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If you’re looking for truly maximizing the cost per mile (cpm) of your airline miles and points, premium cabin air travel is one of the best ways to get top value. I’ve taken a few trips in premium cabins (including one that was canceled out from under me), and a first class trip around the world
And while I have a few problems with people saying things like “Oh this flight would have cost me $13,000 but instead I used miles”, it doesn’t stop me from saying things like why I didn’t spend $9,144.92 on my vacation
In any case, there are 2 deals currently going on with premium cabin travel
Delta One sale
Via Frequent Miler, Delta is having another “flash sale“, this time on premium cabin travel from the US to Europe. While Delta doesn’t technically have an award chart anymore, they still do have one enough to announce “sales”. This one is 99,000 miles roundtrip from the US to Europe.
You have to book your trip by tomorrow (Wednesday 11/16) for travel between March 1 and June 30, 2017. Here’s an example of the only nonstop from Ohio, Indiana or Kentucky to Europe
I believe this is only valid on roundtrip tickets
British Airways discounting American / Alaska domestic first class
The other sale is due to a discrepancy between what airlines count as “first class” or “business class”. Via View from the Wing, starting January 11th, British Airways will only be charging 15,000 Avios for domestic first class flights of 1150 flown miles or under (twice the economy price of 7500 Avios)
American Airlines charges 30,000 AAdvantage miles for the same routes. The discrepancy comes in because even though what American calls “domestic first class” is really more equivalent to what the rest of the world calls business class, American still markets it as “first class” and charges first class award prices. Starting January 11th (if you can find availability), British Airways will be only charging the business class prices for it.
Good luck and happy booking!