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Why these credit card offers are truly incredible:
Capital One is determined to challenge AMEX, Chase, and Citi in the credit card rewards and travel space and they have 2 excellent consumer and business card offers to back that up.
- Ending at 2:59pm EDT today, you can earn 100,000 miles after spending $10,000 in 6 months and a $200 vacation credit on the new Capital One Venture X Card.
- After spending $10,000 in 6 months you’ll have at least 120,000 miles!
- Earn 2 miles per dollar everywhere with no foreign transaction fees.
- This card comes with excellent benefits like a $300 annual travel credit, 10,000 miles every card anniversary, Capital One Lounge access (including for free authorized users), Priority Pass Lounge Access for you and 2 guests with non-lounge credits (including for free authorized users), Hertz President’s Club Status (including for free authorized users), Global Entry/Pre-Check, the ability to refund paid travel at 2% back, and the ability to transfer to airline miles and hotel points. $395 annual fee. Read more here.
- Ending at 2:59pm EDT today, you can earn $500 cash back for spending $5,000 in 3 months, plus another $2,500 cash back after spending another $45,000 in 6 months, for a total bonus of $3,000 cash back on the new Capital One Spark Cash Plus Card.
- After spending $50,000 in 6 months you’ll have $4,000 cash back, which can be converted into 400,000 miles with cards like Capital One VentureOne, Capital One Venture, Capital One Venture X, or Capital One Spark Miles.
- Earn 2% cash back everywhere with no foreign transaction fees, and spending doesn’t report on your personal credit report. $150 annual fee. Read more here.
Capital One allows you to transfer points to anyone with a Capital One credit card!
A nice thing about Capital One is that you earn rewards and signup bonus points as soon as spending posts to your account without having to wait for your statement to close.
Another nice benefit is that transfers over 1,000 miles can be made in 100 mile increments instead of 1,000 mile increments from most bank programs, so you don’t need to orphan miles in an airline program when making a redemption.
What can you do with the 120K or 400K points you’ll have after opening one of these cards and meeting the spending threshold?
There are endless possibilities, but here are 30 in no particular order. Note that most of these redemptions require saver award availability, which comes and goes all the time, so it may require vigilance to hunt it down!
You can redeem points for paid travel
While the Spark Cash offers straight cash back that can be converted into miles, with Venture miles you can’t convert into cash back. However, you can redeem miles against any paid travel that you put on the card at a value of 1 cent per point, or an effective 2% back on all purchases.
You can even redeem miles to refund part of a purchase or to refund a purchase that was already refunded, like refunded travel booked with the $300 annual travel credit or $200 vacation credit on the Venture X card!
You can transfer to Avianca Lifemiles for 22 or 73 one-way domestic short-haul flights on United
Avianca has excellent domestic pricing for awards on United:
- 6.5K miles in coach and 15K-16K miles in business for flights under 500 miles in distance.
- 7.5K miles in coach and 15K-16K miles in business for flights 500-799 miles in distance.
- 10K miles in coach and 15K-25K miles in business for flights 800-1,199 miles in distance.
- 12.5K+ miles in coach and 15K+ miles in business for flights 1,200+ miles in distance.
Plus there are often transfer bonuses to Avianca. Currently, you can get a 20% bonus for transfers from Capital One to Avianca. That makes a one-way cost just 5,416 Capital One miles. That’s 22 one-ways via the Venture X’s 120K miles or 73 one-ways via the Spark’s 400K miles!
I’m always booking short-haul flights from Cleveland to places like NYC or Chicago and it’s great to be able to use 6,500 Lifemiles for a last minute one-way flight that would otherwise cost 15,000 United miles or $400 cash. A flight like Newark to Boston, Columbus, Detroit, or Pittsburgh would also cost just 6.5K Lifemiles. Or LaGuardia/Newark to Chicago would be 7.5K Lifemiles.
With last minute flights like that costing up to $400 one-way, you can get a value of 7.4 cents per point, which would make your 120K miles worth $8,888 or your 400K miles worth $29,600!
