Trip Report: Iberia A330 Business Class from São Paulo to Madrid

Very early on May 25 I flew from Buenos Aires, Argentina to São Paulo, Brazil.

Book This Weekend to Get 15% Off JetBlue Awards

Register here and book any JetBlue award by 11:59 PM ET on June 19 (this coming Monday) for travel between now and July 31, 2017, and you’ll get a 15% rebate on the points redeemed. You do have to have enough points upfront to pay the full price. The 15% discount will be returned to your TrueBlue account four to six weeks after the end of July.

Unlike previous promotions, there are no blackout dates and days of the week that the discount doesn’t apply to.

3 Tips to Know Before Flying Ryanair

Ryanair, the largest low cost carrier in Europe, is a machine. It serves over 100 million customers annually and was the original model for a multitude of other budget airline. In the past, that machine has been known for vigorously strict policies as a means of cutting costs...all in the name of providing a cheaper plane ticket, of course.

I'd heard horror stories of being charged oodles of money because you did one thing slightly wrong, or because your bag was the tiniest bit overweight or oversized, totally negating any value of the cheap ticket.

Last Day to Retroactively Earn 5 Airline Miles Per Dollar on Grocery & Drugstore Purchases

Today, June 14, 2017, is the last day to register your Chase Freedom to earn 5x Ultimate Rewards at grocery stores and drugstores that you can transfer (circuitously) to United, Korean, British Airways, Southwest, Virgin Atlantic, Flying Blue, and Singapore miles.

This is different than the Chase Freedom Unlimited card, which Scott reviewed here.

If you register by tomorrow, your Freedom purchases will earn 5x on those categories retroactively to April 1, 2017 (up the standard limit of $1,500 spent in the bonus category per quarter).

Tomorrow, June 15, you will have the chance to register for the

American Airlines Miles Are on Sale for 1.72 Cents Each

American Airlines is offering up to 100,000 bonus miles + a 10% discount when you purchase American Airlines miles through June 30, 2017. If you buy the largest amount possible, you can get them for as little as 1.72 cents each. That’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen American Airlines miles for sale (we also saw them on sale for 1.72 cents each this time last year).

Bonus miles are tiered based on how many miles you purchase.

Anatomy of an Award: Buenos Aires to São Paulo for 9k Points

A few months ago I booked Iberia Business Class from São Paulo to Madrid with 42,500 Avios because of the great mileage price tag and the lack of fuel surcharges departing from Brazil where fuel surcharges are illegal. This left a hole in my itinerary between Buenos Aires and São Paulo.

Here’s an index to give my whole travel experience from Argentina to Spain some cohesion.

25% Transfer Bonus AMEX to Hawaiian Miles

Until June 21, 2017, there is a 25% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to Hawaiian Miles.

Final Chance for Citi Hilton Cards? Offers Pulled From Citi’s Website

January 1, 2018, American Express and Hilton will begin an exclusive credit card agreement. That means only Amex Hilton cards will continue to exist and the Citi Hilton cards will not. Here's the press release if you want to read more about it.

Citi and American Express both issue Hilton co-branded credit cards.

Citi's got the...

Hilton Honors Visa Signature card
Hilton Honors Reserve card

...and Amex has got the

Hilton Honors card
Hilton Honors Surpass card.

Or at least Citi WAS issuing Hilton co-branded credit cards.

Who Has the Most First Class Award Space to Kona?

There seemed to be enough interest in my original post on premium cabin award space to Honolulu that I followed up with the next most popular destination in Hawaii: Maui, and will now cover premium cabin award space to Kona (KOA), the third busiest airport in Hawaii on the big island.