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14% Off Spring Flights on Frontier Booked by Thursday

Frontier has announced a 14% discount on domestic flights bought by Thursday April 3, 2014 and flown by June 12, 2014 with promo code NOFOOLIN. Sale fares apply every day except Fridays and Sundays.

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This 14% discount does not apply to Frontier’s international destinations like Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic.

To get to those places, your best bet is to redeem 15k Frontier miles each way. You can get The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard® with 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in the first 90 days, which is more than enough for a roundtrip anywhere Frontier flies or enough for two roundtrips within the USA.

How does the 14% discount work?

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Hurry! Book Frontier Flights by Wednesday with a 10% Discount for Travel Until June

Frontier has announced a 10% discount on domestic flights purchased by February 26, 2014 and flown by June 12, 2014 with promo code PLAYBALL.

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This 10% discount does not apply to Frontier’s international destinations like Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic.

To get to those places, your best bet is to redeem 15k Frontier miles each way. You can get The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard® with 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in the first 90 days, which is more than enough for a roundtrip anywhere Frontier flies or enough for two roundtrips within the USA.

How does the 10% discount work?

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Buy Lufthansa Miles for 1.6 Cents & Get The Economist Subscription

Lufthansa is currently offering a whopping 10,000 Miles & More miles for a one-year print + digital subscription to The Economist. The offer details and sign-up page can be found here.

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A one-year print & digital subscription to The Economist is $160 through the Lufthansa portal. That cost is exactly the same as what you would be charged on The Economist site without the bonus miles.

Is buying 10k Lufthansa miles for $160 a good deal? What are the best redemption options? How do you avoid fuel surcharges? What’s the best way to earn more Lufthansa miles?

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Two Stackable Promotions Mean American Airlines Miles for 1.98 Cents

American Airlines is offering two stackable promotions for buying AAdvantage miles that allow miles to be purchased for as little as 1.98 cents:

  • Get up to a 30% bonus on the miles you purchase until February 28, 2014.
  • Get a 10% discount on the price of miles until tomorrow February 6, 2014.

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How do these promotions stack? How do these promotions compare to previous Buy Miles sales? Is this a price at which you should speculatively buy American Airlines miles?

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Big 14% Discount on Frontier Flights Booked by Thursday

Frontier has announced a 14% discount on domestic flights bought by February 6, 2014 and flown by March 12, 2014 with promo code SUPER. (Blackouts: February 13, 14, and 17)

This 14% discount does not apply to Frontier’s international destinations like Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic.

To get to those places, your best bet is to redeem 15k Frontier miles each way. You can get The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard® with 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in the first 90 days, which is more than enough for a roundtrip anywhere Frontier flies or enough for two roundtrips within the USA.

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The Best Credit Card Bonuses for Annual Spending

With the new calendar year well underway, so it’s time to think about maximizing annual spending bonuses on your credit cards. Any:

  • Traveler who desires elite status
  • Manufactured spender
  • Heavy spender
  • Person who is reimbursed expenses
  • Small business owner with lots of charges

should have a cohesive strategy for how to attack the great annual spending bonuses being thrown around by credit card companies these days. Though signup bonuses are the quickest and most lucrative way to earn points, spending bonuses can really boost your balance and turn that dream trip into reality.

Bonuses for big spenders take many forms:

  • Bonus points/miles
  • Airline status miles or hotel status
  • Free hotel nights
  • Companion passes
  • Flight discounts and more!

What are the best spending bonuses for credit cards? Can you really earn elite status through spending alone? What are the top cards to put tens of thousands of dollars of spending on?

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Huge 18% Discount on Frontier Flights Booked by Tomorrow

Frontier has announced an 18% discount on domestic flights bought by January 16, 2014 and flown by March 12, 2014 with promo code HURRYHURRY. (Blackouts: February 13, 14, 15, and 17)

This 18% discount does not apply to Frontier’s international destinations like Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic.

To get to those places, your best bet is to redeem 15k Frontier miles each way. You can get The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard® with 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in the first 90 days, which is more than enough for a roundtrip anywhere Frontier flies or enough for two roundtrips within the USA.

How does the 18% discount work?

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Don’t Miss: 13k Miles to Europe This Summer!

Virgin Atlantic is back with another incredible discount on its economy awards to the United Kingdom.

For about 13k miles plus $100 one way, you can go from Boston, New York, Washington DC, or Chicago to London, Manchester, Glasgow, or Edinburgh.

For about 16k miles plus $100 one way, you can go from Miami, Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles or San Francisco to London, Machester, Glasgow, or Edinburgh.

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Roundtrip prices including miles, taxes, and fuel surcharges. Don’t worry, the out-of-pocket cost listed is incorrect.

The downside to Virgin Atlantic awards is that fuel surcharges are collected, but there are ways to take advantage of this deal while keeping your out-of-pocket cost to a minimum.

How can you book these 13k awards? What are the restrictions? How can you minimize fuel surcharges? How is award space? How can you get Virgin Atlantic miles for the trip?

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$200 Flight to Japan with Hidden City Ticketing on LifeMiles Awards

TACA/Avianca is a Star Alliance carrier with a loyalty program called LifeMiles. LifeMiles are sold for 3 cents per mile, but frequent 2 x 1 sales–like the current sale through December 30, 2013–bring the cost down to 1.5 cents per mile.

LifeMiles has a solid award chart that is broadly in line with other Star Alliance carriers. It’s worse than US Airways’ chart, but better than United’s new chart.