Transfer miles to Air Canada for 20 or 66 domestic award flights on United
For example, short-haul flights on partner airlines like United cost just 6,000 miles! You can read more about the program here.
That’s 20 one-ways via the Venture X’s 120K miles or 66 one-ways via the Spark’s 400K miles!
You can transfer to Turkish for 16 or 53 one-way domestic flights, including to Alaska or Hawaii, on United
Turkish Airlines has a ridiculously generous Star Alliance award chart to travel on airlines like United for fewer miles than United charges. And they don’t charge any fuel surcharges for United flights.
Here is the North America version of the chart with one-way award pricing:
|Between the US and:||Economy||Business||First|
|US, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and USVI||7.5K||12.5K||N/A|
|Central and North Africa||30K||49K||73K|
|Southern Africa and Far East||45K||67.5K||100K|
|South America and Oceania||52.5K||75K||115K|
As part of the Star Alliance, Turkish can book award travel on airlines like United and Air Canada.
You can open a Turkish Airlines mileage account online (Hint: Your password must be exactly 6 numbers or else it will give an error).
And you can book Star Alliance awards with Turkish miles here (Login and then click this link again). You can’t search for partner awards from their home page. Search for one-way at a time for best results.
You can fly one-way anywhere in the US, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and USVI, for just 7.5K miles in coach or 12.5K in business class on United with no fuel surcharges.
That’s 16 one-ways via the Venture X’s 120K miles or 53 one-ways via the Spark’s 400K miles!
NYC to Miami in economy for 7.5K or business for 12.5K:
LA to NYC in economy for 7.5K or lie-flat business for 12.5K:
LA to Kauai in economy for 7.5K or business for 12.5K:
You can transfer to Turkish for 2 or 8 one-way business class flights to Israel
You can fly one-way between the US and Israel for just 32K miles in coach or 47K in business class on United with no fuel surcharges or on other airlines with fuel surcharges.
That’s 2 business class one-ways via the Venture X’s 120K miles or 8 business class one-ways via the Spark’s 400K miles!
Thanks to Israel reopening, availability on United has dried up, but I’d expect that to open back up again with time.
However availability on Turkish is excellent. You can search for awards on Turkish here. Expect to pay fuel surcharges of $100 on a coach ticket or $200 on a business ticket each way. You can also save miles during award sales.
You can transfer to Turkish for 12 or 40 one-way flights, including to Canada or Mexico on United or Air Canada
Fly one-way anywhere in the US to Canada or Mexico for just 10K miles in coach or 15K in business class on United with no fuel surcharges.
That’s 12 one-ways via the Venture X’s 120K miles or 40 one-ways via the Spark’s 400K miles!
NYC to Montreal or Cancun in economy for 10K or business for 15K:
You can transfer to Turkish for 2 or 8 one-way business class flights to Europe
Fly one-way to Europe for 45K miles in business class on United with no fuel surcharges.
NYC to Milan in economy for 30K or business for 45K:
You can transfer to Qantas for 3 or 10 one-way flights to Israel on El Al
With Qantas miles you can redeem for El Al award tickets without any fuel surcharges! You read more about this option here.
- A one-way coach ticket from NYC to Tel Aviv on El Al is 37.8K Qantas miles and there are no fuel surcharges.
- A one-way premium economy ticket from NYC to Tel Aviv on El Al is 70.8K Qantas miles and there are no fuel surcharges.
- A one-way business class ticket from NYC to Tel Aviv on El Al is 90K Qantas miles and there are no fuel surcharges.
Transfer miles to Etihad for 9 or 32 domestic coach award flights, or 4 or 16 domestic first class award flights on American
Domestic coach awards are 12.5K miles and business/first class awards are 25K miles.
You can even fly 3 cabin first class on American from JFK or Miami to LA or San Francisco for just 25K miles!
