Limited Time Offer! 50,000 Miles for Lufthansa Miles & More World MasterCard: Enough for Free Flights to Europe, Hawaii or Other Top Destinations

By Guillermo Rodriguez (Award Travel Points)

Ear­lier this year, the Bar­clays Lufthansa Premier Wold MasterCard offered a 50,000 mile sign-up bonus for a lim­ited time and this was an extremely pop­u­lar card. Then it went down to just 30,000 miles. But now the 50,000 mile offer is back!  (Though the offer can be dis­con­tin­ued at any time), The card comes with 20,000 bonus miles after the first pur­chase and an addi­tional 30,000 bonus miles after spend­ing $5,000 within 3 months of account opening. If you think it might be difficult to complete the spending requirement in 3 months, see my different ways to accomplish this.

We haven’t signed up for this card yet since just a couple months ago I signed up for the Bar­clay­card Arrival World Mas­ter­card, a solid choice of $440 of travel credit for just $1,000 spend­ing.  However before this year ends I am  def­i­nitely going to apply for the 50,000 mile Lufthansa offer from Bar­clays to earn more free flights.

50,000 Lufthansa Miles is enough to reach many des­ti­na­tions imme­di­ately so this is a great card to consider. Continue reading

Deal Alerts: Flights to Europe $150 ROUND TRIP…Dubai $275…Mumbai $300

By Guillermo Rodriguez (Award Travel Points)

The Flight Deal posted that because a Norwegian online travel site is not correctly pricing fuel surcharges, which is letting people book flights to Europe for $150. It’s good on United flights from the US to Europe, the Middle East and India. Milan appears to be the cheapest at $150 or so round trip. Dates are good sporadically in December and then January – March.

I have seen flights from New York to Milan for just $150 round trip in the middle of February! Continue reading

Deal Alert: Earn Free Flights With The US Airways Premier World MasterCard

By Guillermo Rodriguez (Award Travel Points)

The US Airways Premier World MasterCard is offering 30,000 bonus miles after just the first purchase made with this card.

  These are enough miles for a free flight to Europe between Jan and Feb every year, which makes this a must get credit card for those looking to visit Europe for Free. My wife and I each applied for this credit card and we earned enough miles after the first purchase for 2 free flights to Europe.
DSCN3681That’s much better than paying over $1200 per ticket right? You can also Earn an additional 10,000 bonus miles when you transfer a balance within 90 days of account opening. These are more than enough miles to redeem for free flight anywhere in the United states or even get a free round-trip flight to Hawaii which is only 40,000 miles per person.

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Deal Alert: United Is Offering Round-Trip Flights to Europe For Just 48,000 Points (Instead of 60,000)!

By Guillermo Rodriguez (Award Travel Points)

United has a 20% discount on round-trip coach award seats to Europe.

You have to travel between January 13, 2014 and March 11, 2014, but you must book your ticket by 11:59 PM on November 19, 2013.

20% Off United Round-Trip Awards to Europe!

20% Off or 48,000 United Miles (instead of 60,000 miles) to Europe up to November 19, 2013 Continue reading

The Best Ways to Go to Hawaii for Free Using Frequent Flyer Miles!

For many people just starting out at this frequent flyer and miles thing, earning enough miles for an award ticket can be daunting. As can wading through the myriad options for how to get from one place to another, not to mention which airline flies the most comfortable seats between two cities.

I thought I’d back up a bit and help those newbies out there looking for some basic advice. And I think everyone new to frequent flyer miles has the same first question: How do I get enough miles to get a free trip to ____? After all, why else get frequent flyer miles unless you want to use them to go somewhere, right?

So let’s start with trips to Hawaii, historically one of the most popular places to visit using miles. (How popular is it? According to this LA Times article, Pan Am re-started service to Hawaii from NYC and LA in 1987 just so it could give away seats to Hawaii to frequent flyers looking to cash in their Worldpass miles. And you wonder why they went out of business.) Continue reading

Best International Business Class Seats to Sleep and Relax

While service, food, and entertainment are important to me, on a redeye there’s one thing I value the most when flying business class – a comfortable seat that allows me to get a good night of sleep and arrive well rested. Now, there’s no one right answer as far as what the most comfortable seat is, as it really is a matter of personal preference. So to start, it probably makes sense to cover the basics of the six most common types of business class seats out there today:

Recliner: These are the traditional business class seats, which typically recline about 150-170 degrees. They’re much like a comfortable recliner seat at home, so if you sleep well in a cushioned seat that isn’t a flat bed, you’ll love this type of seat. This product can be found on Delta’s 767-300s, Continental’s 767-200s and 767-400s, and on many of United’s 777s.

Angled flat: After the recliner seat many airlines started rolling out angled flat business classseats. The surface is fully flat, though at an angle to the floor. Some people love these seats, while some hate them. Since the seats are at an angle, many report sliding down, making it near impossible to get any sleep. This product can be found on Air France, American, Lufthansa, ANA, Asiana and Thai Airways. Continue reading

What Miles or Points Are The Best for Business Class Award Tickets to Hawaii?

People ask me often:

“I would like to travel to Hawaii and I would really like to do it in first or business class. What cards can I use to rack up miles and points that will be beneficial to this trip?             I am new to a lot of this, so I am confused as to which points are more beneficial and can be transferred to airline partners.

I love Kauai and Hawaii in general. The two programs you want to focus on are United and American.

United charges 80,000 miles round trip in business class to go to Hawaii, has low fees and usually has pretty good availability. American also has a lot of flights to Hawaii and they only charge 70,000 miles for business class. American is also partners with Alaska Airlines, which also flies to various destinations in Hawaii from all over the West Coast, so depending on where you live, that sync up could provide better coverage and availability for you. Continue reading