Eating Ice Cream Sundae at 30,000 Ft and my review of Delta Business Class Rome-Atlanta ; Act Fast – Round trip to Europe visiting two cities for $449

1. Eating Ice Cream Sundae at 30,000 ft

I recently returned from an Amazing trip to Asia visiting Japan and India. Our family flew business class for most of the 11 flights we took between various countries and also within India. Lookout for a separate post in the next few days on how I booked business and first class tickets on Airlines such as Delta and Etihad for a few odd dollars  saving more than $20000.00  which I would have otherwise never paid!!! Below are some highlights from India and Japan

 

On my way back to the US I flew business class from Mumbai-Abu Dhabi and you will see my review of the flight and the Free Mercedes E-class pick-up coming up on the blog here shortly. My next sector was Abu Dhabi-Rome-Atlanta-Richmond that I booked using 70,000 Delta miles and $29. There are many ways to earn Delta Miles such as signing up for the American Express Delta Credit card or several of the American Express credit cards such as the Gold and the platinum cards which earn you membership rewards points which can later be transferred to Delta and many more partners. If not sure what card to signup for you can take advantage of my free 15-minute credit card consultation over skype by simply filling  the contact form or leaving a comment below.

I had more than 30 hours journey time including layover. Thankfully to the free priority club lounge access I earned from the CNB Crystal Visa Credit card I enjoyed free meals and showers at the airport away from the masses. There is not much to talk about the AlItalia flight from Abu Dhabi-Rome so let’s get to the fun part of the journey – Business class flight from Rome-Atlanta on Delta Airlines. Each seat has a massaging option

The food selection was very good. I chose chicken for my main-course. It’s a unique experience to have a five-course meal at 30,000 ft and everyone should definitely experience it especially when it could cost you $50 or less. I was blown away by the ice cream sundae cart. You could choose from all sort of sauces and toppings. I ended up having the ice sundae with nice and warm banana pudding. The flight was 11 hours long and I left the airplane so fresh unlike my previous journeys in economy aka “cattle class”.

2. Round trip to Europe visiting two cities for $449

Via theflightdeal.com you can fly Icelanair to visit both London and Reyjavik from Washington DC and back. The flight is to London with a free stop-over in Iceland. It is Valid for travel from March 25th – May 17th. Must purchase at least 1 day in advance of departure

The website covers detail on how to book tickets using Iceland Air

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How I booked Three Business Class tickets to Japan & India for just $150

Introduction

Lets get to the bottom-line. I booked three one-way business class tickets to Japan and on wards to India for a total of $150 (snapshot below of my wife’s CC bill shows three tickets purchased for $48.20 each) while using 70,000 American Airlines miles each way .

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$48.20 for each Business class ticket from USA to Japan and onward to India

The tickets usually sell retail at $4000 + each (snapshot below) so this was a great way to redeem miles and simply fly business class on an Amazing Japan Airlines product for just $50 a pop. Guess what at that price my 20 month old son had his own seat!!

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JAL Check in

Getting Spoiled at a young age

We thoroughly enjoyed the business class experience from the complimentary lounge access to the amazing food and staff of JAL airlines.

How can anyone do it?

That’s right anyone can do this kind of luxurious travel while paying pennies. I signed up for the AA executive credit card last year when the bonus was 100K AA miles. Citi at that time allowed multiple approval in span of 60 days for the same product and I quickly amassed a huge stash of AA miles (half a million to be precise). I offer free credit card consultation to anyone who is interested in traveling around the world for pennies like we’ve been now doing it for a long time. Feel Free to contact me over the website or by leaving a message below.

Fun In Japan

We stayed at the Hilton Narita Airport Hotel which has a free shuttle pick-up from the Airport every 30 minutes and transfer was very smooth. I used a total of 16000 Hilton points and ~9000 JPY (~$80 USD) total for a two night stay. You can sign-up for the Citi Hilton credit card to earn 60K Hilton points and a free silver status, although I recommend waiting to apply when the sign-up bonus is 80K.

