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A Great Deal for Using Miles on Business Class to Paris that I Completely Forgot About

(Credit to my father for this…)

Most mileage nerds out there are aware of the greatest business class deal to Europe (63,000 ANA miles gets you a biz class ticket to London on Virgin Atlantic…you can transfer Amex Rewards points into ANA).

The second greatest deal?  75,000 BA miles gets you a roundtrip ticket from New York or DC to Paris on all-premium carrier Openskies (technically, you book it in Premium Economy; but Openskies’ Biz Seat is really a business class product).  You may already have 75,000 miles from the BA Credit Card offer from a little while back.  Or transfer 60,000 Starwood points into BA to get 75,000 miles.  Yes, you’re stuck with about $400 in taxes.  Bummer, I know.  And yes, you can often get a ticket for $1600 round trip.  But still, who wants to spend $1200 when you’ve got BA miles sitting around.  This is quite a deal…

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  1. The ANA award chart is distance-based. 63k is the cost for JFK-LHR roundtrip. IAD-LHR becomes 68k. LAX-LHR becomes 85k.

    Now, if you fly on Virgin Atlantic they don’t add fuel surcharges. So it’s not just cheaper in miles but also cash outlay to use ANA miles to redeem on Virgin that to use Virgin’s own program.

    But bear in mind that many of their Star Alliance partners don’t add fuel surcharges, and ANA does for flights not operated by Virgin. So for instance LAX-FRA on LH in business redeemed with Aeroplan points would require fewer miles AND less cash than the same seats redeemed with ANA miles…

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