • Citi $250 Yearly Airfare Credit
  • Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve 2 Weekend Nights
  • Chase Fairmont Card
  • Chase Ritz-Carlton Card
  • US Bank FlexPerks Cards
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • Barclaycard Arrival Plus Travel Redemption

And remember, if you need help, we are just a phone call away. We can help you earn miles, trade miles, sell miles, and redeem miles, simply fill out the form to the right!

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Winter 2015 Points and Miles Wrap-Up

posted by November 20, 2015

winter 2015 buy pointsRetail stores aren’t the only ones vying for your business this holiday season. Airline, hotel and credit card programs are all offering tons of bonuses and discounts. Just like with retail “deals”, sometimes it’s hard to know if it’s really a good deal or just an offer to suck you in! (more…)

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Top Ten Rewards Credit Cards for October

posted by October 8, 2015

As usual, The Points Guy has pored over all of the current bonus offers and compiled a list of the best cards for October. The list usually doesn’t change much from month to month, but it’s always good to know when one of the cards offers a bigger bonus or adds more perks!

The best cards this month are:

  • Ink Plus Business Card from Chase
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred
  • British Airways Visa
  • Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard
  • Citi Prestige
  • Platinum Card from American Express
  • Citi ThankYou Premier
  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier
  • Citi Hilton Honors Reserve
  • Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa

For more details on each card, read more.

 

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Best Starter Cards for Flights

posted by September 3, 2015

best starter cardsGetting started in the miles and points game can be difficult. There are so many different cards and awards and fees and rewards that it can be really frustrating trying to figure it all out. But once you do, you will be well on your way to earning valuable points and miles that you can redeem for flights, hotels, cash, or other rewards. The best part is that you don’t have to choose just one program to help you reach your goals. You can have a variety of cards and programs and you can still rack up your earnings and rewards. (more…)

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3 Annual Credit Card Bonuses that Justify the Annual Fee

posted by July 13, 2015

For most of the year, points and miles that you earn through credit cards seem to be a great source of free benefits. Each year, however, the annual fee must be paid, and we are reminded that these benefits are not actually free. In an effort to retain your business, many companies offer annual bonuses for renewing your account, such as extra points or free nights at a certain hotel chain. We took a look at these bonuses, and determined which ones were sweet enough to justify the annual fee. Here are three of our favorites: (more…)

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The Best Credit Cards for Bonus Points

posted by June 29, 2015

10 commandmentsCredit card companies offer a wide array of bonus points and on-going benefits in an effort to obtain and keep you as a valued customer. Many of these cards offer up to 50k in bonus points, worth at least $600. We can help you earn up to $12,000 per year by helping you sign up for unique offers on select cards.

Which of these programs have the best benefits and value and which ones simply aren’t worth the annual fees they charge? We have reviewed the top cards and their bonus offers to see which ones give you the most bang for your buck! (more…)

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Hot Cards for Summer 2015

posted by June 9, 2015

Get 5% back on every purchase!Looking to add a new card to your wallet? Look no further: Our top 3 credit card signups are right here!

1) Citi ThankYou Premier Card

Bonus: 50,000 ThankYou points (after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months)

Other benefits: 3 ThankYou Points for every dollar spent on travel (including gas), and 2 points/dollar spent on dining and entertainment. Citi Rewards now has 12 transfer partners, including Air France, Cathay Pacific, Singapore KrisFlyer, Virgin Atlantic and Hilton HHonors. $95 annual fee- waived for the first year. (more…)

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Who Wouldn’t Want 5 Points or 5% Back for Every Dollar Spent?

posted by August 25, 2014

Get 5% back on every purchase!Get the most “bang for your buck”!

