Exciting news! You’ll now have more options for award seats on new routes and classes of service for flights to the Caribbean, Germany, Israel, and San Francisco!
I’ll give you ideas for how to use miles & points for an award seat on these new routes!
For folks in certain cities, these new flights could offer more ways to redeem your miles & points! That’s always good news!
1. Air Berlin Expands Number of Flights to Certain US Cities
In late 2016, Air Berlin will begin offering more weekly flights from Berlin to Chicago, Miami, and New York.
They’re adding an extra flight from Berlin to Chicago, for a total of 5 weekly flights. They’ll double the number of weekly flights from Berlin to Miami, from 2 to four. And increase the number of flights from Berlin to New York (JFK) from 6 to seven.
You Can Use British Airways Avios Points
Using British Airways Avios points to fly on Air Berlin to Europe can be a great deal! Because you will NOT have to pay fuel surcharges. And you may pay fewer points!
And remember, if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Bold, you can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to British Airways Avios points.
Or Use American Airlines Miles
Air Berlin is also a member of the oneworld alliance, so you can use American Airlines miles for these flights! If you have a lot of American Airlines miles saved, these new routes will offer you more ways to get to Europe!
2. New Non-Stop Service Between San Francisco and Tel Aviv on United Airlines
United Airlines recently added 3 weekly non-stop flights between San Francisco and Tel Aviv. These are the first-ever non-stop flights between these 2 cities!
To book these flights using United Airlines miles, you’ll pay:
- 42,500 United Airlines miles 1-way in coach
- 70,000 United Airlines miles 1-way in Business Class
3. JetBlue Adds Mint Service at Boston’s Logan International Airport
In March 2016, JetBlue started offering its Mint service on 1 daily flight between Boston and San Francisco. On April 20, 2016, it will add Mint Service to a 2nd daily flight. And to its 3rd daily flight on September 20, 2016.
JetBlue’s Mint service is essentially their version of Business Class. It’s a good option for folks who prefer lie-flat seats. And folks in Mint class can get through security faster and get their checked bags sooner. JetBlue offers free Wi-Fi and live TV to all of their passengers.
The cost of a JetBlue award ticket is tied to the cost of a paid ticket. So if there’s a seat for sale, you can book it with points!
And don’t forget, you can now sign-up for the Barclaycard JetBlue cards.
The new cards are good news for folks who like to fly JetBlue, because they have better bonus categories and no foreign transaction fees. And a 10% points rebate that can be very useful if you redeem a lot of JetBlue points for flights!
4. JetBlue Expands Mint Service to More Caribbean Destinations
Starting November 5, 2016, you’ll be able to fly JetBlue’s Mint service from New York (JFK) to St. Maarten and St. Lucia. Two beautiful islands in the Caribbean!
Through Spring 2017, JetBlue is flying to these islands every Saturday. And during busy holiday travel times, like around Christmas, they’ll offer flights every day.
JetBlue is also expanding seasonal Mint service from Boston to Aruba in Fall 2016. They’ll fly round-trip Mint flights on Saturdays. And during peak holiday travel, they’ll offer daily round-trip flights.
Will you be booking flights on any of these new routes?