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Zane loving hot dinner at the Hilton Narita after a long flight

We had free breakfast at Hilton due to Diamond Status with Hilton saving us several hundred dollars in meal expenses especially in a city like Tokyo were things can get expensive.

Hilton Bfast

My Hilton Diamond Status gets me free breakfast at Hilton’s worldwide

I booked a 6 hour  private Tokyo city tour  for USD $250 using the website toursbylocals.com and our tour guide Izumi was excellent and very friendly. I charged the $250 on my Capital one venture Credit card and was able to claim all of it as a Travel Credit. Capital One venture card comes with a sign-up bonus of 40,000 Reward points which is good towards $400 in Travel related expenses and you earn 2X points on all purchases.

 

I am in absolute love with Japanese food and culture. Tokyo s very well connected via the subway system  and its very easy to around. The people are so friendly and humble. We visited the Meiji Shrine, Sensoji Temple and a bunch of shopping district for one-day we were there. Street food is inexpensive and extremely delicious.

 Conclusion

We had an amazing family trip to Japan flying Business class in Japan Airlines and staying at a nice hotel while paying pennies. I’d love to get you started on your travel journey and travel around the world as several of my friends, family and clients have been able to do it. Shoot me an email to get you started for an absolutely free consultation.

 

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Check your email for $25 in Free Amazon Appstore credit

I received an email this morning from Amazon stating I have $25 to spend in Amazon Appstore. This may be useful for some who are not into downloading apps from not so legal websites.

 

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Let me know if you received a similar email and any recommendations on apps I should purchase?

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Calling All Richmonders to Join an exciting meetup group

I am excited to announce the launch of a new meetup group in RVA – Richmond Miles and Points . I have launched this group in collaboration with Brad Barrett from RichmondSavers.com.

This is a group for anyone in the Richmond area who’s into airline miles, points, deals, and travel hacks. We will use this group to organize both recurring and spontaneous meetups. We plan to host meetup event every few weeks to bring together fellow RVA’s miles and points junkies discussing airline hacks, manufactured spending, airline devaluations (may be not) and much much more. The membership is FREE and limited to first 50 folks who sign up on the meet-up group.

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This is a group for anyone in the Richmond area who’s into airline miles, points, deals, and travel hacks. Let’s use this group to organize both recurring and spontaneous meet…

Check out this Meetup Group →

Looking forward to exciting times ahead.

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Amex Offers – Dunkin Donuts,Delivery.com,

Logged into my Amex account and saw some good offer –

  • Dunkin Donuts – $5 back on $10
  • Delivery.com – $5 back on $25
  • Orchard Hardware Supply – $10 back on$50
  • EBags.com – $10 back on $50

There are many more offers. Login and see what you have on your card. Also, make sure you check for offers for any authorized users on your card.

 

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$100 Lowes Giftcard for $90 at Staples starting Nov 29th

I love shopping st Staples and especially using my Chase Ink Business card because it earns me 5X Ultimate Rewards points on all purchases at office stores. Ultimate Rewards are awesome and extremely valuable as you can transfer them to several travel partners such as United, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Amtrak, Southwest, Virgin Atlantic, Korean Air and hotel programs such as Hyatt and IHG.

Starting tomorrow Staples will be selling $100 Lowes GC for $90 – a saving of 10% plus you will earn 450 UR points on purchases. You can further maximize your earning by using shopping portals, checkout best rates at cashbackmonitor.com. I will probably use the UR portal as it will let me earn additional 2X at Staples making it a 7X return which is awesome with a $10 discount on each GC.

 

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If you have home renovations or other expenses coming up at Lowes then it may be worth stocking up on these GC.

Earn a lot of UR points every year and do what I did – Transfer them to Hyatt and IHG to stay at Hotels around the worldwide for FREE!!

