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Elite Benefits

             
Priority Reservation

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Priority Check In

Business Counter

Business Counter

Business Counter

Business Counter

First Counter

 

Business Counter

Priority Waitlist

Yes (low)

Yes (high)

Yes (low)

Yes (middle)

Yes (high)

Yes (low)

Yes (high)

Excess baggage allowance

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Yes

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Yes

Lounge Access

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Yes

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Yes

Yes

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Yes

Priority Boarding

Yes

Yes

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Yes

Yes

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Yes

Priority Baggage

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Yes

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Yes

 

 

 

         

Specials

Alaska Airlines

January 16, 2018 to February 07, 2018

Alaska Airlines is running a promotion offering a bonus of 40% if you buy 20,000 Miles or moire before February 07, 2018. There is not higher bonus the more miles you buy. Therefore, if you need to top up your account, now is a good time to buy those miles. 20,000 Miles are 550 USD before taxes,

Miles could be purchased for a cost of $27.50 per 1,000 miles, plus a 7.5% Federal Excise Tax. There is no bonus the more miles you buy.
Alaksa Airlines partners with Points.com, if it comes to buying points. You can buy miles here.

It has been recenlty announced that Alaska Airlines takes over Virgin America. this means, Virgin America Elevate Members have received an offer of 10000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles if you activate the prepared account. You could also move Elevate points with a bonus of 30% into your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Account which might be worth to consider given the larger number of partners of Alaska comparted to Virgin America.

British Airways

British Airways has cunrrently some good fares in World Traveller Plus loaded with origin in Germany, Italy, Sweden or Switzerland to destination at the East Coast and the West Coast of the USA: Travel starts around 600 EUR for East Coast and 690 EUR for West Coast. This is a good way to earn some miles in addition with the aforementioned tripls Avios Promotion.

British Airways is also offering double avios for all new bookings for flights taken till December 31, 2017. Only the base points are doubled, which is not as generous as previous offers. Booking made prior to registration does not count for this promotion. The cabin and tier bonus will not be doubled, so this promotion actually works best for all flights earning 100% miles.

Delta Airlines

If you need Delta SkyMiles to reach the necessary amount of miles for your award flight, you can simply buy or share them via Points.com. It is also possible to gift miles: Buy, Gift or Share miles on your Delta SkyMiles Program

Finnair

Currently no sale

KLM / AF Flying Blue

As an elite member you can buy an unlimited amount of miles in units of 2000 miles for 55 EUR; as an Flying Blue Ivory Member you can buy a maximum of 40000 miles in a year in units of 2000 miles. KLM Buy and Gift Miles. There is no discount the more miles you buy.

Lufthansa

Lufthansa is running a sale in Premium Economy

  • New York City from 449 EUR
  • Philadelphia from 449 EUR
  • Washington from 449 EUR
  • Boston from 449 EUR
  • Miami from 599 EUR*

Booking period: 19.01.2018 bis zum 13.02.2018
Travel period 30.01.2018 to 22.03.2018 or 04.04.2018 to 28.06.2018 or 10.09.2018 – 30.09.2018
Minimum stay 6 days (seems no SU Return Rule for this sale
Book here



Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has launched a special sale for two people traveling together for Valentines Day (February 14) from various airports in Europe to a number of destinations.

We have researched a few fdestination and this is what we have found:

  • Bangkok (from Amsterdam 1610 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Oct 25 - Nov 12)
  • Bangkok (from Helsinki) 1140 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Apr 08 - Apr 19)
  • Bali (from Oslo) 1338 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. May 08 - Jun 06)
  • Bali (from Prague) 1562 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Apr 03 - Apr 12)
  • Jakarta (from Frankfurt) 1622 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Oct 23 - Nov 14)
  • Johannesburg (from Frankfurt) 1583 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Oct 03 - Oct 15)
  • Johannesburg (from Berlin) 1467 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Oct 03 - Oct 15)
  • Hong Kong (from Belgard) 1366 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Oct 01 - Oct 13)
  • Hong Kong (from Munich) 1573 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Nov 02 - Nov 13)
  • Hong Kong (from Stockholm) 1485 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Nov 03 - Nov 21)
  • Krabi (from Belgrade) 1536 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Jul 12 - Jul 22)
  • Krabi (from Belgrade) 1249 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Nov 06 - Nov 16)
  • Krabi (from Helsinki) 1170 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Nov 14 - Nov 22)
  • Kuala Lumpur (from Frankfurt) 1578 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Nov 13 - Nov 23)
  • Melbourne (from Oslo) 1485 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Nov 07 - Nov 21)
  • Pattaya (from Prague) 1072 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Apr 05 - Apr 12)
  • Phuket (from Belgad) 1366 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Jul 03 - Jul 13)
  • Singapore (from Berlin) 1319 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Nov 07 - Nov 13)
  • Singapore (from Frankfurt) 1499 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Nov 05 - Nov 15)
  • Sydney (from Oslo) 1493 EUR per Person if two travel together (e.g. Nov 07 - Nov 21

Booking till February 14; Travel period till December 10 with a blackout date during summer (various for departure airport).
Booking is possible on the
Qatar Airways Homepage.

SAS

SAS offers quite often some dcecent deals in Premium Economy Class on European flights.

