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!
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.
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.