The old saying goes, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” There is also more than one way to book a Business Class seat for your next flight.
For those of us not high enough
on the corporate ladder to have our company pay the tab, flying Business Class
usually means one of two things: paying out of pocket, or using our accumulated
frequent flier miles for an upgrade.
Airlines have long offered the
option of buying additional miles for their frequent flier programs, but the
price of those miles generally hovers around four cents a mile, meaning that
the 100,000 miles you might need for a round-trip business class ticket for an
overseas trip would cost around $4,000 – essentially the same price as if you
paid cash for the ticket.
Occasionally, airlines offer
specials that bring the price of additional miles down considerably, but those
are limited-time offers and, unless you have a trip planned, buying more miles
just to have them sitting in your account doesn’t usually make fiscal sense.
Now, though, there’s another
option: buying additional miles from a third party.
I met Jeremy Kenter, who runs
TBJGlobalTravel.com, at a United Club in Denver this summer, as we were both
ending business trips to the Mile High City. He explained that he both brokers
the exchange of frequent flier miles and keeps an eye out for special deals
using those miles.
This morning, I received an
e-mail from him, alerting me to “a great promotion from US Airways,” which was
offering round trip Business Class passage between North America and Europe for
The e-mail went on to offer
100,000 US Airways miles for $1,900.
Some quick research showed
that, for me, that could amount to a savings of approximately 45%. US Airways’
web site showed a Business Class ticket from Seattle (SEA) to London’s Heathrow
Airport (LHR) in mid-December would have cost about $3,500. Of course, award
seats are almost always on a “space-available basis” and an annual survey by
the company IdeaWorks shows how the various carriers rank.
So, as with any special deal, you’ll have to do some homework to see if the
deal fits with your plans. If it does, score!
If you’re interested in
learning more about TBJGlobal’s services or this special deal, visit the web
site at TBJGlobalTravel.com, or contact Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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