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wally34949 May 18th, 2007 07:27 AM

Honk! If you are flying to Europe this summer with Frequent Flyer awards
I purchased an Economy Plus ticket with British Airways from Miami to Barcelona for $1,900, used 30,000 miles and upgraded to Business Class for June 13-July 11 travel. I'll have a flat bed upstairs on the 747.

I earned 3800 miles for purchasing this ticket on my BA Visa card and will get about 12,500 miles for the flight.

I still haven't decided whether I will sleep or pass out on the flights.

So, Honk, Honk Honk!!!

CarlosSandoval May 18th, 2007 07:29 AM

Using AA miles to go to London for 2 people next week.

Using Delta miles to go to Italia and Croatia for 2 people in August.

JaneB May 18th, 2007 07:58 AM

Using AA FF miles to fly to Istanbul September 5, returning from Dubrovnik October 5.

Meredith May 18th, 2007 08:01 AM

We just returned from a trip funded by frequent flier miles. We flew on Delta and Air France from Atlanta to Athens, and returning Istanbul to Atlanta.

robjame May 18th, 2007 08:04 AM

Buy everything with my Avion Visa. Change the Avion points to BA miles (1.5 for 1).
Two business class tickets Toronto to Paris for September.
Sleeper seats - yes Wally - but we also get access to the BA lounge in Toronto and Heathrow and Paris.

scrb May 18th, 2007 08:05 AM

Flying from SFO to Berlin and then Nice and then back to SFO using 90k Delta SkyMiles. This will be the first couple of weeks in July.

Flights are on Air France.

wally34949 May 18th, 2007 08:39 AM

Wouldn't I also get access to the lounge since I'm flying Business Class?

wally34949 May 18th, 2007 08:41 AM

Keep the replies coming. Most people say American and United have the best U.S. programs. Continental wants 100,000 miles for economy for the early season (off season) of March.

poutine May 18th, 2007 08:44 AM

We have four tickets from Montreal to Nice this June, courtesy of Air Canada Aeroplan. But, I had to book them last December, and the routing home is long and slow (Nice/overnight in Frankfurt/Heathrow/Montreal!).

dawnnoelm May 18th, 2007 08:48 AM

No honking here... just pouting. Paid for our 4 tickets to Paris, Jo'burg and Rome... have tons of miles/amex rewards and could not make it happen. ::::pouting:::::

AnselmAdorne May 18th, 2007 08:50 AM

We've got two business class tickets on Air Canada at Christmas, Halifax to Paris via Montreal. (Classic Awards, for those who pay attention to Aeroplan. We got the routes we wanted and only had to go one day early to get business class on all legs. Bonus: we get an extra day in Paris.)

The fees were stiffish, about $320 Cdn each, but I have a short memory for that kind of pain.


AnselmAdorne May 18th, 2007 08:53 AM

Poutine, that return trip is brutal. Aeroplan offered us Halifax, London, Munich, Paris outbound, so I asked what would happen if we went the day before ... all of a sudden the sun came out from behind the clouds.


poutine May 18th, 2007 09:06 AM

AnselmAdorne - yes, with two kids in tow, brutal. But there were no other options, supposedly. Since Aeroplan changed their online reservations system last fall, finding four tickets online requiring partner airlines just won't work. I had to rely on the skills of the aeroplan phone agent......

However, they were 60,000 points each, and not the worst Aeroplan routing I've had to live with (try Montreal/ Chicago/LA with a two night layover/Auckland/Sydney/Cairns with two kids...).

knickerbocker May 18th, 2007 09:12 AM

Toronto-Amsterdam-Paris and then Rome-Amsterdam-Toronto with AirMiles. Booked the tickets last November.

robjame May 18th, 2007 09:27 AM

Wally - yews that "we" included you, too. That is a real bonus in my book. Worth as much as the business class.

Anselm - greetings
<<Halifax to Paris via Montreal>>

You are staring out by going backwards... is that to get more miles? LOL

Therese May 18th, 2007 09:32 AM

Delta from Atlanta to Milan (via Copenhagen for three of us, direct for one), direct Milan to Atlanta return, second half of June. A total of 250,000 skymiles: 50,000 skymiles each for three of us, 100,000 skymiles for the last ticket.

DanM May 18th, 2007 09:39 AM

No honking here. You can receive FF tickets on CO for 50K roundtrip. You sometimes need to be flexible and book far enough out. Start looking at 330 days and continue to look if you do not see what you are after.

Jess215 May 18th, 2007 09:41 AM

Couldn't get Delta/AF RT nonstop Boston/Paris flights I wanted in September-- they told me the award seats on these flights must usually be reserved 11 months in advance. I never had that problem before. On American, I can still do this, but have spent so many miles on upgrades in previous years, that I haven't enough left. The fare has gone down about $70 in the last 2 weeks, but I think it will stick. Also it's about 60 bucks cheaper if I don't fly on the weekend. All-in, it's still over $1200!

suffrock May 18th, 2007 09:45 AM

Family of 4 flying direct on Air France (Continental miles) from Houston to Paris next week! Hilton Hotel points for Paris accommodations, and Amex points for a 2-week rental car!

VeeBee May 18th, 2007 10:03 AM

Family of 6 leaving in 11 days (!!)using 5 FF 50K mile tickets to fly Delta from ATL to Paris. However, we do have to travel thru Prague to get there -- got our tickets December 31st for May 30th travel-- pretty good, eh? Delta's Prague service had just been announced and opened the week before..we also have to fly back from Milan to ATL via Prague.. but I'm not complaining..wouldn't be going otherwise!

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