LifeMiles has four incredibly flyer-friendly award policies that combine for some attractive deals like

  • a $190 one way flight from the US to Japan
  • a $190 one way flight from the mainland US to Hawaii
  • or a $340 one way in business class from Europe to Asia

The four awesome policies that combine to allow those prices are:

  • Cheap Miles. US Airways is currently “selling” miles for 1.13 cents, but other than that sale, you never see miles for as cheap as LifeMiles routinely sells them (1.5 cents per mile.)
  • One way awards for half the roundtrip price.
  • Not charging the award price for the most expensive region transited. You can route from North America to Japan to North America in one direction and pay only the “within North America” price instead of the more expensive price some airlines would charge for transiting a more expensive region.
  • Treating Guam as North America. Guam is part of the US, which is a big part of North America, so I understand LifeMiles’ thinking. Other airlines’ award charts treat Guam as part of Oceania, which is often a more expensive region.

How can you put it all together to get incredibly cheap economy and business class tickets to and within many regions worldwide?

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Cyber Monday Airfare and Hotel Deals

Cyber Monday is the Black Friday of online shopping. Many airlines and hotels are participating with discounted airfare and hotel stays if you book today. Some of the deals are spectacular!

  • Los Angeles to Lima for $684 roundtrip on LAN (and earns 8,300 American Airlines miles)
  • Los Angeles to Buenos Aires for $910 roundtrip on LAN (and earns 12,200 American Airlines miles) during the South American summer
  • 15% off Frontier flights
  • San Diego to Honolulu for $159 each way on Alaska
  • A 2,013-point rebate on JetBlue awards
  • 30% off Marriott hotel stays
  • 10% off Austrian Airlines flights
  • many more deals

If cash fares are low enough, or you like to use your miles for international premium cabin travel, you are better off paying cash for economy tickets and earning miles on the flights.

Even better, you can buy these discounted-cash tickets with credit card points and keep all your cash in your pocket. The airline will still see the ticket as a cash ticket and award you miles, and you’ll save your money. Win-win!

My favorite card that earns flexible points that can be used for any airline ticket with no blackouts is the Barclaycard Arrival(TM) World MasterCard® – Earn 2x on All Purchases with 40,000 miles after spending $1k in the first three months and no annual fee for the first year. Just meeting the card’s minimum spending requirement gives you over $460 worth of miles that can be used on any airline, any flight, any time or on any hotel stay with no blackouts.

Application Link: Barclaycard Arrival(TM) World MasterCard® – Earn 2x on All Purchases

For a full rundown of all the airline and hotel Cyber Monday deals I’ve seen, keep reading.

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Get a $10 Statement Credit on Each of Your American Express Cards During Small Business Saturday

Register all your American Express credit and charge cards today, spend $10 on each one this Saturday November 30 at a small business, and receive a $10 statement credit on each card.

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This is the easiest win-win-win promotion of the year. We get $10 statement credits for participating, small businesses get more business, and American Express gets great advertising.

How do you register for Small Business Saturday and its $10 statement credits? How have I used my statement credits in the past?

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Hurry! Deal Will Die in Hours! Lufthansa Award Space is Bookable on Two Flights From April 2014 to October 2014

Update: I’ve booked myself Seoul to Frankfurt to Munich to Toronto to Los Angeles one way for 70k miles. The long legs are in Asiana First Class and Lufthansa First Class. I can check out the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt from whenever I get to the airport until 10 AM. I wish it were longer, but I am excited to have a chance to get inside.

As for the trip, I am thinking of getting to Asia on the Island Hopper plus Avios and trying to see North Korea.

Lufthansa First Class award space is currently bookable with United miles from April 2014 through October 2014. This is huge news because normally Lufthansa First Class award space is only bookable with partner miles 15 days before departure. I expect this glitch to be corrected within a few hours, but I expect all tickets booked to be honored.

Lufthansa is widely considered to have one of the nicest First Class products in the world, and they are one of the three carriers I want to fly as soon as possible!

One of the main reasons I want to fly Lufthansa First Class is to enjoy access to the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt. Booking today would give access to the First Class Terminal if you book the right routing.

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Book now!

If you have any desire to use this award space, book now. You will be able to cancel for up to 24 hours with no penalty. You’ll get all your miles and taxes back. But I don’t expect this deal to last 24 hours.

More info on the routes with the available space, the products that fly those routes, and how to maximize the deal after the jump!

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Get 5% Off Your United Fights Before December 15

A reader emailed me a discount code for United flights flown before December 15, 2013.

He described it as a 13% discount, but I am only getting a 5% discount, capped at $60. The code seems to work on domestic and international flights.

To use a promo code, click Advanced Search on united.com.

Locate the Promo Code box and type in ZNY9357515.

In my experience, it knocked off 5% of the base fare, which works out to less than 5% of the price.

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The 5% discount seems to be capped at $60 though.

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Did the code work for you?

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How Daily Getaways Has Already Saved Me Over $920 Cash

Daily Getaways was a monthlong sale that lasted from mid-June to mid-July. Every day different travel packages went on sale, including the ability to buy hotel points, car rental status, gift certificates, hotel nights, and vacation packages.

I was selective, buying packages only four days. Combined my purchases have saved me over $920 in cash with one unused.

My latest redemption of a Daily Getaways package was this week when I redeemed three $50 Alamo Gift Certificates that I had purchased for $22.50 each for a weeklong car rental in Los Angeles.

Instead of saving $82.50–$150 in gift certificates bought for $67.50–like I expected, I saved about $120 with the gift certificates. Now I love car rental gift certificates!

Why do I now love car rental gift certificates? How have my other Daily Getaways packages added up to over $920 in savings? How can you get in on the next Daily Getaways?

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