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United is offering a 20% discount on roundtrip Saver economy awards booked to Hawaii by November 5, 2015 and flown October 19, 2015 to March 3, 2016. The total cost of a roundtrip is 36,000 miles during the sale. There are blackout dates from November 20, 2015 to December 3, 2015 and December 16, 2015, to January 5, 2016.

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Don’t Book This Promotion

If you have United miles, this may be a good deal. If you have Ultimate Rewards, do not transfer them to United miles to book this deal. You can always book roundtrip Saver award space on United to Hawaii for 35,000 Singapore miles, which is a transfer partner of Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, ThankYou Points, and Starpoints.

How the Promotion Works If You Have United Miles

The promotion is hard-coded into the search results at united.com, so as long as you search roundtrip for travel dates before March 3, excluding blackouts, prices will display 20% off–18,000 miles each way.

(All images in this post are from previous nearly identical sales. Ignore the dates.)

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You might want to search for award space on the old united.com, which you can still access with this trick, because it is far better for award searches.

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United flies to the four major Hawaiian islands daily. Atlanta to Maui priced out at 36,000 miles + $11 roundtrip, 20% off the normal 45,000 mile price.

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FAQ

Does this discount apply to one way awards?

No. If you search one way, you will see the normal one way Saver price of 22,500 miles.

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What if only one date of a roundtrip is within the discounted date range or I choose one way in First Class?

You will get the discount on one way if one way of a roundtrip is within the discounted date range.

Here is Denver to Kauai with one way in the discounted dates and the return not. It prices at 40,500 miles roundtrip–18,000 for outbound and 22,500 for return.

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Full terms and conditions:

  1. Saver Award discount is only valid for air travel. Promotion period ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on November 5, 2015.
  2. Offer is valid for travel beginning on or after October 19, 2015, and completed on or before March 3, 2016.
  3. Blackout dates: November 20, 2015, through December 3, 2015; and December 16, 2015, through January 5, 2016.
  4. Discounted Saver Award is only valid for roundtrip travel between the U.S. (excluding Hawaii) or Canada and Hawaii.
  5. Discounted Saver Award is only valid for roundtrip travel in United Economy. One-way travel is still priced as a regular, non-discounted Saver Award.
  6. The discounted Saver Award is combinable with other award types as long as the itinerary is roundtrip (e.g., a member can book a Standard Award for the outbound portion of an itinerary and a Saver Award for the return portion, or vice versa) but only the flight segments purchased with a Saver Award will be eligible for a discount.
  7. For this offer, “roundtrip” is defined as travel from an origin city to a destination city with return travel ending at the origin city, and with all segments on flights operated by United Airlines. A segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing. Open-jaw itineraries within the same region do qualify for the discount. Stopovers do not qualify for this offer. A booking service charge may apply for travel booked less than 21 days before departure.
  8. The discounted Saver Award is available to all MileagePlus members.
  9. Award pricing is subject to change without notice.
  10. Qualifying existing award tickets may be reissued, upon request, to the award sale mileage. They are subject to the award change policy, including any applicable service fees.
  11. Passenger is responsible for all taxes, fees, baggage fees and surcharges applicable to award travel, including, with respect to government-imposed taxes and fees, passenger facility charges (PFCs) of up to $18.00 per roundtrip; September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 per one-way trip that does not include a government-defined stopover, for awards for air transportation originating at an airport in the U.S.; U.S. segment tax of $4.00 for each domestic segment (take-off and landing); U.S. excise tax of $17.70 for each international arrival and departure in the U.S.; U.S. inspection fees of up to $17.50 for each arrival in the U.S.; and non-U.S. government ticket taxes, fees and airport charges may add up to $275 per ticket as of January 1, 2015. Such taxes, fees and surcharges must be paid at the time of ticketing and are subject to change. Any valid unused award ticket may be returned to the MileagePlus Service Center, for a service charge, up to one year from the date of issue. Award seats are subject to availability and capacity-control restrictions apply. For more information on MileagePlus award travel visit united.com/awards. Travel on award tickets is not eligible for mileage accrual in United MileagePlus or any other loyalty program.
  12. This offer is not combinable with other offers.
  13. Changes to travel itineraries are permitted in advance. Changes may be subject to additional service fees of up to $200 per ticket (based on account status at the time when the miles were redeemed).
  14. If a wholly unused ticket is exchanged for travel outside of the promotion period or travel that does not otherwise comply with the terms and conditions of this promotion, the mileage will be credited back into the member’s account, subject to an applicable service charge, and a new ticket will be issued at the mileage redemption rate commensurate with the new award.
  15. If the value of a partially used ticket is applied to travel outside of the promotion period, the traveler must purchase a new one-way ticket or redeem a new one-way award at the applicable mileage-redemption rate. The unused return portion of the ticket is not valid for travel and cannot be credited back into the member’s account.
  16. Redemption of additional award miles may be required if any portion of the itinerary is outside of the promotion period or does not otherwise comply with the terms and conditions of this promotion.
  17. This offer is subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.

