Category Archives: Air New Zealand

New (Better!) Way to Use Starwood Points to Fly United Airlines

With the new way to transfer points between Starwood and Marriott accounts, folks can get a better ratio converting Starwood points to United Airlines miles by first transferring to Marriott points.

For example, if you transfer 10,000 Starwood points directly to United Airlines, you’ll only get 5,000 United Airlines miles because there’s a 2:1 ratio.

Instead, you could convert 10,000 Starwood points to 30,000 Marriott points (1:3 ratio).  Then, transfer the Marriott points to United Airlines and you’ll get a much better deal for your points.

Transfer Starwood Points To United Airlines

Now You Can Get a Better Ratio Converting Starwood Points to United Airlines Miles!

I’ll explain the math behind the points conversion and why United Airlines miles are great for Big Travel!

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Beginner’s Guide to Using Flexible Points for Big Travel With Small Money

In our interview series, we always ask, “What do you now know about collecting miles and points which you wish you knew when you started out?”

The most common answer interviewees give is that they wish they would have started sooner.  Even if you’re unsure of your travel goals, starting to earn transferable points now will give you lots of options for your future trip plans.

Because transferable points programs have dozens of airline and hotel partners, you’ll have the flexibility to choose where to move your points when you’re ready to use them.

Beginner's Guide To Using Flexible Points For Big Travel With Small Money

Dreaming of Big Travel? Transferable Points Give You the Most Flexibility When You’re Ready to Plan Your Trip!

Let’s take a detailed look at the 4 major transferable points programs.

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New AMEX Membership Rewards Partner! Save Miles on Flights in the US, to Europe, and Asia!

Great news for folks with AMEX Membership Rewards points!  Via View From the Wing, you can now transfer your points to Etihad.  And there are some award flights that are great deals!

For example, you can use Etihad miles to pay fewer points on airline partner American Airlines for a Business Class or First Class ticket to Asia or Europe.  And, you’ll save miles on First Class flights within the mainland US and Canada!

New AMEX Membership Rewards Partner Save Miles On Flights In The US To Europe And Asia

Etihad Is the Newest AMEX Membership Rewards Transfer Partner. Use Etihad Miles to Get Great Deals on Certain Flights, Like on Airline Partner American Airlines

I’ll explain how it works!

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Won’t Last! 4 Cities Round-Trip to Europe Starting at $485!

If you’re planning a trip to Europe, you could get an excellent deal today!

Via The Flight Deal, you can fly from Chicago to several cities in Germany for as little as ~$485 round-trip in coach on Air Berlin.  Or fly round-trip between New York and Rome, or Miami and Vienna for under ~$550.

And folks in Los Angeles can fly to London round-trip in coach on Air New Zealand for just ~$491!

Won't Last 4 Cities Round Trip To Europe Starting At 485

Amazing Deal – Fly Between Los Angeles and London, UK, for Under $500 Round-Trip in Coach

You can search for these fares using ITA Matrix or Google Flights, and book them directly through Air Berlin or Air New Zealand.

The sale fare on Air New Zealand is valid for today only, November 30, 2015.  And the Air Berlin deals likely won’t last long, either!

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Don’t Pay Fuel Surcharges, Save Money When You Book Award Tickets

Million Mile Secrets reader, Robert, commented:

Hello Daraius!  Could you do a post or list here all of the airlines that don’t assess fuel surcharges for award tickets?  Thanks for all that you do.

Hi Robert!  That sounds like a good idea!

Some airlines add fuel charges to their award tickets.  These extra charges can add hundreds of dollars to your “free” award seat!

Don't Pay Fuel Surcharges Save Money When You Book Award Tickets

Fuel Surcharges Are Money Down the Drain! I’ll Tell You Which Airlines Have NO (or Low) Fuel Surcharges!

But some airlines have NO (or low) fuel surcharges.  Let’s take a look at the programs that save you money!

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Which Are the Best Cards to Keep for Everyday Spending?

