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


Emirates Valentine Fares: $799 for Two Between JFK – Milan

Sometimes I think I could never live on the East Coast due to the humidity and freezing winters, but then deals like this come around and make me reconsider. As part of a Valentine’s promotion (despite Valentine’s Day being a… Continue Reading