Month: September 2014

Emirates First Class: $21,517 Roundtrip for only $3400!

Love travelling? Don’t mind playing the miles game? Here is a great deal for you. Fly Emirates First Class from DFW to Cape Town, South Africa for only $3,400 vs. the $21,517 published roundtrip rate. You can even get a free overnight in Dubai with limo service and 5 star hotel accommodations (LINK).  How? Read on! 

Private enclosed Suites, On board showers and bars!

Private enclosed Suites, On board showers and bars!

Normal First Class Fare

Normal First Class Fare

How to get this amazing deal:

Alaska Airlines shopping portal (LINK) has a promotion that gives you 9 miles per dollar (9miles/$1) for Sears purchases. That means if you spend $1,000 on Sears you will get 9,000 Alaska Miles (plus 1000 miles if you have the Alaska Credit Card) for a total of 10,000 miles for a $1,000 spend. You can buy physical gift cards and still get the 9miles/$1 and then double dip by getting another 9miles/$1 when you spend the gift card funds for 18miles/$1. 

Alaska is a Emirates partner airline and you can spend miles on a 1:1 basis – see award redemption chart below. 

Mileage Redemption Chart

Mileage Redemption Chart

You basically need 200,000 miles for a first class roundtrip. That means you need to buy $18,000 worth of Sears gift cards which will net you 200,000 miles if you have an alaska airlines credit card. You can then sell those same gift cards online at a merchant like Cardpool (LINK) for $830 for every $1,000. That means for every $10,000 in gift cards you are taking a $1700 loss, but ending up with 100,000 miles. Make that $20,000 and you just “paid” $3,400 for 200,000 miles. 

You now have enough miles for your $21,517 First Class roundtrip on Emirates but only paid $3,400 for it. Even better if you keep the Sears/Kmart gift cards. 

British Airways Free Upgrade to First Class

For a limited time British Airways is offering customers a free upgrade to first class from business class. This is a great offer and comes with lounge and amenity access as well. 

British Airways Club World passengers can upgrade to first class for free on selected flights until December 31, it was announced today.

Business passengers will be able to upgrade one leg of a return journey for free.

The offer will enable them to make use of all BA’s first class facilities, including a concierge service and access to the First lounge.

To qualify, Club World passengers must request the upgrade at the time of booking. There is no limit to the number of free upgrades that can be taken during the offer period.

Bookings must be made before December 12 and outbound travel must be completed before December 31 and inbound travel by January 7.

Kate Thornton, BA’s head of product and service, said: “This is a great opportunity to thank and reward our customers, as well as giving them a chance to experience our luxurious First cabin and tailored service.”

Upgrades are subject to availability and, it should go without saying, are only available on BA routes with a First cabin.

If you are interested check out details below: 

http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/offers/flights/upgrade-to-first

 

 

United Club at Chicago O’Hare International (Terminal C) – Photos

Had some time to kill during a connection from to Paris in Chicago. United is mainly based out of Terminal 1 (domestic) B and C concourses and Terminal 5 (international arrivals). There are actually a few United Clubs and two in Terminal 1C alone. The one at the far end of the terminal is pretty small, but the main club is really nice and large with likely the best showers I have experienced at a United Club. Just some quick photos to show the experience. 

United Club Entrance

United Club Entrance

Reception Desk

Reception Desk

Customer Service Agents

Customer Service Agents

Snack area

Snack area

Get up and close with a 747-400

Get up and close with a 747-400

Shower in the United Club

Shower in the United Club

Shower: cold water and mints

Shower: cold water and mints

Shower Area

Shower Area

Heated Towel Rack

Heated Towel Rack

Multiple Shower Heads

Multiple Shower Heads