How giddy are you at check-in when you know you get to walk down the literal red carped to board a FC award flight? 🤩 Any other points ninjas out there that sometimes still feel like they don’t ‘belong’ there? 🙈 Just counting SQ, our founder Alex has taken 9 Singapore Suites flights, all on points 😱 and it still seems surreal each time he reaches that check-in counter! 🙌 We’re currently revamping our Beginner’s Guide to Points & Miles for you guys and hope to have it published and available for your reading pleasure very soon!!! ✈️ Until then, you can still head over to the site (link in bio) and have a poke around... we’re publishing helpful new articles on all things travel, each and every day! #upgradedpoints
Earn 3,000 bonus miles or points when you make your first hotel booking on Rocketmiles by April 29, so you can see Earth's most stunning places. Belize's Great Blue Hole is a Caribbean sinkhole popular with divers, where bird's eye views show an eerie entrance to the depths. Check the link in our bio for more trip inspo. 🌎🌍🌏 #earthday#vacationfaster
New Points Deal Alert 🔥 Right now you can transfer your Chase Ultimate Reward Points to British Airways and get a thirty percent bonus when you transfer. For example, if you transfer 1,000 Chase points you will get 1,300 British Airway miles. British Airway points can be used on flights from the west coast to Hawaii on American and Alaskan Airlines. One way, non-stop flights are 12,500 British miles which is 10,000 miles cheaper than Delta and United #travelhackfamily
When it comes to using your Chase Ultimate Reward points you have two main options. 1. Redeem them in the Chase Travel Portal 2. Transfer your points directly to one of the many airline or hotel partners (Southwest, United, Hyatt, etc) • The majority of the time you will get more value out of your points by transferring. For example, if I transferred my points into my Hyatt account to book a night at the Grand Hyatt in Kauai it would cost me 25,000 points a night. If I booked directly on the Chase Travel Portal, the total points I would pay would depend on the cost of the room at the time of booking. Each point in the portal is worth 1.25 cents so if the room was going for $500 a night (which is a common rate there) it would cost me 40,000 points!! • If you’re unsure how to transfer your points check out the post on the blog that gives step by step instructions. You can find it in the link in bio under blog and then go to hacking tips. It’s called, “How to Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to Airline and Hotel Partners.” 📷:@kellyedphoto
Make your first hotel booking on Rocketmiles by April 29 and earn 3,000 bonus miles or points to see the most incredible places on Earth, like the Avenue of the Baobabs in Madagascar. Dozens of these iconic trees reach heights of up to 30m and stand impressive guard over a stretch of country road. Check the link in our bio for more trip inspo. 🌎🌍🌏 #earthday#vacationfaster
The LAX Lounge scene is on fire. Recently updated @americanair Flagship Lounges, my favorite @oneworld First & Business Lounge, a newly-minted @united Polaris Lounge, outdoor @staralliance Lounge, and soon-to-be @americanexpress Centurion Lounge. Wouldn’t it be fun to have an #avgeek progressive party? I’ll host welcome drinks at the Star Alliance Lounge.
We arrived at LAX early to take advantage of the First Class lounge for Lufthansa — the Star Alliance First Class Lounge ⭐️ As always, you can access the Business Lounge as well. The food selection in First Class is made to order (first image), while the foods in Business lounge are laid out. It’s all AMAZING and our favorite lounge in LAX by far. #firstclasstravel#awardtravel
#straighttothepoints Storytime and Q&A If you have travel questions, I might have some answers — especially if you want help using your miles and points! Tag a friend who could use some help or should learn more about how to turn their credit card spending into some fun travel. Now, the story… In August 2017, I booked Thai Airways first class from Sydney to Bangkok with a connection in business class to Singapore. I used 40,000 United miles + $73.90 to book before United bumped the award rate to 65,000. What's your favorite way to use United miles? Between the Dom Perignon champagne and the Rimowa amenity kit, it’s a super impressive flight. While I know it’s unusual for a Thai first flight, my only real letdown was my interaction with the crew. One member would ask if I’d like a drink then return 20 minutes later and say “oh, did they not bring your drink?” Probably the funniest part of the flight was seeing the bright pink amenity kit. I, and another guy on the flight, asked if they had the black kits available. Mid-flight, a crew member returned with two black amenity kits and asked us for the pink ones. After I told her, I’d used the socks, she seemed less interested in getting the kit back. If I were to book this again, I’d try to book Tokyo to Sydney with a stop in Bangkok so I could get two Thai first flights for the same 65,000 United miles. If you book this, make sure you leave plenty of time for your layover in Bangkok so you can get a hour-long full body massage at the first class lounge. This has to be one of the best lounge perks on the planet. If that weren’t enough, when you arrive in Bangkok, Thai Airways will have a staff member waiting to drive you to the lounge in a buggy. I couldn’t help but laugh a little as we went buzzing by people on the moving sidewalks. To see some more great ways to use United miles, check out the link in my bio! . . . #thaiairways#firstclass#firstclassflight#firstclasstravel
