Category Archive for 'Airfare Deals'

Fly Nonstop Between NYC Or Philadelphia And Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Or West Palm Beach From $40 (Or 2K Hybrid Points) Each Way!

Friday, January 20th, 2017

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Get free checked baggage, 10% rebates on point redemptions, 50% off in-flight purchases, and much more if you have the JetBlue Plus World Elite MastercardYou don’t need to use the card to get those benefits.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST on Monday, 1/23. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Limited seats are available on each date.

-Always search one-way for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

-Search NYC to include JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark for best results.

View the full list of valid dates after the jump:

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Delta: Fly Nonstop From Minneapolis To Honolulu For $322 (Or 16K Hybrid Points) Round-Trip

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Related post: The Ultimate Hawaii Mileage Award Chart And Everything You Need To Know About The Hawaiian Islands


American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST on Monday, 1/23. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Limited seats are available on each date.

-Always search one-way for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

Minneapolis to Honolulu $322-$342 dates:
March 1, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29
April 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30
May 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15

Honolulu to Minneapolis $322-$342 dates:
March 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30
April 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27
May 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24


These fares are not on sale with miles, but you can pay for the ticket with “hybrid points” if you have AMEX or Chase points and a Business Platinum or Sapphire Reserve card.

Using AMEX points:

If you have The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN you can get a 50% rebate on the airline of your choice

The 50% rebate will go back into your account the day after redeeming points.

You can login to your account and redeem AMEX points for travel here.

A $322.40 flight will be 32,240 points and you would get a 50% rebate making the effective cost just 16,120 points, a value of 2 cents per point:

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Using Chase points:

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel.

A $322.40 flight will be 21,493 points. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!

You can login to your account and redeem Chase points for travel here.

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HT: mochjas, via DDF and FDA


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HOT! British Airways: Fly Nonstop From JFK Or Newark To Paris For $252 Round-Trip!

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Use this BA link to book and receive $65 off coach fares. You will need to disable ad-blocker.

-Tickets are refundable for 24 hours from the time of booking by calling BA.

-If you use a consumer Chase Visa and select flights operated by British Airways/Open Skies (American flights won’t qualify for the extra 10% off) you can save another 10% off by using the following promo code on the page after selecting flights as shown below: CARDOFFERU

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-A 7 night stay away from JFK (6 nights in Paris) is required for this sale. In other words if you depart JFK on Tuesday, 8/8 (arriving into Paris/ORY on Wednesday, 8/9) you can’t return until Tuesday, 8/15 (arriving into JFK on the same day). Use Google Flights to help find valid dates if you are flexible.

-Search NYC to include EWR and JFK for best results.

-Limited seats are available on each date.

-Paris is easily one of my favorite cities in the world. You can read my 2010 trip notes here, 2012 trip notes here, and Instagram pictures from my 2016 trip to Paris by scrolling down here. There is plenty to do and eat in the city of lights for a week, though you can always jet or train to another city like Venice .

JFK or Newark to Paris/ORY valid dates:
April 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 25, 30
May 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 29, 30
June 4, 5, 6
July 17, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31
August 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
September 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

Paris/ORY to JFK or Newark valid dates:
April 13, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
May 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 23, 30
June 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
July 25, 26, 27
August 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31
September 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12


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SAS: Pay For 1 Adult’s Airfare And Bring Up To 8 Kids For Free!

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


SAS: Pay For 1 Adult, Bring Up To 8 Kids For Free!

SAS, a Star Alliance member, is offering up to 8 free kids tickets with the purchase of an adult ticket from the USA to Denmark, Finland, Norway, or Sweden. All you need to pay are the taxes.

Kids must be under 12 years old for this promotion.

Tickets must be booked by 1/23 and depart from the USA between 2/7-4/9.

From Newark for example you can fly on SAS nonstop to Copenhagen, Oslo, or Stockholm.

For example an adult and 8 kids from Newark to Copenhagen:

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This also works in SAS Plus with extra legroom, seat width, lounge access, free wifi, power outlets, fast track security, and extra baggage. For example here is Newark-Oslo in SAS Plus for 1 adult and 8 kids:

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You can even travel to the top of the world, Longyearbyen, Svalbard:

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Alas, this promotion does not work for business class.

HT: AsherO, via DDF


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$50 Gift Card For Every $1,000 Spent On An Airline Ticket To Israel From Global Tours!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Please note: This is a paid advertisement which is stickied as the top post, please scroll down for new posts.

Receive a $50 gift card to the merchant of your choice for every $1,000 you spend on a single ticket to Israel with Global Tours with promo code: INAUGURATION2017

-For any questions and to book please call us at 877-SEE TEL AVIV, 212-986-7400, or email sales@globaltoursinc.com
-Restrictions may apply.
-Offer may expire at any time.

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JetBlue Honoring (Most) Free Vacation Reservations; A History Of Past Free Vacation Glitches

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

On Sunday I covered a JetBlue vacations deal that offered $150 off domestic vacation packages and $250 off international vacation packages with no minimum purchase requirement. I also wrote about how to use it for free airfare, hotels, and car rentals even if you only needed one of those.

Before I made those posts I booked a dummy booking to confirm that it would give a confirmation number with a $0 purchase. I called back to cancel that booking as I had no intention of using it and the rep confirmed that ticketed vacations for adults would be honored. However vacations booked for those under 18 have been cancelled.

Some DD readers have already flown and stayed in hotels for free with the deal!

4 hours after I posted the deal JetBlue added a $2,000 or $2,500 minimum purchase to the deal’s terms.

JetBlue has to be commended for honoring their glitches though. In December a glitch lowered the price of transcontinental flights to $64 and their website remained jammed for a day. They even honored the fare for people who called about not being able to access their website.

In June they announced a promotion targeting Virgin America flyers due to JetBlue losing the bid to buy them out to Alaska. They had intended to target people that had Virgin America miles but forgot to exclude people transferring in points from SPG with a 25% bonus. In the end, Alaska Airlines even bumped up the Virgin America points by another 30% and JetBlue decided to honor the promotion despite high-level talks about whether to try to bail. We flew to Boston and got over 300,000 points for our mileage run.

But this was far from the first vacation package glitch:

-In 2006 I posted a deal for a flight+hotel package to Hawaii for $87 thanks to a $400 off Northwest Airlines vacation package that didn’t set a minimum purchase. I was in a Smicha program then in LA and went with my chavrusa to Oahu for Purim. In 48 hours we brought a suitcase of food for the local shluchim, bought Hawaiian print Kipot, paid our respects at Pearl Harbor, climbed Diamond Head, hiked to Manoa Falls, snorkeled in Hanauma Bay, and drove around the island.

I fell in love with the state and have been back 6 times since, including a month-long honeymoon spanning 4 islands.

-In March 2010 Expedia offered $400 off vacations packages to the Bahamas, resulting in hundreds of DansDeals readers getting free airfare+hotels there.

-On a Saturday in November 2010 Expedia once again offered $300 off vacation packages to Las Vegas and other cities. A friend had asked me if we wanted to shoot some pool that night. I’m not much of a pool guy, but agreed when Mimi said she was in. When I logged onto my laptop after Shabbos, I saw the deal on DDF and got involved with posting it and writing about its potential.

In the meantime, I told Mimi that the Expedia deal would keep me busy all night. At that time there were only 1,100 @DansDeals followers on Twitter and the deal lasted until 3:40AM the next day.

Eventually, Mimi told me what was really going on that night, there were dozens of people waiting for a surprise birthday party for me. Oops. That wouldn’t be the only birthday party I nearly missed due to a glitch, United’s 4 Mile Island glitch happened just before Rafi’s 1st birthday party.

Meanwhile, once at the party everyone wanted to book all-expense paid vacations to Las Vegas. Just about everyone in attendance wound up booking Vegas vacations with free airfare, Bellagio stays, airport limo transfers, Cirque du Soleil tickets, etc. Due to issues with our room the Bellagio even wound up buying us kosher steak and lamb chops for dinner.

While watching the Pats-Texans game this past Saturday night with a group of friends we got into a discussion of the free Vegas vacation deal and when something like that would return. Less than 24 hours later JetBlue delivered!

-Just a week after the Vegas deal, JetBlue had transcontinental airfares with hotel packages for just $99

-In 2011 JetBlue Vacations offered $100 vacations with no minimum purchase.

-Don’t want to miss a glitch like one of these or $50 first class Delta tickets to Hawaii or LA, $440 business class AA tickets to Asia250 mile Delta flights, $148 Delta tickets from down under$150 Delta Transatlantic fares, $250 AA Transatlantic fares$187 Etihad tickets$336 El Al tickets to Israel, $372 Delta tickets to Israel$281 Air Canada tickets to Israel, $461 USAirways tickets to Israel, or $287 United tickets to Israel?

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British Airways: Fly Nonstop To London From $392 Round-Trip!

Monday, January 16th, 2017

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Use this BA link to book and receive $65 off coach fares. You will need to disable ad-blocker.

-Tickets are refundable for 24 hours from the time of booking by calling BA.

-If you use a consumer Chase Visa and select flights operated by British Airways you can save another 10% off by using the following promo code on the page after selecting flights: CARDOFFERU

-A 7 night stay is required for this sale. Use Google Flights to help find valid dates if you are flexible.

-The lowest fares are valid for travel on select dates from January-April and August-October.

For example a flight from JFK to LHR and back from LGW to JFK will be $407 via the link above and entering the promo code as shown below:

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Other round-trip sale fares after the promotions above include:
Denver-LHR: $392
Boston-LHR: $393
Los Angeles-LHR: $438
JFK-LHR: $443
Miami-LHR: $555

Post what other deals you find!


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Cathay/United: Fly Nonstop From Chicago To Hong Kong For $505 (Or 25K Hybrid Points) Round-Trip

Monday, January 16th, 2017

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-You can credit the United K class fare to Singapore Airlines to earn 16,130 miles instead of earning just 2,035 United miles.
-United has a 7 night minimum stay requirement.

-You can credit the Cathay Pacific O class fare to Alaska Airlines to earn 3,897 miles instead of earning 0 Asia miles.
-Cathay Pacific has no minimum stay requirement.

United Chicago-Hong Kong valid dates:
February 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30
April 4, 5, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27

United Hong Kong-Chicago valid dates:
February: Entire month
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30,
April 3, 4, 5, 6, 13, 17, 18, 19
May 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18

Cathay Pacific Chicago-Hong Kong valid dates:
February 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28
March 1, 2, 6, 13, 14, 15, 16, 28, 29, 30
April 17, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27

Cathay Pacific Hong Kong-Chicago valid dates:
February 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 21, 22,
March 1, 7, 8, 9, 21, 22,
April 4, 5, 26
May 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15

Hong Kong is a fascinating East meets West city and is home to several great kosher restaurants and shuls. Mul Hayam restaurant, located next to the Kehilat Zion shul in the Kowloon section of Hong Kong, is excellent. The JCC located on Hong Kong Island has very good dairy and meat restaurants as well as an awesome Sunday night all you can eat buffet, just don’t forget to bring your passport to get in! Chabad of Lantau also offers meals with delivery options.

We spent a Shabbos with Chabad of Hong Kong Island where the food was excellent and the atmosphere is awesome. People have rave reviews about Shabbos at Chabad and Kehilat Zion in Kowloon as well.

