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Business Class Airfare Deal – from Johannesburg to Shanghai $1,496 on Ethiopian Airlines

Business Class Airfare Deal - from Johannesburg to Shanghai $1,496 on Ethiopian Airlines

Departure from: Johannesburg (JNB)

Destination: Shanghai (PVG)

Stops: Addis Ababa

Airline(s): Ethiopian Airlines

Sample dates: Sep 1 – Sep 5

Total miles flown: 16,020 miles

Fare class: J

Cost per mile flown (the lower the better): 9

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.

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Avianca Lifemiles fixes the GU(A)M bug in it’s booking engine

Avianca Lifemiles fixes the GU(A)M bug in it's booking engine

Up until about a week ago you could use LifeMiles to go to Asia (or Guam) for just 25,000 miles in business class from anywhere in the US.

This was an amazing deal and had been around for almost two years. Several bloggers have written about it before (including yours truly) and now LifeMiles has taken the time to fix that 'bug'.

When Avianca joined Star Alliance 2 years ago they came up with a rough-handed solution to make Star Alliance redemptions available. The booking engine is clunky and not really convenient. They also imported some airports the wrong way. So some Asian/European airports suddenly became part of the United States. If you could figure out these airports, the booking engine (but NOT the call center) was able to give you a trans-continental flight for the price of a domestic redemption.

The award engine is quirky though and you can only book in one class of service (e.g. business class needs to be available on all flights) and the routing selection can be downright mysterious.

GUM (Guam) is now part of the Philippines! So you can book flights from the Philippines to Guam for 15,000 one-way in economy. i.e. it provides routing for example for GUM-MNL via Seoul or Beijing. This is a good way to 'forget' the last leg and get to Northern Asia from Guam a bit cheaper.

For a while LifeMiles would also let you book Lufthansa First Class from the US West Coast to Frankfurt to the East Coast for the price of a domestic redemption. Again the routing is mysterious. I can't find availability for that anymore.

The same was true for flying the same airline from Asia to Asia via Frankfurt.

Both of these options had VERY tight availability and I was never able to use it properly.

There are two airports left that are apparently miscategorized – one in Asia and one in Europe – where the booking engine thinks it is in the US. However, there is almost never any business class availability. But flying for 12,500 miles in economy from the US to Europe isn't too shabby either.

I'm not ready to share those on the blog but if you sign up for our forum and start posting regularly we'd be happy to invite you to our Private Forum section.

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Airfare Deal – from Miami to Seoul, Republic of South Korea $806 on United

Airfare Deal – from Miami to Seoul, Republic of South Korea $806 on United

Departure from: Miami (MIA)

Destination: Seoul (ICN)

Stops: Houston, San Francisco, Chicago, Tokyo

Airline(s): United

Sample dates: Dec 3 – Dec 10

Total miles flown: 16,526 miles

Fare class: K

Cost per mile flown (the lower the better): 4.8

Bookable on United.com

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.

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Airfare Deal – from Los Angeles to Chengdu, China $729 on ANA

Airfare Deal – from Los Angeles to Chengdu, China $729 on ANA

Departure from: Los Angeles (LAX)

Destination: Chengdu (CTU)

Stops: Tokyo

Airline(s): All Nippon Airways

Sample dates: Oct 1 – Oct 7

Total miles flown: 15,116 miles

Fare class: K

Cost per mile flown (the lower the better): 4.8

Bookable on Orbitz.com

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.

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American Express / 7FORALLMANKIND.com – Spend $250 or more and receive $50 credit

American Express / 7FORALLMANKIND.com – Spend $250 or more and receive $50 credit

Here's a new offer that may show up in your 'AMEX Offers For You' but is also on 'Amex Offers on Twitter'.

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Offer details

Get a one-time $50 statement credit by using your connected card to spend a total of $250 or more online at 7FORALLMANKIND.COM by 8/31/14.

Tweet using #Amex7FAM to add this offer to your connected American Express card. This offer does not require a coupon at the point of sale – so once you've received a confirmation response message from Twitter handle @AmexOffers that the offer has been added, just shop with your connected card to redeem!

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Terms and conditions:

You must receive a confirmation response from @AmexOffers stating that the offer has been added to your Card before you can redeem the offer. This confirmation response will begin with your @username and will appear in your Mentions tab on the @Notifications page. These terms will be available to you via a link in the confirmation message. If you do not receive a response message about this offer from @AmexOffers, please Contact Us or direct message us at @AskAmex. Limit 1 statement credit per American Express Card across all American Express offer channels. Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 8/31/14, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase. Note that American Express may not receive information about your qualifying purchase from the merchant until all of the items from your qualifying purchase have been provided or shipped by the merchant. Statement credit may be reversed if qualifying purchase is returned/cancelled. If American Express does not receive information that identifies your transaction as qualifying for the offer, you will not receive the statement credit. For example, your transaction will not qualify if it is not made directly with the merchant. In addition, in most cases, you will not receive the statement credit if your transaction is made with an electronic wallet or through a third party or if the merchant uses a mobile or wireless card reader to process it. Program Terms and Conditions apply; see below for details. Click the 'Add to Card' button and use your connected American Express® Card to redeem this offer today! POID: BCP6:0001

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Starwood hotels – Stay one night and the next night is 40% off

Starwood hotels - Stay one night and the next night is 40% off

With Starwood's Better Tomorrows promotion, for every night you pay regular rate, you can get the next night 40% off.

Use promo code ZB4 or mention 'Better Tomorrows' when booking through a Customer Contact Center or simply book online here.

This offer is valid at participating hotels across North and Latin America:

Argentina
Brazil
Canada
Caribbean
Cayman Islands
Chile
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
French Polynesia
Guatemala
Mexico
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Saint Maarten
United States
Uruguay

Terms and Conditions

Offer is valid at participating Starwood hotels and resorts in North America and Latin America.
Reservations must be booked online through this offer or through a Starwood Customer Contact Center. If making a reservation through a Customer Contact Center, callers must mention 'Better Tomorrows' or promo code ZB4.
40% discount varies by hotel and discount is applied to every second night and is based on the best available, non-restricted rate. See individual hotel listings for arrival restrictions and availability.
A minimum stay of two (2) nights is required at hotels while the minimum night requirement will vary at resorts.
Hotels require a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday arrival. Resorts arrival day restrictions may vary by hotel.
These offers are based on Starwood's best available unrestricted retail rates.
Advance purchase required. Credit card will be charged at time of booking. Reservations cannot be changed, are pre-paid and non-refundable; if cancellation takes place, guests forfeit total room charge plus tax.
Offer is only valid for bookings made using special offer Better Tomorrows or corresponding rate ZB4 (varies by property). For reservations not confirmed through this offer in advance, no savings will be applied upon departure.
Rates are per room, per night, based on single/double occupancy and availability at time of reservation and do not include additional per room, per night charges that may be imposed or state/local taxes.
A limited number of rooms may be available at these rates.
Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.
Offer not applicable to groups.
Not to be combined with other offers or promotions and subject to change.
Not responsible for omissions or typographical errors.
Void where prohibited by law.
Starwood reserves the right to discontinue this offer at any time.

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