June 3 – Mistake Fares, Hyatt/Flying Blue Points Sale, Posts

Check out my post on how I should post! Would love your feedback!

Also, there is a limited time status match for Etihad Gold. For more information, see my post here.

Hyatt is selling points for 1.85 cents at a 30% discount when you buy 30,000 – 40,000 points. Details here.

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Buy 1,000 – 9,000 points and get a 10% Bonus
Buy 10,000 – 29,000 points and get a 20% Bonus
Buy 30,000 – 40,000 points and get a 30% Bonus

Considering how hard it is to get enough Hyatt points in Canada to stay at any of the Cat 6 Park Hyatts, I actually might buy some points. I’ll be waiting what Daily Getaways has to offer first. Remember, purchases are processed by points.com, so no bonus points for category spend.

There is also a promotion to buy Flying Blue miles at up to 50% bonus until July 9th. Miles are approximately 3.5 cents per mile, so that means with the 40% bonus it comes down to around 2.3 cents. Details here. Premium class space should be generally good since a lot of the space Delta Skypesos can’t access, so that brings a business class ticket to under 2900 dollars including fuel surcharges. If you’re planning to buy a paid ticket at $4000, it might be a good idea to consider. Alternatively you can consider buying miles for Air France First Class with their 50% off promo awards, if you have the budget.

Flying Blue members will benefit from the following bonus:

  • 10,000 – 18,000 Award Miles = 10% Bonus
  • 20,000 – 28,000 Award Miles = 20% Bonus
  • 30,000 – 38,000 Award Miles = 30% Bonus
  • 40,000 Award Miles = 40% Bonus

Flying Blue Elite members will benefit from the following bonus:

  • 10,000 – 18,000 Award Miles = 10% Bonus
  • 20,000 – 28,000 Award Miles = 20% Bonus
  • 30,000 – 38,000 Award Miles = 30% Bonus
  • 40,000 – 58,000 Award Miles = 40% Bonus
  • 60,000 – 88,000 Award Miles = 45% Bonus
  • 90,000 – 100,000 Award Miles = 50% Bonus

Hack My Trip has another excellent post, this time on why airfares to Canada are so expensive. I am so jealous he can consistently produce high quality posts!

Points Miles & Martinis says that Garuda Indonesia is joining Skyteam in 2014. The new first class on their 777’s look quite good!

Loyalty Lobby says that Iberia is dropping its rewards flight saver, which means YQ are now added on to European flights. It’s better off booking with Avios now and hopefully they won’t be copying that. Remember, there isn’t YQ if you transfer your Avios to Iberia Plus to fly their long-haul routes.

Milevalue says that there are 7 first class seats nearly everyday between October 2013 to March 2014 with AA on MIA-EZE. First class party, anyone? EDIT: Looks like it was a mistake and the seats got pulled. Too bad.

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LOOK AT THIS! Too bad it's gone 🙁

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And this!

30% bonus for transferring points into Aeroplan via points.com. I think it’s a horrible deal using points.com, unless when you’re transferring out. From View from the Wing

There is also a 30% transfer promotion from Diners Club to BA Avios for both Canada and US until July 31st. However, I don’t have a Diners Club Card so I can’t access the pages.

Finally, there is 50% share bonus with US Dividend Miles. This means miles at 2cpm, which is higher than when they have the 100% purchase bonus, but it might be good for clearing out accounts will small balances. Details here.

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  1. Nice to see a mention of Hyatt GP points. Would be great to see more info on earning these for us Canadians.

    • Well basically my mention is that it is next to impossible. If you really want them diners club converts at a bad ratio.

  2. Why do you keep asking people to provide feedback when you just argue back with those who say no?

    You should NOT post mistake fares unless you actually put in the work and find them yourself. If bloggers keep doing this, I wouldn’t be suprised if FTers post these fares less because they know you will quickly ruin them

    • Because I don’t know why people say no. This is my blog, and I’m open to feedback, but if someone just comes and says “NO. You can’t do this” then that person can choose to read or not read my blog. It’s not constructive at all and it doesn’t help when I’m trying to write content that everyone is okay with.

      • If that person doesn’t read your blog, it doesn’t stop the damage some of your posts do.
        Some of your blog posts are indeed destructive, and it scares me that you don’t see it, or don’t want to see it.

  3. Jeff, either ask for feedback and respect it, or don’t ask at all. This is something I’m seeing across BA bloggers- they are happy to criticize airlines, hotels, etc but get all hurt when people provide negative feedback about them. The section is called ‘Leave a reply’ so it can be both positive or negative. It’s not called ‘Leave a praise’……..

    • I couldn’t agree more. Jeff, you’re by default disagreeing with anyone that criticizes your approach.

      Whereas some of the bloggers have a complementary/symbiotic relation with the traveler forums, yours recently is just parasitic. No original content, just leeching from forums, and in such a way that it is harming your hosts.

      Come on, you can do better than this.

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