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Update: I booked myself a room. You have to check out with MasterPass. This only added a few seconds to checkout. I selected Citi as an option from the MasterPass menu and signed in with my Citi account details. I enrolled in MasterPass and added my Citi cards in a few clicks. Then I checked out and got confirmation for a $17 one night stay in Lima that I’ll use when I take a 23 hour layover there this month.

Orbitz is offering $100 off hotel bookings that are at least $100 pre-tax for stays before September 30, 2015.

This is only good for last minute travel, since you need to stay in the next 12 days. Also, not all properties are eligible for the promotion.

To get your $100 off, enter promo code MASTERPASS during searching on orbitz.com.

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Make sure the pre-tax cost is $100 or more. I found a hotel that cost $104 per night pre-tax. After the promotion, the total price is $16.45.Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 7.34.46 AMMy spidey sense is tingling that this promotion should not be open to everyone and that Orbitz will shut this deal down in the next few hours or minutes. If you want in, book now. I suspect this offer is for such a limited time, that I will tweet it out on my @MileValueAlerts account, which is designed to text out limited time deals like mistake fares.

Hat Tip Frequent Miler

 

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Through October 15, 2015, Avianca LifeMiles has discounted certain awards including intra-United States, United States to Europe, and United States to Brazil.

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Combined with the sale on LifeMiles through October 8, there are some great opportunities to purchase discounted Business Class flights.

We can combine these promotions to book one way Business Class tickets to Europe for $740 and to Brazil for $600. Read this post carefully and completely to understand that process and the caveats.

The discounted awards are all listed here. The unusual thing about this award sale is that it invents new regions for the LifeMiles award chart. Normally, the continental United States is one region and all of Europe is another region. For this sale, the continental United States is broken into three regions and Europe into three regions. (North, Central, and South Asia are also halved, but I won’t be talking about those awards.)

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As a side note, LifeMiles must have some very interesting maps that put the UK and Russia in the same region, but not Switzerland with Germany, France, or Italy.

Here are the deals from the United States. These are roundtrip prices, and you can book one way awards for half the roundtrip price.

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At 1.4 cents per mile, the cheapest you can buy LifeMiles during the current award sale, these are the prices to buy a one way trip in economy/Business:

  • Within US1, US2, or US3: $111/$216 all in
  • Within continental United States (including flat bed from Newark to California): $146/$286 all in
  • US1 to Europe1: $350/$735 + taxes
  • US1 to Europe2: $385/$805 + taxes
  • US2 to Brazil: $350/$595 + taxes
  • US3 to Brazil: $385/$665 + taxes

Taxes to Brazil are under $100 roundtrip. Taxes to Europe vary from $50 to $300 roundtrip depending on the city of departure and sometimes the cabin of departure.

The prices from the United States to Europe are absolute steals during the current mileage sale and award price sale! You can book a roundtrip from US1 to Europe1 in Business Class including all taxes for under $1,600.

From the United States to Brazil, the deals are even better. From US2 to Brazil is under $1,300 in Business Class roundtrip including all taxes.

I tested out a few bookings to test what travel dates are available, whether the standard More Miles/More Money options are available, and whether one ways can be booked for half the price of a roundtrip.

I found that as long as you book by October 15, you can book up to 11 months in advance, during booking you can buy miles you don’t have for 1.5 cents each, and you can book one ways for half the price of roundtrips.

Example Awards

Here is a roundtrip from Washington-Dulles to Stockholm for 105,000 miles roundtrip in Business Class.

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Or you can Buy Miles during the award booking for 1.5 cents each and pay with as little as 40% of the miles price.Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 10.05.33 AM

LifeMiles awards, whether one way or roundtrip, have a $25 booking fee (though no close in ticketing fee), so this award is 105,000 miles + $100 or 44,000 miles + $1,015.
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I also priced out a one way award from US2 to Brazil for June 2016 for 42,500 miles one way in Business Class without issue.Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 10.15.57 AM

Caveats

There are a lot of caveats when using LifeMiles. Read these two posts before trying to get in on the deal in this post:

  1. How to Consistently Buy Business Class Tickets to Europe for about $1,000 lists the caveats
  2. Anatomy of an Award: Using LifeMiles to Buy Business Class Ticket Between US and Europe for $1,040 gives a complete example of booking a LifeMiles award with purchased miles to show the steps

If you understand the caveats and process and still want to get in on this deal, then go for it!

