The Do’s and Dont’s of Trading Miles

Air France and KLM's Flying Blue program is now an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner!

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’re short on miles but paying for travel isn’t an option? Perhaps you’ve focused on collecting miles that have been devalued or there is no award availability. Maybe you have a… Continue Reading


4 Cheap Ways to Fly Business Class From New York to Dubai Using Miles

Qatar Airways A350 New Business Class Seat

Reader Khalid is new to this hobby and wants to book a business class ticket from New York to Dubai using airline miles. His preference is to fly one of the big three Middle Eastern carriers (Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways). Furthermore,… Continue Reading


How to Book Umrah Travel With Points and Miles

Kaaba Masjid al-Haram and Clock Tower in Mecca

Back in December, I booked a trip to Mecca and Medina to perform Umrah with my family. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, Umrah is the “lesser” pilgrimage Muslims make to Mecca. It’s much less rigorous and there are… Continue Reading


Why Alaska’s Devaluation of Emirates First Class Awards Isn’t So Bad

This morning I woke up to some pretty bad news – no, there wasn’t another attack in Europe but rather Alaska Airlines increased the number of miles required for Emirates first and business class awards. Without warning. To me, this… Continue Reading


Emirates Family Fare Promotion: A Good Deal?

Through December 19, Emirates is offering “special family fares” for travel to Dubai. Through this promotion, groups of 2-5 travelers can save significantly on economy and business class fares. The fare discount increases with the number of passengers and can… Continue Reading


Emirates Fare Sale: JFK – MPX $1900 RT in Business Class

Emirates keeps hawking their New York – Milan (JFK – MXP) route, to our benefit, with low fares. Back in January it was $799 fares for two and now they’re back with $1,380 roundtrip economy fares and $3,800 business class… Continue Reading