Transfer miles to Etihad for 6 or 20 coach award flights to Europe or South America, or 2 or 8 business class award flights to Europe or South America on American
Off-peak coach awards to Europe or South America are 20K miles and business/first class awards are 50K miles with no fuel surcharges for travel on American.
Transfer miles to Etihad for travel to Israel or Australia on American
Coach awards to Australia are 37.5K miles and to Israel are 45K miles with no fuel surcharges for travel on American.
Business awards to Australia are 62.5K miles and to Israel are 67.5K miles with no fuel surcharges for travel on American.
Transfer miles to Etihad for travel to Morocco on Royal Air Maroc
Fly nonstop in a Dreamliner from JFK, Boston, Miami, Montreal, or Washington DC to Casablanca for just 22K miles in coach (plus $120 fuel surcharges) or 44K miles in lie-flat business class (plus $170 fuel surcharges) each way.
Morocco has been on my bucket list since reading this DDF Trip Report. Thanks to the Abraham Accords, Morocco has also several new kosher restaurants! You can find the DDF Master Thread on Morocco here.
Transfer miles to Air Canada for 2 or 6 business class flights to Europe on United or Star Alliance Airlines
For example, business class to Europe is 60,000 miles with no fuel surcharges.
That’s 2 one-ways via the Venture X’s 120K miles or 8 one-ways via the Spark’s 400K miles.
And while United charges 121K miles for partner first class:
Air Canada charges 90K:
You can transfer to British Airways for 20 or 66 one-way international short-haul zone 1 awards or 16 or 53 domestic zone 1 short-haul awards (7.5K each)
You can fly short hauls like London-Milan, Hong Kong to Taiwan, Melbourne to Sydney, and between most cities within Europe for 6K Avios. That’s 20 one-ways via the Venture X’s 120K miles or 66 one-ways via the Spark’s 400K miles!
You can fly between New York and short-haul routes like Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Montreal, Pittsburgh, or Toronto, or between Miami and the Bahamas or Cancun on OneWorld partners Alaska or American for 7.5K Avios. Plus you can cancel awards and get back your miles for just the cost of the taxes paid, which is $5.60 for domestic one-way flights.
|1 (Flights that don't touch the USA)||1-650||6,000||12,500||24,000|
|1 (Flights to, from, or within the USA)||1-650||7,500||15,000||30,000|
With close-in flights like that costing about $300 one-way, you can get a value of 4 cents per point, which would make your 120K miles worth $4,800 or your 400K miles worth $16,000!
You can transfer to British Airways for 7 or 24 one-way domestic lie-flat first class zone 2 awards between NYC and Miami (16.5K each)
American flies 777s with lie flat first class seats between NYC and Miami.
Sure, you can redeem 9K Avios in coach, but for 16.5K Avios, you can fly in lie-flat first class seats with 2 free checked bags while sipping free Woodford Reserve and premium snacks. That’s 7 one-ways via the Venture X’s 120K miles or 24 one-ways via the Spark’s 400K miles!
These flights sell for about $400 one-way, giving you a value of more than 2.4 cents per point, which would make your 120K miles worth $2,880 or your 400K miles worth $9,600!
You can transfer points to Virgin Atlantic for bargains on Delta to Europe
You can fly on Delta to Europe (excluding the UK) for just 30K miles in coach or 50K miles in business class each way.
Infant lap child awards on international flights are a bargain. While Delta charges 10% of the paid fare, which can be astronomical on one-way flights, Virgin charges just 1,000 miles in coach or 5,000 miles in business class each way.
You can transfer points to Virgin Atlantic for bargains on short-haul Delta flights
For the rest of the world besides Europe, Virgin has a distance based award chart for travel on Delta:
You can check what a ticket will cost by checking the distance between city pairs on GCmap.com.
For example a flight from Cleveland to NYC will be 7.5K Virgin miles in main cabin or 17.5K in first class with this is a zone 1 award as the flight distance between Cleveland and NYC is under 500 miles.