After Shabbos we moved the W in Kowloon, which is one of my favorite SPG hotels in the world. We got an amazing upgrade and there’s a very cool rooftop infinity pool and hot tub. Plus the bellhop picked up our bags from our room and checked them straight home to Cleveland without us ever having to touch them thanks to the airport express station located in the W’s basement.

There are lots of other great hotels where you can spend your points at as well.

Most hotels even give you a free cell phone to use while in Hong Kong.

Americans do not need a visa to travel to Hong Kong or to take the ferry from Hong Kong to nearby Macau.


These fares are not on sale with miles, but you can pay for the ticket with “hybrid points” if you have AMEX or Chase points and a Business Platinum or Sapphire Reserve card.

Using AMEX points:

If you have The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN you can get a 50% rebate on the airline of your choice in coach and on all airlines in business/first class

The 50% rebate will go back into your account the day after redeeming points.

You can login to your account and redeem AMEX points for travel here.

A $505.26 flight will be 50,526 points and you would get a 50% rebate making the effective cost just 25,263 points, a value of 2 cents per point:

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Using Chase points:

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel.

A $505.26 coach flight will be 33,684 points. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!

You can login to your account and redeem Chase points for travel here.

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Turkish Airlines Companion Sale; JFK To Tel Aviv For $585 (Or 39K Hybrid Points) In Coach Or $1,626 (Or 81K Hybrid Points) In Business Class

Monday, January 16th, 2017

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 11pm EST tomorrow.

Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Bookable on Turkish Airlines.

Prices will vary between booking sites.

Round-trip companion sale fares to Tel Aviv:
Atlanta: $679 coach, $2,061 business
Boston: $585 coach, $1,691 business
Chicago: $580 coach, $2,321 business
Houston: $615 coach, $2,450 business
JFK: $585 coach, $1,626 business
Los Angeles: $605 coach, $1,800 business
Miami: $605 coach, $2,242 business
San Francisco: $605 coach $2,450 business
Washington DC: $601 coach, $2,225 business

Companion sale rules:
-Book 2 or more passengers on Turkish Airlines by 2/14/17 for sale prices.
-Valid for flights from United States only.
-Outbound travel valid between 2/7/17-2/20/17
-The minimum stay varies by market from 3-7 nights.
-The maximum stay is 14 nights.
-Valid for Economy Class and Business Class.

-Coach passengers can check 2×50 pound bags and business passengers can check 2×70 pound bags.

Turkish is a very highly rated airline. Thousands of religious Jews have taken their flights without issues and report that service has been far superior to other airlines. Turkish has an award winning Star Alliance lounge in Istanbul. They operate a whopping 9 flights a day between Istanbul and Tel Aviv.

Turkish offers freshly made kosher meals in all classes and they are highly regarded as well. They are made in Turkey and are kosher supervised by the OK.


These fares are not on sale with miles, but you can pay for the ticket with “hybrid points” if you have AMEX or Chase points and a Business Platinum or Sapphire Reserve card.

Using AMEX points:

If you have The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN you can get a 50% rebate on the airline of your choice in coach and on all airlines in business/first class

The 50% rebate will go back into your account the day after redeeming points.

You can login to your account and redeem AMEX points for travel here.

A $1,626.18 business class flight will be 162,618 points and you would get a 50% rebate making the effective cost just 81,309 points, a value of 2 cents per point:

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Using Chase points:

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel.

A $585.18 coach flight will be 39,012 points. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!

You can login to your account and redeem Chase points for travel here.

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A $1,626.18 business class flight will be 108,412 points. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!

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Here’s How To Use The JetBlue Deal For Free Airfare While Staying Longer Than 1 Night Or For Dirt Cheap Hotels And Rental Cars Without Flights!

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Update, 6:45PM: DEAD!
The $150 coupon now requires $2,000 of spending and the $250 coupon now requires $2,500 of spending.


American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.


JetBlue Vacations Linky

A few hours ago I posted a deal for $150 off $150 on JetBlue vacations.

You need to book a flight and hotel. You can also add a car rental.

-Use the following code for $150 off a domestic flight+hotel: VACATIONS150
-Use the following code for $250 off an international (Or Puerto Rico) flight+hotel: VACATIONS250

Valid for travel through 5/7/17.

If you’re booking for multiple people you should make separate reservations for everyone.

Note that some hotels are excluded.

You can use Google Flights to find routes and dates with the cheapest JetBlue flights.

Many commenters assumed that the best deals were only for 1 night, but that’s incorrect.

For example if you search from Newark-Boston from 1/30-1/31 you can get a flight+hotel for $0. You can just use this as a free one-way flight from Newark-Boston and throw away the hotel and return flight:

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If you search from Boston-Newark from 2/2-2/3 you can find a flight for $8.27. You can just use this as your return flight back to Newark and throw away the hotel and the actual return flight:

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Don’t want to fly anywhere?

Stay at the Sheraton Brooklyn and swim in their indoor pool for $57 by booking a flight from Boston-Newark and just skipping the flights:

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Looking for something more upscale?

Stay at the Waldorf Astoria NYC for $103.52 by booking a flight from Boston-Newark and just skipping the flights. If you have a JetBlue Plus World Elite Mastercard you’ll also get a $100 statement credit if you spend $100 after the code on a JetBlue Vacation, making the Waldorf just $3.52!

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This works in other cities as well. Just use Google Flights to find cheap round-trip flights to your city on JetBlue.

For example a flight from New Orleans to Fort Lauderdale yields the Hollywood Beach Golf Resort for $22.19:

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Or stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Miami South Beach for $102.21 by booking a flight from New Orleans to Fort Lauderdale and just skipping the flights. If you have a JetBlue Plus World Elite Mastercard you’ll also get a $100 statement credit if you spend $100 after the code on a JetBlue Vacation, making the Hilton just $2.21!

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Click “add a car” after adding a flight and hotel to get a rental car. Don’t need a flight from Long Beach to Las Vegas? Make sure the flight times only have you in Vegas for under 24 hours and just use the hotel and free car rental and throw away the flight. Only want the car rental? Just don’t checkin to the hotel.

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Post what deals you find!


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SMOKING HOT! Get Free Airfare, Rental Car, And Hotel With JetBlue Vacations!

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Update, 6:45PM: DEAD!
The $150 coupon now requires $2,000 of spending and the $250 coupon now requires $2,500 of spending.


Related: Here’s How To Use The JetBlue Deal For Free Airfare While Staying Longer Than 1 Night Or For Dirt Cheap Hotels And Rental Cars Without Flights!


American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.


JetBlue Vacations Linky

-Use the following code for $150 off a domestic flight+hotel: VACATIONS150
-Use the following code for $250 off an international (Or Puerto Rico) flight+hotel: VACATIONS250

Valid for travel through 5/7/17.

If you’re booking for multiple people you should make separate reservations for everyone.

Note that some hotels are excluded.

You can use Google Flights to find routes and dates with the cheapest JetBlue flights.

For example I searched for 1 adult from Long Beach to Las Vegas from 1/31-2/1. After selecting flights and a room at a Harrah’s Las Vegas the total was $147.46.

Then I applied the $150 code on the payment page (above where you enter passenger names) and the price dropped to $0!

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I had to enter a credit card to checkout, but my confirmation screen and the confirmation email confirmed that the price paid was $0!

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If you choose a cheaper hotel you can even get your rental car for free as well!

JetBlue vacation packages also come with a free checked bag.

The same thing works for other cities.

Here is a $0 round-trip flight+hotel from LGA-Boston. There is no need to actually use the hotel if you don’t want to.

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Here is a $46.80 round-trip flight+hotel from Newark-Fort Lauderdale:

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And here is a $29 round-trip flight+hotel from Cleveland-Fort Lauderdale:

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Here is a $10 round-trip flight+hotel from JFK-Chicago:

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Last time something like this happened I booked a flight from Cleveland to Las Vegas for $0 and then booked additional cheap flights from Long Beach to Las Vegas in order to stay in the Bellagio for free, another flight to book a free Cirque du Soleil, another flight for a free rental car, etc. I didn’t actually use any of those cheap flights, but I was able to use all the free extras from booking those trips.

You can even use this deal if you just need a cheap one-way flight somewhere. Just book 2 round-trip packages (1 from your origin and 1 from your destination) and don’t use the return flights.

Additionally, if you have a JetBlue Plus World Elite Mastercard you’ll also get a $100 statement credit if you spend $100 after the code on a JetBlue Vacation.

Post what flights and hotels you book!

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IHG 2017 Category Changes

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Update: Today is the last day to book under the current award chart rates.


Originally posted on 12/28:

IHG’s 2017 category changes go into effect 1/15/17.

Hundreds of hotels are chaning categories and the vast majority are getting more expensive.

If you want to lock in lower rates but are short on points you can buy points from IHG here. Once you have 5,000 points in your account you can buy points via the method described here for $31 per 5K points.

Sample hotels getting more expensive (Book these now):
-Staybridge Suites Thornhill Toronto: Was 15K, now 20K
-Holiday Inn Tbilisi, Georgia: Was 15K, now 20K
-Holiday Inn Lisbon: Was 15K, now 25K
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fairbanks: Was 15K, now 25K
-Holiday Inn Amsterdam Area Towers: Was 20K, now 25K
-Crowne Plaza LAX: Was 25K, now 30K
-Holiday Inn Montreal Downtown: Was 25K, now 30K
-Holiday Inn Auckland: Was 25K, now 30K
-Holiday Inn JFK: Was 25K, now 35K
-Holiday Inn LGA: Was 25K, now 35K
-Holiday Inn Aruba Resort and Casino: Was 30K, now 35K
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kailua-Kona: Was 30K, now 40K
-Intercontinental Prague: Was 35K, now 40K
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Canyon: Was 35K, now 40K
-Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District: Was 35K, now 40K
-Holiday Inn Cancun: Was 35K, now 40K
-Holiday Inn Old Sydney: Was 35K, now 40K
-Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre: Was 35K, now 40K
-Holiday Inn Niagara Falls: Was 35K, now 40K
-Intercontinental Porto, Portugal: Was 35K, now 45K
-Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City: Was 50K, now 60K
-Intercontinental Boston: Was 55K, now 60K
-Intercontinental Washington DC The Willard: Was 55K, now 60K
-Intercontinental Sydney: Was 55K, now 60K

Sample hotels getting less expensive (Wait until 1/15 to book these):
-Holiday Inn Helsinki : Was 25K, now 20K
-Holiday Inn London West: Was 30K, now 25K
-Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Center: Was 30K, now 25K

Which hotel’s category change will affect you the most?

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Delta: JFK To Milan Nonstop For $398 (Or 19.9K Hybrid Points) Round-Trip For 2 Or More Passengers!

Friday, January 13th, 2017

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST on Monday, 11/16. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

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If you fly with 2 or more passengers you can book travel on Delta nonstop from JFK to Milan for just $398 round-trip per passenger.

The minimum stay is 3 nights, so if you depart from JFK on a Sunday (arriving in Milan on Monday) the earliest return would be on Wednesday (arriving JFK the same day). Or you can stay longer and explore Florence, Rome, Venice, etc.

JFK to Milan valid outbound dates:
January: 24 through 31
February: Entire month except 16 through 18
March: Entire month except 10 through 12
April: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 20, 26, 27
May: 3 through 11
September 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
October: Entire month except 14 and 31
November: Entire month except 1, 4, 6, 28, 39, 30

Milan to JFK valid return dates:
January: 27 through 31
February: Entire month except 25 and 26
March: Entire month
April 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30
May: 1 through 14
September 22 through 30
October: Entire month except 7, 8, 14, 21, and 28
November: Entire month except 2, 3, 26


These fares are not on sale with miles, but you can pay for the ticket with “hybrid points” if you have AMEX or Chase points and a Business Platinum or Sapphire Reserve card.

