Prof. Thomas Y. Levin
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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 around the planet at a shocking price: 10,000 to 55,000 miles LESS THAN American, Delta and United charge for a simple 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 with Iberia and NO credit card points to transfer. You can, anyone can, buy 20,000 miles directly from Iberia, which cost 385 Euro (about $411). Add that to the "buy-down" (see image) miles price, $1,030, and add in $196 for award taxes, and you get $1,637.
A FIRST CLASS FAVORITE,
UP TO 90% OFF
Cathay Pacific’s First Class Cabin is a world-class experience. 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.
Upgrade Art & Science
HOW TO USE LOW BUSINESS CLASS FARES TO UPGRADE TO FIRST
Which airlines are generous when it comes to mileage upgrade awards to First Class from “deeply discounted” fares? Most see a great low Business Class fare and book it. We show you how to springboard that into a First Class seat.
The Suite Spot
SAVE UP TO 73% ON EMIRATE’S AMAZING FIRST CLASS SUITE
It’s so good they‘ll have to pry you off the plane… Bucket-list-bliss. Oil sheik chic. FCF members get a steady diet of Emirates upgrade strategies, special deals, and "availability cheat sheets."
DO THE MATH: 152,000 UNITED MILES AND 7 NIGHTS AT THE RITZ CARLTON NY FOR 180,000 STARPOINTS
We love to number-crunch, especially when the crumbs look like this. The hotel stay alone is worth $5,600, the rest is icing on the cake. A beautiful hotel in an iconic Central Park location. We show you how the numbers add up, and how to make them count for you.
Mileage Upgrade Pro
HOW TO GET TO EUROPE IN BUSINESS FOR THE PRICE OF COACH
Some don’t see the forest for the trees. Our team looks at every leaf. Like how to combine an under-utilized loyalty program with the Starwood preferred Amex Credit Card to get Business Class for just 53,000 miles.
WEST COAST TO EUROPE BUSINESS CLASS FARES PLUNGE
We've taken a plunge ourselves – into the world of West Coast to Europe fares, and the water’s deep. Business Class fares have dropped drastically versus this time last year. We're seeing $2,080 discounts (35% less). Our reporting uncovered a bunch of low fares, routes and airlines, a taste below.
FCF'S Upgrade Mindset
HOW TO SNAP-FREEZE A DELICIOUS SHORT-TERM DEAL TO ENJOY LATER
When snap-frozen, peas retain their delicious freshness to be enjoyed later. And so do some airline award deals. Discover how the snap-freeze-friendly airlines work, and how you can get, and keep, delicious deals.
FCF Report Card
BEST MILEAGE UPGRADE AWARDS WHEN BOOKING 7 TO 30 DAYS AHEAD
Schoolyard fight: American Vs. Delta Vs. United. Who comes out ahead when you book ahead by 7 to 30 days? The Grades are C+, D and A, but who gets the gold stamp and who gets detention?
The A380 Watch
AN A380 FARE SAVING OF $29,000? NO THIS IS NOT A TYPO.
In our A380 report we detailed 8 airlines and 20 routes that offered good (& some spectacularly good) mileage redemptions out of the U.S. in Business and First Class.
Mileage Upgrade Pro
LOVE A LOOPHOLE? FIRST CLASS ONEWORLD & STAR ALLIANCE ANOMALIES
Our team found a way to combine a little-utilized loyalty program with the Starwood Preferred Amex credit card to get First Class for just 70,000 miles round-trip. We even found First Class for 70,000 miles less than Business.
What the Media Says
The New York Times
Condé Nast Traveler
Four Seasons Resorts Magazine
New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
Los Angeles Times
5 Reasons Why You Should have First Class Flyer in
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