Anatomy of an Award: LA to Hawaii to DC for 15k Turkish Miles (Citi Points)

A note from Sarah Page: In case you don't catch the byline, this was written by MileValue founder Scott Grimmer. We're happy to feature a post by our old friend and coworker! Thanks for your time and valuable insight, Scott.

Airbnb Cancellation Puts Me Up in Hilton Times Square for Free

Hey, it's Scott Grimmer--remember me? I founded MileValue in March 2012 and sold it to longtime writer Sarah Page last year, so I could spend more time with my grandchildren and golfing, like all retired people. I asked SP if I could write a guest post about my recent Airbnb snafu-success because I thought the info could be useful for others.

In September, I traveled from my base in Belgrade to the US for a two week vacation. The plan was to start with three days in New York City.

11 Cool Things You Can Do With the 60k Bonus from the AAdvantage Card (That’s Ending Soon)

For a limited time, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select World Elite™ MasterCard® is offering 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months. While we don't know when exactly, according to the Points Guy, this 60k bonus is disappearing soon.

Singapore Devalues Star Alliance Award Chart; Best Awards Untouched

REMINDER: Singapore's award prices to Europe in First Class and Africa, Asia, and Oceania in all classes are increasing in price as of December 7, 2017 (this Thursday).

Hawaiian Airlines Barclaycard with 50,000 Bonus Miles

Until December 31, 2017, the Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard is offering 50,000 bonus Hawaiian miles after you spend $3,000 in your first 90 days.

Airline Black Friday Sales: Discounted Miles, 90% Off Fares

Many airlines are having sales today. Here's a roundup:
American Airlines: 1.77 Cent Miles
American Airlines is offering up to 120,000 bonus miles for miles purchases made by Monday November 27, 2017. If you buy the largest amount possible, you can get the miles for as little as 1.77 cents each. We saw them on sale for 1.72 cents in July, so this isn't even the best deal of the year.

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

HURRY, BOOK NOW! Hawaii to Spain for Under $400 Roundtrip

I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account.

5 Ways to Stretch American Airlines Miles with Super Cheap Economy Awards

 

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American Airlines miles are currently one of the most valuable airline miles for economy awards because of off peak awards. During some months of the year, your favorite destination can cost up to a 1/4 fewer miles to travel to.

All the 12,500 Avios Awards to Hawaii

British Airways Avios are fantastic for short, direct, economy flights on American Airlines and Alaska Airlines because the number of Avios needed for an award is determined only by the distance and cabin of each flight.

One sweet spot with Avios that I've noted over and over is that flights from the west coast to Hawaii are 12,500 Avios + $5.60 in taxes each way.

From where do American Airlines and Alaska Airlines fly to in Hawaii?
How can you book these flights with Avios?
How can you get Avios?

American and Alaska all fly to the four major

How to Book a Trip to Fiji with Miles

Fiji is a year-round tropical destination, known for its beaches, diving, and hiking.

Fiji Beach Resort and Spa Managed by Hilton

Fiji Airways (formerly Air Pacific) flies from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu to Fiji.