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May - 2017

Vol. 22 No. 5

In this issue...

The Lazy Upgrader’s Guide to Lucrative
Credit Card Opportunities

FCF’s 2017 premium travel credit card perspective Two new cards make shortlist What you need to know about credit cards but couldn’t be bothered to ask…

FCF’s 2-for-1 Leg Stretch Strategy:
U.S., Europe & South Pacific, Business Class

Novel Trick Nets Free Tickets. A First Class Flyer Personal Help Desk customer (let’s call him Harry) came to us with a challenge. Harry travels…

Nine Ways Delta Travelers Can Upgrade to Europe for Less Than Free or Barely More Than Coach

… to Business Class Using “Elastic Plastic” Points One definition: Upgrade (noun) … a tangible ‘mechanism’ (i.e. status, reward, piece of intel, etc.) which enables…

Reverse Psychology: How to Make Cheap Europe-U.S. Fares Work for You

“Oh great”, you say, “fares are trending down from Europe to the U.S. when I’m more interested in going from the U.S. to Europe.” Don’t…

Top Two Ways to Nail New York – Asia First Class Non-Stops Cheap With Star Alliance Airlines

Cream of the Crop, Top of the Heap: How to save 80% with All Nippon and 69% with Asiana to avoid normal, $20,000-ish fares Deal…

Brazil Business Class Package Deals

Save 47% on short-notice Business Class and/or seven nights free at the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo or Rio, up to $2,348 off on the lowest…

Singapore Airlines and Planning Ahead—for a Short-Notice Booking

Long-term planning… The expression goes down so easily, is so reassuring. In the travel world, long-term planning is the first commandment. “Plan ahead or else”…

Two Simple Strategic Ploys to Maximize Award Opportunity with Avail-ability

Great deals can often be like spotting shooting stars. You have to be outside, the night has to be cloud free, and must be looking…

What’s New with Routes, Aircraft, and Seats

United New Seat Update: Its B777-300ER with the new Polaris Business Class seat, already in service on SFO-Hong Kong route, starts flying between Newark and…

FCF is invariably creative and often ingenious

Prof. Thomas Y. Levin

Princeton University
Bennett is an authority on premium travel ticketing strategies

New York Times

I trust Bennett

Bud Collins

International Tennis Hall of Fame
For people who fly up front

The Wall Street Journal

I can't say enough about Matthew

Paul Haggis

Two-Time Academy Award Winner, Best Pictures
Upgrade secrets and strategies… fly in business class for the price of coach

Condé Nast Traveler

A crucial resource… packed with insider tips

Los Angeles Times

Matthew is outstanding at what he does

Ari Fleischer

Former White House
Press Secretary;
Fleischer Sports CEO
An exclusive website… finds reduced fares and free upgrades

Four Seasons Resorts Magazine

Bennett is top-of-mind when thinking about upgrading

Tod Cohen

General Counsel and Vice President at StubHub
The best resource I know for ‘tricks’ is Matthew Bennett's First Class Flyer

The New York Times

I jumped on Bennett's Biz Class alert to Europe starting at $1,450 r/t

Lawrence Pass, MD

Heart Surgeon Nashville, TN
The insider site

Departures Magazine

Bennett's FCF is not only the most informative newsletter of its kind, but it's a genuinely fun and interesting read

Prof. Michael Beckerman

New York University
Mr. Upgrade shares his secrets for flying first class at economy fares

Kiplinger's

Loaded with tips on flying in comfort without paying the exorbitant fares

Chicago Tribune

Specializes in finding cheaper luxury flights for executives

Newsweek

First Class Flyer is a must-read

Entrepreneur Magazine

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