 

Tired of only earning 1 or 2 points or percent back on purchases? Different cards return a number of dissimilarly-valued rewards based on what and where you’re buying, card limits, rewards program, minimum spend, to name a few variants.
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Thinking about Signing Up for a New Credit Card? Check Out These Great Offers

posted by July 29, 2014

Compare 3 American Express credit CardsAmerican Express offers some of the best deals for earning reward points in the travel industry. Their combination of transfer partners, both Starwood Preferred Guest and Membership Rewards, has great incentives for earning, transferring and using your well-earned reward points. An article from CardWatchDog explains the benefits of the top three cards from American Express, the Platinum Card, the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card, and the Premier Rewards Gold Card.

 

Check this out if you’d like to compare the benefits of these three cards.

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Looking to Earn Perks? Try Chase Ultimate Rewards

posted by July 17, 2014

Chase ultimate rewards partnersGet the most out of your everyday business and personal purchases by earning Chase Ultimate Rewards Points. There are three different Chase cards available, Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold and Ink Plus, used to earn points that can then be redeemed for airline miles, hotel points or cash! Want to learn additional ways to earn Chase Ultimate Rewards Points? Visit cardwatchdog.com/blog/ to check out the varying earning potentials of the aforementioned cards and take advantage of all the perks that Chase offers you!

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Dining Rewards Programs – Simply Sign Up and Earn Bonus Miles!

posted by June 9, 2014

Looking for a little extra cash this summer?

Beach in Paradise

Check out these amazing Rewards Programs and their sign-up bonuses and start earning extra miles at participating restaurants and bars across the globe!

A few highlights:

  • United: from 500 to 3,000 Free MileagePlus Miles for dining at 5 restaurants (no minimum!)
  • US Airways: 2,000 Miles when you sign up and spend $30 at a participating restaurant or bar, then review it within 30 days
  • American: 2,000 AAdvantage bonus points after spending $30 at a participating location, reviewing it, and then opt-in to receive mail notifications
  • Delta: 2,000 SkyMiles after enrolling in the dining program by the end of the year and then completing the requirements above (same as American)
  • Hilton: 1,000 HHonors just for signing up for Hilton HHonors Dining, plus an additional 8 Bonus Points for every dollar spent at your favorite bar, restaurant or even club!

 

Don’t hesitate, many programs have deadlines for when you need to sign up by, check them out today!

 

Photo source: Blairrewards via Flickr, CC 2.0

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Diversification and Transferrable Points: A Smart Strategy for Rewards Programs

posted by April 22, 2014

Diversification and Transferrable PointsWith so many different types of travel rewards programs today, it can be tempting to choose just one for simplicity’s sake. However, this may not be the best strategy. According to this article from The Points Guy, diversifying your rewards program portfolio, just like you would your investments, is a great way to maximize the flexibility of your points.

The Points Guy received a question about the value of collecting hotel points instead of airline miles in the wake of many airlines devaluing their rewards. His answer states that instead of focusing solely on one or the other, travelers should instead enroll in programs with points that are transferrable between hotels and airlines. This way, members can choose to redeem their points for flights or lodging, whichever would be most valuable to them at any given time. Having flexibility with rewards programs also allows members to avoid being hurt by point devaluations from either airlines or hotels.

There are many credit cards that allow points to be transferred between hotel and airline partners, including:

Find out which flyer miles and credit card points strategy is best for you and contact us today!

 

Photo source: TheTruthAbout via Flickr, CC 2.0

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FlyerTalk Awards for 2014

posted by March 7, 2014

Elite Member Status CardIt is becoming very difficult to recognize which rewards programs are decent these days due to the constantly changing travel industry (mergers, business closings, etc.). Luckily for you, the 2014 FlyerTalk Awards sheds light on the best in the business in terms of loyalty and reward programs.

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Best Airline Credit Cards for 2014

posted by February 15, 2014

BarclaycardNerdWallet.com does a great job consolidating all the airline credit card offers this year. We especially like the table at the bottom of the post. We agree with them that the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard is one of the best in the market today. Let us know if you ever have points you want to sell.

http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/top-credit-cards/nerdwallets-best-airline-credit-cards/

 

 

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