Using AMEX points:

If you have The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN you can get a 50% rebate on the airline of your choice

The 50% rebate will go back into your account the day after redeeming points.

You can login to your account and redeem AMEX points for travel here.

A $398.46 flight will be 39,846 points and you would get a 50% rebate making the effective cost just 19,923 points, a value of 2 cents per point:

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Using Chase points:

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel. The card comes with 100,000 signup points and $600 in travel spending in your first cardmembership year!

A $398.46 flight will be 26,564 points. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!

You can login to your account and redeem Chase points for travel here.

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Emirates: JFK To Milan Nonstop For $393 Round-Trip Or JFK To Dubai Nonstop For $597 Round-Trip For 2 Or More Passengers!

Friday, January 13th, 2017

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-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Emirates Booking Linky

If you fly with 2 or more passengers you can book travel on an Emirates A380 nonstop from JFK to Milan for just $393 round-trip per passenger or nonstop from JFK to Dubai for $597 round-trip per passenger.

The minimum stay is 3 nights, so if you depart from JFK on a Sunday (arriving in Milan on Monday) the earliest return would be on Wednesday (arriving JFK the same day). Or you can stay longer and explore Florence, Rome, Venice, etc.

JFK to Milan valid outbound dates:
January 24, 25, 29, 30, 31
February 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26
March 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 20, 27, 28, 29
April 2, 10, 11, 12, 25, 26
May 1, 7, 8
September 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27
October 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31
November 1, 5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29
December

Milan to JFK valid return dates:
January 31
February 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28
March 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29
April 4, 5, 7, 19
May 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 18
September 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29
October 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31
November 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30
December 1, 5, 6, 7

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Finnair: Fly Nonstop From JFK To Helsinki For $353 (Or 17.6K Hyrbid Points) Round-Trip!

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

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-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

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-A 7 night minimum stay is required. In other words if you depart on March 1 from JFK (arriving on March 2 in Helsinki) you can’t return until March 8 (arriving the same day into JFK).

Finnair is a OneWorld member and you can use Avios to fly from Helsinki to Israel, to other cities in Europe, etc.

JFK To Helsinki valid outbound dates:
February 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28
March 1, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23

JFK To Helsinki valid return dates:
February 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28
March 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30


These fares are not on sale with miles, but you can pay for the ticket with “hybrid points” if you have AMEX or Chase points and a Business Platinum or Sapphire Reserve card.

Using AMEX points:

If you have The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN you can get a 50% rebate on the airline of your choice

The 50% rebate will go back into your account the day after redeeming points.

You can login to your account and redeem AMEX points for travel here.

A $353.46 flight will be 35,346 points and you would get a 50% rebate making the effective cost just 17,673 points, a value of 2 cents per point:

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Using Chase points:

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel. The card comes with 100,000 signup points and $600 in travel spending in your first cardmembership year!

A $353.46 flight will be 23,564 points. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!

You can login to your account and redeem Chase points for travel here.

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Last Chance For Chase Sapphire Reserve 100,000 Point Signup Bonus; Get $2,100 In Travel!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Update, 1/12: This offer is set to expire at about noon, EST. As long as the landing page shows the 100,000 point bonus you can still signup for the card!


You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Credit Card Offers” tab on top of the DansDeals banner to view links for card offers. You can click on the link that says “View all card offers by issuing bank” and scroll down to view all card offers from the bank of your choice.


Related:
-Are Bank Points Overtaking The Value Of Airline Miles? 2 Hybrid Cards Allow You To Lock In The Best Of Both Worlds
-Building Credit And Credit Card FAQs: Your Questions Answered
-Final Hours To Earn 100K+ Chase Points On 1 Card; Here Are 22 Ways You Can Use Those Points!


The Chase Sapphire Reserve took the mileage world by storm last year by offering 100,000 signup points and a boatload of other benefits. Chase took a $200-$300MM loss just in the 2016 Q4 on the card, so it’s no surprise that the massive signup bonus is coming to an end.

Here’s How To View Credit Card Offers On This Site

Currently the card offers 100,000 points for spending $4,000 in 3 months. Effective 1/12 that will go down to 50K points for spending $4,000. This offer will go offline sometime on the 11th, so try to apply by 1/10 to lock in the 100K bonus. The 100K bonus should be available in branch until 3/12.

You can use the 100K points for $1,500 in travel or you can transfer them into airline miles or hotel points.

The $300 in travel spend and $100 Global Entry fees that are refunded count towards the $4K threshold. You’ll even get the keep the bonus points for travel spending that is refunded. The annual fee does not count towards the spend threshold.

Note that if you have opened up 5 or more consumer credit cards in the past 2 years it can be difficult to get approved for most cards from Chase. Read more about 5/24 here.

Annual fee:

The card has a $450 annual fee which is not waived for the first year. The effective annual fee though is much lower thanks to the travel credit.

Travel credit:

The Sapphire Reserve offers a $300 automatic travel credit to offset the annual fee.

The credit is good for any kind of travel related spending including airfare, car rentals, hotels, Disney tickets, Cruises, subways, taxis, and much more. Read a list of confirmed transactions that will trigger a credit here.

As the credit is per calendar year that means you’ll get $600 of travel refunds in your first cardmembership year with a $300 credit in 2017 and a $300 credit in 2018.

You must finish 2017 travel spending before your December 2017 statement closes and you you can start 2018 travel spending in December 2017 after your December statement closes.

Combined with the signup bonus that means you can get $2,100 in travel in your first cardmembership year.

After the first year, the annual travel credit effectively lowers the annual fee of the card to $150 per year. That’s only $55 per year more than Sapphire Preferred and it comes with a lot of valuable benefits that make the card a keeper:

Sapphire Reserve offers 3 points per dollar on all of the travel items listed in this post. It also offers triple points on dining including restaurants, fast food, coffee shops, bars, lounges, and cafes.

There are no foreign transaction fees.

You’ll be able to access over 900 clubs worldwide with Priority Pass and you can bring unlimited guests with you into the lounge for free! That includes lounges with kosher food and wine in Newark and Tel Aviv. You can call Chase to enroll in Priority Pass or you can enroll online here. You can even pay to access Priority Pass lounges before you get your membership card and you can call Chase to refund those lounge entries!

The Newark Art & Lounge in Terminal B is located before security and doesn’t require a boarding pass, so you can stop in for free kosher food and wine at any time!

Every 4 years you can get a $100 credit for a 5 year Global Entry membership which also includes TSA pre-check. That means you can skip the lines and forms when flying back from abroad and you can leave your shoes on, laptops in their bags, and go through metal detectors when flying from the US. It makes flying so much easier!

Additional cardholders cost $75/year and include a Priority Pass membership with free guesting privileges as well.

Increased cash back or miles:
The Sapphire Reserve allows you to use all your Chase points for 1.5 cents each per dollar towards travel.

The ability to choose between 1.5 cents per dollar or mileage transfers make Sapphire Reserve an incredibly versatile credit card. Thanks to their ability to be used at a high value as miles or when redeemed directly from Chase for travel, I called them “Hybrid points.”

You can choose to hunt for award tickets bargains and then transfer them into real airline miles instantly. The value of airline miles can be extremely high for one-way tickets, last-minute tickets, and first class tickets.

Or you can just use them for paid airfare, hotels, car rentals, or activities at a value of 1.5 cents each.

You can earn even more by spending on other Chase cards and transferring those points to Sapphire Reserve:
-If you have a Freedom Unlimited card you earn 1.5 points per dollar everywhere that are worth 2.25% towards travel when you transfer them to Sapphire Reserve.
-If you have a Freedom card you earn 5 points per dollar on rotating categories that are worth 7.5% towards travel when you transfer them to Sapphire Reserve.
-If you have Ink Plus or Ink Cash card you earn 5 points per dollar on office supplies, gift cards from office supply stores to hundreds of other stores, and telecom that are worth 7.5% towards travel when you transfer them to Sapphire Reserve. Gas, hotel, and dining purchases also have double point bonuses worth 3% towards travel.
-If you have Ink Business Preferred card you earn 3 points per dollar on travel, shipping, internet, cable, and telecom, and advertising on social media and search engines.that are worth 4.5% towards travel when you transfer them to Sapphire Reserve.

That means you can be earning between 2.25%-7.5% back everywhere.

If you already have a Sapphire Preferred card you can downgrade it to Freedom or Freedom Unlimited to take advantage of their spending benefits and you can always transfer those points to Sapphire Reserve to make them 50% more valuable.

As a Visa Infinite card, it also comes with some benefits like discounts on car rentals, including 30% off at Silvercar.

Sapphire Reserve comes with primary rental car CDW insurance in every country in the world. Most other cards only have secondary coverage when you rent a car in your home country. This means that if you damage your rental vehicle you must file the claim with your own personal insurance policy first, and only if they won’t cover the damage will the credit card cover the damage. Even additional cardholders get primary coverage when they rent.

Most credit cards also exclude countries like Israel from coverage, however all Chase cards cover you worldwide, including in Israel. And they will give you a letter of coverage stating that you are covered in Israel so that you don’t have to argue at the rental car counter that your Chase Visa does give CDW coverage.

Plus you get triple points on car rentals, meaning there is no better card out there for car rentals!

-Roadside Assistance: Coverage for up to 4 incidents per year. The battery in my 2011 Altima died on me twice in the past month and Chase sent out assistance with ease. And yes, I did finally buy a new car battery.

-Trip cancellation insurance is free.
Trip cancellation reimburses up to $10,000 per person, up to $20,000 per trip, and up to $40,000 per year if you need to cancel for injury, death, or sickness experienced by you, a traveling companion, or an immediate family member of you or your traveling companion. Other covered reasons include severe weather, military orders, terrorism, jury duty, home dwelling becoming inhabitable, quarantine, or financial insolvency of the travel agency or operator of your trip.

Other card benefits include:
-Price protection. Find a lower price in a store or online on a non-auction site within 90 days and get back up to $500/item and $2,500/year.
-Return protection. Return an item to a store that won’t take back an item for up to 90 days ($500/item, $1,000/year)
-Purchase protection: 120 days of protection in case of damage or theft on items you buy ($10,000/item, $50K/year)
-Warranty protection: An extra year of warranty coverage on purchases ($10K/item, $50K/account)
-Lost Luggage Protection: If your checked or carry-on bags are lost you can be reimbursed by up to $3,000 per person.
-Trip Delay Protection: If you are delayed that either requires an overnight stay or is more than 6 hours you can be reimbursed for up to $500 in expenses per person.
-Baggage Delay Protection: If your bags are delayed by more than 6 hours you can be reimbursed for up to $100 in expenses per person per day, for up to $500 per person.
-Travel Accident Insurance: Coverage if you are injured or killed on a trip.
-Visa Infinite Concierge is included free of charge.

The Chase Sapphire Reserve card earns Ultimate Rewards points and has the ability to transfer points into miles.  It also gives you the ability to transfer points from fantastic no annual fee cards like Chase Freedom, Freedom Unlimited, and Ink Cash into miles as well, as those cards can’t transfer points directly into miles without having the Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, or Ink Plus card.

