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1st class deal for 90% off miles and updates on VA –> Alaska

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90% off Garuda Award Flights including First Class

Right now, there is an AMAZING award ticket sale going on with an airline called Garuda Indonesia. They are selling all seats for 90% off. Seriously!

Fly first class from Jakarta to Tokyo OW for 9,000 miles (which you can transfer from Citi Thank You).

The only “catch” if there is one, is that they don’t fly from the US. But if you are in or will be in Asia early next year, you can get a steal

JT Genter has all the details.

Update: it may have some extra conditions that make this harder to ticket. Read this from Point Me to the Plane.

 

Alaska Airlines will convert VA at 1.3 miles to 1 – and they’ve added some distance based redemptions

Confirmed: Alaska Airlines will convert your Virgin America miles to Alaska Airlines miles at a 1.3 to 1 ratio.  It’s a bit disappointing as I expected 2:1, but you can still arbitrage a pretty solid deal by transferring your SPG points to Alaska via Virgin America with a nice bonus. You get the 25% transfer bonus from SPG for moving 20,000 points and then you’ll eventually get the 1.3 to one bonus. So 20,000 SPG is worth 32,500 Alaska.  There are some sweet spots in Alaska’s award chart for partners – like US to Middle East on Cathay Pacific for 62,500 in Business class.

Alaska also just launched a new distance based award chart for their own award flights meaning that flights under 700 miles on Alaska metal can be as cheap as 5,000 miles.