What the Truffle Hounds Just Found...

What the Truffle Hounds Just Found...

Do airlines really dump First Class for little more than Business—and Business for little more than coach?...

Do airlines really dump First Class for little more than Business—and Business for little more than coach? Well, yes they do.  At times, when it suits their revenue management strategy. So, when First is pretty much at parity with Business why would anyone fly Business? Because that’s what they think to book, automatically, without knowing these dramatically discounted upgrades exist. FCF researcher seek to break members of the costly habit of booking the class they assume to be the most affordable by breaking the news of these discounted, flat-fee upgrades at time of booking whenever they find them. On whatever routes and airlines. In Business and in First.

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  • Anomaly Fares

    Yes, Business and First Class Fares at a third to a fifth of competing fares can be found. And they are, many times a week, by our 24/7 research team. Anomaly fares look like mistake fares but FCF never alerts you to mistake fares. Anomaly Fares are a natural consequence of Yield Management, Hub Dominance and Loyalty Programs in a de-regulated industry. They are never promoted by airlines because they would undermine credibility with regular high-yield customers.

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  • Buy-Miles Strategy

    Buying miles to fly in style is a classic, well-used FCF member strategy. Buying miles and then applying those miles—in place of a cash transaction—is not quite as effortless as throwing thousands of dollars in the trash can. But it’s far more uplifting. Much exists in FCF’s searchable archives on the step-by-step process, just as much is to be found when you filter your alerts so you can easily Buy Miles to Fly in Style.

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  • Discount Upgrades

    Do airlines really dump First Class for little more than Business—and Business for little more than coach? Well, yes they do.  At times, when it suits their revenue management strategy. So, when First is pretty much at parity with Business why would anyone fly Business? Because that’s what they think to book, automatically, without knowing these dramatically discounted upgrades exist. FCF researcher seek to break members of the costly habit of booking the class they assume to be the most affordable by breaking the news of these discounted, flat-fee upgrades at time of booking whenever they find them. On whatever routes and airlines. In Business and in First.

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  • Low-fare Routes

    Alternate-but-convenient routes can yield you a premium class seat for little more than the class below on the conventional route. A to B might cost $4k in Business while A to X (when X is a short hop to B) might cost you a third of that. A little more than coach, oftentimes. Our truffle hounds make a career of finding these “hopportunities” for members who are happy to think outside the straight line if it means bargain First or Business and, to boot, a great stopover. Hopportunities occur with both hidden destinations and departures. If you are flexible, why fly the high-fare gouge route and pay double?

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  • Sweet Redeems

    Most think hens’ teeth when they think award seats. FCF members know better. Business and First Class award seats found nowhere else are the kind of alerts you can expect several times a week. This intelligence, combined with regular availability reports in each FCF Monthly Advisor, can turn you from award seat skeptic to a true believer of FCF’s use-miles-to-fly-in-style strategies.

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$2,538
$1,667
Discount Upgrades to Domestic US

Free First Class Transcon Upgrade Awards Found Los Angeles to/from New York on American

Upgrade Type
Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
American Airlines
FCF Rating
Discount Upgrades to South America
$4,677
$3,767
Discount Upgrades to Europe

First Class Holiday Upgrades Starting at $400 One-Way on United to London

Upgrade Type
Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
United
Booking Window
Now through June 8
FCF Rating
$2,023
$1,099
Discount Upgrades to Asia, Europe

Upgrade to Biz Class with New Premium Economy Fares on Singapore Airlines From $1,099 R/T, Saving 28%

Airline(s)
Singapore Airlines
Booking Window
Now through April 30
FCF Rating
$3,133
$1,999
Discount Upgrades to Asia, Europe

Upgrade to First Class New Singapore Business Fares to Europe Starting at $1,997 R/T, Saving 48%

Upgrade Type
Business to First Class, Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
Singapore Airlines
Booking Window
Now through April 30
FCF Rating
Discount Upgrades to Europe

Business Class for the Price of Coach to Madrid from Boston, Chicago, Miami and New York—Ends Feb. 14

Upgrade Type
Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
Iberia
Booking Window
Now through Feb. 14
Bonus Opportunity
Learn how to save 25% off normal rates, too
FCF Rating
$6,557
$3,330
Discount Upgrades to Europe

United First Class Upgrades to Europe $400 Each Way

Upgrade Type
Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
United
Booking Window
Now through Feb. 16
FCF Rating
$6,014
$4,070
Discount Upgrades to Asia

