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Best Fights to Europe in First Class

A great deal of the airlines is reducing the number of their first class seats, yet there are Untitledstill several options for a flight to Europe in first class. Is it possible to book such a trip with collected miles or earned points? Let’s check and see.

1. Lufthansa First Class Using Aeroplan Miles
No doubt, among the best first-class cabins in the world is Lufthansa First Class. The first class on the Lufthansa planes includes comfortable seats and a bed of full length, entertainment screen, meal service with Champagne, etc. Some of the recent innovations include noise-dampening carpet insulation and temperature-regulating duvets.

Lufthansa serves a great number of airports in North America, both small and large airport hubs, and that is very convenient for the travelers. The downside is that Lufthansa releases its first-class award seats to partners just two weeks before the travel. This makes the planning very difficult. Those that own miles from the frequent flyer program Miles & More can use around 170 000 miles for a round trip and will be asked to pay around 1000 USD for fuel charges.

2. Singapore Airlines Flight from JFK New York and Frankfurt
The best choice here is a flight on the board of A380 Singapore Airlines’ First Class Suite. Singapore A380 planes have 12 suites in three rows and come with curtains for privacy, large entertainment screen, comfortable seat that can turn into a lie flat bed, etc. Meals could be ordered in advance. To book one of the Singapore First Class awards, travelers need to use their KrisFlyer miles.

KrisFlyer is a trusted transfer partner of all four transferable points programs including Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest and it offers many options for boosting the KrisFlyer balance.

3. Emirates for New York JFK – Milan Flight
Emirates provide one of the most luxurious first class suites nowadays. The beds are 86 inches of pitch and can recline to wide and comfortable beds. There are siding doors for privacy, flat screen TV, a thousand entertainment options, and well stocked private mini bar, excellent meal service.

Other companies that offer great flights in first class to Europe are provided by British Airways, By Air France and by Swiss Air.

Credit Card Companion Tickets: Fly With a Friend

UntitledTravelling with a friend is among the greatest fun moments that someone can enjoy. Is there a chance to get a fellow traveler with you next time you fly and get a good discount? Are there low costs for such joint flights? Let’s find out.

Facts about the Companion Tickets
Many airline companies and credit card institutions are offering companion passes and companion tickets. However, the meaning that these companies apply in the term could vary significantly. Some of the companion tickets require an additional payment of 100 USD or a larger sum. While others like the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass allows an unrestricted number of trips that could be used as much as the holder wants and could be applied even on the so called redemption awards. So, which are the companion tickets offer now that can help you get most of your travel?

Alaska Airlines credit cards
Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card provides a discount code which with the cardholders can buy a companion tickets with for the economy class on Alaska Airlines. These tickets cost 99 USD including taxes and both of the travelers earn miles.

American Express Platinum Card
This card has a companion ticket but it is so restricted that is very hard to be used. In order to use it, the cardholder should buy a full fare flight ticket in business class or a flight ticket in first class using American Express Travel and then pay various fees and taxes.

British Airways Visa Signature Card
Holders of that card can ask for a Travel Together certificate, if they spend 30 000 USD on their cards within one year. The value of that certificate is not high due to the devaluation of the Avios program. Still this offer is good for those that want to spend their Avios points after the devaluation.

Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card
This card issued by American Express works with the SkyMiles program, which has a great value companion tickets. The certificates issued are valid for the economy class tickets fare with the taxes and fees not being covered.

Delta Reserve Card
The companion ticket with that card is similar to the one with Platinum Delta Card, yet it could be used for first class tickets as well.

Among the other programs and credit card companies that provide companion tickets are US Airways Premier World MasterCard from Barclaycard, AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard, Lufthansa Miles & More Premier World MasterCard, Virgin America Visa Signature and Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card.

Avios & Cash Redemptions

UntitledTravelers who are planning to book some of the Avios awards should be aware of one very interesting aspect. The should know that when they do find a n award itinerary, the airline will price that itinerary out for them on a sliding scale of options and thy will get the full price in Avios including the taxes and a list of lower Avios sums with higher cash pays. All these will be great deals.

Let’s take a flight from Dallas to Cancun as an example. On American the travel itinerary will cost 459 USD. On British Airways it will cost 69 USD (yes, you are not mistaken) and 15 000 Avios, which is 2.6 cents per Avios. The same travel itinerary could cost 199 USD plus 5 000 Avios and buy back the Avios at 1.99 cents each.

Another example is the TPG recent award for a business class flight on Cathay Pacific from New York to Vancouver. The available awards that could be chosen include 13 000 Avios and 388.90 USD for the biggest Avios plus Cash co-pay or 25 000 Avios plus 23.90 USD for a full award.

In other words, if the owner of the Avio points wants to save around 12 000 Avios, he could do so by paying 365 USD and then he will get a rate of approximately 3 cents per one Avio point. Naturally, that is not a great price, but still let’s make another calculation – the traveler will pay 13 % of the face value of the ticket and will cover the other 87% with only 13 000 Avios points that have a value of 24.6 cents per piece.

Yes, the values of the Avios points can vary in case the holder of the credit card is willing to some cash money and save some of the Avio points for other redemption. Taking advantage of the possible cash co-pays is a great way to save money.