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February - 2017

Vol. 22 No. 2

In this issue...

How to Save 34% Using Cash or 51% Using Miles to Europe Business Class—with Great Availability Now

Overlooked airline offers Europe for $1,637 R/T, or Cheaper than 2-for-1s for Delta travelers, or American and United loyalists can fly Business Class for just…

An Elite-Status Declaration of Independence

Five rules to guide your thinking about a relationship that is great for the airlines, but exploits you. “You gotta stop watering dead plants.” When…

One of South America’s Most Cosmopolitan Cities Gets New Fare Structure

You’ve heard the expression, “What a difference a day can make.” To Buenos Aires it can now make a $1,000 difference. That’s because on January…

How Anyone Can Save Up to 89% on Cathay Pacific’s First Class

Published First Class Fares: To Hong Kong normally $15,733 (from LAX) to $29,288 (from JFK) round-trip, making these prime routes for using miles. Mileage Cost:…

26 Domestic Delta Flights That Offer Free “In-Class Seat Upgrades”

Get an international seat on the carrier through little-known loopholes. How to Avoid the Delta Blues Last month we looked at Seat 2A on two…

Weekend Fare Surcharges

They’re spreading like crazy on international routes. What you need to know before you book a weekend departure. It’s a virus and it’s going viral.…

Round-the-World Business Class Fares: Nine Noteworthy Nuances

In the past few years, Round-the-World (RTW) fares have decreased by as much as $2,800 for departures from the U.S. In fact, you may be…

In Brief

What’s New with Routes, Aircraft, Seats Air France: Its first Boeing 787-9 offers 30 lie-flat Business Class seats (configured 1x2x1) and 21 Premium Economy seats…

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