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Business Class Seat Upgrade Strategy: Change Your Return Flight and Increase Your Chances

Here’s a Business Class Seat upgrade strategy that works more often than not. If your elite upgrade hasn’t been confirmed in the permitted timeframe, get creative by calling the airline to see if there are flights on your date of departure with Business Class seat upgrades... more >>

Tags: Domestic

My Favorite Domestic Business Class Upgrade Strategy on American Airlines

It enables you to mysteriously get a free Business Class upgrade airfare on American Airlines’ routes on which the carrier uses Boeing 777s and 767-200s configured with three cabins… more >>


Air France Partners With Amex...But are there Any First or Business Class Seats Available?

Air France’s Flying Blue mileage program has joined the American Express Membership Rewards (points-to-airline miles transfer) program. This is easily one of 2006’s most important developments in frequent flyer credit card partnerships for Business and First Class travel to Europe. more >>

Tags: Europe

Getting Married in Jamaica? Check Air Jamaica for a Business Class Airline Ticket Upgrade Strategy on Flights to the Caribbean

Tie the knot in one of the Caribbean destinations served by Air Jamaica and you can get a free Business Class airline ticket. To qualify for the airline’s new Executive Business Class, the bride and groom must book a minimum of 22 seats (including themselves)... more >>


Shared "Inventory Code" Makes Booking First Class Upgrades and Discount Fares Easier

We've discovered something interesting and unique in one of American Airlines' "booking codes" or "inventory codes" for domestic First Class travel that helps identify flights with mileage upgrade availability. more >>


First Class to the Caribbean for 11 Cents

Depending on your departure city, you can forget 2-for-1s for your Caribbean holiday. For instance, now you can fly Los Angeles to Jamaica for only 11 cents per mile. more >>


United and Lufthansa Announce Corporate Mileage Plan Merger

United Airlines and Lufthansa have combined their corporate mileage plans for small and medium-sized businesses. Operating under United’s existing PerksPlus brand, the joint program works in addition to both airlines’ frequent flyer programs (United’s Mileage Plus and Lufthansa’s Miles & More)... more >>


Free Elite Status with United, In the Mail

While this is sure to upset those who’ve earned it the hard way, United Airlines has mailed a promotion to receive free Premier Executive elite status membership for 90 days. It’s a good reason to keep an eye out in your mailbox because... more >>


Getting an American Airlines upgrade without paying for an upgrade

This strategy works on American Airlines flights using 777s and 767-200s configured with three cabins (coach, Business Class, and First Class), on which the carrier only sells economy and First Class ... more >>


Credit Cards to Avoid When Booking Air Travel

One of the biggest mistakes you can make if you want to earn Business or First Class upgrades, is building your frequent flyer mileage account with credit cards that offer their own mileage programs ... more >>

Tags: Miles, Domestic

Redeem Miles Early to Get Cheap Business and First Class Airline Seats

When redeeming miles, it pays to book award tickets and upgrades as far in advance as possible, particularly when you’re after the coveted Business and First Class airline seats ... more >>

Tags: Miles, Domestic

Using Points to Get Your Next Air Travel Upgrade

Many frequent flyers fail to note the differences between one airline’s mileage award program and another that can yield valuable air travel upgrades. A credit card points strategy is key to getting Business and First Class upgrades ... more >>

Tags: Domestic

Consider Premium Economy Seats

As an alternative to a Business or First Class upgrade, Premium Economy seats are the hot ticket. They’re certainly better than coach. You get more of the one thing that matters most on a long international flight: legroom ... more >>

Tags: Domestic

Continental Airlines' OnePass and Budget Team for 9,999 Bonus Miles Promo

For a limited time, you can earn 9,999 bonus miles when you rent with Budget for five consecutive days or more. That’s a tempting offer¬—let’s look at the fine print... more >>


Discount Business Class Fare War Reaches Boiling Point

Last month we examined the holiday fare war started by Continental and immediately matched by American. Fares start at an amazingly low $900, round-trip, plus taxes. (This year's Thanksgiving fares to European cities are even lower than last.) Now, over eight more carriers have joined in, which works in your favor. Given the state of the dollar, that's something to be thankful for. With so many choices, the goal is getting the best Business Class seat. … more >>


American Airlines "B Fares" Can Mean a Better Deal on Discount Business Class Travel to South America

There are decent deals on discount Business Class travel to South America if you know this upgrade strategy involving "B fares." Book American Airlines’ lowest economy fares and an upgrade to Business Class will cost 50,000 AAdvantage miles, plus a $600 "upgrade surcharge." But book a 'B' fare, and... more >>


Mileage Upgrades for Business Class travel to Europe Differ Widely

On flights to Europe, most airlines permit mileage upgrades to Business Class, but there are huge discrepancies between the actual value of one mileage upgrade versus another. Some carriers require that you pay inflated fares if you want to upgrade, while others do not. more >>

Tags: Europe

For Discount Business Class Travel Upgrades, Check Award Charts For Discrepancies

The differences between one airline’s mileage award and another can yield little-known and lucrative values. The "formula" used to determine the number of miles it costs for a given award, such as discount Business Class travel for the price of coach, varies widely... more >>


How to get a free one-way upgrade to South America

Open an AAdvantage account by Nov. 30 and you can take advantage of bonus-miles offers tied to your card charges. Spend $750 within four months of becoming a member and you’ll get 20,000 bonus miles – almost enough miles for a one-way Business Class upgrade on American (25,000 miles). more >>


Fly Business Class to Australia on United With a Quick and Easy Upgrade Strategy

With 15,000 United frequent flyer miles, you can upgrade one of the airline’s heavily discounted domestic US flights one-way. With the same number of miles, you can upgrade a “B” economy fare to fly Business Class to Australia. more >>


Anyone Can Reap Discount Business Class travel From the Alaska Airlines Mileage/Loyalty Program

Alaska Airlines leaves the door open for anyone to fly Business and First Class the world over via its mileage program, Mileage Plan. That’s because the carrier sells its miles -- and puts no limit (highly unusual) on the amount you can buy. more >>


Discount Business Class airfare opportunities for international travel are abundant with US Airways Dividend Miles

US Airways is one of the few carriers that have no restrictions on how many airline miles you can buy annually. There’s a 50,000 mile limit per purchase, but no limit to the number of purchases. more >>


Try a United Airlines upgrade for First Class Travel to Hawaii

Upgrade strategies for First Class travel to Hawaii can be more expensive nowadays, owing to some recent changes. One of the best carriers on the mainland to Hawaii route, American Airlines, now imposes a $300 cash surcharge... more >>


Discount First Class travel Made Easy With a Sure-fire Strategy for Upgrading From Business to First

There’s nothing sweeter than a First Class seat on a three-class aircraft. Our favorite strategy for obtaining discount First Class travel to Asia involves knowing the cities that offer the lowest Business Class airfares... more >>

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