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is not really known for great discounts and in the past the reasonable business class fares where only available on the day flight from Singapore to Frankfurt and not the overnight flights from Singapore to either Munich, Frankfurt or Düsseldorf. This restriction does not longer apply and thus means the business class fares from Singapore are now available to all destinations:
Fly from Frankfurt / München / Düsseldorf to

  • Singapur ab € 2.899,-
  • Koh Samui ab € 3.189,-
  • Phuket ab € 3.189,-
  • Jakarta ab € 3.379,-
  • Bali ab € 3.389,-

Book on Singapore Airlines .


On all routes to Germany (and also other destinations in Europe) as well as from Germany to New York is now the new Premium Economy Class of Singapore AIrlines available. Due to the change of the current flight from Moscow to Hosuton to Manchester to Houston you have also a new route over the Atlantic, though this means the discontinuation of Munich to Manchester. The flight operates daily exeoct Monday and Thursday.



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United Airlines

You can buy up to 100,000 miles, but the miles are not cheap. The lowest amount of milesy you can buy are 2,000 miles for 70 USD. There is no discount the more miles you buy. You can buy the miles here.

Virgin America

See at Alaska Airlines (You might have receivd an offer of 10000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles).
Virgin America partners with points.com if it comes to buying points.

Virgin Atlantic
December 17, 2017 to February 08, 2018

Virgin Atlantic runs a sale from the United Kingdom in Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class.

Good values offers the following destinations

Upper Class (from London)

  • New York from 1390 GBP
  • Boston from 1390 GBP
  • Dubai frrom 1599 GBP
  • Antigua from 1690 GBP (LGW)
  • Barbados from 1790 GBP (LGW)
  • St. Lucia from 1790 GBP (LGW)

You can book on the Virgin Atlantic homepage.

There is a caveat: the travel period, which is quite limited.
US destination: Outbound travel has to be between May 26, 2018 and June 02, 2018
Carribean Travel periods are Antigua January 20, 2018 to March 27, 2018 and April 09,2018 to November 10, 2018; Barbados April 23, 2018 to November 10, 2018 and St Lucia April 09, 2018 and November 10, 2018. You can book on the Virgin Atlantic homepage.
Check out the homepage for additional flights.

Premium Economy (from London)

  • New York from 759 GBP
  • Boston from 759 GBP
  • Miami from 769 GBP
  • Los Angeles from 829 GBP
  • Dubai from 635 GBP
  • Hong Kong from 955 GBP

You can book on the Virgin Atlantic homepage.

Travel Period
US destination: Outbound travel has to be between January 04, 2018 and February 08, 2018 with Return travel between January 10, 2018 and February 13, 2018.
Dubai Travel Period January 07, 2018 to March 22, 2018; April 13, 2018 to July 04, 2018 and August 23, 2018 to November 10, 2018
Hong Kong Travel Period January 11, 2018 to March 21, 2018; April 08, 2018 to June 19, 2018 and November 01, 2018 to November 10, 2018.
2018. Check out the homepage for additional flights.

Miles Booster

If you have traveled with Virgin Atlantic in the last six month or have a future booking with Virgin Atlantic, you might use the Miles Booster to earn more miles. It applies to all flight with Virgin flight number and operated by Virgin Atlantic. Miles Booster is avialable to cash booking as well as reward flights. You can boost the base miles up to 200% of the miles earned on your booking. If you flew to Dubai from London and earn 6806 miles you can get an extra 6806 miles for 68.06 GBP or 108.90 USD or an extra 13612 Miles for 136.12 GBP or 217.80 USD.

Miles Booster is available on the manage my booking page on the Virgin Atlantic Homepage.

Virgin Atlantic

Points

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Priority Pass

Priority Pass offers access to more than 1000 different airport lounges worldwide. If you do not have elite status with the airline you are flying and travel only in Economy Class, Priority Pass might be a solution if you prefer some privacy at the airport rather than spending your time till boarding on an uncomfortable chair or in a crowded and overpriced restaurant at the airport. Even if you have access thanks to your elite status, you find the available lounge to be crowded or simply not comfortable. While considering the purchase of a Pariority Pass, you should take into account that due to different terminals, you might not be able to enter the lounge because your flights depart from a different terminal. Several credit cards also include a membership of Priority Pass.

Priority Pass offers three different membership plans, Standard, Standard Plus and Prestige.
Standard (69 GBP / 99 EUR / 99 USD) offers you the right to enter any lounge of the Priority Pass network for a fee of 15 GBP / 24 EUR / 27 USD. Guest could access the lounge for a fee of 15 GBP / 24 EUR / 27 USD. If you require a backup and usually have lounge access or do not fly very often, this might be the plane to choose..

S
tandard Plus
(
159 GBP / 249 EUR / 249 USD) includes 10 free visits to any lounge of the Priority Pass network; additional visits have to be paid for a fee of 15 GBP / 24 EUR / 27 USD. Guest could access the lounge for a fee of 15 GBP / 24 EUR / 27 USD. This plans should be considered by those, who e.g. travel Economy on shourt haul flights but have lounge access on lonng haul flights or who fly more often or the booking class does not include lounge access (e.g. on Germanwings / Eurowings Light Fares).

Prestige
(
259 GBP / 399 EUR / 399 USD) offers you the right to enter any lounge of the Priority Pass network for free. Guest could access the lounge for a fee of 15 GBP / 24 EUR / 27 USD.

Priority Pass turns 25 this month and offers a discount of 25% for Standard Membership, 20% for Standard Plus Membership and 10% for Prestige Membership if you buy a membership before June 30, 2017 (extended to) July 14, 2017 (Discount only for first year). Priority Pass also offers now a digital membvership card, so there is no need to wait till your membership cards arrive. You can apply for a membership on the Priority Pass Homepage.