Vs 14K in main cabin with Delta miles or 22.5K in first class with Delta miles:
Detroit to NYC is also a zone 1 award.
JFK to Tel Aviv costs 35K miles each way in coach as a zone 8 award. That’s under 27K AMEX points!
You can transfer points to Virgin Atlantic for 2 or 7 ANA First Class Suites To Japan
Redeeming Virgin Atlantic miles for ANA business class or first class suites is one of the biggest bargains in travel.
You only need 55K Virgin Atlantic miles to fly one-way between the US west coast and Japan or 60K miles to fly one-way between the US east coast and Japan in first class.
That’s 2 one-ways via the Venture X’s 120K miles or 7 one-ways via the Spark’s 400K miles! These flights sell for about $15,000 one-way, giving you a value of more than 3.6 cents per point, which would make your 120K miles worth $4,320 or your 400K miles worth $14,400!
Unfortunately, you do need to call Virgin Atlantic to book travel on ANA at 800-365-9500. You can search for ANA award space on United.com.
You can fly in ANA first class to Tokyo/Narita from Chicago, Houston, JFK, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Washington DC.
You can fly in ANA first class to Tokyo/Haneda from Chicago, JFK, or Los Angeles.
New ANA First, with a 43″ 4K LED, a door for privacy, multiple windows, and more:
The middle seats have a partition for privacy that goes up and down so that companions can talk to each other:
Business class is staggered with forward and rear facing seats that also have privacy doors and middle partitions that go up and down:
You can transfer points to Virgin Atlantic for travel to Israel
Virgin has excellent award availability between North America and Israel, though fuel surcharges are hefty.
A one-way ticket from Tel Aviv to NYC is 19K miles+$224 in coach, 33.5K miles+$198 in premium economy, or 75.5K miles+$245 in business class.
A one-way ticket from NYC to Tel Aviv you’ll pay 19K miles+$243 in coach, 33.5K miles+$368 in premium economy, or 75.5K miles+$668 in business class.
A round-trip coach ticket from Tel Aviv to JFK on Virgin Atlantic is 38K miles plus $407. Premium Economy is 67K miles+$355. Business class is 151K miles plus $449.
You can transfer to Singapore for a suite between JFK and Frankfurt
You can fly in Singapore suites class from JFK to Frankfurt for 86K miles one-way. This is truly an aspirational award and Singapore service is second to none. If you and a spouse open a Sapphire Preferred you would have more than enough miles to get a couples suite!
You’ll even have access to the Virgin Clubhouse in JFK with kosher meals as well.
These flights sell for about $7,000 one-way, giving you a value of more than 8.1 cents per point, which would make your 120K points worth $10,440 or 400K points worth $32,400!
Fly In Emirates First Class Shower Suites
Emirates only released first class award space with their own miles. You can transfer Capital One points to Emirates to book a flight you’ll never forget.
Emirates has even opened their own kosher kitchen in Dubai to provide high quality fresh kosher meals!
Emirates A380 first class is affectionately known as “Shower Class.” Sure, you get your own walled-in suite and access to the onboard bar…
But it’s the onboard shower that sets it apart. My review of the experience can be found here.
A one-way first class award from NYC to Milan/Athens is 85K miles or from JFK to Dubai is 136,250 miles.
You can transfer miles to Cathay Pacific to save on fuel surcharges on BA or American to London
Cathay Pacific offers lower fuel surcharges to book award travel to London than other OneWorld carriers.
Cathay Pacific members also get expanded availability to travel on their industry leading first class, with the most comfortable mattress and seat in the air (by a long shot!)
You can transfer miles to Singapore for a business class seat on the longest flight in the world
Singapore Airlines flies the longest commercial flight in the world from Newark to Singapore. The 9,534 mile flight takes a whopping 18.5 hours to fly!
For 99K miles you can book a seat in business class, which is their highest cabin on this route.
In 2013 I redeemed 60K United miles to fly business class from Cleveland-Newark-Singapore-Maldives. Back then the flight was operated by an A340-500 with 100 business class seats. There were no other classes of service on the flight back then. It was an excellent way to get to the Maldives.
