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Basic question: miles vs. paying for ticket

Basic question: miles vs. paying for ticket


Old Dec 25, 18, 7:55 am
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Originally Posted by sosafan View Post
One consideration (aside from he miles/$ rate) is if you'll ever use the miles on something else. The more miles you have,
the less they are worth. Can you ever have too many miles? yes.
My theory on biz travel is that it divides sharply between people who get way too much and those who get little to none. Airlines have done their de-vals just in time for Baby Boomers who were saving the miles to use in retirement to get quite a bit less than they thought they were going to get.

Though those of us who were with Continental in the early aughts can remember when they did an "award auction" with things like baseball tickets or travel experiences being put up for bid (with miles). Some reached insane levels.

I've probably earned about 3M miles lifetime and have spent 2.8M of those. Am just glad I spent the 2.8M when I did because they'd buy quite a bit less now.
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Old Jan 12, 19, 1:48 am
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Originally Posted by pinniped View Post
A legit J seat, Europe to SFO, for $1150 in the summer?!!?

That seems like a pretty easy call regardless of how useful the EQM/RDM are to the other travelers on the itin. Depending on carrier choices, you might actually be able to credit that to AS and have RDM totals that *do* matter in all four accounts.

Was that an elusive fare you're hesitant to share with the world or something that was available pretty readily? (Believe me, I totally understand if you'd rather keep it quiet.)
The $1150 fare was offered by TAP on connections to its new LIS-SFO (lie flat) nonstop that starts this summer. Unfortunately I missed the boat (you snooze you lose!) and the fare is now +$200 but still available for most of the summer. From what I've seen you need to select a connecting flight (mine originates in Italy) or you'll pay +$100.

This fare deal was posted last month on Lucky's OMAAT blog and I think there was also a TAP thread in Premium Fare Deals forum. Sorry for the delay but the good news is that it is still there (albeit a bit higher).
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Old Jan 18, 19, 11:48 am
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Wow...that's pretty solid.

We're flying home from Europe this summer on TAP, originating in MAD, stopover in LIS for 3 nights. 5 of us including two kids so we just took the coach option. $340 one way with bags. (Going over there using Avios on EI.)

Sounds like TAP is trying to grow brand awareness and market share in the U.S. It's one of those airlines I've barely paid attention to until about a year ago. I've been warned that I'm probably going to fall in love with Lisbon and want to go back to Portugal again to see more of the country. So maybe not my last TAP flight...especially since they offer stopovers in any fare bucket they sell.
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