Category Archives: Austrian Airlines

The Ultimate Travel Geek Field Trip – Star MegaDo 8 Details Released

Are you ready for the 8th Star MegaDo?  Registration opens on May 11, 2017, at 9:00 am Pacific Time!

From September 19 to 22, 2017, you’ll travel to 3 European cities, schmooze with top executives, and geek out with fellow travel enthusiasts!  I was able to go to Star MegaDo 3 and loved it.

The Ultimate Travel Geek Field Trip Star MegaDo 8 Details Released

MegaDo Has Partnered With the New Park Hyatt Mallorca to Give Folks a Discount on Their Stay

I’ll tell you about this upcoming event!

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3 Things Everyone Should Know Before Purchasing Airfare Through an Online Travel Agency

Million Mile Secrets reader, Lynn, commented:

I purchased JetBlue airfare through Kayak’s  Will my checked baggage fees be the same as if I booked directly with the airline?

It doesn’t matter which site you use to purchase airfare.  Because the amount you’ll pay for things like checked baggage or cancellation charges is based on an airline’s published schedule of fees.

But there are other factors to consider when booking through an Online Travel Agency (OTA) like OrbitzExpedia, or

For example, depending on the airline, you might earn fewer miles on your flight if you don’t book directly.  Or you could accidentally book a “no-frills” Basic Economy fare without realizing.

Drawbacks Of Booking Airfare With An Online Travel Agency

Purchasing Airfare Through an Online Travel Agency Is Convenient. But There Are 3 Things You Should Know Before Booking This Way

I’ll explain what you should know before booking airfare through an online travel agency.

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Planning a Europe Trip? Lots of Available Award Seats With United Airlines Miles!

Good news if you’re considering a trip to Europe this year!

Via The Points Guy, there are lots of available coach and Business Class award seats from the US to Vienna on United Airlines’ Star Alliance partners Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa.

United Airlines Award Ticket

There Are Currently LOTS of United Airlines Award Seats Available for Flights From the US to Vienna!

I’ll share with you what I found.  And remind you how to earn and use United Airlines miles!

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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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Hot! Lots of Business Class Award Seats to Europe From These 6 Cities

This won’t last long!  Via One Mile at a Time, there are lots of Business Class saver award seats available to Europe on United Airlines’ partner Austrian Airlines.  You can depart from cities like Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, and more, for travel through July 2017!

That’s great news, because you’ll be able to visit Europe during the popular summer months using your United Airlines miles!

There are even plenty of award seats available over the busy holiday season. 😉

Hot Lots Of Business Class Award Seats To Europe From These 6 Cities

Fly to Vienna in Business Class for 140,000 United Airlines Miles Round-Trip!

Here’s how to find your award tickets!

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Won’t Last! $480+ Round-Trip to Europe From 6 Cities

Via The Flight Deal, you can fly round-trip from several US cities to Europe for ~$480+.

There are sales from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Newark.

For example, I found flights from Chicago to Vienna on Austrian Airlines for $480 departing on October 25, 2016, and returning on November 1, 2016.

Wont Last 480 Round Trip To Europe From 6 Cities

Travel to Vienna for Less With Flights Costing ~$480+! Or Visit Other Destinations in Europe With Cheap Airfare From Many US Cities

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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Can You Save Time Booking ITA Matrix Itineraries With BookWithMatrix?

I’ve written that ITA Matrix is a powerful airfare search tool with many built-in options not available elsewhere.  It’s simple to perform basic searches, and you can filter results by airline, departure and arrival times, flight duration, number of stops, and more.

But there’s a big limitation – you can NOT book a ticket on ITA Matrix.  Once you find a fare, you must purchase your flight directly through the airline or with an online travel agency.

Now, there’s a way to quickly book ITA Matrix itineraries without hunting for the fare elsewhere.  BookWithMatrix finds the fare for you!  All you do is copy and paste the itinerary from the ITA Matrix search.

Can You Save Time Booking ITA Matrix Itineraries With BookWithMatrix

BookWithMatrix Saves Time and Aggravation Searching for Flight Itineraries You’ve Found on ITA Matrix

I’ll show you how to use BookWithMatrix and help you decide if it’s worth using!

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Which Miles & Points Should You Collect for Award Flights?

Million Mile Secrets reader Alex writes:

I was wondering if you can give me advice on choosing the right credit card.  I already have a Miles & More (Lufthansa) account and ~30,000 miles or so in there.

I’m located in Miami and I try to stick to Lufthansa or Star Alliance partners as my preferred airlines.  I fly at least 2 times a year to Europe or Asia but also make some trips within the US.

Great question, Alex!  It can be hard to decide which miles & points to collect for your trip, especially if you’re new to our hobby.

If you already have an idea of where & how you want to travel and which airlines or alliances you prefer, you can narrow down your choices of which credit cards to apply for.

And knowing which airlines serve your home airport will help a great deal in making a decision!

Which Miles Points Should You Collect For Award Flights

Figuring out Which Miles & Points to Collect Doesn’t Have to Be Hard! I’ll Show You How to Choose

I’ll give you tips for how to decide which cards to apply for, depending on your home airport, airline preferences, and travel goals!

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How to Use Freedom’s 15,000 Point Bonus for Big Travel on United Airlines

I’m going to show you 1 of my favorite ways to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Right now the sign-up bonus for new Chase Freedom cardholders is 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after meeting minimum spending requirements.  

That’s worth $150 in cash back.

How To Use Freedoms 15,000 Point Bonus For Big Travel On United Airlines

$150 in Cash Back Is Great, but You Can Get Much More From the 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points You’ll Earn!

But I prefer to use the bonus for Big Travel with Small Money!  

I’ll explain why I love this card and how to use the sign-up bonus for Big Travel with United Airlines!

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Budapest on Sale! 5 Cities Round-Trip Starting at $509

Visit historic Budapest, the capital of Hungary, this spring for under $600 from 5 cities!

I found cheap round-trip coach tickets on British Airways, Norwegian Air, United Airlines (and its partners) on sale through April or May from Boston, Chicago, New York City, Toronto, and Washington, DC.

Budapest On Sale 5 Cities Round Trip Starting At 509

Budapest Is a Fun City! Take a Dip in the Famed Thermal Baths. And See St. Stephen’s Basilica

You can search for these fares using ITA Matrix or Google Flights, then book directly on the airline websites.

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