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For up to four travelers (and possibly more), FCF’s research team has discovered an opportunity to save up to 39% in cash OR save up to 70% in miles compared to normal / everyday prices when traveling between the U.S. and Europe.

Downside: Taxes can be $1,080+ – yet relatively paltry when you think about normal First Class fares otherwise often running $5,000+.

Sample Savings via Starwood’s points-to-miles transfer partnership with Japan Airlines: Seattle to London for 105,000 Japan Airline miles and it costs even less if you have a Starwood account: only 85,000 Starpoints. American charges 115,000 miles for Business.

In other words, if you have a Starwood card and book via Japan Airlines, as opposed to earning miles via mainstream ways, you’re getting First Class for less than Business.

More here on getting flights (based on availability) from around the U.S. to the hub (Las Vegas, Denver and Seattle) AND / OR flights from the destination (London) to all over Europe.

NO MILES? NO PROBLEM

Alaska, a oneworld Alliance partner, is currently running a deal whereby miles can be acquired for as low as 1.9¢ each (includes taxes and processing fee), through a new, up to 50% bonus miles buy promo, which runs through Oct. 4.

SAMPLE SAVINGS FROM U.S. TO EUROPE IN First CLASS:

The published First Class fare on British Airways’ Denver to London route is $6,261 r/t; through the Alaska Airlines purchase and transfer strategies, you can pay $3,803 r/t (includes taxes and about $1,045 in award tax), a savings of $2,458 (39%).

More info on Alaska’s discount miles purchase.

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