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Yesterday I talked a little bit about SAS’s “Kids Fly Free” promotion.  You can read the original post for all the details, but the basics are that up to 8 kids (11 and under) can fly for free on SAS operated flights from August to next March.

It’s a great deal if you fit the right market but it’s not as useful for people who a) have older children, b) fly with a spouse or other adult or c) don’t live in a city with a SAS flight.  Unfortunately I check all 3 of those boxes…

3 reasons this deal got even better

Like I said, this isn’t probably a deal that I personally will take advantage of, but if you’re thinking about it – here are a few ways to make it better

First, you can use Google Flights to find cheap dates.  Like I said in the original post, SAS’s website is really, really bad.  It’s hard to find dates, slow and just generally clunky.  Even though I hate Google Flight’s new interface, it’s still orders of magnitude better than the SAS site.

(SEE ALSO: 6 reasons why Google Flights is the best search engine)

As long as you put in the correct number of children, it prices out correctly – here you can see 3 passengers (1 adult / 2 children) pricing out at $599 / roundtrip

Secondly, that means that you can book these tickets in your OTA of choice, be that Orbitz, Expedia, Momondo or whatever

Thirdly (and probably most importantly for those of us in the miles and points world), if you can book it on any OTA that means…. you can book these tickets through the ThankYou or Chase Ultimate Rewards portal!

Here’s an example of 1 adult and 3 children for only $699.20 total or 55,936 Ultimate Rewards points.  With a Sapphire Reserve it would only be 46,613 for 4 roundtrip tickets!

Yes, that means you’re “only” getting 1.25 cents per point or 1.5 cents per point (depending on if you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve or not)

(SEE ALSO: Comparing the Chase Sapphire Preferred vs Chase Sapphire Reserve)

(SEE ALSO: Should I upgrade my Chase Sapphire Preferred card?)

But as I always say… “the BEST use of your miles and points is the one that gets you WHERE you want to go WHEN you want to go there…” Where else are you getting a roundtrip ticket from the US to Europe for 14,000 miles roundtrip?

(SEE ALSO: The folly and fallacy of using miles and points for economy tickets)

Let me know if you’re planning on taking advantage of this deal


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