I like this fare for Proper Prior Planners. Three day minimum, good to either Lihue or Honolulu all the way through April 15th of next year. Under $300 round trip on United Airlines. If you are going this summer (fares starts August 20th), fall or winter, you may want to combine this with a cheap fare to Newark from your hometown. And if you are a New Yorker, go visit your friends on the Jersey side.
The Flying Critic Helps in my Quest for 1K
If I thought about the number of hours I invest sometimes in these crazy routing and mileage hunts I may get discouraged. But it is such a puzzle every time I try to find the perfect fit for the current goal or promotion.
Yesterday I got an email offering a suggestion to my current quest. It was a domestic routing using the west coast bounce and heading back east on the outbound before turning around, bouncing around on the west coast again and heading back to NYC. It was a terrific suggestion and I’m working those parameters now. The pricing comes out great at 2.55 cents per EQM and really free, with the vouchers I’ve got, but I’m still trying to tweak it. I have $100 and $75 off coupons I’m trying to use and they (United.bomb) won’t let me use them with the multi city option. (remember I am frugal), and I’d like to redeye one or two of them if I can to cut down on hotel costs. I still have the LGA-ORD-ANC-DEN-LGA itinerary on hold until 11:59 PM tonight.
I’m not whining I promise. I’m frustrated. But the goal is worth the effort, and I really love the challenge. I will keep you advised and thanks again and continued success with your blog.
PS: I wish I could get the EWR-LIH or HNL fare listed above to work, but it doesn’s start until 8/20/08. But check that one out for yourselves.
The fare dropped by $200 to the $300 range. I used a $75 off coupon for $200.50
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
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Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
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- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49