What the Truffle Hounds Just Found...

What the Truffle Hounds Just Found...

Most think hens’ teeth when they think award seats...

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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  • 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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No Availability
10 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Europe

Wide Open SWISS Free Business Class Availability Found to Zurich from Chicago, New York, San Francisco—Only 15,000 Miles More than Coach

Airline(s)
Swiss
Currencies
All Nippon miles, Asiana miles, Miles & More or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
7 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Europe

Good Availability of Free British Airways Awards Found to/from London in Business Class—for Less than Coach—for Amex, Chase & Starpoints Players

Airline(s)
British Airways
Currencies
Amex points, British Airways miles, Chase points, Japan Airline miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
6 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Europe
No Availability
6 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Europe

Free Emirates First Class Award Availability Found New York–Milan, With Amex or Starpoints + How to Pay 35,000 Fewer Miles than Business Class

Airline(s)
Emirates
Currencies
Amex points, Emirates Airline Miles, Japan Airline miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
3 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to South Pacific

Good Qantas Free First Class Availability Found to Melbourne & Sydney with American Miles or Starpoints + How to Pay 15,000 Fewer Miles than Business Class

Airline(s)
Qantas
Currencies
Citi ThankYou points, Japan Airline miles, Qantas Miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
8 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Asia

Good All Nippon Free First Class Availability Found Between U.S. & Tokyo with Amex or Starwood Points—For 10,000 Fewer Miles than Biz Class

Airline(s)
All Nippon Airways
Currencies
All Nippon miles, Amex points or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
8 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Asia

Good Availability of Free Cathay Pacific First Class Awards with Amex or Starwood Points—Or How to Save $12,747 Off with Cash

Airline(s)
Cathay Pacific
Currencies
Alaska miles, American miles, Amex points, Cathay Pacific miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
4 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Europe

Good First Class Free Award Availability Found to Europe With Lufthansa + How to Get for 25,000 Fewer Miles than Business Class

Airline(s)
Lufthansa
Currencies
Air Canada miles, Asiana miles, Lufthansa miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
4 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Asia

Good Availability of Free Delta Business Class Awards Found on Four Routes to Asia—For Only 30,000 More Miles than Coach

Airline(s)
Delta Airlines
Currencies
Amex points, Delta miles, Starwood points or Virgin Atlantic miles
FCF Rating
No Availability
5 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Middle East

Free Emirates First Class Award Availability Found from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Dubai—With Your Amex Rewards or Starpoints (Normally $29,950)

Airline(s)
Emirates
Currencies
Amex points, Emirates Airline Miles, Japan Airline miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
8 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Europe

Lots of Free American Business Class Award Availability Found Between U.S. and Europe—Starting at 7,000 Fewer Miles than Coach

Airline(s)
American Airlines
Currencies
American miles, Japan Airline miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
3 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to South Pacific

Good Availability of Free Qantas Business and First Class Awards to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney Found + Deeply Discounted

Airline(s)
Qantas
Currencies
Citi ThankYou points, Japan Airline miles, Qantas Miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
10 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Europe

Good Availability of Free Delta Business Class Awards Found on Six Routes to Europe—For Only 5,000 Miles More than Coach

Airline(s)
Delta Airlines
Currencies
Amex points, Delta miles, Korean Air miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
8 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Europe

Good Availability of Free United Business Class Awards Found on Six Routes to Europe—For Only 5,000 More Miles than Coach

Airline(s)
United
Currencies
Amex points, Chase points, Starwood points or United miles
FCF Rating
No Availability
8 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Domestic US

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

Airline(s)
American Airlines
Currencies
American miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
6 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Middle East

Free Emirates First Class Award Availability Found from Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando to Dubai—With Amex Rewards or Starpoints (Normally $16,943)

Airline(s)
Emirates
Currencies
Amex points, Emirates Airline Miles, Japan Airline miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
6 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Asia

Lots of Free American Business Class Award Availability Found Between U.S. and Europe—For 5,000 Fewer Miles than Coach

Airline(s)
American Airlines
Currencies
American miles, Japan Airline miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
2 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to South Pacific

Free Qantas Business Class Award Availability to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney Found—for the Price of Coach

Airline(s)
Qantas
Currencies
Citi ThankYou points, Japan Airline miles or Qantas Miles
FCF Rating
No Availability
4 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Europe

Free American Business Class Award Availability Between New York and Europe Found—For 7,000 FEWER Miles than Coach

Airline(s)
American Airlines
Currencies
American miles, Japan Airline miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
2 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to South Pacific

Free Qantas First Class Award Availability to Melbourne and Sydney Found—for 15,000 FEWER Miles than Biz Class

Airline(s)
Qantas
Currencies
Citi ThankYou points, Japan Airline miles or Qantas Miles
FCF Rating
No Availability
9 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Asia

Free All Nippon First Class Awards Between U.S. & Tokyo with Amex or Starwood Points—For 10,000 FEWER Miles than Biz Class

Airline(s)
All Nippon Airways
Currencies
All Nippon miles, Amex points, LifeMiles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
8 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Middle East

Free Emirates First Class Award Availability Found to Dubai—With Amex Rewards or Starpoints (Normally $23,811)

Airline(s)
Emirates
Currencies
Amex points, Emirates Airline Miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
6 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Europe

Free First Class Award Availability Found to Europe With Lufthansa—For 35,000 FEWER Miles than Business Class

Airline(s)
Lufthansa
Currencies
Air Canada miles, Asiana miles, LifeMiles, Lufthansa miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
10 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to South America

Four Routes With Free Business Class Award Availability Between the U.S. and Brazil and Chile—for Less Miles than Coach

Airline(s)
American Airlines
Currencies
American miles, Japan Airline miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
10 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Asia

First Class Mileage Upgrade Availability Found Between U.S & Hong Kong on United

Airline(s)
United
Currencies
Chase points or United miles
FCF Rating
No Availability
3 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to South Pacific

Free Business Class Award Availability Between the U.S. and South Pacific—for the Price of Coach

Airline(s)
American Airlines
Currencies
American miles, Japan Airline miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
11 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Europe

Free First Class Award Availability Between New York & Munich With Lufthansa All Year—For 35,000 Miles LESS than Business Class

Airline(s)
Lufthansa
Currencies
Air Canada miles, Amex points, Asiana miles, Miles & More or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
7 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Asia

Free Business Class Award Availability Between the U.S. and Tokyo With American—For Only 5,000 Miles More than Coach

Airline(s)
American Airlines
Currencies
American miles, Japan Airline miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
5 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Europe

Top Seven American Routes to Europe With Free Biz Class Award Availability—For 7,000 Miles LESS than Coach

Airline(s)
American Airlines
Currencies
American miles, Japan Airline miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
No Availability
7 Months Found
Sweet Redeems to Asia

Free Singapore Airlines First Class Award Availability Found to Asia Seven Months With Amex, Chase, Citi, and Starwood

Airline(s)
Singapore Airlines
Currencies
Amex points, Chase points, Citi ThankYou points, Singapore miles or Starwood points
FCF Rating
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