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September 2014

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: Fly Deluxe for Fewer Bucks the World Over with Alaska Airlines’ 14 Partners (up to 82% Off on First and Business Class through the airline’s loyalty program loophole…); Fare Sleuth: New Special Business Class Fares to Mexico as Low as $626; High & Inside: The Lowdown on U.S. Carriers’ Business Class Mileage Upgrades Between North America and Asia; Domestic Airfare Analyzer: The State of First Class; First Class Insider: Why Argentina and Brazil Should Be on Your Radar Now (how to get up to 71% off on First Class); The Route Scout: Where to Find Upgrade Opportunities Now; The Suite Spot: How to Save 70% on Singapore Airline’s First Class Suite; Airline Spotlight: Airberlin: Why this Scrappy German Airline Might Be a Smart Choice to Europe and Beyond for Many; First Class Fare Update: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s First Class Fare Developments to Europe; Act Now: Spend LifeMiles Before the Price Goes Up; and The FCF Worldwide Mileage-Seat Locator: When Redeeming Miles Is Relatively Easy.

August 2014

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: How to Save Up to 92% on First Class Flights to Asia on 35 Routes and Eight Airlines; High & Inside: FCF Rates U.S. Airlines’ Business Class Mileage Upgrades Between the U.S. and Europe; Fare Sleuth: Special Business Class Fares to the Caribbean as Low as $575; The Transconnoisseur: First Class Transcon Fares are Plunging (American’s recent drop proves what FCF has Predicted); The Suite Spot: How to Save $26,486 on Etihad Airways’ First Class Suite; Domestic Fare Update: 26 First Class Coast-to-Coast Routes for Under $975 Round-trip (a round-up of extraordinary low, domestic anomaly fares); The FCF A380 Cam: 23 Low-Cost A380 Routes Using Miles; The Route Scout: Where to Find Upgrade Opportunities This Month… Time to Burn Points Amex or Starwood Points or Delta or Lufthansa Miles--Between U.S. and Europe; and The FCF Worldwide Mileage-Seat Locator: When Redeeming Miles Is Relatively Easy.

July 2014

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: How to Save Up to 79% on First Class Flights to Europe on 37 Routes and Six Airlines (you do NOT need to be a member of any mileage program right now to reap these opportunities); High & Inside: Premium Service Transcon Fares are Plunging by as Much as 54%—the Benefit of Competition; The FCF Fare Predictor: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Special Business and First Class Fares to Europe—Under the Microscope (Five Things You Should Know Before Booking Fares Starting at an Amazingly Low $1,888); The Suite Spot: Getting Asiana’s First Class Suite for 76% Off; First Class Insider: First Class Anomaly Fare Between the U.S. and South America Nets Savings of Up to 43% (this EasyUp published fare only costs $500 more than Business Class—and is often a better choice than free or upgrade mileage awards); Fare Sleuth: Special First Class Fares to Hawaii; and The FCF Worldwide Mileage-Seat Locator: When Redeeming Miles Is Relatively Easy.

June 2014

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: 56 Interesting Options for Scoring Business and First Class on an A380 (starting at $235 one-way); High & Inside: Rating Loyalty Program’s “Transcon Upgrade Opportunities” (wildly different program benefits offer shocking results when placed under FCF’s upgrade microscope); First Class Insider: Little-Known First Class Anomaly Fare Between the U.S. and Asia Nets Savings of Up to 74% (a hidden EasyUp published fare gives you First Class for only $500 more than Business—and is often a much better choice than free and upgrade mileage awards); Seat Beat: Getting the Best Seat to Hawaii through Free, In-Class Upgrades… a rundown of routes with superior seats to “Build your Itinerary Around the Seat” (BIAS); Fare Sleuth: Special Summer Business Class Fares to Vacation Destinations in Mexico; Premium Travel Quick Takes; 8 Questions About: Booking Discounted Business and First Class Child Fares (Ages 2 to 11) to Europe; The Route Scout: Where to Find Upgrade Opportunities Now; Mileage Upgrade Pro: Why Delta’s Domestic Upgrades Are Usually Irrelevant on Mid-Haul Flights; and The FCF Worldwide Mileage-Seat Locator: When Redeeming Miles Is Relatively Easy.

May 2014

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: Low-Fare Caribbean Destinations that Offer Free & Low-Cost Upgrades, Right Now; High & Inside: EasyUp Fares to Europe: A Game of Cat and Mouse Between Star Alliance, SkyTeam—and You; The Route Scout: Where to Find Upgrade Opportunities Now; Fare Sleuth: Special Business Class Fares to Lima Starting at $1,055 Round-Trip; Mileage Pro: U.S. Airlines Anytime Mileage Awards: Worth the Extra Cost? (Or is there a better option?); Mileage Pro: Less Cash or Fewer Miles? Fare Alert: United Matches Delta’s Low First Class Fares to Hawaii—Upgrade for Just $19 Per Flight Hour; FCF Focus: The Seat Scene; Premium Travel Quick Takes; and The FCF Worldwide Mileage-Seat Locator: When Redeeming Miles Is Relatively Easy.

April 2014

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: How to Score Low-Cost Upgrades, Free Upgrades, and Less Than Free Upgrades to Europe by Picking the Right Upgrade Tools; High & Inside: The Best 69 Days to Book a Domestic First Class Flight on American, and When Delta and United Fares are Lowest (Being calendar savvy can save you up to 68%); Fare Sleuth: Special Business Class Fares to San Jose, Costa Rica; Getting Into First: How to Upgrade to First on Domestic Flights for $84 or Even Less; Seat Scene Quick Takes; The Route Scout: Where to Find Upgrade Opportunities Now; Credit Card Portfolio: $7,164 Worth of Perks for a $450 Sign-up; and The FCF Worldwide Mileage-Seat Locator: When Redeeming Miles Is Relatively Easy.

