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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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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November Bonus Points with United and Marriott

posted by October 22, 2015

mariott awardsThanks to some newly formed agreements between various travel partners, you can earn extra bonus points this November. Chase has announced a new offer for holders of the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card, the United MileagePlus Explorer Card and the United MileagePlus Club card. The Double Stay, Double Go promotion allows you to earn extra points when you use these cards interchangeably. Use your Marriott card on United or your United card for Marriott and you automatically earn double points!

As usual, there are tips and tricks for getting the best return on this offer. The Points Guy has once again done all the number crunching to give you the best strategies when taking advantage of this offer. For more information, read the entire article here.

 

 

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Air Canada: Redeem Premium Economy Tickets With Aeroplan

posted by March 30, 2015
Did you know you can now redeem your Aeroplan miles for Premium Economy Class airfare?

Aeroplan

Air Canada’s Aeroplan frequent flyer program recently announce to its members they can now redeem miles for ClassicFlight and Market Fare awards in the Premium Economy cabin (this includes larger seats, meal service, enhanced amenities as well as priority airport services).

American citizens can also sign up for Air Canada’s co-branded Aeroplan TD Visa Signature program and earn a sign-up bonus of 25,000 miles.

Please note, Aeroplan miles will not expire as long as there is at least one accumulation or redemption of miles every 12 months.

To read more about this new offer, check out The Points Guy’s recent article.

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Big Changes Announced for Delta’s SkyMiles Program

posted by March 20, 2014

SkyMiles CardThePointsGuy.com does a great job of keeping up to date with the travel industry and its constantly-adapting awards programs. A recent article from their website discusses the change details as well as what they mean to you, the traveler. One of the major alterations Delta made was how many miles you earn per dollar spent; it’s now up to 5-11 miles depending on your “elite level” as well as another 2 if you happen to pay with your Delta American Express card. Find out the specific changes at the link below.

 

 

http://thepointsguy.com/2014/03/delta-releases-new-details-on-2015-skymiles-redemptions-and-i-am-cautiously-optimistic/

 

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