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Up In The Air / Re: Hot Buy Avios at $0.002 per point
« on: June 22, 2018, 02:15:24 PM »
Cheapest tix ?
*eta cheapest Iím finding is srd -mad at 29 usd

as of about 20mins I was still seeing $18.03 (listed as $19) PMI-MAD in December

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Up In The Air / Re: Hot Buy Avios at $0.002 per point
« on: June 22, 2018, 01:57:34 PM »
There will (is?) goona be a mad dash for ib award seats...

the avios can be used for non-IB flights too...

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Up In The Air / Re: Hot Buy Avios at $0.002 per point
« on: June 21, 2018, 11:03:25 PM »
Sounds like a great way to get banned.

I am thinking of getting in on this deal, so I am curious, what makes you say that one would get banned? if I buy a ticket, and can't make it onto the flight, is that really so injurious to the airline that they would ban me from their Avios program? Or am I missing something?

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Cook Islands Master Thread
« on: June 21, 2018, 01:31:46 PM »
Awesome, thanks. Will wait for @PBaruch to return then :-)

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Cook Islands Master Thread
« on: June 21, 2018, 11:04:36 AM »
Hi everybody! I am planning a trip to the Cook Islands for Summer 2019, and was curious if anyone has any experience with any hotels there, whether to focus on Rarotonga or Aitutaki (or other), etc...?

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On The Road / Re: $60 off $300 at SPG with Amex - Targeted
« on: June 15, 2018, 07:52:52 PM »
+1 would like to know this as wel

Unlikely, as the purchase is processed by points.com , but would love to hear otherwise

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On The Road / Re: $60 off $300 at SPG with Amex - Targeted
« on: June 15, 2018, 08:55:29 AM »
perhaps one can buy Marriott GCs at SPG hotels, either now or post-July program-merger?

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I do, but am not sure if the right way forward is to convert some of the points into travel packages, or leave them for future marriott/spg stays. My gut feeling is to leave them as is, but then I wonder if perhaps there might not be a creative use in a xfer to some of the non-US based FFPs

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Up In The Air / Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« on: June 11, 2018, 06:22:32 PM »
JFK-HKG//HKG-CNS on CX F/PE with AS miles, CNS-POM-HGU // HGU-POM-SIN using FlexPerks to pay for PX flights, SIN-FRA-JFK in SQ J / LH J using KrisFlyer, in August

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Firstly, apologies if this post comes off as a humble-brag, please trust me when I say it isn't (especially as I have met many of the people who have far higher balances than I).

With that said, I am not sure how best to deploy my Marriott Rewards points, or if to just let them be? I am currently sitting on about 1.6MM of them.

However, I already have a substantial amount of miles that would be the beneficiary of any travel package (2MM AS miles, 1.4MM AA, 350K UA along with 1.1MM UR, 1.1MM Amex MR, 1.5MM Hilton etc...). Would you buy the packages now, in advance of the July 1, and if so where would you xfer them to, if in my shoes?

As a background, I travel often, and have been gebentsht enough to enjoy JL F, SQ F, EK F, EY F etc..., and B"H have seen a large chunk of the world. All this has been done mainly solo, though now I am in a LTR with the woman I hope will become my better half in due course, so obvi I want to take her on some splendid trips  - her main travel aims being safaris in Africa, the Amalfi Coast, and the islands of the South Pacific (think New Caledonia etc...)

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Credit Cards / Re: Amex Offers Discussion Thread
« on: June 10, 2018, 12:20:36 PM »
Any DP on the Bloomingdales offer if it works for EGC?

It did for me, but not right after purchase. the offer was triggered after the purchase posted. Note, I never got the email informing me that I had used the offer, I just noticed the MR balance go up by 2K

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Alaska Companion Fare Code
« on: May 26, 2018, 07:36:13 PM »
I do - selling for $30 (expires 06-11-2018 )

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Thanks to @sam Finklestein , had my mother's AA account reactivated. It had expired in November of last year. Whole process took ten calendar days. Sam was a pleasure to deal with

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