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October - 2016

Vol. 21 No. 10

In this issue...

Top Mexico Resort Destinations Starting at $488 Round-Trip Business Class

Your Ticket to a Quick Getaway Sometimes it comes down to, “Just book it.” That’s the case with the fares you’ll find in this report. No…

With the Marriott-Starwood Merger Now Done, What About the Golden Starpoints Goose?

Back in May, FCF took a clear position on this merger: It didn’t threaten the premium travel benefits available through the Starwood Amex Card. Our…

How to Upgrade on U.S. Flights (Including Hawaii) for Only 5,000 to 10,000 Miles

You would think that two airlines in the same alliance and both using a zone award chart would charge the same mileage-redemption rate. But that’s…

How to Get Asiana’s A380 First Class Suite Now—Free with Miles—or 67% Off Lowest Airfare

The Suite: Eight cabins, each with sliding privacy doors, 82-inch-long flatbed, 32-inch-wide TV screen, minibar, and closet. More suite details. Concierge Services: Personal escort for check-in,…

Beginner’s Guide to Leveraging Amex Membership Reward’s Lucrative Premium Travel Opportunities

The inspiration for this report stemmed from a recent conversation I had with a local restaurateur friend, and specifically how he used his Amex points…

When Should I Use Miles to Upgrade to First Class on British Airways?

This is for oneworld members (American, British Airways, and Iberia) looking to maintain elite status, but who can’t book 150 days out to get the…

Air France Caves in on First Class to Paris

The airline is moving more toward rewarding those willing to book 150 days in advance.  Just two months ago, FCF wrote about the latest First…

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