Bottom Line

This LifeMiles award sale for bookings made by October 15 for travel up to 11 months in the future sweetens the current LifeMiles Buy Miles deal. While I still generally prefer to get miles from credit card sign up bonuses, you can’t ignore these two promotions that combine to allow $572 roundtrips in flat beds between California and Newark, $1,600 roundtrips in Business Class to Europe, and $1,300 roundtrips in Business Class to Brazil.

Hat Tip Mommy Points

 

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Update 8/20/15: Delta now advertises this fare sale and says the deals must be booked by tomorrow August 21, 2015.

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This page also lists some of the fare sale city pairs, though definitely not all.

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Yesterday, Delta started selling awards to Europe for 21,000 miles each way in economy and 43,500 miles each way in Business Class. These are huge discounts off the “normal” price of 30,000 miles each way in economy and 62,500 miles each way in Business Class. (Though “normal” is tough to say since Delta deleted its award charts.)

At the time, the awards were only open to Delta elites and credit card holders. Now these discounted awards are bookable by everyone.

I did a lot of searching this morning, and I think I’ve sussed out the rules for these discounted awards to Europe.

  • Who can book the awards?
  • Where can you book from?
  • Where can you book to?
  • Which partners can be booked at discounted rates?
  • What dates are discounted?

Now Open to Everyone

Yesterday Delta said that elites and credit card holders were getting a one day pre-sale. That pre-sale has ended, and everyone can access the discounted awards in this post without even signing in to delta.com.

Discounted Region

The only discounted awards I see are to Europe. It would be nice if other regions were included in this deal! Let’s see if Delta adds other regions.

Discounted Routes & Partners

Yesterday, screen shots of discounted partner awards (flying KLM and Virgin Atlantic) surfaced. I cannot recreate those today. In fact, I found no discounted partner awards in my many searches. Please leave a comment if you can find a discounted partner award today. Until we find a discounted partner route today, it looks like the sale is for Delta-operated flights only.

Not all Delta flights/routes can be booked for the discounted prices. I’ll give a lot of examples of discounted routes in this post, but let me first give some routes on which I found no discounts:

  • New York to Madrid
  • Atlanta to Madrid
  • New York to Rome
  • New York to Nice, France
  • New York to Barcelona
  • Los Angeles to London

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The warm-weather lover in me notes that, other than Los Angeles to London, those destinations are in Southern Europe, which would be the most pleasant place to visit during this Fall and Winter sale.

If the route you want to fly isn’t mentioned in the excluded or included section, a search will quickly reveal if it has discounted award space.

Let us know the excluded/included routes you find in the comments.

Discounted Dates

Across all the routes I searched, the discounted awards all fall between October 20, 2015 and February 29, 2016.

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Let me know if you see discounted awards outside those dates in the comments.

Discounted Prices

If you fly all Delta flights during the discounted dates on included routes, you can get the following award prices:

  • From the Eastern and Central time zones plus Alaska to Europe for 21,000 SkyMiles each way in economy
  • From the Eastern and Central time zones plus Alaska to Europe for 43,500 SkyMiles each way in Business Class
  • From the Mountain and Pacific time zones plus Hawaii to Europe for 24,000 SkyMiles each way in economy
  • From the Mountain and Pacific time zones plus Hawaii to Europe for 50,000 SkyMiles each way in Business Class

I am not 100% sure that the break down is by time zone, but all the examples I found fit that pattern. If you find a discount that doesn’t fit that pattern, leave it in the comments, and maybe we can improve our understanding of the pricing.

Other Notes On Pricing

These awards are available one way. Roundtrip awards cost double. Mixing a discounted award with a partner award leads to the price you would expect. For instance, here is New York to Paris roundtrip in Business Class. One way is at the discounted price on Delta flights (43.5k) and the other is on a partner (62.5k). The total price is the sum: 106k.

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Delta awards originating in Europe, whether one way or roundtrip, include fuel surcharges. Here is Paris to New York for 43,500 SkyMiles + $335 in Business Class.

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Examples

Here are the screenshots from which I drew the above conclusions.

Atlanta to Amsterdam for 21k/43.5k

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Detroit to London for 21k/43.5kScreen Shot 2015-08-11 at 11.25.05 AM

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Charlottesville, Virginia to London for 21k/43.5kScreen Shot 2015-08-11 at 11.25.35 AM

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Los Angeles to London for 30k/62.5k

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Minneapolis to London for 21k/43.5kScreen Shot 2015-08-11 at 11.27.12 AM

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I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter andfollow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Travel from Houston (IAH) to Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) for $651 roundtrip on Delta this Fall or Winter.

Contents:

  1. When are the $651 fares?
  2. Where to Search and Where to Book Them
  3. Getting Around South Africa
  4. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$651 Roundtrip from Houston to Johannesburg

Sample Dates: October 26 – November 5 on Delta

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According to Secretly Flying, these other dates are also $651 roundtrip:

27th Oct – 8th Nov
28th Oct – 9th Nov
3rd-15th Nov
5th-15th Nov
10th-22nd Nov
12th-22nd Nov
16th-26th Nov
24th Nov – 6th Dec
26th Nov – 7th Dec

There are many other dates available for $651 also.

