Just to show you that there are indeed many different ways to get super cheap flights, here is how you can fly one-way DUB to Vegas in economy for a total outlay of £63 ! Yes, that's not a typo, £63 is the total cost, and that includes getting the required miles and paying the taxes.
As some will know, US airways today formally joined one-world, the airline alliance that includes BA, America Airlines etc. This means that you can now book US airways flights using Avios.
The big question of course is what taxes and surcharges would be charged. Traditionally, BA has charged full taxes on AA flights on flights out of the UK. From a perspective of starting your flight in DUB, you would save the UK Air passenger duty, but will still paid big fuel surcharges, even though AA themselves don't charge these charges.
So one would assume this would be a similar situation with US airways, but.......
AA, in keeping with the increasing trend of companies, has launched a facebook based competition. Collect various "stamps" on your passport, and get bonus AA miles to you account.
I just spend about 10 minutes, and according to the stamps, I now have 610 935 miles. I could make that 1010 miles, but I'm not on instagram, nor did I want to "invite" my friends. Now the T&C says that only US residents are eligible, but these things aren't always well monitored, and for the sake of 10 minutes, I felt it was well worth doing.
No good of course on their own, but if you are a few miles short of a redemption, it might be a handy way of getting over the line.
The link to the competition is HERE . It runs until 23rd of May.
If you are a member of the IHG hotel loyalty program, recently renamed IHG reward club, you should have received an email offering you a mystery bonus between 25% to 100%, when you buy points.
In case you didn't get the email, or it went straight into your spam folder, the link to the webpage it refers to is HERE. Just put in your name, IHG club number, and it'll bring you to points.com, and tell you your mystery bonus. Plenty of reports of people get the 100%, but for me it was 50%.
At 50% bonus, the offer works out at 0.76c per point, which is poor, when you consider that the well known and widely used points+cash+cancel trick allows you to buy at a rate of 10K per $70, i.e. 0.7c per point.
At 100% bonus, the price works out at 0.575c per point. That means you can effectively get 50K points for $312, which is about £190. That's enough for a reward night in just about any Intercontinental Hotel, which can be great value. For example, for a random night in Sept, both the IC Park Lane, and the IC Westminster are looking for £320 for their cheapest room.
The bonus only runs until the 21st of April, so check out your offer, and see if it works for you.
Well, if you've stuck with this case study thus far, WELL DONE !. Here is the itinerary set out as it stands.
7th Nov DUB-LHR-LAS in first, 21st Nov SFO-LHR-DUB in economy ON BA 12th Nov LAS-LAX-SJD in economy, on AA, booked on BA.com 12th -19th Nov Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos. 19th Nov, SJD-SFO in economy on Alaska Air, booked on AA.com