I have a confession, I really like Delta SkyMiles even though they sometimes do crazy things. They may not be the best type of mile to earn if you only want to fly around the world in first class, but they are a very good type of mile to have to hop around the country, to the Caribbean, and beyond. Along those lines, there is great, great news this morning if you missed out on the increased Delta Amex sign-up bonus offers over the summer, because the offers on four Delta Amex cards just increased again today! Some of the bonuses are structured slightly differently than they were this summer, but they are still just as good, and go as high as 70,000 miles + $100 statement credit! LEARN MORE!
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Finding Award AvailabilityToday we begin the step-by-step journey on how to book award flights. Thanks to the commenters from Friday’s thread, we have some real world award request in which to try to find availability. The random number picker on random.org picked Lisa as the winner.LEARN MORE!
I’ve written about Google Flights and how it’s a great search tool for finding the cheapest airfares. It’s simple to use and lets you customize your searches based on airline, number of stops, departure & arrival time, and more.
But if you want to search for airline tickets like a pro, you’ll want to learn how to use ITA Matrix. It’s owned by the same company that runs Google Flights, but it’s much more powerful and gives you many more search options. You can’t buy a ticket using ITA Matrix. It’s a search tool only.LEARN MORE!
Last month, I let you know Alaska Airlines added Singapore Airlines to their list of valuable airline partners. And now, via Travel Codex, you can redeem Singapore Airlines miles for Alaska Airlines flights! LEARN MORE!
Sure, you could get from the U.S. to South Africa in about 15 hours, but why sell yourself short? Cathay Pacific First Class is nicer than even the ponciest of celebrities daily life, and Hong Kong is always worth a trip. One of the greatest values in frequent flyer world is spending 28 hours in pure luxury, for just 70,000 points. LEARN MORE!
New York City and Singapore are very far from each other. Not quite polar opposites, yet about as far as two major global cities can be. But many who have visited the city-state will tell you it’s worth the trip. Now, you can fly between them for cheaper than some US domestic flights. And, at around 22,000 flight miles for as low as $409 round-trip, this is an incredible year-end mileage run option priced at under 2 cents per mile. LEARN MORE!
Buying points isn’t as great as getting them for free, but it can make sense if you know you will redeem them for something that would have cost you more than you paid for the points. There are some caveats to that, but generally speaking, my family has been known to pick-up some purchased points from time to time when the price is right. For the next four days, many IHG accounts can get a 100% bonus on purchased IHG points via a flash sale if you purchase 5,000 or more points in one transaction. You need to log-in here to make sure your account is eligible. LEARN MORE!