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- H. W. Shaw
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SAMPLES: EASY CASH OPPORTUNITIES
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SAMPLE ADVANCED UPGRADE STRATEGIES
The Ultimate Mileage Award
A "round-the-world" Business (or First) Class ticket that makes the globe your oyster with up to 8 bucket-list-busting stops at a shocking price: 10,000 to 55,000 miles LESS THAN American, Delta and United charge for a round-trip to Europe or Asia.
Using Miles + Cash
Europe Biz Class For $1,637 R/T + 100,000% Better Availability Than American & United
Let’s assume that you have NO miles and NO credit card points. You can, anyone can, buy 20,000 miles directly from this airline, which cost €385. Add that to the "buy-down" miles price, $1,030, add taxes, and you get $1,637.
How to Get 90% Off Cathay Pacific
In this Suite Spot report focused on the Suite itself; available routes; mileage costs; current availability; and how to get miles if you don’t have any – that’s where the 90% off comes in – quite spectacular. Just like the Suite.
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CONNIVING OR GROVELING
FCF does not recommend hustling gate agents or "dressing up" as a way to upgrade; instead, we suggest you don't go to the airport untill the right ticket for you is confirmed.
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Who's Mr. Upgrade?
Matthew Bennett: America's Leading and Longest-Running Expert on Premium Air Travel
"It's both a privilege and my passion to yearly help hundreds of thousands of air travelers fly much better, and therefore thrive much better, simply by using the methods and hidden deals we find almost every day here at FCF." —Matthew Bennett
How it all started, in four sentences:
I learned to save money on travel as a minor league pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. The Royals gave us a travel allowance, and I was able to pocket all the airfare money I saved. I started helping my teammates save money, and eventually I got hooked on the challenge of getting a really good deal. Maybe I was born with the upgrade gene.
Over the last 21 years, I've had the privilege of sharing my upgrade and ticketing strategies with Major League All-Stars, Hall of Famers, Academy Award Winners, Grammy Winners, Fortune 500 CEOs, and hundreds of thousands of ambitious air travelers, perhaps a little like you.
Much thanks for stopping by, and see you up front,