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Flying Blue Discount Promo Awards Released For June 1 – July 31, 2014

March 27, 2014

Flying Blue, the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa, offers discounted Promo Awards where you can book award flights for as much as 50% of the miles normally needed. The program recently started releasing a new set of Promo Awards on the first of every month (instead of every two […]

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Half Off Air France / KLM Awards With Flying Blue Promo Awards – Through June 2014

March 12, 2014

Flying Blue is the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa. The program regularly offers Promo Awards where you can book award flights for as little as 50% of the miles normally needed. Starting in March, the program will start releasing a new set of Promo Awards on the first of […]

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In-flight Phone Calls/Texts Roundup: Which International Airlines Allow Talking and Texting on the Phone

December 23, 2013

I recently posted on whether or not cell phone use will be the downfall of aviation, and after the announcement that flyers would be able to keep their electronic devices on throughout flights, even during takeoff and landing, the FCC has also said it is considering a proposal that would allow passengers to use their cell […]

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Saturday Recap: Delta Announces New Routes, US Airways Extends Status Through March 2014, Register For Starwood Bonus Promotion, Earn Bonus Points For Opening An Air India Flying Returns Account And More

December 21, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Delta Announces Route Expansion Between Seattle and San Jose: Starting on May 20, 2014, Delta will be adding new daily nonstop flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from San Jose International Airport and Juneau International Airport. They will also add a flight from Ted […]

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Saturday Recap: Win an iPad or trip to New Zealand, $100 Credit Towards Twitter Ads, Earn 4X The Hilton HHonors Points, And Much More

November 23, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Win An iPad Mini From Wallaby Financial: You can win an iPad Mini with Retina Display for answering a quick, 15 question survey about Wallaby Financial that runs through November. Wallaby is a company that created an app that you can load with your […]

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European Storms Derail Travel: Tips on How to Navigate a Cancellation

October 28, 2013

Violent storms battering the UK and Europe have already killed eight people, left around 600,000 without power and cancelled hundreds of flights and rail services. Hurricane strength winds whipping up to 99 m.p.h. across southern England and Wales have made “St. Jude” the worst storm in a decade, and Denmark and Sweden are expected to […]

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Top 10 Airline Products I Can’t Wait To Fly

October 8, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With all the exciting new transcontinental developments and the launch of new products such as JetBlue’s Mint service, I thought it was the perfect time to look at some of the most comfortable and flashy flight options […]

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Flight Review: KLM 777-200 Business Class From Capetown-Amsterdam CPT-AMS

September 13, 2013

After surviving 18 hours in the economy comfort section of KLM heading out to Capetown from JFK via Amsterdam, I was called home early due to a family emergency. Luckily, I was able to redeem 120,000 Delta SkyMiles for a last-minute  business class award departing South Africa earlier this week and returning on a dummy […]

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Flight Review: New York JFK – Amsterdam – Cape Town in KLM Economy Comfort

September 11, 2013

If you have been following my New York to Capetown trip, you know I survived 18 hours of flying in in KLM’s economy comfort section, plus a 3-hour layover in Amsterdam, and I wanted to report back on the experience. The real impetus behind this trip was a last-minute invitation to spend a few days […]

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I Survived and Thrived in Coach!

September 5, 2013

Well, after 18 hours of flight time and a 3-hour layover, I finally made it from New York to Cape Town on Wednesday, and I had an overall solid experience flying in KLM Economy Comfort. For those of you expecting a whiny, complaining post, you may want to skip this one When I originally posted […]

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How Am I Going To Survive 21 Hours In Coach?

