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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Best Cards for Holiday Purchases

posted by December 5, 2015

cards for holiday purchases“Tis the season….to spend money! Let’s face it, this time of year is typically when our credit cards get the most use. So why not use the cards that will give you the best rewards and bonuses for your purchases.

This article highlights the best cards to use to maximize your return. Chase, Citi Bank and American Express cards are always at the top of the list so make sure to take advantage of bonus offers they are offering now if you don’t already have one (or all) of these cards.

With these cards you can earn points that you can turn into miles on your favorite airlines. Then you can get the best flights for a fraction of the cost of buying the tickets! If you’re short a few miles or need miles with a different airline, we can help you, just give us a call.

 

 

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End of the Year Account Auditing

posted by November 5, 2015

2015It’s getting close to the end of the year, and it’s a great time to go over your mileage and credit card accounts. You want to make sure you have reached your minimum spending requirements and to make sure you have been credited all points due to you. You’ll also want to make sure you don’t have any award points expiring. There are ways to keep points from expiring so make sure you check out the facts so you don’t lose them!

  • Check your elite-qualifying mile (and dollar) progress
  • Check your elite-qualifying night and stay progress
  • Do an audit of your accounts to make sure you received the points and miles you earned
  • Plan your spending to meet the sign-up bonus on the Southwest Credit Card in early January
  • Meet minimum spending to earn calendar-year threshold bonuses
  • Consider purchasing miles if you have excess cash to spend
  • Consider utilizing a status match

You can get more information from The Points Guy in this article and other articles on his website.

 

 

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Uber Perks for UBER Users

posted by October 15, 2015

 

uber with china airlines

Uber is known for its smart and easy way to catch a ride in hundreds of cities all over the world. Now, Uber has partnered with several credit card companies to offer bonus points and credits.

Capital One Quicksilver card holders will enjoy 20% off Uber rides from now until next April. Chase Sapphire Preferred Card offers 2x points on all Uber rides. Starwood Preferred Guest members can earn up to 4 points per $1 spent with Uber!

With more cities offering Uber, and more companies partnering with them, now is the time to start earning rewards with Uber! If you haven’t tried them yet, you can usually get a free ride to check them out. For details on all the Uber perks, check out The Points Guy or visit uber.com.

 

 

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Sharing a Rewards Credit Card vs. Having Individual Cards

posted by October 1, 2015

sharing milesIt might seem like a good idea to share your rewards credit card with your spouse or other family member. After all, two can spend more quickly than one, thus earning more points more quickly, right? Not always! When you factor in the sign-up bonus, it makes more sense for each family member to get his or her own card. With bonuses of 40,000 to 80,000 points or more, it would take a lot of time and spending to accumulate that many points on one card. However, keep in mind that each card has a minimum spend before you can actually get the bonus points. So if your monthly expenses won’t get you to the minimum spend by yourself, you would definitely want to consider adding an authorized user.

For details on the pros and cons of sharing a card or getting your own, check out this article from The Points Guy.

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How to Earn and Redeem Miles on Non-Alliance Partners

posted by August 28, 2015

airplane wing oceanMost major airlines belong to one of three alliances: Star Alliance, Oneworld or Skyteam. What this means is that you can usually earn and spend miles for different airlines within the same alliance. For example, United Airlines and Thai Airlines are members of the Star Alliance. So while you may not have miles with Thai Airlines frequent flyer program, you can use your United miles to book Thai flights. This means there are plenty of options for booking flights outside your own frequent flyer program. (more…)

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Top 7 Ways for College Kids to Build Credit and Rack Up Points and Miles

posted by August 20, 2015

Graduation is over and many new young adults will be starting college. Whatever they major in, one thing is for sure: they will get lots of credit card offers! It can be confusing to navigate all of the offers and tempting for them to accept them all. It is a great time for them to start establishing credit but of course they need to do it right. It’s also a great time for them to learn about credit card bonuses and frequent flyer award miles. Taking advantage of the right offers will help them maximize their bonuses and earn points and miles while building their credit. Here are the top 7 ways for a student to rack up points and miles, according to The Points Guy:

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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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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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Link A Corporate Card to Your Amex Membership Rewards

posted by August 11, 2014

American Express Corporate CardWhat could be better than getting miles and points for free?

 

Believe it or not, there are a variety of corporate American Express cards that allow you, barring your company’s internal travel policies, to link your corporate Amex Card to your personal Membership Rewards card(s) for only $95 a year.
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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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Exclusive Double Miles on Flights to Vienna

posted by July 7, 2014

Travel to Vienna this summerThinking of making a trip to Vienna, Austria this summer? You may never have a better opportunity than this! For an exclusive time, United Airlines is offering MileagePlus members the ability to earn double miles on nonstop direct flights from New York/Newark (EWR) and Vienna, Austria (VIE). Hurry because the offer ends September 30th. To learn more about this exciting offer, check out this article from frequentflier.com or read up on the terms and conditions to make sure you qualify, here.

 

Photo source: Pedrosz via Flickr, CC 2.0

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$9 US and Receive 17,077 KrisFlyer Miles

posted by June 27, 2014

Deal Alert! Get LifeLock for $9/Month & Receive 17,077 Singapore KrisFlyer Mileskrisflyer spree online portal

Singapore Airlines frequent flyer program, KrisFlyer Miles, has created a new online shopping portal world called “Spree.” On this portal you will find great deals for earning bonus KrisFlyer Miles. And did we mention that you can even do it as a guest? One of the best deals is for a basic membership to LifeLock, a credit and personal information monitoring service, slightly discounted from $10 to $9 but also includes 17,077 KrisFlyer Miles as well! Check out other details regarding this offer here.
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Have a Chase Checking Account? Get a 10% Bonus on All Chase Freedom Purchases!

posted by June 18, 2014

chase freedom cardMillion Miles Secrets is a great blog that helps travelers earn and redeem airline miles and points. In a recent article from their site, they give a rundown on a promotion from Chase that gives you, the traveler, a 10% bonus on all Chase Freedom points earned in 2014, provided you have a Chase checking account. The points you earn can be redeemed for cash or transferred to partner airlines or hotels. Discover all the benefits you can receive from this promotion here.

 

 

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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!

 

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Advanced Strategies for Earning Rewards Points

posted by May 30, 2014

Advanced Earning StrategiesThere are many well-known ways to earn airline rewards points, like using your credit card at certain restaurants, staying at particular hotels, and shopping at specific online websites, but if you’ve outgrown these basic strategies, it may be time for you to look into more advanced earning methods.

One example of an expert technique offered by The Frugal Travel Guy is to purchase a gift card at a retailer offering a high or bonus amount of reward points and then to use the gift card to buy whatever item you actually want to buy at a different retailer. He explains that instead of just paying for a coffee at Starbucks with his credit card, he would go to Staples and buy a Starbucks gift card with his Ink Bold card before heading over to Starbucks to use the gift card on the coffee. This way, he wound up earning 5 points per dollar instead of the 1 that he would’ve earned had he just paid with his credit card at Starbucks.

If you have the time to develop and execute advanced strategies like this one, then you have the ability to earn many times more reward points than you currently are. If you would like to get a jump start on earning extra by buying reward points or if you have unused points that you’d like to sell, contact us today!

Photo Source: 401(K)2012 via Flickr, CC 2.0

 

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