 

How to Search and How to Book These $651 Fares

 

Search the fares on delta.com. Say that your dates are flexible to see a grid like this. Find a departure-return pair for $709.80.

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Then do NOT book it on delta.com. Go to budgetair.it to find the same fare for 587 euros ($651.) Use Google Chrome to translate budgetair.it.

Getting Around South Africa

Jo’burg has some fascinating museums about the struggle against apartheid, and Freedom Park in Pretoria is a little known gem, that is just a short train ride away.

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View of Cape Town from top of Table Mountain

To get to Cape Town and your safari, you’ll want to fly. There are several airlines in South Africa:

Check the cash price on the low cost carriers like Kulula, and then check whether award space is available on Comair (marketed as British Airways) on ba.com with your Avios.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

You should definitely purchase your this ticket with a credit card that imposes no foreign transaction fees. Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: bringing the price down to $401 roundtrip!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

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Yesterday I reported that some Delta domestic awards cost only 5,000 SkyMiles one way, a 60% discount on the prevailing 12,500 mile rate we expect from legacy carriers. Other routes cost 10,000 SkyMiles one way. From playing around on delta.com, I’ve discovered a few more things.

  • So far, there are no known 5k segments that can be combined onto one award, so we don’t know how that would price.
  • Combine a 5k segment and a 10k segment, and you get a 10k award.
  • Combine a 5k segment and 12.5k segment, and you get a 12.5k award.
  • Combine a 10k segment and 12.5k segment, and you get a 12.5k award.
  • City pairs do not have a price. Segments have a price. (Explained below.)
  • All 5k and 10k awards are only bookable for flights through December 31, 2015.

Segments Have a Price, Not City Pairs

  • A “city pair” is your departing and arrival city no matter how many stops you have in between.
  • A “segment” is one wheels up and wheels down of an airplane.

The 5k and 10k prices we’ve uncovered on delta.com are for segments, not for city pairs. How do I know? Portland/San Francisco as a city pair doesn’t have just one price. The direct flight costs 12,500 miles. The routing via Seattle costs 10,000 miles.

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Why is that? Because Delta has clearly assigned prices to each segment.

  • The Portland-to-San-Francisco segment costs 12,500 SkyMiles as we can see above.
  • The Portland-to-Seattle segment costs 5,000 miles.
  • The Seattle-to-San-Francisco segment costs 10,000 miles.

Proof SEA-SFO segment is 10k:

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Proof SEA-PDX is 5k:Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 7.51.58 PM

When you fly a connecting domestic Delta award itinerary in which one segment prices at one price and the other at another, you just pay the higher segment price.

That’s why PDX-SFO is 12,500 miles and PDX-SEA-SFO is 10,000 miles.

You can see this rule over and over if you try to combine a 5k and 10k segment, a 5k and 12.5k segment, or a 10k and 12.5k segment.

For instance, San Diego to Sacramento prices at 10,000 miles via Los Angeles.

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That’s because the San Diego-to-Los-Angeles segment costs 10,000 miles, the Los-Angeles-to-Sacramento segment costs 5,000 miles, and delta.com goes with the higher price on connecting itineraries.Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 4.24.52 PM

This logic implies that combining two 5k segments would cost just 5,000 total miles. Unfortunately we can’t test that because no two current 5k segments can be combined into a legal route.

I tried to combine the Sacramento-to-Los-Angeles and Los-Angeles-to-San-Jose 5k segments, but that’s not a legal routing, so I got this error.Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 7.47.10 PM

All the 5k and 10k segments disappear after December 31

When Delta first made some SkyMiles awards 10,000 miles in March, they put out a press release and said that the discount was for awards flown by December 31, 2015 only. That rule appears to still be in place for both the 5k and 10k awards.

San Diego to Los Angeles only offers 10k awards until December 31, and the best price after that is 12,500 miles.

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Similarly, Seattle to Portland jumps to 12,500 miles from 5,000 miles after December 31.Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 7.55.26 PM Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 7.55.33 PM

That’s everything my digging has uncovered:

  • So far, there are no known 5k segments that can be combined onto one award, so we don’t know how that would price.
  • Combine a 5k segment and a 10k segment, and you get a 10k award.
  • Combine a 5k segment and 12.5k segment, and you get a 12.5k award.
  • Combine a 10k segment and 12.5k segment, and you get a 12.5k award.
  • City pairs do not have a price. Segments have a price.
  • All 5k and 10k awards are only bookable for flights through December 31, 2015.

Do you have any questions? Have you uncovered anything else?