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

Million Mile Secrets reader, Gia, writes:

Which card(s) have the most benefits for annual spending?  I spend more than $5,000 a month on credit cards these days, but I feel like I ran out of options for sign-up bonuses as I’ve had most of the cards in the past.

What do you use as your default credit card for everyday purchases to build points?  Could you give me couple of suggestions?

Which Are The Best Cards To Keep For Everyday Spending

Which Card Should Gia Use for Her Everyday Purchases?

When I’m not working to meet the minimum spending requirements to earn sign-up bonuses for Big Travel, there are 2 cards I keep in my wallet for everyday spending.

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Best Ways to Europe Using Starwood Points

UPDATE:   The Starwood American Express credit card offers in this post are no longer available, but check Hot Deals for the latest offers!

You can transfer Starwood points to 30+ airline partners.  And some are great for flying to Europe!

Best Ways To Europe Using Starwood Points

Paris, London, or Rome? Use Your Starwood Points to Get to Europe Cheaply

I’ll highlight the best deals and give you helpful tips!

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Which Hotel Points Transfer to Airline Miles (But Is It a Good Idea?)

Million Mile Secrets reader, TB, commented:

 Hi Daraius,

There are some hotel and airline chains in which you can transfer points/miles to points/miles and vice versa for 1:1 or 1:2 or better ratio.

What site can I go to to know what hotel or airline accepts transferred points/miles from other hotels or airlines?

Thank you.

Great question!  You can NOT transfer airline miles from 1 airline to another.  And you can NOT transfer hotel points between hotel programs.  But it is possible to transfer hotel points to airline miles.

Let’s 1st look at transferring hotel points to airline miles.  And later we can take a look at transferring airline miles to hotel points.

Which Hotel Points Transfer To Airline Miles But Is It A Good Idea

You Can Transfer Hotel Points to Airline Miles. But Should You?

I’ll explain how to do it.  And if it’s ever a good idea to make the transfer!

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News You Can Use – JetBlue Sale (Ends Tonight!), Frontier $49 Sale, Triple La Quinta Hotel Points, & More!

1.   JetBlue Spring Sale (Ends Today!)

JetBlue is having a sale on spring flights.  The sale is for travel through May 20, 2015, but I’m finding some discount fares extending into summer and even fall!

News You Can Use JetBlue Sale Ends Tonight Frontier 49 Sale Triple La Quinta Hotel Points More

Are You Ready for a Vacation? Flying JetBlue Could Save You Some Money on Your Next Getaway!

You must book by the earlier of 11:59 pm Eastern Time or local time TONIGHT!  Many of the best deals are for travel on Tuesday and Wednesday only.  However, some fares include Saturdays and Sundays too, so you may be able to find a nice weekend getaway here!

Many folks like to fly JetBlue because they don’t charge for your 1st checked bag.  But this could be changing soon, so keep this in mind when you book your flight!

Here’s a look at a few interesting deals on 1-way flights:

News You Can Use JetBlue Sale Ends Tonight Frontier 49 Sale Triple La Quinta Hotel Points More

Only $83 for a 1-Way Flight to the Colorful Bahamas (No Need for a Return Ticket!)

Check out the full list of routes on sale to see if there is a flight that will work for you!  Don’t see a deal that fits your travel needs?  Remember to take a look at the Southwest sale (book by February 26, 2015).

Important Terms & Conditions:

  • 14 day advance purchase required
  • Black out dates for travel to New York City and Washington, DC – March 31, 2015, to April 8, 2015
  • Black out dates for travel to Boston – April 21, 2015, and April 22, 2015

2.   Frontier Airlines Sale $49 1-Way Flights

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The Ultimate Guide To United Miles: Part 11 – All The Ways To Get To Australia, New Zealand, & Oceania!

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Australia, New Zealand & Oceania can be a difficult region to visit on miles and points, but United miles are flexible enough to make it a bit easier.

That’s because United allows you to fly from North America to Australia, New Zealand & Oceania via Asia.  While the journey might be longer, award availability is easier to find on these routes.

The Ultimate Guide To United Miles Index

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