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July - 2016

Vol. 21 No. 7

In this issue...

Delta Dumps Domestic Summer First Class Seats

The sky is falling. No, really. One major airline is dumping First Class seats this summer. Here’s a hint: The name goes with Mississippi.

Which Airlines, Gateways, Destinations, and Months Have Seen the Best Business Class Fares to Europe so Far this Year?

FCF’s dissection of EasyUp Business Class fares offered over three months (mid-March to mid-June) reveals where, when, and why the three alliances are both generous and stingy with these deeply discounted fares.

How Savvy Elite-Status and Schedule-Focused Travelers Fly Business Class on United

Putting the magnifying glass on United’s rules for upgrading to Business from economy to decide whether a free or mileage award is the way to go.

How to Get Premium Economy Elite to the South Pacific

The four airlines that do premium economy right to the South Pacific.

Getting Three Destinations Business Class for One on American

Taking advantage of American’s stopover policy to net three Business Class tickets for the price of one depending on how you look at it.

Brazil Upgrades to First on American and United Starting at $209 One-Way

An unbelievably low EasyUp Fare celebrates its nine-month birthday.

How Anyone Can Save Up to 73% on Emirates’ First Class Suite

Little-known strategy nets lucrative savings.

Beginner’s Guide to Using Low, EasyUp Business Class Fares to Upgrade to First Class

Which airlines are generous when it comes to mileage upgrade awards or system-wide elite upgrades to First from deeply discounted fares? Plus, three other ways to score low First Class fares.

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New York University
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