September 3, 2013

Some people call me a diva because I rarely fly anything but first or business class – but that’s one of the most beautiful perks about what I do. I invest my time, money and expertise racking up the points, miles and elite status to travel where I want, the way I want. Keep in […]

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My Mind Numbing Experience Trying to Book KLM Economy Comfort with Delta

August 23, 2013

Yesterday, I wrote a glowing post about my experience securing free Economy Comfort seats on KLM for an entire upcoming itinerary from New York to Cape Town via Amsterdam when booking through Delta thanks to my Platinum Medallion status. Little did I know the issues I was in for…as you’ll find out in this video […]

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Booking KLM Economy Comfort Seats as a Delta Platinum Medallion

August 22, 2013

I went to South Africa for the first time back in January, and I loved the country so much that I decided spur-of-the-moment to book another quick trip there in a few weeks for a visit to Cape Town. Though last time I flew non-stop from JFK-Johannesburg and then on to Cape Town on South […]

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Air France La Premiere (First Class) Promo Awards Now Bookable for Non-Elites

June 5, 2013

A few months ago, Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of Air France, KLM and Air Europa, announced some major (negative) changes to award redemptions including higher award ticket redemption mileage requirements and some reduced surcharges on Economy and Premium Economy awards that will affect intercontinental award ticket starting in this month. One other aspect […]

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Targeted Amex 35% Transfer Bonus to Air France/KLM Flying Blue

May 1, 2013

Now through May 31, 2013, American Express is offering a targeted 35% bonus on transfers of Membership Rewards points to Air France/KLM’s loyalty program, Flying Blue. If you’re not yet a member of Flying Blue, you can join here. This offer is targeted and you might notice that when you log into Membership Rewards normally it […]

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Major Flying Blue Air France KLM Devaluation

April 29, 2013

Late last week, Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of Air France, KLM and Air Europa quietly rolled out some changes to award redemptions that will affect intercontinental award tickets including that starting in June 2013, it will be raising the number of miles for premium awards on Premium Economy, Business and First Class awards […]

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Airline Miles Expiration Policies Roundup

April 17, 2013

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major airline and hotel loyalty programs. Although mileage expiration is a major […]

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Flying Blue May-June 2013 Promo Awards Announced – Business Class From Chicago, Montreal and JFK to Europe for 50,000 Miles Roundtrip

April 11, 2013

The next round of Flying Blue 50%-off Promo Awards is out with new awards priced out through June 30, 2013. Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa. Promo awards are 50% off normal award levels and run all year long, but the gateway cities generally change […]

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In-Flight WiFi Roundup – Which International Airlines Keep You Connected

March 27, 2013

While kicking back and catching up on trashy TV and Oscar-nominated movies during long-haul overseas flight is always enjoyable, sometimes jetsetters have work to do, and some airlines have it covered. A few weeks ago I discussed the in-flight WiFi options aboard the major US domestic carriers. Today it’s time to look overseas to which […]

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KLM Unveils New Business Class Lie Flat Seats

March 20, 2013

Overall I like KLM as an airline and have had some great experiences flying their World Business Class and Economy Comfort to and from Europe. However, one of the things that usually holds me back from booking award tickets on the airline – apart from the fact that finding saver level availability using Delta miles […]

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Up to 40% Bonus on Buying Flying Blue Miles – Worth It?

February 28, 2013

Several readers have emailed me this week asking my opinion on the latest Buy Miles bonus offer from Flying Blue (the frequent flyer program of Air France and KLM), so I wanted to take a closer look. In short, the answer is no, but if you care to know why, or see how it may […]

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Good Delta & Swiss Fares: Istanbul from $529 and London To US Cities for Under $600

October 18, 2012

It looks like there’s a fun little mileage run possibility going on courtesy of Delta, KLM and Swiss to Istanbul this winter, as well as another Delta fare sale from London to certain US cities that just came up today. Noted on this Flyertalk thread, there are some low fares from Chicago to Istanbul for […]

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Flying Blue Promo Awards Through March 2013 Announced

October 16, 2012

The next round of Flying Blue 50%-off Promo Awards is out, and this time, rather than just being valid for two months as usual, some of these specially priced awards are good through March 2013. As a little refresher: Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of SkyTeam partners Air France and KLM. Promo awards […]

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Destination of the Week: Cape Town, South Africa

July 13, 2012

Though much of its history has been plagued by hardship and controversy, in the wake of its World Cup hosting success (and a star turn on The Bachelor), South Africa has quickly become one of the top jetsetting destinations in the world. That’s why for our Destination of the Week, we’d like to take you […]

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