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Airfare Deal – from San Francisco to Dublin, Ireland $667 on Turkish Airlines

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Departure from: San Francisco (SFO)

Destination: Dublin (DUB)

Stops: Istanbul

Airline(s): Turkish Airlines

Sample dates: May 4 – Jul 6

Total miles flown: 17,122 miles

Fare class: W, Q (should earn 100% for Q part, 8,561 miles)

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Cost per mile flown (the lower the better): 3.8

Bookable on Orbitz.compic

Use our guide How to find the cheapest flights with ITA Matrix to find available dates.

Want to pay even less? Get $440 off your travel purchase after signing up for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® – Earn 2x on All Purchases **

** Only available after card approval. Minimum spend of $3,000 in the first 90 days required. Points redemption only available for purchase made with eligible travel merchants.

© Bluusun Media LLC 2014

Airfare Deal – from Los Angeles to Denpasar, Indonesia $854 on EVA Air

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Departure from: Los Angeles (LAX)

Destination: Denpasar (DPS)

Stops: Taipei

Airline(s): EVA Air

Sample dates: Oct 22 – Nov 5

Total miles flown: 18,312 miles

Fare class: V

Cost per mile flown (the lower the better): 4.6

Bookable on Orbitz.compic

Use our guide How to find the cheapest flights with ITA Matrix to find available dates.

Want to pay even less? Get $440 off your travel purchase after signing up for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® – Earn 2x on All Purchases **

** Only available after card approval. Minimum spend of $3,000 in the first 90 days required. Points redemption only available for purchase made with eligible travel merchants.

© Bluusun Media LLC 2014

The joys of flying in China – or not!

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China has had a crazy economical development in the last 15 years and aviation has struggled to keep pace. Air travel in China is plagued by delays and non-existent customer service.

CNN highlights the story of a delayed China Eastern flight that was scheduled to leave at 8 PM and eventually made it out at 3 AM with lot's of confusing announcements:

Half of the plane — the original passengers booked onto the airline's 8 p.m. flight — seemed to have long fallen asleep during their agonizing wait, while the other half — those of us re-booked from a canceled 7 p.m. flight and moved onto this one — were too exhausted to make a sound.

The arrival of a second busload of drenched passengers was followed by a lengthy, silent wait on board — with no updates from the cockpit.

It was almost 3 a.m. when the pilot announced our impending departure thanks to improving weather.

Our plane finally roared into the starless skies at 3:08 a.m. — more than eight hours after the scheduled departure time printed on my air ticket.

It's a good read if you plan on traveling through China.

Award tickets are especially risky when using Air China. There are a number of threads of Air China refusing to transport passengers in Business Cass after a missed connection at Beijing airport (usually Air Chain's fault):

Air China stranded me in Beijing Airport on a USAir award ticket.

I had that problem with an Aeroplan award that left me stranded in Osaka for 2 days thanks to weather and Air China.

Also there is a number of mysterious cancellations of Air China award tickets (with United Mileage Plus).

China is an interesting place to visit – just don't except customer service, good food or easy air travel :)

Evolve Money to only accept one payment per month(!)

Evolve Money to only accept one payment per month(!)

In our CNN article in June we shared tips how to manufacture 1 million airline miles.

Part of the manufactured spend techniques is to liquidate a rather big amount of gift cards. Walmart and Evolve Money were part of this strategy and made it really easy.

Unfortunately my local Walmarts have stopped accepting gift cards for loading BlueBird or buying Money orders.

Now Evolve Money has sent out this email:

Dear Evolve Money Customer,

Due to changes in our risk and regulatory compliance policies, Evolve Money will be implementing a limit of one payment per biller account per month. This change takes effect September 1, 2014. There are no limits on the number of cash payments made with a Reloadit pack or Evolve Pay Bucks.
We realize that some of our users have taken advantage of the multiple payments per month to pay off larger expenses such as mortgages. We are currently working on ways to improve the bill paying experience for you and expect to announce details soon

This stings – and reduces the ability to manufacture spend.

I'm still very fond of the AMEX for Target for Manufactured Spend but it involves lots of fees and limits.

What is your new favorite 'Manufactured Spend' tool?

HT DansDeals

How to earn miles with every Avis car rental (even non-airport locations)

How to earn miles with every Avis car rental (even non-airport locations)

Avis has been my favorite car rental company for some time. They have great international coverage and provide decent rates with many service locations in numerous densely-packed urban locations (like San Francisco).

