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Thu Jun 23, 2022, 09:10 AM

Frequent Flyer free tix

Been trying to get back to Europe for a while. Got an AA card and are up to 200k points.

A first class tix now costs 700k points !!!!! Or, they are doing something new now.... 250k points plus $919 in cash. Which I guess is kind of the same as buying an economy ticket with an upgrade? Just plugged in a simple search JFK to Paris.

I've been a member of AA frequent flyer forever.. and it always feels like whenever I want to go somewhere they have upped the number of points needed and I'm always a little bit behind

Anyone else dealing with this?

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 09:12 AM

1. from where to where?

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 09:27 AM

3. Just plugged in JFK to Paris. I do know that some European cities are cheaper to fly to

But forget which ones.

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 09:27 AM

4. Two weeks in Sept 2023

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 09:57 AM

8. I see around $900 RT nonstop which is pretty damn good for $$ not miles. Using Kayak.

and just FYI Seeing on Delta using miles, 70K plus 87 bucks

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 11:31 AM

9. Not first class thi right? Ya understand need to

Play with dates and specific cities. But not too encouraging with first look.

Wish I knew how to buy economy and upgrade. The last time I looked into it it said you had to buy the tickets and then kind of just hope that you're upgrades get approved

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 09:18 AM

2. All of them have raised the points needed for travel in the last six months.

I don't fly first or business class, but the points required to go to Europe have jumped.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 09:31 AM

5. First time we went, had enough points for two free first class tickets

On Delta. It was wonderful with a map on a monitor so you can see where the plane was. We had cocktails then filet mignon dinner and good wine. I know it's extravagant but I truly do not think I could handle being scrunched up in a seat... Too antsy.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 09:33 AM

6. I recall that moving target

This was pre-pandemic, so I'm not currently dealing with this.

I used to be able to buy a ticket with my points for some other person or give my points to my family. Now it cost a significant amount to transfer points to my sister around three years ago.

I traveled so much for work in the 90s, the last thing I wanted was to fly somewhere, so I handed out tickets as gifts. At some point they started to charge $50 for non-electronic tickets and I had to pickup at at the airport. I haven't looked at gifting tickets for a decade or more, but assume it is much more expensive.

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Response to Yonnie3 (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 11:34 AM

10. Ha. Traveled a lot for work too. I remember we would buy

Tickets under a generic fake name that could be used by a guy or girl. That was when they didn't even ask for ID .. pre-9-11

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 11:36 AM

11. Never would do such a thing

is there a fingers crossed smilie?

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Response to Yonnie3 (Reply #11)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 11:38 AM

13. :). Remember Pat Jones was our favorite :-)

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 09:40 AM

7. I've stopped using FF miles for trips...

 

Too many restrictions and not subject to upgrade. Rather, Iíve been using them to purchase my status each year. I had to achieve status the first time thru the normal course, but since then, I get an annual offer to maintain my status by purchasing it with my miles plus a few (or several) bucks.

The key is sticking with one airline. Always chasing price by jumping around to different airlines wonít get you there.

Iím all for equality until I get on an airplane! Lol (halfway joking!)

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Response to VarryOn (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 11:37 AM

12. Interesting. So you mean like gold status and it's worth it to you

To pay for that because you get free bag? Free upgrades etc etc

We have been putting everything we can think of on the AA credit card just to get points. And paying it off every month. But hell if it'll never get us to the point where we want two free tickets it will go on ad infinitum

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #12)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 04:37 PM

14. Any status is better than none...

 

Although gold wonít get you many upgrades to first. There are a lot of gold status folks. It will help you some in the event of a hiccup during a trip. If thereís one seat left and the other passenger has no status, you win! Also, with gold, you get to board in an earlier group, and you get a free checked bag.

I fly only American Airlines, so thatís the only one Iím familiar with. Iím a fan of the AA Elite Mastercard. Although, it costs $400 a year, it gives you access to the Admirals Club, two free checked bags, group four boarding, and other benefits. Having access to the Admirals Club is worth it. You can get away from the masses, get free Wi-Fi, plenty of phone charging, snacks, free alcohol, and much shorter lines to a customer service agent. And you can get all that even if you have no status.

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