Maximizing Elite Status Series: Using ITA Matrix to Find Cheap Flights

This is an installment in my Maximizing Elite Status series. Articles include; The Basics and Why People Mileage Run, Using ITA Matrix to Find Cheap Flights, How Much is Elite Status Worth?, Comparing Top Tier Status, Comparing Mid-Tier Status, Comparing Low Level Status, How to Get Elite Miles Without Flying, Understanding Elite Status Bump Thresholds, The Lowdown on Soft Landings, How to Cope with Losing…

Cheap Istanbul Flights: From $576 Total Roundtrip on Delta from JFK

This is an installment in my Istanbul: End of Year Mileage Run with Dad series. Posts include; Cheap Istanbul Flights: From $576 Total Roundtrip on Delta from JFK, Help Plan My Long Weekend in Istanbul, Flight Review: Alitalia JFK-Rome in Coach, Hotel Review: Westin Excelsior Rome, Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Istanbul Spa Room, Istanbul Eats and Excursions. Delta just loaded a…

Cheap Flights to Ireland and Israel: From $379 Total Roundtrip!

Per this Flyertalk thread there are cheap fares on many airlines from New York and Boston to Ireland. Star Alliance: United/Lufthansa/Air Canada have many routings- both nonstop and connecting via Frankfurt and Toronto/Montreal. There are many ways to search for these fares, the easiest probably being Travelocity’s Flexible Date tool. Travelocity.com -> NYC – DUB…

Amazing Deal Alert- Super Cheap Skyteam Flights to Europe (As Low as $250 Total Roundtrip)

Airline booking engines are notoriously buggy and sometimes they err in the favor of consumers and mis-price flights. Over the years, I’ve hopped on many of these fares (like the $149 Stockholm/Copenhagen bonanza earlier this year) and I’ve never had an issue with Delta/Skyteam honoring them. Well, per this Flyertalk thread, KLM.com is currently pricing…

http://thepointsguy.com/2011/09/should-i-transfer-american-express-points-to-continental-by-september-30th/

September is probably my favorite time of year for fare sales. I always seem to hop on good deals this time of year, which allow me to pad my elite status so I’m not scrambling come December. I’m hoping the following couple deals spark a fare war across the board. Feel free to report your…

$1,040 Total Business Class Roundtrip Fares NY to Ecuador on Lan

Lan airlines (Oneworld South American airline partner) just announced a Labor Day sale and there are some pretty good deals. I was pricing JFK – Ecuador and got all-in roundtrip prices around $1,040 for business class when plugging in JFK to Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador. I’ve seen those routes have coach fares in that range, so for business class,…

Discounted Thanksgiving Business Class Fares to Europe

For the past couple years, I’ve noticed that airlines deeply discount business class travel to Europe. While I’ve always had plans that kept me  in the US for the holiday, I’ve always been tempted to book a weekend trip to Europe over Thanksgiving, if anything to boost my elite status. I checked and I’m once…

Sunday Reader Email Question: How Do I Find Cheap Airfares?

TPG reader David writes: “The end of the year is fastly approaching and I am striving for Premier Executive status with United. I know this means I am going to have to do some mileage runs to make up about 10k EQM’s. What is the best way to search for low fares out of my…

Major United/Continental Fare Sale To/From Chicago from Many Western Cities (Incl San Francisco for $141 roundtrip)

Continental/United just loaded a ton of dirt cheap fares to/from Chicago and San Francisco, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, San Jose, Portland, Seattle, San Diego, Phoenix, Ontario and Salt Lake City. For example, Chicago to San Francisco from August through November has a base roundtrip fare of $120 and comes to a whopping $141 total roundtrip. While…