You can also transfer points at an equal ratio to your own or to one authorized user’s airline and hotel programs:
-United (Star Alliance)
-Singapore (Star Alliance)
-British Airways (OneWorld)
-Korean (Skyteam)
-Air France/KLM Flying Blue (Skyteam)
-Southwest
-Virgin Atlantic
-Hyatt
-Marriott
-Ritz Carlton
-IHG

Point Currency:

Chase Ultimate Rewards offer instant and fee-free transfers to top-notch mileage and points programs at a 1:1 ratio.

You can transfer points to a household member’s Chase card or to an authorized user’s airline/hotel programs.

You can also transfer points to Chase business Ink cards like Ink Plus and Ink Cash where you can transfer from there to other business owner’s cards and/or programs.

Transfer partners include:
United (Star Alliance) is an excellent currency. They never charge fuel surcharges, they allow one-way awards for half the mileage, they have short-haul awards for 10,000 miles, they often run discounted award promotions, they allow for an “excursionist perk“, and they have dozens of partners to fly on, most of which can be booked on their website.
British Airways (OneWorld) is awesome for short-haul awards, though partner American has been stingy with award space of late. Awards start from just 4.5K miles. Flights to Israel on Air Berlin are just 60,000 miles round-trip with no fuel surcharges. They allow one-way awards for half the mileage. There are no close-in or expedite fees. You can cancel an award for as little as $5.60. Infants are only charged 10% of the miles on international trips instead of 10% of the full fare like US carriers charge. Plus they don’t collect fuel surcharges on American within the western hemisphere, on Qantas from or within Australia, on Air Berlin, Aer Lingus, Alaska, or LAN and you can transfer points to Iberia to limit fuel surcharges there as well.
You can read more in this post on everything you need to know about BA Avios. And you can see 110 places you can go to nonstop from NYC with Avios.
Korean (Skyteam) offers unbeatable first class availability (A380 First Class Trip Report here) and they also have true bargains on partner travel, just 30,000 miles to fly round-trip on Hawaiian or Alaska to Hawaii in coach or 60,000 miles in first. And it’s just 20,000 miles to fly to Alaska in coach or 40,000 miles in first. You can even get a free stopover on the way to or in Alaska! If there is Delta saver availability you can even fly to Hawaii, Mexico, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands round-trip for just 25,000 miles in coach or 45,000 miles in business. 
Air France/KLM Flying Blue (Skyteam) offers promo awards from rotating North American cities to Europe, Israel, and Russia from just 12,500 miles each way. Regular awards to Israel are just 25K miles each way, though some fuel surcharges apply on most airlines except for Delta.
Singapore (Star Alliance) offers private walled-in first class suites that can only be booked with their miles. A suite one-way from JFK to Europe is 57,375 miles. Travel to the US48, Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, and Israel can all be had on the cheap. There are no close-in booking fees and changes and cancellations are very cheap. Fuel surcharges apply when flying on most airlines besides United. More info here.
Southwest offers a value of about 1.7 cents per point towards award travel, though that rate can now vary. Plus you get 2 free checked bags, free flight changes or flight cancellations. and you can even get a point refund if the price of your flight goes down.
Virgin Atlantic has some niche uses with awards on Delta.
Hyatt is a very powerful hotel currency. They have a cash and points option that offers some excellent values and more importantly those stays earn points, elite stay credits, promo credits, and you can use suite upgrades on cash and point stays as well. It remains far less expensive for high-end hotel stays than any other hotel program.
-You can also transfer points to Marriott, Ritz Carlton, and IHG.

-Generally speaking you’ll want to use the 1.5 cents per point option when redeeming for round-trip coach tickets booked in advance. You’ll generally want to transfer to miles for business class, first class, last minute and one-way coach awards. You’ll be better off with 1.5 cents per points for IHG and Marriott hotels, but Hyatt points can often be worth more than 1.5 cents each, so you’ll want to transfer points to Hyatt in those cases.

Will you be signing up for Sapphire Reserve before the 100K bonus goes away? Hit the comments!

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Fly Round-Trip From Tel Aviv To North America From Just $419 Or From North America To Tel Aviv From $605!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 11pm EST tomorrow.

-Research valid dates on Google Flights and then use Priceline or Orbitz to book.

Here is a roundup of some of the great fares that can be purchased now between North America and Tel Aviv. There are many other valid cities as well, so post what you find!

View the list of valid cities after the jump:

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Final Hours To Earn 100K+ Chase Points On 1 Card; Here Are 22 Ways You Can Use Those Points!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

The Chase Sapphire Reserve’s whopping 100,000 point bonus ends this afternoon for online applications.

You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Credit Card Offers” tab on top of the DansDeals banner to view links for card offers. You can click on the link that says “View all card offers by issuing bank” and scroll down to view all card offers from the bank of your choice.

Here’s How To View Credit Card Offers On This Site

You need to spend $4,000 to get the bonus within 3 months, though the card counts the $300 in refunded travel expenses and $100 in refunded Global Entry/Pre-Check fees towards the $4K. If you visit Priority Pass lounges before you get your physical membership card you can get those charges refunded and they will also count towards the $4K. The Newark Art & Lounge used by El Al is located before security and doesn’t require a boarding pass. You can stop in there for free kosher food and wine at any time!

When you’re done spending $4,000 you’ll have between 104K-112K points depending on your spending categories.

If you and your spouse each signup you can quickly have double that. I helped a friend apply and get approved for a Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve, and an Ink Business Preferred card via 3BM and now he has a quarter million points!

What can you do with the 104K-112K points you’ll have after opening a Sapphire Reserve and meeting the spend threshold?

There are endless possibilities, but here are 20 in no particular order.

Point transfers to all airline and hotel partners are at a 1:1 ratio.

1. You can redeem them for $1,100 in cash.

I hope you don’t, but the option is available if you just want to take the cash and run.

2. You can redeem 110K points for $1,650 in travel.

The Chase Sapphire Reserve allows you redeem for travel at a value at 1.5 cents per point, a 50% bonus from cards like Chase Freedom. (Or course you can still spend on Freedom to earn 5 points per dollar and then transfer them to Sapphire Reserve to make them worth 1.5 cents each).

You can transfer points from your other cards and from cards belonging to your spouse or additional cardholders to your Sapphire Reserve as well to redeem them for 1.5 cents each.

That includes airfare, hotels, car rentals, or travel activities redeemed via the Chase travel portal.

You can also call to book awards not found on the portal, like to book Southwest flights.

You can save tons of miles this way when redeeming for inexpensive coach flights.

The same United flight that is 49.9K Chase points…

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…would cost 170K United miles+$46:

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The same Delta flight that is 49.9K Chase points…

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…would cost 140K Delta miles+$46:

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3. You can transfer points to United to book 11 short-haul one-way awards (10K each) or 8 long-haul domestic one-way awards (12.5K each).

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Even last-minute flights are just 10K-12.5K miles. I’ve redeemed for last-minute flights that would have otherwise cost more than $1,000 for 10K miles, talk about a good use of miles!

4. You can transfer points to Korean to book 4 round-trips to Hawaii (25K miles) on Delta or 5 round-trips to Alaska on Alaska Airlines (20K miles).

There are no fuel surcharges.

JFK-Honolulu nonstop for 25K miles round-trip:

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The 25K coach award and 45K first class award within North America applies for any travel within “Mexico, United States (including Hawaii), US Virgin Islands, Canada, and Puerto Rico” Read more about this option here.

5. You can transfer points to Korean to book a first class suite from JFK to Asia or Asia to Tel Aviv for 80K miles:

You can fly in a Kosmo 2.0 walled-in suite on a brand new 747-8 from JFK to Seoul for just 80K miles+$104. If you were paying cash for the flight it would set you back over $10,000, so this is a value greater than 12 cents per mile:

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80K miles plus $23 is enough to fly in first class from Seoul to Tel Aviv. Or fly from Asia to Tel Aviv for 35K in coach or 62.5K in business.

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6. You can transfer to British Airways for 24 one-way international short-haul awards (4.5K each) or 14 domestic short-haul awards (7.5K each).

You can fly short hauls like London-Milan, Iguazu Falls-Sao Paulo, Johannesburg-Victoria Falls, Hong Kong to Taiwan, Melbourne to Sydney, and between most cities within Europe for 4.5K Avios.

You can fly between New York and places like Bermuda, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Orlando, Montreal, Pittsburgh, or Toronto, or between Miami and the Bahamas or Cancun, or between LA and Cabo on OneWorld partner American.for 7.5K Avios.

7. You can transfer to British Airways for 7 one-way domestic first class short-haul awards (15K each).

These used to cost 30K Avios as American coded their domestic first class flights as true first class, costing 4 times the price of coach. Now they have been reclassified as business class which means it only costs twice the price coach.

There are no fuel surcharges.

If you find nonstop MileSAAver award space on AA.com then BA can book it. For example NYC-Miami in business class is 25K AA miles or just 15K BA Avios. Plus BA only charges $5.60 to refund your award versus $150 to refund an AA award.

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8. You can transfer to Singapore for 5 one-way flights on United in a lie-flat business class bed between Newark and Los Angeles or San Francisco (20K miles each).

Singapore only charges 20K miles each way for domestic business or first class on United. The same rates apply for United’s premium service between Newark and Los Angeles or San Francisco!

There are no fuel surcharges.

9. You can transfer to Singapore for 2 one-way flights in a couples suite between JFK and Frankfurt.

You can fly in Singapore suites class from JFK to Frankfurt for just 57,375 miles one-way with the 15% online booking discount that is applied after selecting a flight.  This is truly an aspirational award and Singapore service is second to none.  You’ll even have access to the Virgin Clubhouse in JFK with good kosher meals as well.

Fuel surcharges are about $200.

You can read my trip report on flying Singapore to Paris here.

There are single and double suites available. This is the double:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. You can transfer miles to British Airways for 9 one-way nonstop from the West Coast to any Hawaiian Island.

You can fly from the west coast nonstop to Hawaii on AA or Alaska for just 12.5K Avios each way.

Note that you must call BA to book awards on Alaska.

There are no fuel surcharges.

11. You can transfer to Hyatt for 4-9 nights in resorts like the Park Hyatt Maldives.

The Hyatt award chart is great for high-end hotels.  It caps out at 30K points for real gems like the Park Hyatt Sydney, the Park Hyatt Paris, and the Park Hyatt Zurich that can go for $1,500 per night.  Other hotel chains charge double, triple, or quadruple that amount of points for their high-end properties and they’re not nearly as good as the Park Hyatt chain.

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A real sweet spot for Hyatt points are cash and points for category 6 hotels. These include real gems like the Park Hyatt Maldives, Grand Hyatt Kauai, the Andaz Maui, the Confidante Miami Beach, the Hyatt Carmel Highlands, and the Andaz 5th Avenue.

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The Park Hyatt Maldives can also go for $1,500 per night but it’s just 25K points!

 

You can stretch your points even farther by using just 12,500 points plus $150 per night for a category 6 hotel.  Best of all it’s considered a paid stay, so you qualify for promotions and can use suite upgrade certificates.

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There are also incredible uses for lower categories.

Category 3 hotels include the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach Honolulu, the Hyatt Place LaGuardia, the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, the Hyatt Palm Springs, CA.

You can stay in a category 4 property for just 15K points or 7.5K points+$100 in hotels like the highly rated Andaz Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica, the Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami, the Park Hyatt Toronto, the Hyatt Regency Kowloon, Hong Kong, the Park Hyatt Seoul, or the Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile.

