Etihad First Class Apartment
Etihad First Class Apartment (which may have flown its last flight)
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A few “don’t miss” items hit my feed over the long weekend and I didn’t want any regular readers to miss them, even if I’m a few days behind.

Get to Hawaii for just 7,500 miles – or 12,500 in Business class?!

Frequent Miler laid out a pretty amazing find on Friday, showing how to use Turkish Airlines miles to fly from anywhere in the US to Hawaii for 7,500 miles in coach or 12,500 in Business class.

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It’s not super easy to book and you’ll need credit cards that earn Citi ThankYou points to transfer to Turkish (with 1-2 days transfer lead times) – and it’s only to HNL. UPDATE: According Facebok MilesTalk group member Carrie K, she was able to book to other cities in Hawaii. If the UA saver space is there, you can book it. For example, LAX-OGG.

If you can find United Saver space to Hawaii, you’re in. Of course, that will be far easier in coach than business (good luck finding J award space!).

One note: I noticed some people insisting they saw Saver inventory on United but Turkish relied there was no space. I’m almost positive this is because they either are UA elite or have UA credit card and thus see expanded award availability. Be sure you are logged out and then, if you see the Saver space, it’s really there.

If you can find EWR-HNL space, this would be quite the WOW deal!

Trick to Getting Amazon Offers Using Amex/Chase/Citi points

I’ve written before about deals where you can get $30 off $60 at Amazon with One Amex Membership Rewards Point or 20% off at Amazon using 1 Amex Point.

But if you, like me, have stopped finding yourself targeted, Doctor of Credit lays out a method to get them going again.

60,000 AAdvantage Miles + a $99 Companion Cert – Just Pay the $99 Annual Fee and Make One Purchase

Gary at View From The Wing reports on this new Barclaycard offer. You’ll get 60,000 bonus miles (this card alternates between a 50,000 and a 60,000 mile bonus offer) but what’s new is you’ll also get a certificate for a $99 (plus tax/fees) companion fare. There’s no minimum spend requirement to get the bonus. You just have to use the card once and pay the annual fee.

Etihad First Class Apartment – Bookable with AA miles

It’s a great deal and I’m pondering it myself, bearing in mind that Barclay is significantly more difficult than Citi’s AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard on card approvals.  I do hate wasted hard pulls…

I love AA miles and, in case you have never read my blog post on why, please do:5 reasons American Airlines AAdvantage miles are underrated.

I’d love to know if you do any of the above deals…

Let me know here, on Twitter, or in the private MilesTalk Facebook group.

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I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.


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