Category Archives: Lufthansa

Rumor: Electronics Ban to Include Flights From Many Popular Vacation Destinations!

A few months ago, I let you know about the electronics ban on flights to the US from 10 cities.  Now, according to One Mile at a Time, it’s rumored the ban will soon include flights from ALL of Europe!

This isn’t good news for folks who like to use their devices to get work done or watch movies in-flight.  Because if it’s an extension of the current electronics ban, only cell phones, smartphones, and necessary medical equipment will be allowed in the cabin.

In Flight Electronics Ban Europe

If the Rumors Are True, You Won’t Be Able to Use Certain Devices on Flights to the US From Europe!

Here’s what we know so far about the rumored expansion of the in-flight electronics ban.

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This Couple Used Miles & Points for a Luxurious $12,000 Trip to Thailand!

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Dale is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

This Couple Used Miles Points For A Luxurious 12000 Trip To Thailand

Ready for Our 16-Hour Business Class Flight From Houston to Taipei!

A big thank you to Dale for sharing his story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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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 Kiwi.com.  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 Kiwi.com.

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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One of These (Many!) Targeted Offers Is Worth ~$140 in JetBlue Flights

Yesterday I told you about a few targeted spending bonuses that were being offered on various Barclaycard cards, like the Arrival Plus and JetBlue Plus cards.

And now, folks have reported receiving offers on other cards too!  Including cards issued by Chase, like the Chase IHG and Chase Hyatt card.  And a different (but great!) offer on the Barclaycard JetBlue Plus card.

So it’s worth checking your email, spam, and snail mail to see if you qualify for any of these deals.

Most of these offers are 2nd quarter promotions, so the spending requirement will likely run from April 1, 2017, through June 30, 2017.  And most of the offers require activating your card, but there are a few exceptions!

Targeted Bonus Spending Offers

The 10,000 JetBlue Points You Can Earn With One of These Targeted Offers Is Worth ~$140 in JetBlue Flights to Awesome Destinations Like San Juan, Puerto Rico

I’ll share more about these targeted offers.  And help you decide whether they make sense for you.

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Save Miles on Award Flights to South Africa Using AMEX & Starwood Points

Million Mile Secrets reader Aaron asked:

I have been looking to take the family to South Africa.  It appears ANA has the best mileage, but taxes and fees are terrible.  Do you have any thoughts?

Aaron is mostly correct.  ANA Mileage Club can save you tens of thousands of miles for flights to South Africa.  But it also adds fuel surcharges to most of its partners.

If you collect AMEX Membership Rewards or Starwood points, you can transfer them to ANA to book award flights.  Or move Marriott points to Starwood and then to ANA.

Using airline miles on award flights to South Africa is a great idea, because paid flights are expensive and rarely discounted.  But fuel surcharges can be very high.

ANA stopped collecting fuel surcharges on most of its own flights in Spring 2016, but it keeps adding them to most of its partners.

How To Book Award Flights To South Africa With ANA Miles

Planning a Trip to South Africa Like Million Mile Secrets Team Member Keith? You’ll Use Fewer Miles (but More Cash) Booking With ANA Miles

I’ll show you how to save miles and money, and pitfalls to avoid for award flights to South Africa.

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Everything to Know About TSA PreCheck

If you enjoy standing in long lines, removing items from your carry-on, or pulling off your coat in record speeds, this post is not for you!

For the rest of us, TSA PreCheck can be a huge time (and stress!) saver during our visit to the airport.  A membership to TSA PreCheck means you won’t have to remove your toiletries or computer from your bag.  Or take off your jacket at security checkpoints.

And TSA PreCheck lines are often (but not always!) much shorter than the regular security lines.

TSA PreCheck Application

TSA PreCheck Can Save LOTS of Time at Airport Security Checkpoints

I’ll tell you everything you need to know about TSA PreCheck!

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Don’t Miss Out on These 5 Sign-Up Bonuses If You’re Close to the “5/24” Limit

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, Myles, tweeted:

I’ve opened 4 new cards in the past 24 months.  If I get the Chase Amazon Prime card, will it count toward Chase’s “5/24” card limit and keep me from getting other Chase cards in the future?

Unless Myles gets certain small business cards, new cards from ANY bank will count toward Chase’s card limit.

Because Myles is just shy of reaching 5 new cards in the past 24 months, he’ll want to choose his next card wisely!

If you’re in a similar situation, the best choice for a 5th card depends on which cards you already have and your travel goals!

Chase Card Limit

If You’re Close to Hitting Chase’s “5/24” Card Limit, You’ll Want to Plan a Careful Strategy for Choosing Your Next Cards

I’ll share 5 excellent travel credit cards for folks nearing Chase’s card limit!

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This Month Only: Buy Miles for Discounted Award Tickets to Hawaii & Europe

Via One Mile at a Time, you can get up to a 125% bonus (or more if you’re targeted!) on purchased Avianca miles through February 28, 2017.

Avianca is a member of the Star Alliance, so you can use their miles to book flights on airlines like United Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, and Air Canada.  And pay fewer miles on certain routes!

Avianca Buy Miles Promotion

Get Up to a 125 % (or 135% if You’re Targeted!) Bonus When You Buy Avianca Miles Through February 28, 2017

I’ll explain the details of this offer.  And help you decide whether it makes sense for you!

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Planning a European Vacation With Ink Business Preferred 80,000-Point Bonus

Looking to travel to Europe?  You can transfer the 80,000 point sign-up bonus from the Ink Business Preferred℠ card to Chase’s terrific airline partners for award flights to popular destinations like Dublin, London, and Paris!

And because Chase has partners from all 3 major alliances, you can book award tickets on dozens of airlines, including Air France, Delta, and Lufthansa!

With remaining points, you can book free hotel stays at chains like Hyatt or IHG.  And if you need more Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you can combine your existing points from cards like the Chase Freedom or Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Or you can redeem points directly through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal to get $1,000 worth of travel!

Chase Points For Trip To Europe

Take Off to London or Many Other European Cities Using the Ink Business Preferred Sign-Up Bonus to Book Award Flights and Free Hotel Nights!

I’ll show you how to use your points to get Big Travel to Europe!

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Add Your Known Traveler Number to Get Through Security Faster Next Time You Fly

Now that 30 airlines participate in PreCheck, it’s easy to save time at the airport by avoiding long security lines!

If you have Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, you can get an expedited security screening.  But to enter the PreCheck line, you must add your Known Traveler Number (KTN) to your airline reservations.

How To Add Your Known Traveler Number

Speed Through Airport Security With TSA PreCheck. But First, Add Your Known Traveler Number to Your Airline Accounts

I’ll show you how to add your Known Traveler Number on 6 major US airlines, including American Airlines, Delta, and Southwest!

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