What did I think of the 19 hour flight?
You can read the trip report here, but in short, I loved it.
Business class seat from Newark-Singapore, February 2013:
The problem with flights to Europe in premium cabins is that there’s not enough time to enjoy a meal and still get a good night’s sleep.
On this flight there was plenty of time for me to eat, drink some wine and scotch, surf the web, watch Argo, get a full night’s sleep, eat again, watch Lincoln, and then land in Singapore.
In fact Singapore served 3 separate kosher meals on the flight. The plane was split into 3 sections and I was one of the only passengers in my section, giving the flight an almost private jet feel.
Business class seat from Newark-Singapore, February 2013:
I emailed Singapore inquiring if they can get kosher wine on the flight and they fulfilled the request and got kosher wine for me!
I’ve flown Singapore in economy, business, and suites class and the service has always been impeccable. The flight attendants seem to know exactly when to bring you another glass of seltzer and when to leave you alone. It’s my favorite airline to fly in any class of service.
I had ordered Sesame Chicken from New Kosher Special with free delivery to Newark Airport and the flight attendants were happy to store it for me in a fridge and warm it up double-wrapped (BYOK FTW!).
The sign of a great flight is when you’re sad to have it end. And even after a 19 hour flight, I was sad to have to deplane. Though I sure enjoyed the showers in the Singapore lounge.
You can transfer miles to British Airways for 9 or 30 one-way nonstop flights from the West Coast to any Hawaiian Island
You can fly from the west coast nonstop to Hawaii on AA or Alaska for just 13K Avios each way.
Transfer points to Singapore to fly round-trip on United between the US49 and Hawaii
United charges 45K miles to get to the paradise also known as Hawaii in coach and 80K-100K in business. Transfer miles to Singapore and they’ll book those same flights for just 35K or 69K.
That’s more than the dirt cheap Turkish 7.5K in coach or 12.5K in business class, but Singapore has better availability than Turkish on United to Hawaii.
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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: The Final United 747 Flight And 2 Days In Maui (2018)
- 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.
Transfer points to Air France/KLM Flying Blue to book travel to Israel nonstop on Delta for 29K miles each way in coach or 72K miles in business class suites
The Air France/KLM Flying Blue program can book awards on Delta for just 29K miles in coach or 72K miles in business class seats, based on saver award availability.
While availability was excellent last year, that has dried up for now. But it’s always worth staying vigilant and ready to transfer and grab when it becomes available!
Business class suites:
There are also promo awards where you can book travel to/from the US and Europe or Israel for as low as 12.5K miles, though fuel surcharges of about $200 round-trip apply to these awards.
Transfer points to Air France/KLM Flying Blue to book travel to Tahiti for 64K miles each way in business
Stay for 9 or 32 nights in the TRYP by Wyndham Jerusalem Bat Sheva
The TRYP by Wyndham Jerusalem Bat Sheva, centrally located on King George near the Gan HaAtsmaut, costs just 15,000 Wyndham points per night.
Plus you can currently get a 20% transfer bonus to Wyndham, dropping the effective cost to 12.5K points per night.
That’s more than 9 free nights via the Venture X’s 120K miles or 32 free nights via the Spark’s 400K miles!
Wyndham hotels go for 7.5K, 15K, or 30K points per night.
Stay for 9 or 32 nights in a Vacasa Home Rental
Wyndham can book Vacasa home rentals for 15K Wyndham points per bedroom per night.
Plus you can currently get a 20% transfer bonus to Wyndham, dropping the effective cost to 12.5K points per night.
You can email email@example.com or call 506-646-2943 to book that with Wyndham points. You can then transfer points instantly from Capital One to Wyndham to book a vacation rental.
Other transfer partners:
Capital One points can also be transferred to Aeromexico, EVA, Finnair, TAP, Accor Hotels, and Choice Hotels.
What is your favorite mileage redemption?