Category 5 hotels include the Andaz West Hollywood in LA, the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort an hour south of LA, the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort just north of San Diego, the Hyatt Regency Maui, the Hyatt Place NYC, and 2 of my favorite Hyatt hotels, the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, and the Park Hyatt Melbourne.

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12. You can transfer points for 2 or 3 one-ways from Bangkok to Sydney.

Want to get to the Park Hyatt Sydney and see the opera house from your bed?

When Mimi and I flew around the world in 2010 we started off in Thailand and then flew down under to tour Australia for a few weeks.

It’s just 40K miles for a 10 hour flight in Thai first class from Thailand to Australia. You’ll even get an hour long massage for free in the Bangkok first class lounge.

There are no fuel surcharges.

13. You can transfer points to Korean to fly round-trip from Australia to New Zealand in an Emirates First Class A380…with a shower spa onboard.

While you’re down under, hop from Australia to New Zealand in gilded style on Emirates and brag about taking a shower 39,000 feet in the air.

An A380 first class flight from the US to Dubai would run 210K Korean miles.  There are cheaper ways of doing that with miles from JAL, though you’ll need Starpoints to transfer to JAL.

14. Transfer to Hyatt to help earn a Southwest companion pass.

Until 3/31 you can transfer hotel points to Southwest and they will count towards the 110K points needed to earn a companion pass valid for unlimited uses 12/31/18.

While transfers from Chase don’t count for companion pass, transfers from Hyatt do.

50K Chase points transfers into 50K Hyatt points. 50K Hyatt points transfers into 30K Southwest points and those points will count towards the 110K requirement.

If you transfer 100K Chase points to Southwest via Hyatt you’ll have 60K points towards the 110K requirement.

If you don’t have any Starpoints or Marriott points to transfer to Southwest you would need 200K Chase points which would become 120K Southwest points via Hyatt and you would have the companion pass.

Points earned from the Southwest credit cards also count towards the 110K requirement.

15. Transfer to Southwest points.
There are no aspirational awards with Southwest, but you will get a decent value per point towards award travel.
Plus you get 2 free checked bags, free flight changes and flight cancellations. You can even get a point refund if the price of your flight goes down. There are no fuel surcharges.

A flight from Long Beach to Vegas is just 987 points+$5.60 one-way, a value of 2.4 cents per point. And it can be cancelled at any time with no penalty!

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16. Transfers points to Singapore and fly round-trip on United between the US48 and Alaska for 25K miles in coach or 40K in business class.

United charges 35K miles to get to stunning Alaska in coach and 60K in business.  Transfer miles to Singapore and they’ll book those same flights for just 25K or 40K.

There are no fuel surcharges.

Never thought of going to Alaska?  Read Something Fishy’s epic trip report with his trademark stunning pictures and you’ll want to start planning a trip.


Photo credit, Something Fishy, Trip Report part 2.

 

17. Transfer points to Singapore to fly round-trip on United between the US49 and Hawaii for 35K miles in coach or 60K in business class.

United charges 45K miles to get to the paradise also known as Hawaii in coach and 80K in business.  Transfer miles to Singapore and they’ll book those same flights for just 35K or 60K.

There are no fuel surcharges.

Need some inspiration for a Hawaii trip? This should keep you busy for a while:

DansMeals: Hawaii For The Kosher Traveler:
Part 1: General Info And The Island Of Oahu
Part 2: The Big Island of Hawaii
Part 3: Maui
Part 4: Kauai

Trip reports and posts on Hawaii:
-Trip Notes: Maui No Ka ‘Oi (2014)
-Trip Notes Kauai: Heaven On Earth (2014)
-The Hawaiian Islands. (2011)
-Traveling To Hawaii…With A 5 Month Old (2011)
-View From The Room (2011)
-Pearl Harbor…70 Years (2011)
-Shaloha! (2011)
-Hawaii Trip Notes: Kauai (2009)
-Hawaii Trip Notes: Oahu (2009)

DDF forum threads:
Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
-Kauai Master Thread
-Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Maui Master Thread
-Oahu Master Thread
-Links to trip reports from other DDF members.
-Something Fishy’s Maui trip report.

18. Transfer points to Singapore and fly one-way on United between the US and Israel for 37.5K miles in coach or 57.5K in business class.

Singapore charges fuel surcharges on most airlines, but not on United.

While you may be better off redeeming points for a round-trip, one-way tickets are notoriously expensive and can be a great use of a mileage redemption.

Note that if you want to travel on other airlines you may do better transferring to United, where fuel surcharges are never collected.

You’ll need to call Singapore to book.

19. Transfer points to Air France/KLM Flying Blue to book travel to Israel for 12.5K-18,750 miles each way.

Air France and KLM have monthly promo awards where you can book travel to/from the US and Europe, Israel, or Russia for just 12.5K or 18,750 miles each way in coach or 46,875 miles in business class.

You can view this month’s promo awards here.

Fuel surcharges can add $90 in coach or $220 in business.

20. Transfer to United for the excursionist perk.

Sure you can use 85K miles to fly from Tel Aviv to NYC.

But why not make life more interesting and fly to NYC and Alaska for the same amount of miles thanks to the excursionist perk.

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21. Transfer to British Airways and fly from JFK to Vancouver in Cathay Pacific business class for 37.5K Avios or first class for 50K Avios.

Cathay Pacific has the most comfortable seat, bed, and first class Pajamas in the sky.

You can fly in business class nonstop from JFK to Vancouver for 37.5K Avios in business class or 50K Avios in first class each way.

I’ve flown this route in 2011 and 2016 and it’s by the far the best flight within North America. Vancouver is also a fantastic city with amazing sights and great kosher food. I keep finding myself wanting to return and I’ll do just that for Pesach this year where I’ll talk more about some great redemption options.

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22. Bid on United exclusive experiences.

United auctions off some incredible experience with their miles.

Until I tossed the first pitch before game 7 of last year’s World Series I thought that my coolest use of miles when redeeming 25K United miles to steal 2nd base in middle of the 7th inning.

Another reader then bought their son a Bar Mitzvah present that he’ll never forget with their United miles.

Have you used United miles to bid on experiences yet?

 

Points can also be transferred to Virgin Atlantic, Marriott, Ritz Carlton, and IHG.

What is your favorite use of Chase Ultimate Rewards points? Hit the comments!

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AA/Delta: JFK To Zurich For $360 Round-Trip (Or 18K Hybrid Points) Round-Trip!

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Update: DEAD!


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-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search one-way for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

-American requires a 6 night minimum stay. If you depart on September 10 (arriving into Zurich on September 11) you can’t return until September 17 (arriving into JFK on the same day)

-Delta requires a 3 night minimum stay. If you depart on March 12 (arriving into Zurich on March 13) you can’t return until March 15 (arriving into JFK on the same day)

America: JFK to Zurich $360-$374 dates:
February 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27
March 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 25, 26, 27, 29, 30
April 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 26
May 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28
August 23, 27, 28, 29, 30
September: Entire month
October: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
November: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30

America: Zurich to JFK $360-$374 dates:
February 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28
March 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31
April 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28,
May 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
August 30, 31
September: Entire month
October: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
November: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30

Delta: JFK to Zurich $386 dates:
January 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
February 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
March 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31
April 1, 2

Delta: Zurich to JFK $386 dates:
January 15, 16, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26
March 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31
April 1, 2, 3, 6, 7

Using AMEX points:

These fares are not on sale with miles, but you can pay for the ticket with “hybrid points” if you have AMEX or Chase points and a Business Platinum or Sapphire Reserve card.

If you have The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN you can get a 50% rebate on the airline of your choice

The 50% rebate will go back into your account the day after redeeming points.

You can login to your account and redeem AMEX points for travel here.

A $360.96 ticket would cost 36,096 points and you would get a 50% rebate making the effective cost just 18,048 points, a value of 2 cents per point. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!

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Using Chase points:

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel. The card comes with 100,000 signup points and $600 in travel spending in your first cardmembership year!

A $360.96 ticket would cost 24,064 Chase points. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!

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You can even have Twitter send you a text message whenever a new deal is posted.

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Convert Virgin America Miles Into Alaska Miles At A 1:1.3 Ratio; Check Your Account For 10K Bonus Miles!

Monday, January 9th, 2017

You can now convert Virgin America miles to Alaska miles at a 1:1.3 ratio here. Points transfer instantly.

There are lots of great uses for Alaska miles.

Note that this is a one-way street. The only reason to transfer now is to redeem an award with Alaska. Otherwise you can let your points stay on the Virgin America side and wait until you need Alaska miles or until they forcibly transfer all points over to Alaska.

In other news, people that had a Virgin America account as of 12/5 also got a nice surprise in their Alaska account. Here is the gift I found in my account:

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If you only have a Virgin America account and not an Alaska account you should get an email asking you to open an Alaska account to claim your choice of 10K miles or $100 off a flight.

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At Least 8 North American Airports Will Have Nonstop Service To Tel Aviv This Year!

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

After American suddenly ended their nonstop service from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv after merging with USAirways there were only 5 North American airports with nonstop service to Tel Aviv. American said the reason for the cancellation is that the route has always been a money-loser. The timing was curious and that statement was even more curious as former USAirways’ president Scott Kirby (now president of United) had called the route among the most lucrative in the USAirways system. It’s worth noting that American still owes Israeli ex-TWA employees over $15 million…

That was a low point, but after that things have been looking up for the North America-Tel Aviv market.

United added 3 weekly San Francisco-Tel Aviv flights and they performed so well that United quickly changed it to daily service.

Then El Al announced that they will resume service from Miami nonstop to Tel Aviv in the 3rd quarter of this year. They last operated that route in 2008. El Al will be receiving their new 787s starting in the 3rd quarter of 2017 and it seems likely that they would operate on the route.

Montreal based Air Transat has just started selling twice weekly nonstop service from Montreal to Tel Aviv on an A330. It will fly from Montreal to Tel Aviv on Sundays and Wednesdays from June 18th until October 29th and from Tel Aviv to Montreal on Mondays and Thursdays from June 19th until October 30th.

The Montreal-Tel Aviv route has been operated in the past by Air Canada and El Al, but there hasn’t been regularly scheduled service on the route since 2000.

For those keeping score at home that means that flights between North America and Tel Aviv in the summer/fall of 2017 should look like:
Boston: 3 weekly flights on El Al.
JFK: 7 weekly flights on Delta, 16 weekly flights on El Al.
Los Angeles: 5 weekly flights on El Al.
Miami: Unknown number (Likely between 3-6) of weekly flights on El Al starting Q3.
Montreal: 2 weekly flights on Air Transat.
Newark: 14 weekly flights on United, 6 weekly flights on El Al.
San Francisco: 7 weekly flights on United.
Toronto: 7 weekly flights on Air Canada, 5 weekly flights on El Al.

Looking forward, it’s likely that El Al or United will start service on the Chicago-Tel Aviv route. Both Delta and El Al have tried Atlanta-Tel Aviv route in the past, neither airline was successful with that route, but the Atlanta airport has lobbied for a return of one of those flights.

HT: travel agent, via DDF

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No, Starwood Hasn’t Eliminated Transfers To Virgin America; Should You Transfer Your Starpoints Now?

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Update, 1/6: Today is final day to make transfers from Starwood to Virgin America. Those points transfer at a 20K:25K ratio. Starting on 1/9 you can transfer points from Virgin America to Alaska at a 1:1.3 ratio, making the effective SPG: Alaska ratio 20K:32.5K.