First Class Upgrades from Business at $600 Each Way on United to Seoul

Upgrade Type
Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
United
Booking Window
Now through Jan. 26
FCF Rating
$5,805
$3,427
Discount Upgrades to Europe

First Class Upgrades from Business Starting at $400 One-Way on United to London

Airline(s)
United
Booking Window
Now through Feb. 16
FCF Rating
$6,990
$4,358
Discount Upgrades to Europe

Still Valid: First Class Upgrades from Business $400 One-Way on United Airlines to London

Upgrade Type
Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
United
Booking Window
No restrictions
FCF Rating
$5,486
$2,936
Discount Upgrades to Europe

Still Valid: First Class Upgrade from Business Class on American to Europe Starting at $125 One-way

Upgrade Type
Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
American Airlines
Booking Window
No restrictions
FCF Rating
$7,426
$2,444
Discount Upgrades to South Pacific
$10,642
$4,887
Discount Upgrades to South Pacific

Free First Class Award Availability Between the U.S. and the South Pacific With American in August

Upgrade Type
First for less than Business, Free Upgrades, Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
American Airlines
FCF Rating
Discount Upgrades to South Pacific

Free First Class Award Availability Between the U.S. and the South Pacific With Qantas

Upgrade Type
First for less than Business, Free Upgrades
Airline(s)
Qantas
Bonus Opportunity
Learn how to save 63% off normal rates, too
FCF Rating
$5,972
$3,551
Discount Upgrades to Asia

United Slashes Holiday First Class Fares to Asia, Starting at $3,551 R/T

Upgrade Type
Business to First Class
Airline(s)
United
FCF Rating
$4,399
$1,795
Discount Upgrades to South Pacific

Free Business Class Upgrade Sweet Redeems Between Los Angeles and Auckland on American

Upgrade Type
Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
American Airlines
FCF Rating
$1,276
$438
Discount Upgrades to Caribbean

Low-Cost Upgrade Strategy Saves Up to 66% on Business Class to The Caribbean

Upgrade Type
Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
British Airways
FCF Rating
$7,021
$6,145
Discount Upgrades to South America

United First Class Upgrade $300 One-Way to Brazil

Upgrade Type
Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
United
Booking Window
No restrictions
FCF Rating
Discount Upgrades to Asia

Free First Class Sweet Redeems Between New York and Seoul—With Asiana and Starwood, Eleven Months

Upgrade Type
First for less than Business, Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
Asiana
FCF Rating
$6,475
$2,975
Discount Upgrades to Europe
$5,972
$3,561
Discount Upgrades to Asia

First Class Upgrades from Business $600 One-Way on United to Asia

Upgrade Type
Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
United
Booking Window
Now through Oct. 20
FCF Rating
$6,987
$4,351
Discount Upgrades to Europe

First Class Upgrades from Business $400 One-Way on United Airlines to London

Upgrade Type
Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
United
Booking Window
No restrictions
FCF Rating
$7,841
$6,235
Discount Upgrades to Asia

First Class Upgrades from Business Class on American to Asia Starting at $250 One-way

Upgrade Type
Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
American Airlines
Booking Window
No restrictions
FCF Rating
$5,643
$250
Discount Upgrades to Europe

Still Valid: First Class Upgrades from Business Class on American to Europe Starting at $125 One-way

Upgrade Type
Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
American Airlines
Booking Window
No restrictions
FCF Rating
Discount Upgrades to Europe

Low-Cost Upgrade Strategy Nets Business Class Between New York and Rome for Only 4,000 More Miles

Upgrade Type
Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
Alitalia
Bonus Opportunity
Learn how to save 20% off normal rates, too
FCF Rating
$7,457
$5,125
Discount Upgrades to Europe
$5,707
$2,516
Discount Upgrades to South America
$5,164
$2,041
Discount Upgrades to Asia

Free Business Class Sweet Redeems Between the U.S. and Asia with All Nippon, Amex or Starwood—for Less Than the Price of Coach—Four Months

Upgrade Type
Business for less than Coach, Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
All Nippon Airways
FCF Rating
$7,751
$4,356
Discount Upgrades to Europe
$20,678
$3,916
Discount Upgrades to Asia

Free All Nippon First Class Sweet Redeems Between New York and Tokyo with Amex or Starwood Points, Four Months

Upgrade Type
First for less than Business, Free Upgrades, Low-Cost Upgrades
Airline(s)
All Nippon Airways
FCF Rating
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