 

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Frontier’s spring sale ends today. Fares start at $29 one way!

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The sale is valid for bookings made by 11:59 PM ET on March 25 for domestic, nonstop travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays between April 14 and May 20.

Here is the sale page and restrictions. Here are the sale city pairs.

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I had no trouble pricing out Washington to Chicago for $29.

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Fees

Frontier now follows the ultra-low-cost, fee-for-everything model.

Seat selection costs $4+. They’ll assign you a seat at check in for free, but you’ll probably get the worst one.

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Only a personal item is free to bring on board. Checked bags cost $20+ and carry ons cost $30+, so I would think of these fares as costing $20 more each way and plan on checking a bag.

Even water costs money. Here’s the snack and drink menu.
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Getting These Flights for Free

There’s no need to pay cash for cheap, cash fares. You can redeem ThankYou Points at a rate of 1.25 cents each to purchase any airline ticket. That means a $29 fare would be 2,320 ThankYou Points and $0.

The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card is now offering a 40,000 point sign up bonus worth $500 in free flights on any flight, any time, on almost any airline with no blackout dates.

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Frontier Airlines is having a one day sale today with fares from $19 to $49 from Atlanta, Georgia to:

  • Austin
  • Chicago-O’Hare
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Denver
  • Indianapolis
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • New Orleans
  • New York-La Guardia
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Trenton/Princeton
  • Washington-Dulles

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Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 PM ET today (February 24) for nonstop travel on:

  • April 30, 2015
  • May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 27, 2015

These are all Wednesdays and Thursdays.

These promotional fares sell out really quickly. They’re more of an advertising cost than anything because a few super cheap fares are sold at a loss in return for all the free press. And, of course, in addition to the $19 base fare, you will have to pay for a seat assignment (or be assigned bad one), checked bags, carry on bags, and even water on board.

Still, it’s a great deal for Atlantans or folks who want to visit if they can snap up a ticket before they’re gone.

Share your success in the comments.

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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Update 2/18/15: According to a Mommy Points/Hyatt Concierge conversation on Twitter, you can get the Hyatt card now and register for the promo by March 31, and you’ll get a 20% rebate on all awards. You’ll even retroactively get 20% back on the awards between now and when you register. Sweet!

If you were a Hyatt credit card holder as of January 31, 2015, you can get a 20% rebate on the points needed for award stays completed by July 31, 2015 by registering for this promotion.

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The 20% rebate on the points needed for award stays applies to free nights, points + cash nights, suite upgrades, and dining and spa redemptions. The 20% rebate does not apply to other redemptions of points like exchanging them for airline miles or car rentals. Here’s the chart before the 20% rebate. Now Category 1 hotels drop to 4,000 points per night at Category 7 drops to 24,000.

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Three thoughts on the promotion:

  1. Thanks, Hyatt and Chase!
  2. You have to have all the points already in your account for a full-priced stay because this is not a 20% discount at the time of booking, it is a 20% rebate that posts 4-6 weeks after your completed stay. A 20% discount would be a little nicer, but the 20% rebate keeps us more engaged because we’ll end up with points in our account instead of zeroing out the balance.
  3. This makes points + cash nights a worse deal.

While free night awards are available whenever a standard room is for sale, points + cash nights are capacity controlled award nights where you pay half the points of free night plus a cash copay. I think of that cash copay as re-purchasing half my points as compared to a free night award. The cost to re-purchase points on a points + cash stay is 1.2 to 2 cents per point, with the best deals at Category 3-6 properties.

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This rebate is a 20% rebate on the points needed for free nights and points + cash stays, but no rebate on the cash copay. That makes the cost to re-purchase your points higher. During the promotion, it will range from 1.5 to 2.5 cents. I’ve never made a points + cash booking with Hyatt points anyway–only free nights–and this promotion makes me less likely to make a points + cash booking for a stay before July 31.

I’m registered for the promotion. I don’t have a lot of Hyatt points, but I do have a lot of Chase Ultimate Rewards, which transfer 1:1 instantly to Hyatt points. I’ll consider this promotion if I need a hotel stay, though I generally prefer airbnb and using points from my Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card, which offers 85,000 bonus points after spending $2,500 on the card in the first 90 days and the last night free on all award stays of 2+ nights.

Full Terms and Conditions:

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United has posted a statement saying that it will not honor the mistake fares I posted about this morning that allowed one way or roundtrip First Class bookings from the United Kingdom to the United States for $100 or so. Here is the entire statement:

United is voiding the bookings of several thousand individuals who were attempting to take advantage of an error a third-party software provider made when it applied an incorrect currency exchange rate, despite United having properly filed its fares. Most of these bookings were for travel originating in the United Kingdom, and the level of bookings made with Danish Kroner as the local currency was significantly higher than normal during the limited period that customers made these bookings.

