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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.

September 2013

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: Up to 82% Off on First and Business Class: No Ifs, Ands, or Buts About It (For international or domestic travel, whether you belong to a mileage program or not); Fare Sleuth: Special Business Class Fares to Lima; High & Inside: How to Overcome a Big Challenge in Using Credit Card Points for Premium Air Travel (Knowing which airlines will “hold your award seat” during the time it takes to transfer points can make all the difference); Upgrade Mindset Case Study: What’s Worth More To or From Asia: A United Free Award or an Upgrade Award? (Four common misconceptions that keep premium travelers from getting the maximum opportunity, whether flying to or from Asia); The FCF Award Finder: Rife with Upgrade Opportunities: New Routes, Upgraded Seats, and Aircraft Changes; Premium Travel Quick Takes; 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.

August 2013

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: UPDATE On How to Score a Top Flight Experience at Up to 69% Off to Asia AND Europe (Singapore Airline’s A380 First Class Suite); Fare Sleuth: Domestic First Class Fare Bounty; High & Inside: The Upgrade Mindset Applied: Comparing Free Ticket Awards vs. Upgrade Awards on American to Asia (exploding common, pop-culture myths that keep premium travelers from money-saving, comfort-and- convenience opportunities, or both); Mileage Upgrade Pro: How to Leverage Seldom-Used Star Alliance Upgrades to Save Up to 61% to Europe; The Side-Trip Strategist: How Round-South America (RSA) Fares Can Save Up to 64% Off Business Class; and The FCF Worldwide Mileage-Seat Locator: When Redeeming Miles Is Relatively Easy.

July 2013

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: Now’s the Time for 75% Off First Class Fares to Europe; Fare Sleuth: Special Domestic First Class Fares on American Starting at $520 Round-Trip; High & Inside: The Upgrade Mindset Applied: Comparing United’s Free Awards with Its Upgrade Awards (common, pop-culture myths that keep premium travelers from many money-saving, comfort-and-convenience opportunities); The FCF Award Finder: New Flight Opportunity; Mileage Upgrade Pro: Routes to Leverage Little-Used Star Alliance Upgrades to Asia to Net Up to 72% Off Published Business Class Airfares (When to play the Alliance-Upgrade Game, and when to pass, in order to save up to 72% to Asia; Shrewd Alternatives: Flying Lesser-Known Airlines to Australia and New Zealand Nets Up to 68% Off (also a good idea if multiple stops are required or desired); and The FCF Worldwide Mileage-Seat Locator: When Redeeming Miles Is Relatively Easy.

June 2013

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: U.S., Mexico, and Caribbean Routes That Offer Free & Low-Cost Upgrades Right Now (the ticket to a quick getaway or an elite-status accelerator); Fare Sleuth: Special Business Class Fares to Costa Rica; High & Inside: Tracking the Latest Special Premium Fare Trends (What’s Happening in the Ever-Evolving World of Premium EasyUp and Flash Sale Fares); The Strategist: A Savvy Way to Get 40% Off Domestic Premium Flights; Mileage Upgrade Pro: Comparing Upgrades Versus Free Tickets: Business Class on British Airways (A picture into the world so many mileage holders miss out on—and should serve as a reminder for those NOT thinking about BA today as well); The FCF Award Finder: Rife with Upgrade Opportunities: New Routes, Upgraded Seats, and Aircraft Changes; and The Worldwide Mileage-Seat Locator: When Redeeming Miles Is Relatively Easy.

May 2013

IN THIS ISSUE: The Hot Ticket: Four Ways to Get a Free Upgrade This Month (The best North America and International promotions going on now); Fare Sleuth: Still Time to Buy Special First Class Fares to Europe Starting at $3,550—Ends May 16; High & Inside: How to Turbocharge Your Chances of Winning Premium Fare Games by Combining Upgrade Concepts; Rife with Upgrade Opportunities: New Routes, Upgraded Seats, and Aircraft Changes; Mileage Upgrade Pro: Three Ways to Exploit Free Stopovers on Domestic Travel; Strategy Session: Top 13 Routes with A380 Premium-Seat Mileage Availability; Premium Travel Quick Takes; Hedge Strategies: A Great Plan B for International Mileage Award Travel; 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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