Update, 12/28: SPG has announced that 1/6/17 will be the last day to transfer points to Virgin America. Will you transfer points from SPG to Alaska via Virgin America at a 1:1.625 ratio before then?


Originally posted on 12/21:

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-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express offers 25K points for spending $3,000 in 3 months.

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express offers 25K points for spending $5,000 in 3 months.


On Monday I wrote about an incredible use of Starpoints. You can transfer 20K SPG points into 25K Virgin America Elevate points. Effective 1/9/17 you’ll be able to transfer Virgin America points into Alaska miles at a 1:1.3 ratio, so those 20K Starpoints will become 32,500 Alaska miles.

That’s an effective 1.625 Alaska miles per Starpoint, an awesome transfer option considering:
The breadth of partners that Alaska has. They include American, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Korean, JAL, and Qantas.

-The very generous stopover and routing policies that Alaska has. You can get a free stopover on a one-way award. You can route from the US to Israel via Asia or from Hawaii to Asia via the US48, etc.

-The very generous award change and cancel policies. You can redeposit an award 60 days before a flight without any fees.

The very generous award charts that Alaska has.

A one-way flight to Europe or South America on American is just 20K coach off-peak, 30K coach peak, 50K business, or 62.5K first with no fuel surcharges.

One-way Flights to Asia on award-winning Cathay Pacific are just 30K coach, 35K premium economy, 50K business, or 70K first with no fuel surcharges.

One-way Flights to Israel on Cathay Pacific are 50K coach, 55K premium economy, 62.5K business, or 70K first with no fuel surcharges and a free stopover in Hong Kong if you want one. Cathay starts flying to Israel on March 26. You must call Alaska to book travel on Cathay Pacific.

You’ll effectively get 1.625 Alaska miles for each Starpoints, so just divide Alaska’s award rates by 1.625 to see how many effective Starpoints those routes will cost.

In other words a one-way business class flight to Israel would cost 62,500/1.625=about 38,461 Starpoints thanks to the 25% transfer bonus from Starwood to Virgin America and 30% transfer bonus from Virgin America to Alaska! A 40K Starpoints transfer would net 65K Alaska miles via Virgin America, more than enough for that award.

The big winners were those who already transferred Starpoints to Virgin America for the JetBlue Pointsmatch promo.

Several bloggers and DD readers have noted that Virgin America no longer appears on the SPG transfer page.

I reached out to Starwood and they confirmed that it’s merely a glitch and it will be restored:

 

I chatted with SPG and the agent confirmed that he would be able to transfer my Starpoints to Virgin America, despite the website glitch.

Of course eventually the transfer option will be eliminated as the Virgin America program is merged into Alaska’s. But until then, you can funnel Starpoints into Alaska miles at a great rate.

The only reason I haven’t done so yet is that I’m not sure how much I trust Alaska. They devalued their Emirates award chart without notice. They say they’ll never do that again, but if their American or Cathay Pacific redemption costs grow too high, do I really expect them to give fair notice?

It’s hard to say.

Alaska is also notorious for having a nasty audit department that heavily frowns on booking awards for others and credit card churning.

So I won’t proactively transfer Starpoints at this rate. But if you’re ready to book an award in the near future, it’s an awesome transfer ratio.

Then again, with new opportunities made possible by the Marriott merger such as new hotels, Southwest companion pass, and the recent United transfer bonus, there are more amazing uses for Starpoints than ever.

Will you transfer Starpoints into Alaska miles at a 1:1.625 ratio while the opportunity lasts?

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Fly Nonstop Between NYC, Buffalo, Or Orlando And The West Coast For Just $93-$109 (Or 4.7K Hybrid Points) Each Way!

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Update: This JetBlue sale has been matched by other airlines is scheduled to end tonight!

Originally posted on 1/3:


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-Get free checked baggage, 10% rebates on point redemptions, 50% off in-flight purchases, and much more if you have the JetBlue Plus World Elite MastercardYou don’t need to use the card to get those benefits.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search one-way for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

View the full list of valid dates after the jump:

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Redeem 90K Starpoints For 120K Southwest Points And Get 2 Years Of Southwest Companion Pass Status Plus 7 Nights In A Marriott Hotel!

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Related posts (Read these first!):
-Roundup Of Combined Marriott And Starwood Award Charts With Sample Hotels, Extend Your Points Expiration, And More
-Transfer 18,667 Starpoints Into 25K United Miles Or 90K Starpoints Into 132K United Miles And 7 Nights In A Marriott Hotel!
-Marriott Completes Starwood Buyout; Link Your Accounts To Transfer Points, Match Elite Status, And Take Advantage Of Each Program’s Strengths!
-Don’t Make This Mistake When Transferring Starpoints To Marriott Points
-Mileage Expiration And Points Transfer Chart For 54 Loyalty Programs, How To Keep Your Points From Expiring, And How To Bring Them Back To Life After They’ve Expired


On Sunday, Southwest stealthily changed their program rules without advance warning, removing hotel point transfers as a method to earn Southwest Companion Pass.

After an apparently controversial campaign to write to Southwest, file DoT complaints, and raise awareness of the change on social media, Southwest agreed to give a 3 month grace period to transfer hotel points and have them qualify to earn Companion Pass status. Southwest has posted about their change of heart here.

If you earn 110K Southwest points by 12/31/17 you’ll earn Southwest Companion Pass status that will be valid until 12/31/18. 

With Southwest Companion Pass you’ll get to bring a companion with you for free on all Southwest paid tickets, Southwest award tickets, and Southwest tickets booked with AMEX or Chase points, though you need to call AMEX or Chase to actually book travel on Southwest. There is no limit to how many times you can use the companion pass.

Southwest still offers 2 free checked bags. Plus you can cancel revenue tickets with no charge and use the funds for a future flight. Point reservations can be cancelled for free with the points redeposited back to your account.

Until 3/31/17 Southwest will count hotel point transfers towards companion pass status.

After 3/31/17 only points from the Southwest credit cards, from flying on Southwest, and base points earned through transactions with Rapid Rewards partners will count. However hotel transfers made by 3/31 will combine with points earned from Southwest credit cards and paid flights to earn companion pass status by earning 110K points by 12/31/17.

Note:
-Transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards don’t count towards Companion Pass.
-You can’t transfer Starwood points directly to Southwest, but you can transfer Starwood points to Marriott at a 1:3 ratio and then transfer Marriott points to Southwest.
-You can transfer 50K Chase points to 50K Hyatt and 50K Hyatt points into 30K Southwest points and those points will count for Companion Pass status.
-You can transfer Chase points to Marriott at a 1:1 ratio.
-You can earn Companion status from signup up and spending on Southwest credit cards.
-You can transfer points to another Marriott member to complete an award.
-You can transfer points to another Starwood member living at your address.

If you use the regular Marriott Rewards transfer chart you would need 310K Marriott Rewards points to transfer 110K Southwest points.

However it’s a much better deal with Marriott’s miles+nights. 270K Marriott Rewards points would give you 120K Southwest points and 7 nights in a Marriott category 1-5 hotel. You’ll also earn Southwest Companion Pass status with that award!

A transfer of 90K Starpoints into 270K Marriott Rewards points will make that happen.

You must call Marriott at 800-321-7396 if you want to book a miles+nights package.

-It will take 2-3 days for the points to reach Southwest and your Southwest account will be updated to Companion Pass status within a few days of the transfer.
-The 7 night electronic hotel certificate expires in 1 year, though Marriott currently will extend them for 1 additional year if you contact them.
-You don’t need to choose the hotel at the time of a nights+miles redemption.
-The certificate must be used at one property for 7 consecutive nights.
-You can have the certificate issued in anyone’s name.
-You can use more Marriott points to get yourself into a higher hotel category or you can save points if you already earned Southwest points this year and don’t need 110K points for the Companion Pass.
-You can upgrade your hotel certificate by paying the difference in points later on.
-Some agents will refund 45K Marriott points (15K Starpoints) if you return the 7 night stay certificate, but not all agents will do that.

You can view hotels by category and tier via the “find” button on this page.

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-120K Southwest points will net between $1,800-$2,400 of free flights. Thanks to the companion pass you can bring someone along for free, which will mean you can use those points for $3,600-$4,800 of free flights. Plus of course you’ll get a 7 night category 1-5 hotel stay. Not a bad deal for 90K Starpoints!

-If you wanted 7 nights at the tier 3 Ritz-Carlton Herzliya you would need 420K Marriott or 140K Starpoints for that stay and 120K Southwest points with Southwest Companion Pass Status.

-If you wanted 7 nights at the category 7 Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel you would need 330K Marriott or 110K Starpoints for that stay and 120K Southwest points with Southwest Companion Pass Status.

There is also a 5 night hotel+points option that can save you some Marriott points, but officially that’s only available for Marriott timeshare owners. 5 nights and 120K Southwest points would cost 235K Marriott points. That’s 35K fewer Marriott points than are required for the 7 night package. On rare occasions some reps will book the 5 night packages for non-timeshare owners.

You can buy Starpoints here if you need some extra points to top off your account.

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-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express offers 25K points for spending $3,000 in 3 months.

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express offers 25K points for spending $5,000 in 3 months.

-If you have the Platinum Card® from American Express or the The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN you can call to have your Starwood account upgraded to Gold status which will then be matched to Marriott Gold as well!

-The Chase Marriott card offers 87,500 Rewards points (also transferable to 29,167 Starpoints) for spending $3,000 and adding an additional user card. After hitting the signup bonus it’s not worth spending on this card. You’ll get 3 Marriott Rewards points per dollar by spending on a Starwood card instead!
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Will you go for Companion Pass status before the hotel point transfer opportunity ends?

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Southwest Relents, Will Allow Hotel Point Transfers To Count For Companion Pass For 3 More Months!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Update: Southwest has now posted this change on their website here.


On Sunday, Southwest stealthily changed their program rules without advance warning, removing hotel point transfers as a method to earn Southwest Companion Pass.

They timed that change exactly to the day when many people were waiting to transfer their hotel points in order to earn 2 full years of companion pass status.

Today they made matters worse by sending out emails congratulating people who didn’t get Companion Pass status for earning Companion Pass. That’s a whole new level of trolling.

I filed an official complaint about Southwest’s unannounced program rules change with the DoT and recommended that readers who felt that Southwest was being deceptive should do the same.

Many others took offense that I suggested taking that course of action. Some people felt so strongly that they even posted expletive filled messages.

Apparently sticking up for your rights and exercising free speech is now a bad thing. Would they feel the same if Southwest cut the value of their points in half without warning?

Others agreed with my approach and some even cancelled their Southwest credit cards due to their behavior.

I’ve had good luck with the DoT in the past. They helped me get a full refund and compensation for my cancelled American Airlines trip to London when they stranded us in JFK overnight.

The DoT responded to me as follows,

“This responds to your communication regarding Southwest Airlines. The U.S. Department of Transportation seeks to ensure that all airline passengers are treated fairly. Complaints from consumers are helpful to us in determining whether the airlines are in compliance with our rules and to track trends or spot areas of concern that warrant further action.

We will forward your complaint to the airline and ask the company to respond directly to you with a copy to us. Airlines are required to acknowledge receipt of a consumer complaint within 30 days and provide a substantive response to the complainant within 60 days. We will review the airline’s response. If you need to contact me, please include your name and case number (see above). I will make every effort to reply to your message within one business day.