Isn’t that impressive? Several thousand tickets were booked. Good work guys! I couldn’t get my ticket booking done because Argentina.

My instinct on these is that every single person who booked one of the mistake fears knew it was a mistake, and over 99% of the people who booked one found out about the mistake from a forum or blog post that made it clear that this was a mistake. Maybe its my moral compass or maybe its my Contracts class from law school talking, but I think mistake should void a contract. Since United has cancelled the tickets within about 8 hours of their booking, no one should be inconvenienced by the bookings unless they made other non-refundable arrangements.

However, current United States Department of Transportation regulations are actually pretty clear that United can’t cancel mistake fares. That would constitute “increas[ing] the price” of air transportation after purchase, which is forbidden. (It is an increase in the price because canceling the ticket means the only way to fly the route is to purchase a new, more expensive ticket.) Check out all the legalese in 14 CFR 399.88. Based on my thoughts in the previous paragraph, I’d urge people to consider the mistake fare a free lottery ticket. If it’s honored, you win. If it isn’t, you didn’t lose, and you had fun playing. All this drama is fun.

But I’m sure a lot of people will file DOT complaints and maybe law suits. They are within their rights to take this mistake-fare saga that route, but morally they’re in the wrong. United isn’t trying to get one over on these people. These people are trying to get one over on United.

Now before anyone posts too angry of a reply, I want to clarify that I don’t think this is a small matter or morality, not a big one. If my friend said he was filing a DOT complaint, I’d say, “I hope you lose, but you’re still my friend.” It would be on the level of telling me he supported a different presidential candidate than me. No big deal.

I’ll be interested in how this all plays out, and I will keep everyone posted.

What’s your take? Did United respond appropriately? Is a DOT complaint appropriate?

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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Update: Deal is dead. Hopefully if you saw this post this morning, you booked immediately like I suggested. It wasn’t too hard to spot that this deal was too good to last. Also hopefully, the bookings made are honored.

Expedia is running a promo. Use the following coupon codes for instant savings at payment:

  • $100 off nearly any hotel stay of 3+ nights using coupon code: DISCVR105
  • $150 off nearly any hotel stay of 4+ nights using coupon code: DISCVR151
  • $200 off nearly any hotel stay of 5+ nights using coupon code: DISCVR201

The only restrictions I can find:

  • Checkout must be August 31, 2015 or earlier.
  • You cannot get a free stay. The total minus the coupon must be at least $0.01. More on this below.
  • There is a list of excluded properties. The list is short when you consider the thousands of hotels bookable on Expedia worldwide. The list of excluded properties is a ton of Accor properties in France and Europe. All the properties I tested in several countries from other chains and non-chains worked.

I am going to use this sale to speculatively book a ton of 3, 4, and 5 night hotel stays that offer free cancellation at cheap hotels, so that all my nights are under $20.

I have already booked myself two 4-night stays at motels along the East Coast that I will probably need for March Madness. I’ll also make sure to book myself stays in Thailand, Egypt, and Europe for the rest of the summer.

How the Deal Works

I booked a four night stay in Charlotte. On the payment page, I clicked “Enter a coupon or promotion code” under “How would you like to pay?”

I entered the 4-night promo code.

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That brought the price from $215 to $65 or about $16 per night.

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When following my basketball team for March Madness, I always stay in these low-quality cheap motels, and this deal is perfect for hotels in the $50 price range because the percentage discount in humungous.

I also booked myself a four night stay the following weekend in Syracuse. I’m not sure we’ll make it to Syracuse, but I can cancel the reservation without penalty until a few days before the stay.

This stay came out to $53 for four nights, or about $13 per night.
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Important Trick If You Want to Book Yourself More than One Stay

I’ve already booked myself two stays. On the second, I got an error saying I had already used that coupon code from my account.

I opened a new Chrome Incognito browser window, didn’t sign in, and used a different credit card and email address for the reservation. I am not sure which of those steps were necessary, but I have a lot of email addresses and credit cards, so I will follow the same procedure going forward.

Interestingly the terms and conditions say you need to be signed in to use these coupons, but that isn’t currently true in practice.

How to Maximize the Promo?

I definitely think the best deal is to find hotels in the $40 to $60 per range, so you get them nearly free. When I think cheap hotels, I think Vegas midweek.

The only problem is that those hotels generally charge resort fees that you’ll have to pay at the hotel. Here’s Hooters Casino for five nights next month. You only have to pay $32 up front, $6 per night, after the $200 discount, but you will have to pay another $89, $18 per night, upon checkin.
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Another place with very cheap hotels is Southeast Asia. Look at this 3.5 star Bangkok hotel for $8 per night.

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The cheapest hotels I could find were $6 per night. You can probably find better, but it’s very hard to get a free room because of how the coupon works.

