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Celiaanne May 19th, 2007 04:23 PM

One ticket PIT - CDG for September on US Airways. I booked it in January for 50,000 miles round tip (coach, of course).

There were actually quite a few dates available at that time. I was surprised as it is almost impossible to get a flight to Rome -- no matter how far out you try to book.

Ian May 19th, 2007 04:49 PM

Aeroplan miles for 2 x Business Class YYZ to Budapest via Franfurt in June. Return via 6 hr layover in Warsaw. We'll buzz into town for lunch.

Also used Aeroplan for one flight to Beijing in Feb.

We'll be using Hilton Honors points for hotels in Budapest & Vienna. That plus some stays with relatives, will make it a pretty cheap 2 week trip since we'll only have to pay for 2 nights in Eger.


FLJudi May 19th, 2007 05:39 PM

Two FF tickets on American, Ft. Myers - Miami - Madrid (nonstop) on June 2, return June 21. AA has never disappointed us - we plan early, are flexible and an AAdvantage agent can always find us an acceptable routing. Miles are from charging everything (even insurance)on our Citibank Advantage card.

travelgirl2 May 19th, 2007 07:09 PM

Newark to Cologne for 25,000 miles on Continental this summer. 4 people for only 100,000 miles :)

There were a lot of promotions on this route a few months ago.

phieaglefan May 20th, 2007 04:58 AM

We had enough miles for two economy RTs on Delta (50K each) so we're flying IAH - CDG - FCO and the return is MUC - CDG - IAH. We bought my daughter's ticket.

Only trouble is, we live in OKC! When trying to book it (about 315 days out) we couldn't get the leg out OKC. The agent actually said "OKC never has anything available. People seem to snap them up. Everybody seems to want to get out of there!"

Duane May 22nd, 2007 04:53 PM

We have 2 Business Class Tickets from Tampa to Nairobi via Amsterdam on Northwest, KLM and Kenya Airways. Stopping in Amsterdam for a week on the way back.

Booked almost a year in advance but only had to use 120,000 miles each. This is Perk Saver I think it's called.


Gardyloo May 22nd, 2007 05:00 PM

Wife is open-jawing an business award SEA-YYC-LHR-IST//CDG-JFK-SEA on Alaska, BA AA and BA. From IST she's flying on Turkish to Tel Aviv, then on Ethiopian to Joburg, where she'll pick up a new round-the-world ticket (actually in Mauritius) and come home via Sydney. She'll use the Paris-Seattle portion of the award when she's finished with the RTW next year.

Gardyloo May 22nd, 2007 05:01 PM

Arrgh... please please Fodors - put in an edit option... :(

christabir May 22nd, 2007 06:01 PM

I don't fly in the summer, but my mother is using AAdvantage miles for a business class flight JFK-DUB and SNN-JFK in July. Booked in December. Just came back from Croatia. Flew on AA and BA using AAdavantage miles - and got the off-peak fare of 40,000 miles each! Booked in November. Last year used AAdvantage miles for business MAD-CPT and JNB-MAD (paid for the fare for JFK-MAD). Booked a year in advance. If you want AAdvantage miles, don't forget to use for your online shopping!! My miles really add up. Delta and United have a similar service.

travelinfamily May 22nd, 2007 06:13 PM

Used FF miles for two seats on United! Leaving FRIDAY for Venice and flying home from Rome!!!

s0s_sos May 22nd, 2007 06:27 PM

can i brag here then?
first, i had united miles and used them to get a trip in june, which is crazy from the west coast. but finally found one-leaving 3rd from sfo to frankfurt (direct), returning 24th from london through canada (aircanada). returns had nothing available.
but singapore was great. they don't fly (other than jfk to fra), but they didn't tell me i was too late (which united and all the american airlines said-i booked in feb), but in fact told me i was pretty early. and asked exactly what i wanted (instead of all these other airlines in which you just beg, hoping to get a bone). so, lax-muc, then muc-ath. i got my own flight to otp (bucharest), and otp-muc-lax. on lufthansa. and it's 50k miles (the united one was also)

HappyTrvlr May 22nd, 2007 08:41 PM

Honk Honk -United 2 Business Class SFO to Lisbon, return Barcelona

jrecm May 23rd, 2007 02:48 PM

Honk Honk Last two years flew first class to London and Paris using AA frequent flyer miles. This year had to wait until October to use our miles as we only had enough for regular class to Milan. We love frequent flier miles.

BarbaraS May 23rd, 2007 03:31 PM

I'm hoping to use frequent flyer miles to fly to Rome on Delta in June of next year for two weeks. Would it be wise to get a one-way ticket to Rome as soon as the 330 days arrives and then get a one-way return from Venice 14 days later? Or is it better to wait and get a multi-leg trip? Thanks!

becnsteve May 23rd, 2007 03:48 PM

Going in September and obsessed with using all miles/points possible.

Flying San Diego to Prague (via San Fran and Frankfurt). First class domestic, business International.

Using Marriott points for hotel in Prague & Budapest.

Flying local carrier Budapest to Dubrovnik. Charging on Diners Club, which means I can apply points for credit. Same for car and hotel in Hvar/Zagreb. Flying home via UK first/business.

Needless to say, I travel too much for work. The good news is that I can use the perks. I'll probably save money by taking a vacation!

becnsteve May 23rd, 2007 04:23 PM

Should mention that the above is on United and their Star Alliance partners.

richardab May 23rd, 2007 04:32 PM

I am on United Airlines Mileage Plus award tickets this weekend. Business Class.

Newark>Chicago>Munich (trans-atlantic on Lufthansa A340-600)

Munich>Istanbul (Lufthnasa)

Istanbul>Munich>Newark (trans-con on Lufthansa Privatair 737 All Business jet)

DinPa May 23rd, 2007 05:05 PM

Just got back from Venice on Monday. I bought our tickets last August for $400, had to pay an extra $100 to upgrade on US AIR. 30,000 miles each way per person to upgrade to envoy class on US AIR 767. Can't beat that. Philly to Venice non-stop both ways.
honk honk

jagers929 May 23rd, 2007 05:17 PM

2 for 1 tix on Swiss Air from LAX to Milan! (30,000 Amex points) Wonder if I can still try to upgrade us? Honeymooners need some kindness!! :)

lflaster May 23rd, 2007 05:45 PM

Three of us are flying to and from Venice late July/early August. We had only enough miles left on Delta for one passenger; enough miles left on AmEx for another, and we paid $1,100 and change outright for the other person to fly on Delta. Didn't want to waste miles by upgrading; we'll zonk out and suffer.

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