If our review of your complaint and the response from the company discloses a potential violation of our rules, we may pursue enforcement action. Generally, we pursue enforcement action on the basis of a number of complaints which may indicate a pattern or practice of violating our rules. Your complaint may be among those considered and may lead to appropriate enforcement action including the assessment of civil penalties. However, we have no authority to order compensation for individual complainants.”

Zach Honig reports that Southwest has decided to relent rather than fight. Here is the statement they sent him,

“As we began the New Year on January 1, we took the opportunity to close a loophole in our Rapid Rewards Companion Pass terms and conditions related to transferred points from our Partners. This was an effort intended to clarify qualification requirements for Companion Pass, one of the best benefits in travel, as well as to protect the integrity and value of the Rapid Rewards program.
In doing so, we updated our terms and conditions which now clearly state that points transferred from hotel and car loyalty programs, and e-Rewards, e-Miles, Valued Opinions and Diners Club will no longer count toward qualification for a Companion Pass. Members will continue to earn toward Companion Pass benefits through paid flights flown on Southwest, Points earned through spend with Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards credit cards, and base points earned through transactions with Rapid Rewards partners.

Many of you have reached out to us since then, and we greatly appreciate your honest and candid feedback. Because we are a Company that values our Customers and believes in doing the right thing, we are offering a limited window for Customers to earn toward Companion Pass by transferring their loyalty points from these Partners.

To that end, points converted from the above mentioned programs will count towards a Companion Pass until March 31, 2017. This is a hard deadline and we will not be able to make any exceptions beyond March 31. If you have points with these Partners that you wanted to transfer, please do not wait. Make the transfer before the deadline.

We appreciate all of our Customers and look forward to seeing you onboard very soon!”


Sure it was a great opportunity, but personally I fail to see why this was a loophole. Regardless Southwest is well within their rights to change their program terms, provided they give advance notice. I applaud them for coming clean and making their customers whole.

I definitely think that the noise on social media as well as the DoT complaints helped the cause.

So there you have it. If you earn 110K points by 12/31/17 you will be able to take a companion with you for free whenever you fly on Southwest until 12/31/18. Until 3/31/17 it will count hotel point transfers towards companion pass status. After 3/31/17 only points from the Southwest credit cards, from flying on Southwest, and base points earned through transactions with Rapid Rewards partners will count. The companion pass works on paid tickets, Southwest award tickets, and tickets booked with AMEX or Chase points, though you need to call AMEX or Chase to actually book travel on Southwest.

The best hotel transfer options are:
-Hyatt, where 50K points will earn 30K Southwest points. You can transfer Chase points to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio.
-Starwood, where 90K points can transfer into 270K points Marriott points which will earn 120K Southwest points and 7 nights in a Marriott hotel. I’ve written about that option in the pass and will write more about that option shortly.

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Southwest Is Just Trolling Us Now

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

On Sunday we learned that Southwest is no better than the network carriers when they stealthily changed their program rules without advance warning.

I thought that move was dirty pool. Airlines make billions of dollars annually selling their miles to banks, hotels, and other partners. They owe it to consumers to give notice when they want to move the goal posts.

Some commenters felt I was wrong for telling people to write to Southwest executive and to complain to the DoT about Southwest’s change without warning here..
I don’t see what is wrong with asking the DoT their opinion on mileage program changes that are made without warning.

But now Southwest is just trolling us.

This morning they sent out an email to tons of former Companion Pass holders with the subject, “Congrats! You earned Companion Pass”
Lots of DDF members got this email, despite no longer having a companion pass:

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Don’t get your hopes up. Southwest isn’t handing out Companion passes if you got the email and didn’t earn it:

Stay classy there Southwest.

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United: Fly Nonstop From Los Angeles To London For $416 (Or 20.8K Hybrid Points) Round-Trip!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Update: DEAD!


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-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 11pm EST tomorrow.

-A 7 night minimum stay is required. In other words if you depart on August 13 from Los Angeles (arriving on August 14 in London) you can’t return until August 20 (arriving the same day into Los Angeles).

-This United fare books into K class which would earn 10,911 Singapore miles (compared to a paltry 1,050 United miles). Just give United your Singapore mileage number at any time before departure.

Los Angeles to London/LHR valid outbound dates:
April 9, 10
May: 12 through 31
June: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29
July: Entire month
August: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 30
September: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Los Angeles to London/LHR valid return dates:
April: 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
May: 19 through 31
June: Entire month
July: 5, 6
August: 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
September: 1 through 20


These fares are not on sale with miles, but you can pay for the ticket with “hybrid points” if you have AMEX or Chase points and a Business Platinum or Sapphire Reserve card.

Using AMEX points:

If you have The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN you can get a 50% rebate on the airline of your choice

The 50% rebate will go back into your account the day after redeeming points.

You can login to your account and redeem AMEX points for travel here.

A $416.36 flight will be 41,636 points and you would get a 50% rebate making the effective cost just 20,818 points, a value of 2 cents per point:

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Using Chase points:

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel. The card comes with 100,000 signup points and $600 in travel spending in your first cardmembership year!

A $416.36 flight will be 27,757 points. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!

You can login to your account and redeem Chase points for travel here.

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United: Fly Nonstop From Newark To London For $404 (Or 20.2K Hybrid Points) Round-Trip!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Update: DEAD!


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-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 11pm EST tomorrow.

-Valid for outbound travel on most dates from Newark to London Heathrow from 1/31 through 11/14.
-Valid for return travel on most dates from London Heathrow to Newark from 2/7 through 11/27.

-A 7 night minimum stay is required. In other words if you depart on July 2 from Newark (arriving on July 2 or July 3 in London) you can’t return until July 9 (arriving the same day into Newark).

-This United fare books into K class which would earn 6,930 Singapore miles (compared to a paltry 1,010 United miles). Just give United your Singapore mileage number at any time before departure.


These fares are not on sale with miles, but you can pay for the ticket with “hybrid points” if you have AMEX or Chase points and a Business Platinum or Sapphire Reserve card.

Using AMEX points:

If you have The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN you can get a 50% rebate on the airline of your choice

The 50% rebate will go back into your account the day after redeeming points.

You can login to your account and redeem AMEX points for travel here.

A $404.86 flight will be 40,486 points and you would get a 50% rebate making the effective cost just 20,243 points, a value of 2 cents per point:

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Using Chase points:

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel. The card comes with 100,000 signup points and $600 in travel spending in your first cardmembership year!

A $404.86 flight will be 26,990 points. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!

You can login to your account and redeem Chase points for travel here.

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Fly Nonstop Between NYC Or Philadelphia And Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Or West Palm Beach From $35 (Or 1,760 Hybrid Points) Each Way!

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

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-Get free checked baggage, 10% rebates on point redemptions, 50% off in-flight purchases, and much more if you have the JetBlue Plus World Elite MastercardYou don’t need to use the card to get those benefits.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Limited seats are available on each date.

-Always search one-way for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

-Search NYC to include JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark for best results.

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Southwest Kills Companion Pass Earning Option Without Advance Warning

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Southwest updated their Companion Pass terms and conditions today to exclude point transfers from hotels.

The new paragraph they added into the terms excludes point transfer from hotel partners as Companion Pass qualifying,

“Purchased points, transferred points transferred between members, points converted from hotel and car loyalty programs, and e-Rewards, e-Miles, Valued Opinions and Diners Club, points earned from program enrollment, tier bonus points, flight bonus points, and partner bonus points (with the exception of the Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase) do not qualify as Companion Pass Qualifying Points.”


This effectively kills the 90K Starpoints transfer into 120K Southwest points, companion pass, and 7 nights in a Marriott hotel.

There are still some other great Starwood transfer options including 90K Starpoints for 132K United miles and 7 nights in a Marriott hotel. Or until 1/6/17 you can transfer Starpoints into Alaska miles via Virgin America at an outstanding 1:1.625 ratio.

When I wrote about that deal back in September I wrote,

“If you transfer points now then the Companion Pass status will expire on 12/31/17.
If you wait to do the transfer until 2017 then the Companion Pass status would last until 12/31/18. Then again, it’s always possible for Southwest to stop awarding Companion Pass status for hotel transfers, so you might want to take advantage of this deal while it’s still alive.”


And that’s exactly what Southwest has done. I’m just disappointed that Southwest didn’t give any advance warning. So much for Southwest being different than the network carriers.

#WhereIsTheLuv?

Feel free to Retweet to get Southwest’s attention:

You can also complain to the DoT about Southwest’s change without warning here.

HT: mochjas, via DDF and TPG

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Check To See Your Targeted Offer To Buy Starpoints

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Update: Commenter “mw” notes that you are now able to purchase more Starpoints even if you already purchased the maximum 30K Starpoints for your account earlier this year.

If your account is targeted for a discount you can also purchase Starpoints for other accounts with the same discount, just select “Give Starpoints.”

The discounted point offer ends tonight!


Originally posted on 11/3:

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-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express offers 25K points for spending $3,000 in 3 months.

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express offers 25K points for spending $5,000 in 3 months


Starwood allows you to buy up to 30,000 Starpoints per year. They are normally 3.5 cents each, but through 12/31 you can save between 25%-50% off Starpoints here.

Just login to your SPG account to find your offer. With the discount you can pay as little as 1.75 cents per Starpoint, a record low price for Starpoints if you have that offer. If you pay with a Starwood AMEX you’ll also get 2 points per dollar, so if you buy 30K points for $525 you’ll also be earning 1,050 Starpoints for the credit card purchase. In total you will have paid $525 for 31,050 Starpoints or 1.69 cents per Starpoint.

As Starpoints can convert to airline miles at a 20K:25K ratio, the cost per mile can be as low as 1.4 cents.  Starpoints can also convert to Marriott points at a 1K:3K ratio, so the cost per Marriott points can be as low as 0.58 cents each.

If you use your Starwood AMEX you’ll also get 2 Starpoints per dollar spent, so you’re effective cost per points will be just 1.69 cents as you’ll get an extra 1,050 Starpoints for a $525 purchase of 30,000 Starpoints.

Your account needs to be 14 days old to buy Starpoints. While there is a limit of 30K Starpoints per person, people living in the same household can transfer Starpoints between each other for free. It even extends the life of their Starpoints by another 18 months.

There are tons of great uses for Starpoints:

You can use them to stay in Starwood or Marriott hotels.

-You can transfer Starpoints to Alaska via Virgin America with a 62.5% bonus through 1/6/17. A flight from the US to Europe or South America will start at 12.3K Starpoints, business class on Cathay to Asia will be 30.7K Starpoints, and business class on Cathay to Israel will be 38.4K Starpoints after an effective 38.5% transfer discount.

90K Starpoints is currently enough for 132K United miles and a 7 night hotel stay via Marriott.

90K Starpoints is also enough for 7 nights in a Marriott hotel, 120K Southwest points, and a Southwest companion pass via Marriott that is valid for the remainder of the year and the entire following year. You can make the transfer in January of 2017 and you would be able to fly with a companion for free through December of 2018!

-Or you can start saving up to play softball in Wrigley, cruise to Antarctica, or throw out the first pitch of the 2017 World Series with SPG Moments.

What offer are you targeted for and will you be buying Starpoints?