Your total price (including taxes and fees) needs to exceed the coupon amount. But even then, the coupon only eliminates the base price, not the taxes and fees. For example, this hotel is $199 for five nights, which is less than the $200 coupon.

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That means that the coupon will be rejected.

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Book Now

This promo is set to last until 11:59 PM PT on March 15. But doesn’t it strike you as a bit overgenerous? Hotel rooms for under $10, worldwide, until the end of August, for as many stays as you like? I predict it ends early. Book now.

Which Card to Use?

Use your Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® to book the hotel stays. The card comes with 40,000 bonus miles after spending $3k in the first 90 days. Just meeting that minimum spending requirement means you’ll have 46,000 Arrival miles, which are worth more than $500 in free flights on any airline with no blackouts, any hotel stay, any car rental and more.
Book your hotel stays with the Arrival Plus then redeem Arrival miles to remove the charge.

Hat Tip Travel Summary

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La Compagnie, a new French airline with an all Business Class fleet, is offering $1,007 roundtrip fares from Newark to London-Luton for travel from April 24 to June 30, 2015.

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Even though La Compagnie has the worst transatlantic Business Class, the offering is far better than anyone else’s economy or Premium Economy, and at a lower price, so this is a great deal.

The Deal

La Compagnie begins service from Newark to London-Luton, which is an airport dominated by low-cost carriers like easyJet and Wizz Air, on April 24, 2015. I flew Wizz Air from Luton to Ljubljana, Slovenia last year. I went to the airport by train and bus, and hung out in a Priority Pass lounge for a few minutes. It’s no more inconvenient than Heathrow and Gatwick for me.

On La Compagnie’s home page, you can run your search.

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I found the promo fare available basically every day until June 30. Promo fares were indicated by the date saying “FROM $557.” Miles tickets are often harder to find for Friday and Sunday departures–departure days that maximize vacation while minimizing vacation days–so it is nice that this fare is available every day of the week.Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 7.34.34 PM

Oddly since $557 + $557 = $1,114, selecting two $557 fares brings up a total of $1,007 roundtrip. My search was for two passengers, so the total is $2,014.

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This is unbeatable for Business Class, which usually goes for several thousand dollars. Even economy fares for Friday-until-the-next-Sunday nine day trips for June are going for about $1,000 roundtrip from the New York area to London.

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Note that the change fee is listed as $500 and there is no cancellation of these promo tickets.

The Product

I feel a little weird calling La Compagnie’s offering Business Class. Its seat is worse than every Business Class that flies across the Atlantic.

But the seat is better than economy and Premium Economy.

This is what La Compagnie says about the 74 Business Class seats that make up the all-Business flight:

Integrated in fixed shells, our seats offer passengers ultimate privacy and comfort. Our seats recline to a 180-degree angle with a built-in massage feature for added comfort during your journey. Arranged in 2×2 rows, our comfortable seats are spaced by a pitch of 62 inches.

The seat height is 46 ½ in. with a width of 26 in.

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Photos make it very clear that not all seats have direct aisle access. The seat does is not parallel to the ground, so it’s an angled flat seat.

I would rather fly any flat-bed seat and most angled flat seats, but this is at least a lot of legroom plus it comes with some of the perks of Business Class.

Free Bags

  • Two checked bags up to 70 pounds each (one more than coach usually gets to Europe)
  • Two carry ons (one more than coach gets)
  • One personal item

Free Lounge Access in Newark

It doesn’t look that great, but it is better than a United Club or the terminal.

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No lounge access is listed for London. If you have Priority Pass access from a Citi Prestige® Card, there is an OK lounge in Luton.

Inflight Entertainment

You get a Samsung Galaxy Pro tablet at your seat loaded with entertainment options.

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Free Food and Wine

They’ve got a chef with a French name and sommelier’s with “personal relationships with harvesters.”

The point I’m trying to get across is that it sounds like somewhere between a Business Class product and a Premium Economy product. If I bought someone one of these tickets as a surprise, I’d just tell her we are going to London and let her expectations be exceeded by the Business Class instead of telling her we were going in Business Class and leaving her expectations unmet.

Full details on The Services and Good to Know before travel at the links. Here is a full trip report of flying La Compagnie Business Class. The money line: “The La Compagnie seat wasn’t angled flat, but rather angled in three different directions. Within a minute of reclining I put it back in the upright position.”

Bottom Line

If I didn’t have miles, I’d fly La Compagnie Business Class for $1,007 roundtrip in a heart beat. Because I do, I’ll skip it and look for fully flat beds.

 

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United.com is offering cheaper prices for partner Business Class award award bookings than what United’s chart says the price is. This sale is unannounced and could end at any time.

In February 2014, United went to two charts: a cheaper one for flights on United and a more expensive one for partner flights–way more expensive in Business and First Class.