Now that I'm Avis First, I like it even more! On my first rental I was upgraded to a shiny new Ford Explorer SUV from a booked compact car!

One thing that always irked me was the Avis policy to only award miles on airport locations. However, this isn't really an Avis policy – it is a rewards partner policy as well.

You can't earn American, United or Delta miles (and not many of the bonuses that come associated with them) from non-airport rentals.

However, you can earn miles from non-airport locations with these (non-US) frequent flyer programs for each rental. I give one of the following frequent flyer numbers when I rent a car and have received points every time (though often not the right amount) for each rental.

Virgin Atlantic

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Program Reward

1000 per rental on all qualifying published rates.
500 per rental on all qualifying corporate rates.

Terms and Conditions

Members must present their Virgin Flying Club card
Red Flying Club members – AWD Z333300.
Silver Flying Club members – AWD N645801.
Gold Flying Club members – AWD W645601.
No flight, ticket or boarding pass is required
Members earn 1000 miles on non-contracted rates and 500 miles for contracted rates
Valid at any Avis location worldwide
Miles may be earned on one frequent flyer program per rental

Lufthansa

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Program Reward
Members earn 500 miles with each qualifying Avis rental.

Terms and Conditions

Members must present Miles & More card at time of rental
Valid at participating Avis locations worldwide
Miles may not be earned on tour and airline employee rates and discounts, and may only be earned one frequent flyer program per rental

Singapore Airlines

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Program Reward
Earn 250 Krisflyer miles on corporate rates and 500 Krisflyer miles on retail rates on qualifying Avis rentals. Plus, you can receive valuable discounts whenever you provide your Singapore Airlines SINGAPORE AIRLINES KRISFLYER PROGRAM/Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number X126900 or X130700 or X135900.

Terms and Conditions

Members must present their Membership I.D. Card at time of rental
Krisflyer Membership levels and corresponding Avis AWD Numbers.
Krisflyer – X126900. Blue Card
Krisflyer PPS Club – X130700 *Blue/Silver Patterned Card.
Krisflyer Solitaire PPS Club – X135900 Blue/Gold Patterned Card.
Miles may not be earned on Airline Employee, Tour, Travel Industry or special promotional rates
Miles may only be earned on one Frequent Flyer Program per rental
KrisFlyer terms and conditions apply. Please visit www.krisflyer.com for terms and conditions
Miles will be credited into your KrisFlyer account approximately six to eight weeks after your transaction.

British Airways Executive Club

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Earn 1 Avios per $1 spent on Avis car rental, minimum 500 Avios per rental, worldwide.
Join Avis Preferred for the fastest way to rent a car and receive 500 bonus Avios on your first Avis Preferred rental plus a complimentary car upgrade on your next rental.
Rent with Avis four times or more in a calendar year and receive 750 bonus Avios.
250 bonus Avios when you pay for your Avis rental using your co-brand British Airways finance card (participating cards only).
Free additional driver with every rental, worldwide.
Competitive rental rates worldwide – book using your Executive Club membership number to ensure you obtain the best price available.
Discounted Prestige Meet & Greet at London Heathrow.
Exclusively for Gold Executive Club Members and other customers by invitation only, free use of our Priority Rental Service at London Heathrow T5. To use this service, you must be an Avis® Preferred® Service Member.

Picture courtesy of blogs.rediff.com

© Bluusun Media LLC 2014

Airfare Deal – from Washington, DC to Buenos Aires, Argentina $729 on Avianca

Airfare Deal - from Washington, DC to Buenos Aires, Argentina $729 on Avianca

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$729

Departure from: Washington, DC (IAD)

Destination: Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE)

Stops: San Salvador, Lima

Airline(s): Avianca

Sample dates: Oct 27 – Nov 4

Total miles flown: 11,590 miles

Fare class: Q, T (4 of 6 segments should earn 125%, other two segments 50%)

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Cost per mile flown (the lower the better): 6.3

Bookable on Orbitz

Use our guide How to find the cheapest flights with ITA Matrix to find available dates.

Want to pay even less? Get $440 off your travel purchase after signing up for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® – Earn 2x on All Purchases **

** Only available after card approval. Minimum spend of $3,000 in the first 90 days required. Points redemption only available for purchase made with eligible travel merchants.

© Bluusun Media LLC 2014

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