What were you up to a year ago today? We were flying to Houston about to meet up with Erin’s parents to board this BA F award flight to Heathrow (for a few days in England and then eventually, on to Italy)! 🤩 With her parents as some of our first “students” we looked at their daily spending habits and what they wanted to do with their points (take a European trip with us) so we were able to recommend the best card for them. 💳 In this case, it was the British Airways Visa Signature Card and they were able to reach the annual spend threshold to earn BA’s “Travel Together Ticket”. ✈️ With us having earned one as well, we were able to secure (round trip): FOUR FC seats on the same flights IAHLHR & economy LHRFCO for a total of ~91.5K points & ~$435 per person. 💪 We’re still not sure how in the heck we got that pricing on the t&f (even booking back in May 2017, almost a whole year before the trip) but we weren’t complaining about it! 🙌 We also maximized a slew of other cc perks by hitting up the Centurion Lounge at IAH with the parents as free guests (outbound & inbound), the Aspire Lounge at London Heathrow T5 & Plaza Premium Lounge at FCO (both Priority Pass) again with parents as free guests, stayed at the Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill with two 2 free night certificates, and got a car rental upgrade from Hertz due to our gold plus status perk. 🤓 That’s a whole lot of savvy travel if you ask us! 😉 You can find more detailed info on our trip on the site, simply head over & search “Extra Special Trip” in the search bar! 🗺 #upgradedpoints
Did you know we have booking guides over on the site? Head on over (link in bio) and search “Book _____ (insert airline)” for the Best Ways to Book Biz & FC on Points for the most popular airlines! 🙌✈️ Pictured here: EY405 Biz, 777, BKK>AUH Feb 2018 #upgradedpoints
Wishing every #sundayfunday started and ended at a @lufthansa #firstclass Lounge. ••• The newer Lufthansa First Class Lounge located in Munich’s Terminal 2-Satellite may be my second favorite Lufthansa Lounge. I’m glad I stopped by during a tight layover after a few Instagrammers sent strong words of encouragement. 😂😳 Not only is the lounge much larger, it’s also Lufthansa’s most unique lounge in that it offers a tranquil outdoor patio.
🅐: Falcons got hooded because they were looking at us like prey... Going through life looking like a snack is such a dangerous lifestyle 👀 🅩: We both enjoy the thrill and excitement of travel hacking. Utilizing our miles and points has taken us to aspirational destinations that would be otherwise be out of reach. Al Maha Desert Resort (previously a Marriott Category 7 redemption at 60k points; now Category 8 at 85k) completely exceeded all of our expectations. Located within the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve away from the fast-paced city lifestyle, Al Maha is a serene home where desert creatures and humans coexist. We enjoyed our time in the incredible Bedouin suite with a bed fit for a king. Our patio was the perfect setting for a romantic breakfast and nearby gazelles came to visit as we dined. I didn’t expect the desert to be so full of life. Birds chirped loudly from morning to night and came by to use our pool as their own water feeder. Although Al Maha is not an all-inclusive resort in the traditional sense, meals and activities per day are included. There desert activities were my favorite part of our stay as they gave us a glimpse into life in the desert. We learned that the Bedouins trained falcons for hunting and this tradition is being preserved today in these programs.
We paid 20k pts per night and used a upgrade certificate which put us in the Huntington suite. With Globalist status you do not pay parking or resort fees and get Club lounge access which includes breakfast, snacks, light apps after 5 and desserts. We have not found a better beach resort then this Hyatt in CA! 20k pts , this is a steal. The only negative may be the club lounge food options. For a great club experience check out @grandhyattsd which is hard to beat in CA. Disney and Knotts berry farm are less then $25 away via Uber. You really don’t need a car especially if flying into Orange County 🛬. Our favorite weekend vacation spot. 😊
Secluded, private beaches, 85° waters, outdoor showers, and private patios. Hellooo #maldives. Thanks to flight deals and maximizing credit card points, the flight and hotel cost under $800. #ballinonabudget#awardtravel
Flights to London on @jetblue? Yes please! . JetBlue has just announced its FIRST transatlantic route 👏🏼 They will be launching multiple daily flights from both New York and Boston in 2021! These will be flown by their incoming Airbus A321LR’s which will feature a “reimagined version of Mint". JetBlue's Mint class disrupted the transcontinental market, let's just hope it will do the same to the transatlantic segment 🙏🏼