Last month, there were unannounced sales in partner Business Class to Europe, the Middle East, and India. These sales were restricted to off peak times though–January, February, and March. Last sale:

March 31 from JFK to Delhi, India: 70,000 United miles in Lufthansa Business Class (discount in March)

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These new unannounced sales are to more regions and can be booked for all of the current schedule–basically until the end of 2015. One way partner Business Class is pricing out at the United prices:

  1. Between the US and Europe for 57,500 United miles (normally 70k)
  2. Between the US and North Asia for 70,000 United miles (normally 80k)
  3. Between the US and Central Asia for 70,000 United miles (normally 80k)
  4. Between the US and South Asia for 70,000 United miles (normally 80k)
  5. Between Europe and Middle East for 35,000 United miles (normally 45k)

Example 1: Boston to Zurich in Swiss Business Class this summer for 57,500 United miles

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Combined, the three Asia regions on sale from the United States include all of Asia except Japan, which costs 75,000 miles one way in partner Business Class, and the Middle East. The Middle East is Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen. The Middle East is on sale from Europe.

What is United Thinking with this Sale?

I have no idea. Its on-again-off-again nature and the fact that only some regions are affected tells me this is not a glitch. United is intentionally holding this sale.

It seems to indicate that they overreached with their partner award devaluation, and they know it.

But why the secrecy? Why is this sale not trumpeted in a press release? As it is, the only people who will take advantage are lucky people who were just searching for an award to these regions and people who read miles blogs.

I’d love theories on why United is having these sales–and having them secretly at that–in the comments.

How Long Will the Sale Last?

Probably not long. The last secret sales lasted about a month. Book now if you want to take advantage.

Hat Tip Dan’s Deals

 

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Last month, I wrote about saving money on paid tickets by using a “fake location.” The idea is that airlines charge different amounts for the same ticket depending on where you’re from or where you say you’re from.

I just had the opportunity to use the trick, and I saved 47% on an intra-Egypt flight.

I’m going to spend a week in Egypt in May, and I want to split the time between Luxor and Cairo. My fancy award tickets, which I’ll be writing about in the coming days, fly into Luxor and out of Cairo, so I’ve just got to get myself from Luxor to Cairo on a separate ticket.

Award Booking?

My first thought is always to book an award ticket, but in this case, it’s a very poor value.

United shows award space every day on the route, usually on multiple flights, but the price is 20,000 miles in economy and 35,000 in business–steep for a one hour flight.

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These segments might be very useful as part of a larger award, but I’m not spending 20,000 miles on what turned out to be a sub-$100 flight.

Paid Ticket Search

I headed to kayak.com to check out the price of a paid ticket, which was $112.

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That’s not terrible, and certainly better than 20,000 miles, but I wondered if a fake location would make the flight cheaper.

I went to egyptair.com and selected Egypt as my country and English as my language.

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It’s nice that Egyptair lets you pick English/Egpyt. Some sites put you into the native language if you choose the airline’s home country. In that case, using the Google Chrome browser to automatically translate is helpful.

Searching the exact same dates on egyptair.com “from Egypt” brought much cheaper results than my Kayak search “from the United States.” (In fact, I was in Argentina for both.)

Luxor to Cairo priced out at 422 Egyptian Pounds, about $59.
Screen Shot 2015-01-18 at 12.23.59 PMI selected my ideal flight and paid with my Citi ThankYou® Premier Card because it has no foreign transaction fees. In my Citi account, the charge shows as $59.16, a 47% discount on what someone who didn’t know the fake-location trick would have paid.

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I’m sure I’ll find plenty of ways to spend the $53 I saved on my trip!

Have you used the “fake location” trick before for big savings?

Full explanation of the trick with examples and uses: Book Tickets from Fake Location to Save Money

Pay for your cheap flights intra-country with the Arrival Plus then redeem Arrival miles to remove the charge.

 

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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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Book any JetBlue award by 11:59 PM ET tomorrow (July 25, 2014) for travel from September 2 to October 31, 2014, and you’ll get 20% of the points back in November or December 2014.

If you have Fall travel planned but not booked, this is a nice rebate.

You can transfer 250 Membership Rewards to 200 JetBlue points if you’re short of the award you want. With this 20% rebate on awards, that may make sense.

The highest value award is for Mint Class between New York and Los Angeles and, starting October 26, New York and San Francisco. You can get a fully flat bed in a fully enclosed Mint Suite for 34,800 TrueBlue points, plus you’d get 6,960 TrueBlue points back for use on a future flight.

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I wrote extensively about the amenities and price that make Mint “By Far The Best Deal on Domestic Business Class” so check out that post for far more information on why I’d take advantage of this rebate to book Mint Class.

  • What are the full terms and conditions of the 20% rebate?
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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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