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Our  “almost free” Oceanfront Suite at Holiday Inn Montego Bay Jamaica. Some of the points where earned using UR

 

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Enjoying a fancy meal at one of the restaurants in Holiday Inn Montego Bay

BTW, if you are looking to apply for new credit cards all Chase cards that earn UR have increased sign up offer for a limited time –   Chase Sapphire Preferred (bonus 50,000 points), Chase INK PLUS Business Card (60,000 points)

I offer FREE Credit Card Consultation to help you plan your next trip. Feel free to contact me using the form below.

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Your next Hilton Stay could earn you 1000 HHonors points with digital Check-in

I received an email this morning from Hilton. It says “Open Your door” with your phone and earn 1,000 Bonus Points. hilton digital key

1,000 HHonor Points are not much but I will take them anyways. All you have to do is download the Hilton HHonors app and Select Digital Key. It will let you choose your room and bam!!

I like this Digital key feature because I hate those plastic keys which easily get deactivated when in contact with an electronic device such as cell phone and then you have to make trips back and forth to the front desk for new keys.

If you have an Hilton stay coming up check your emails, you may have received this offer for an extra 1000 points.

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Simon Mall will stop selling In-store gift cards at several locations

UPDATE – SIMON MALLS IN A FEW CITIES HAVE BEEN SOLD TO ANOTHER PROPERTY AND ONLY THOSE LOCATIONS ARE EFFECTED STARTING TOMORROW INCLUDING RICHMOND, VA WHERE I LIVE

Simon Mall sells gift cards are a great way to manufacture spend. We are able to purchase several thousand dollars of these gift cards at one time and liquidate them using prepaid cards such as Serve and Bluebird to earn miles and points.

I was at the Simon mall location in Glen Allen, VA this morning and my friendly rep handed me the below brochure –

Simon Mall

According to the note this particular Simon mall location will stop selling Gift cards starting March 1st 2016. It is still a few months away but may change the way a lot of us do manufactured spending.

I am not certain if this will be implemented nationwide at every Simon Mall location I guess we will have to wait and see. When I asked the rep reason behind it she was very vague and mentioned that  a new company is probably taking over the gift card division. I guess we will have a better picture here in the next few days.

 

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Free 25,000 Club Carlson Points using $40 Statement Credit promo with the US Bank Club Carlson CC – Targeted ? May be.

Introduction

Received this offer in Email for my US Bank Club Carlson Visa Signature card – They are offering a $40 statement credit each month in November and December when I spend $2250 in net purchases.

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I did receive a promo code in email that may be unique that I was able to  enter by visiting the website here.

Is this a good offer?

I think so. Remember you earn 5X on all purchases using this credit card. So if I were to buy $2500 in gift cards by paying $20 fees (each Simon Mall gift card costs $4 in fees or you may by other from CVS, Walgreens for $5 fees) this is what I would earn –

Club Carlson Points – $2500 X 5 = 12,500 Club Carlson Points (You can repeat this for November and December to earn a total of 25,000 Club Carlson points)

Fees on Gift Cards – $20 (Five gift cards)

Statement Credit – $20

So basically the gift card fees would adjust towards the statement credit and you will earn 25,000 Club Carlson points for almost nothing (other than making trip for buying the gift cards) if you spend $2,250 each month (November and December)

For me the timing is perfect for this offer – I am short on spending ~$1500 of $10000 required annually on this card to earn the annual free night certificate, so once I complete the promo not only I would get the free night certificate but also another 25,000 Club Carlson points for almost free.

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You can stay at Phoenix Park Inn Goa for 9000 Club Carlson Points

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$5 Statement credit using Android Pay

I received an email from US Bank “Receive a $5 statement credit” for making a purchase of $10 or more when you pay with Android Pay. Android pay is another addition to the pay by phone option similar to Apple Pay which Apple launched a few days back. It is as easy as tap, pay and done using your smartphone!!

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You can sign-up for Android pay here – LINK

Benefits of Android pay –

  • Pay with a tap at store terminals or a click in apps.
  • Rest assured that your transactions are secure.
  • Keep track of your purchases with payment confirmations after purchase.
  • Instead of a card number being exposed, a virtual account number is created—helping keep your account secure
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