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How I Saved $4840

October 5th, 2010 at 10:01 am

Tomorrow morning dh and I leave for three weeks in Peru, flying out of SFO. We usually fly coach unless I can get a great deal like the one I did for this trip.

We are flying first class RT and the tickets for this itinerary would have cost $5,868. I ended up spending "only" $1,028.26 for two RT tickets to Lima by doing the following:

~ Used most of the the miles I had in my account (not enough);
~ Paid to transfer 15,000 miles from dh's account (still not enough);
~ Bought the remaining miles I needed to make the transaction.

If we had flown coach our tickets would have cost around $1,410 for two RT fares. Our first class tickets are still ~$400 cheaper than the coach fares.

I have to admit it takes time, research, and creative thinking, but there are ways to not only save money on air fare but to end up with better seats. In case you're wondering why I didn't use my miles for coach fares, they were not available. Airlines limit the number of fares that can be purchased with miles in each of the seating categories.

4 Responses to “How I Saved $4840”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Wow! That is a REALLY good deal. Enjoy your trip.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    That was a great deal. Have fun!!

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Fabulous! I love first-class or business class on long flights! Great job.

  4. -Jerry- Says:

    I've only ever flown business class once, on a flight from Boston to Paris, and it would lead to the best airline travel experience of my life... I loved it! They offer some insurance of the best customer service I've ever experienced. The only thing is I'm not making enough money to fly business class as a student, so it will have to wait for later.

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