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I love getting reader emails – especially when they are success stories. I was corresponding back and forth with TPG reader Bill and I was delighted to get a confirmation of his upcoming trip. I thought it was a great demonstration of getting in on the top deals and then getting the maximum value of those hard earned miles and points.
“Hey Brian – I got it done.
Business/First Class all the way through except for the very last flight from MSP to DSM (about a 45 min flight). 120,000 Skymiles each for my wife and me accumulated mostly through the AMEX Platinum card bumped to 100K and transferred to each of our Delta accounts with the 50% bonus for each of us learned about on your site.
Des Moines (DSM)- Washington Reagan (DCA) Delta first
Shuttle/Taxi to IAD
Washington Dulles to Paris (CDG) Air France business, 3 day stopover
CDG to Seychelles (SEZ) Air France business, 4 days at destination
Seychelles to Paris (CDG) Air France business
Paris to Minneapolis (MSP) Delta BusinessElite
Minneapolis to Des Moines (DSM) Delta coach
I chose DCA on the outbound because I can fly non-stop to DCA to/from DSM where I would need to connect somewhere to get to IAD directly.
3 nights in Paris at the Park Hyatt Vendome using the points transferred to Hyatt from the Sapphire Preferred card that I saw on your site, 4 nights at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort using HHonors points I’ve accumulated over the years.
All this for $494 in taxes on the flight.
Simply amazing. Really appreciate the blog!”
Well done, sir! Enjoy Seychelles and the Park Hyatt Vendome- I did some writeups from my trip (using Delta miles as well) last summer.
My Trip to Paris and Seychelles Overview
Air France JFK-CDG Review
Park Hyatt Paris Vendome Review
Air Seychelles CDG-SEZ Review
Air Seychelles SEZ-CDG Review
Air France CDG-JFK Review