HT: davidmal, via DDF

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Delta: Fly Nonstop From NYC To Montreal For $66 Or 3.3K Hybrid Points, Montreal To NYC For $91 Or 4.5K Hybrid Points

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Trip Notes: Eating Our Way Through Montreal


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-Get free checked baggage and priority boarding on Delta if you have the Delta SkyMiles AMEX or the Delta SkyMiles Business AMEX. You don’t need to use the card to get free baggage.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Delta has excellent fares between JFK or LGA and Montreal on most dates from 1/19/17 through 11/22/17. Flights from NYC to Montreal are just $66 and flights from Montreal to NYC are just $91.

-Search NYC to include JFK and LGA in the search.

-You must book one-way travel for this sale.


These fares are not on sale with miles, but you can pay for the ticket with “hybrid points” if you have AMEX or Chase points and a Business Platinum or Sapphire Reserve card.

Using AMEX points:

If you have The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN you can get a 50% rebate on the airline of your choice

The 50% rebate will go back into your account the day after redeeming points.

You can login to your account and redeem AMEX points for travel here.

A $66.78 flight will be 6,678 points and you would get a 50% rebate making the effective cost just 3,339 points, a value of 2 cents per point:

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A one-way flight from Montreal to NYC will be 9,157 AMEX points or 4,587 points after the 50% rebate.


Using Chase points:

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel. The card comes with 100,000 signup points and $600 in travel spending in your first cardmembership year!

A $66.78 flight will be 4,452 points. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!

You can login to your account and redeem Chase points for travel here.

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A one-way flight from Montreal to NYC will be 6,104 Chase points.

HT: Yaalili, via DDF


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Korean Now Selling SkyTeam Awards Online; Fly From JFK To Honolulu For 25K Miles Round-Trip!

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Related post: The Ultimate Hawaii Mileage Award Chart And Everything You Need To Know About The Hawaiian Islands!


Korean Air is known among mileage junkies for having the best first class award space in the industry. They also have a generous award hold policy and their miles don’t expire for 10 years.

You can fly in a Kosmo 2.0 walled-in suite on a brand new 747-8 from JFK to Seoul for just 80K miles+$104. If you were paying cash for the flight it would you back over $10,000, so this is a value greater than 12 cents per mile:

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And that’s the beauty of “hybrid points.” You can transfer Chase points from cards like Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve, Ink Plus, or Ink Business Preferred at a 1:1 ratio to Korean to get the flight for 80K points. It would make no sense to redeem it directly from the Ink Plus or even the Chase Sapphire Reserve which makes your points worth 1.5 cents each with direct redemption:

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80K miles plus $23 is enough to fly in first class from Seoul to Tel Aviv:

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But it was news to me that you can now search for SkyTeam awards on KoreanAir.com

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IcelandAir: Toronto, NYC, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, Washington DC, Or Seattle To Reykjavik From $323 Round-Trip!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

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-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Limited seats are available on each date.

Northern lights on your bucket list? Winter is the best time of the year to see them!

DDF’ers SomethingFishy, whYME, and ChAiM’l went to Iceland on a PhotoDO and their pictures compelled me to join them on a Photo DO to Norway to see the northern lights for myself earlier this year. No word on whether they took a journey to the center of the Earth while in Iceland, but their pictures are just stunning:

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You can find more information on Iceland in this DDF Wiki.

-All flight dates listed below are nonstop.

-A Saturday night stay in Iceland is required.

-IcelandAir fares include 2 free checked bags and 2 free carry-ons.

-This U class fare earns 25% of the actual flown miles when credited to Alaska miles.


Toronto-Reykjavik Outbound $323 Dates:
January 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30
February 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
April 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Reykjavik-Toronto Return $323 Dates:
January 23, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31
February 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 28
March 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
April 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15


Search NYC to include results from both JFK and EWR:

NYC-Reykjavik Outbound $389 Dates:
January 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31
April 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Reykjavik-NYC Return $389 Dates:
January 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 23, 28
March 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30
April 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15


-Nonstop flights from Boston or Washington DC to Reykjavik are available for $389 round-trip
-Nonstop flights from Chicago, Denver, or Minneapolis to Reykjavik are available for $439 round-trip
-Nonstop flights from Seattle to Reykjavik are available for $489 round-trip

Use Google Flights to help find valid dates.

-You can also fly to Europe via Iceland for an extra $50-$100 and take a free stopover in Iceland for up to 7 days.

HT: Max L, via DDFB


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Fly Nonstop Between NYC Or Philadelphia And Fort Lauderdale Or Miami From $43 (Or 2,155 Hybrid Points) Each Way!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Get free checked baggage, 10% rebates on point redemptions, 50% off in-flight purchases, and much more if you have the JetBlue Plus World Elite MastercardYou don’t need to use the card to get those benefits.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Limited seats are available on each date.

-Always search one-way for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

-Search NYC to include JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark for best results.


American/JetBlue: Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale $43-$49 dates:
January 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28
March 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29
April 3, 4, 19, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
May 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24

American/United: Fort Lauderdale to Philadelphia $43-$49 dates:
January 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23
March 1, 2, 7, 9, 14, 21, 22, 23, 24, 29
April 5, 6, 12, 25, 26, 27, 28
May 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24

There are also flights between Philadelphia and Orlando for $43.


American/United: Newark to Miami $49 dates:
January 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 13

American/United: Miami to Newark $49 dates:
January 11, 19, 24, 25, 27, 28
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15


American/Delta: JFK/LGA to Miami $56-$68 dates:
January 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28
March 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
April 3, 4, 5, 11, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
May 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
June 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 27, 28

American/Delta: Miami to JFK/LGA $56-$68 dates:
January 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 28
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31
April 4, 5, 6, 12, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
May 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 27, 30, 31
June 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30


Delta/JetBlue/Virgin JFK/LGA to Fort Lauderdale $68 dates:
January Entire month except 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 13
February Entire month except 16 through 19
March Entire month except 10, 16, 17
April Entire month except 6 through 15
May Entire month except 25 and 26
June Entire month except 28 and 29
July Entire month
August Entire month
September 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
November 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 14, 15

Delta/JetBlue/Virgin Fort Lauderdale to JFK/LGA $68 dates:
January 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31
February Entire month except 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31
April 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
May Entire month except 29
June Entire month
July Entire month
August Entire month except 27 and 28
September 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
November 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 14, 15


These fares are not on sale with miles, but you can pay for the ticket with “hybrid points” if you have AMEX or Chase points and a Business Platinum or Sapphire Reserve card.

Using AMEX points:

If you have The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN you can get a 50% rebate on the airline of your choice

The 50% rebate will go back into your account the day after redeeming points.

You can login to your account and redeem AMEX points for travel here.

A $43.10 flight will be 4,310 points and you would get a 50% rebate making the effective cost just 2,155 points, a value of 2 cents per point:

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Using Chase points:

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel. The card comes with 100,000 signup points and $600 in travel spending in your first cardmembership year!

A $43.10 flight will be 2,873 points. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!

You can login to your account and redeem Chase points for travel here.

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Azerbaijan Airlines: JFK To Tel Aviv Or Tel Aviv To JFK For $479 Round Trip!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

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-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Both Azerbaijan Airlines and Baku airport are safe to transit in. Plenty of DansDeals readers have booked travel and arrived safely and have had extremely positive things to say about the airline with friendly staff and a smooth connecting experience in Baku airport.  They fly a brand new 787 from JFK to Baku.  You can find links to some of those reports here.

Skytrax rates the airline very highly as well.

Azerbaijan allows 2 free checked bags.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

Flights connect in Baku, Azerbaijan for about 2 hours:

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You can originate in JFK or Tel Aviv.

Valid travel dates from JFK to Tel Aviv (These dates are good for outbound or for return flights):
January: 21, 23, 28, 30
February: 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
March: 4, 6, 11, 13

Valid travel dates from Tel Aviv to JFK (These dates are good for outbound or for return flights):
January: 17, 29
February: 5, 12, 19, 26
March: 5

HT: Yaalili, via DDF


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American/JetBlue: Fly Nonstop From JFK To Cancun For $74-$82 Or 3.7K Hybrid Points Each Way!

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Update: JetBlue has matched this sale!


Originally posted on 12/24:

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

Note that there is Zika in Mexico, so talk to your doctor if you or your spouse are pregnant or want to become pregnant in the next year before traveling there.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search one-way and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

You can read my trip notes from Cancun from last year here.

-Did you know that there are at least 13 kosher restaurants in greater Cancun? There are 3 kosher restaurants in Cancun, 3 in Isla Mujeres, 3 in Cozumel, and 4 in Playa del Carmen! You can find out all about them on the Wiki in the Cancun Master Thread on DDF.

-Chabad of Cancun makes awesome food that they can deliver fresh to any hotel in the area!

JFK to Cancun $82 dates:
December 30, 31
January 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
March 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29
April 1, 3, 4, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30
May 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31

Cancun to JFK $74 dates:
December 27, 28
January 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22
March 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
April 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 27, 28
May 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25
June 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30
July 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
August 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17


Using AMEX points:

These fares are not on sale with AA miles, but you can pay for the ticket with “hybrid points” if you have AMEX or Chase points and a Business Platinum or Sapphire Reserve card.

If you have The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN you can get a 50% rebate on the airline of your choice

The 50% rebate will go back into your account the day after redeeming points.

You can login to your account and redeem AMEX points for travel here.

A $74.05 ticket would cost 7,405 points and you would get a 50% rebate making the effective cost just 3,702 points, a value of 2 cents per point. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!

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Using Chase points:

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel. The card comes with 100,000 signup points and $600 in travel spending in your first cardmembership year!

A $74.05 ticket would cost 4,936 Chase points. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!

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HT: Elikip, via DDF


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Here Are The Ways You Can Spend Your Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 Annual Travel Credit; Plus: Timing The Spending And A 2017 Spend Report

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Update: If you changed your due date to the 25th of the month then your statement should close on December 28th. You should make your travel charge by today to make sure that it posts by the 28th for a 2016 travel credit.


Originally posted on 12/4:

Related:
-Are Bank Points Overtaking The Value Of Airline Miles? 2 Hybrid Cards Allow You To Lock In The Best Of Both Worlds
-Here Are The Ways You Can Spend Your AMEX Airline Fee Credit
-Now Is The Best Time To Apply For A Sapphire Reserve Or Business Platinum “Hybrid Card”

-30 Awesome Things You Can You Do With Ultimate Rewards Points
-Building Credit And Credit Card FAQs: Your Questions Answered


You can spend $300 per year on travel with the Chase Sapphire Reserve card. You’ll receive an automatic refund for transaction in any of these categories until you reach $300 in refunds per year. The credit will post within a few days of the spend.

Click here to view how much of your annual travel spend has already been credited:

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View the full list of valid travel charges after the jump:

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Fly Nonstop Between NYC, Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis, Or Orlando And The West Coast For $63-$128 (Or 3.1K-6.4K Hybrid Points) Each Way

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Get free checked baggage, 10% rebates on point redemptions, 50% off in-flight purchases, and much more if you have the JetBlue Plus World Elite MastercardYou don’t need to use the card to get those benefits.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST on Monday 12/26. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search one-way for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

View the full list of valid dates after the jump:

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RyanAir: Intro Fares From Tel Aviv To Cyprus For $60 Round-Trip

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


RyanAir announced that they are now selling seats from Tel Aviv to Paphos, Cyprus with daily service starting March 28th.

This is their first Tel Aviv service.

Limited seats are available on select dates in April and May for just $60 round-trip.

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HT: Yaalili, via DDF

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