March 2014

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: Up to 89% Off First and Business Class Domestic and International Flights On 15 Airlines; Fare Sleuth: Special First Class Fares to Hawaii at 68% Off; High & Inside: How the Best Long-Haul Business and First Class Fares Are Behaving, These Days; Seat Upgrade Tactics: Getting United’s International Seats on Domestic Routes (through free “In-Class Seat Upgrades”); The Transconnoisseur: Concise Update on the Evolution of the Premium Transcon Fare; Mileage Upgrade Pro: How Delta Loyalists Can Reap New-Found Bounty; The Lucrative Route Scout: Rife with Upgrade Opportunities: New Routes, Seat Upgrades, and Aircraft Changes; and The FCF Worldwide Mileage-Seat Locator: When Redeeming Miles Is Relatively Easy.

February 2014

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: Forty-Nine Routes Where Anyone Can Save Up to $16,638 on First Class Air Travel; Fare Sleuth: Special Easter Business Class Fares Up to 31% Off; Merger Monitor: American-US Airways Newly-Wed Anomalies; High & Inside: What’s Worth More Between South America and the U.S.: An American Airlines’ Free Award or an Upgrade Award?; Mileage Upgrade Pro: One Way to Get Around United’s Star Alliance Partner Increase; Domestic First Class Tactics: Getting an International Seat on Domestic First Class Flights—and Saving Up to 77% (Where to Find Free “In-Class Seat Upgrades” through Little-Known American Service Anomalies); and The FCF Worldwide Mileage-Seat Locator: When Redeeming Miles Is Relatively Easy.

January 2014

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: 63 First and Business Class Upgrade Opportunities to Jump on in Early 2014 (Use this List of Anomaly Fares, Free Mileage Award and Upgrade Strategies, and Good Availability to Get More for Your Money in the Coming Year); High & Inside: Looking into FCF’s Crystal Ball: Premium Air Travel Predictions for 2014: Some Turbulence Ahead, but Good Opportunities on the Horizon; The FCF Award Finder: Rife with Upgrade Opportunities: New Routes, Seat Upgrades, and Aircraft Changes; The Last Installment in FCF’s Series on How to Play the Transcon; Premium Travel Quick Takes; When Redeeming Miles Is Relatively Easy; and Fare Sleuth: Special Winter Business Class Fares to Vacation Destinations Under $1,000.

December 2013

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: How Most Anyone Can Get Domestic and International Business and First Class from 41% to 81% Off (on 30 airlines); Fare Sleuth: Post-Holiday and Summer Business Class Deals to Europe; High & Inside: The Catch to New Low Business and First Class Fares to Europe (A Key Element of Published Business Class Fares to Europe has Changed); Premium Travel Quick Takes; The Transconnoisseur: FCF’s Ongoing Series on How to Play the Transcon: American, Delta, and United: Head-to-Head; ‘Tis The Season: Time to Buy Miles; The FCF Award Finder: Rife with Upgrade Opportunities: New Routes, Seat Upgrades, and Aircraft Changes; Good News: American Transcon Upgrades Are Now Available; and The FCF Worldwide Mileage-Seat Locator: When Redeeming Miles Is Relatively Easy.

November 2013

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: Where to Find the Best EasyUp Fares to the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico this Winter; Fare Sleuth: Special Thanksgiving Business Class Fares to Europe Starting at $1,619—Deal Ends Nov. 8; High & Inside: Buy, Hedge, or Wait to Book 2014 Premium Class to Europe? (A Look at Simple and Advanced Strategies for Booking Travel for Next Year); The FCF Award Finder: Rife with Upgrade Opportunities: New Routes, Seat Upgrades, and Aircraft Changes; Mileage Pro: An Out-of-the-Box Way to Get Lots of Miles (When It’s Smart to Purchase 150,000 to 1,000,000 Miles to Get Up to 78% Off International First Class Travel); The Transconnoisseur: FCF’s Ongoing Series on How to Play the Transcon (Four Ways to Get Coast-to-Coast at Up to 57% Off in Business Class on United); Premium Travel Quick Takes: The latest on Cathay Pacific, new seats, increases in mileage purchase limits, discounted mileage awards to the Caribbean, fast track to elite status, and free Business Class upgrade to Dublin; FCF For Subscribers Who Live Abroad (And for U.S. Residents Who Don’t See Their Departure or Destination City Named in the Examples); The FCF Worldwide Mileage-Seat Locator: When Redeeming Miles Is Relatively Easy; and a Tribute to Ruby Fern Bennett.

October 2013

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: Business Class for Less Than Coach: To Europe, the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico; Fare Sleuth: New Special Thanksgiving Business Class Fares to Europe Starting at $2,050; High & Inside: How to Become a Transconnoisseur: What You Need to Know About Evolving Premium Service and Fares, Plus Five Ways to Get Transcons at Up 80% Off in First and Business Class; Premium Travel Quick Takes: Air France, Delta, Lufthansa, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Virgin Atlantic Airways; The FCF Award Finder: Rife with Upgrade Opportunities: New Routes, Upgraded Seats, and Aircraft Changes: Good Business Class Award Availability to Mexico on Aeromexico (SkyTeam), Good Business Class and Premium Economy Award Availability to Europe on British Airways (oneworld), Good Business Class Award Availability to Asia on Cathay Pacific (oneworld), Good First and Business Class Award Availability to the Middle East on Emirates, and Good First and Business Class Award Availability to Asia on Korean (SkyTeam); FCF For Subscribers Who Live Abroad: And for U.S. Residents Who Don’t See Their Departure or Destination City Named in the Examples; and The FCF Worldwide Mileage-Seat Locator: When Redeeming Miles Is Relatively Easy.

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