Fly economy around the world for less than 125,000 membership rewards points – one mile at a time 1 unit electricity price india

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I get the enjoyment of flying first class, but with so many countries I want to see, I’d rather fly in economy and visit more! Working on getting the signup bonus for my business platinum. I should have about 270k MR to go with 100k Avios in the next few months.

With that in mind, I was going to take a look at a few great ways to book economy flights for those about to earn 125,000 Membership Rewards, but I decided to take a slightly different angle. People often ask about booking round-the-world awards, and depending on the program those can be decent values (though are often tricky to book).

In many cases you can get a better deal by piecing together a trip using multiple awards from multiple programs, so I thought I’d put together an example of how you could piece together a trip around the world with economy class awards. Even if you’re not interested in an economy RTW right at the moment, hopefully this provides you with some inspiration for different ways to use miles.

Currently, Air France-KLM Flying Blue requires 25,000 miles to fly one-way from the U.S. to Europe — yes, Israel is included in their definition of Europe. However, Flying Blue is making some changes and as of June 1, 2018, the lowest level award from the west coast will be 29,000 miles.

From New York (JFK), you will still be able to book for 25,000 miles while booking from Miami (MIA) will drop to 22,000 miles. Departing from other east coast airports such as Boston (BOS) and Washington Dulles (IAD) will require 26,000 miles.

Even with the change, 29,000 miles to Tel Aviv (TLV) is about as good as it’s going to get in economy. If you fly KLM through Amsterdam (AMS), you’ll have a layover of 9 or nearly 12 hours which is plenty of time to leave the airport and explore the city. Flying Air France into Paris (CDG), you could build in a layover of 12 hours. How to book with Flying Blue miles

After exploring Israel, you can head over to Jordan to visit Amman and Petra — plan ahead for this as it’s not as simple as hopping in a car and you might need to sort out visa issues prior to crossing the border. From Amman (AMM) you can fly to London (LHR) on British Airways. If you’re flying during off-peak periods, you can get this flight for 10,000 Avios.

If you’ve looked at the LHR-PRG route on gcmap.com, you’ve probably noticed it’s listed at 651 miles which would bump it to the next award tier at 6,500 Avios off-peak. Fortunately, British Airways doesn’t hold that one single mile against you. As of this writing, London to Prague still prices at 4,000 Avios off-peak.

From Prague, you can jet off to Seoul (ICN) by booking an economy ticket on Czech Airlines with 12,805 Etihad Guest miles. Probably not an airline you’re used to flying, but Czech Airlines flies an Airbus A330-300 (leased from Korean Air) on this route.

If you feel like mixing in a business class flight on this journey, this is the flight to do it. For a small premium (less than 13,000 additional miles) you can book a one-way business class award for only 25,610 miles. How to book with Etihad Guest miles

After enjoying some Korean BBQ and perhaps some soju, you can make your way to Bangkok (BKK) but not before exploring Hong Kong (HKG) for a few days and having some more amazing food. Each segment is charged separately when you use British Airways Avios, so you can stay in Hong Kong for as long as you’d like.

From NRT, you can then fly to Los Angeles (LAX). Stopovers on one-way saver awards with Singapore KrisFlyer are not free but, at $100 each, they can easily be worth it. The taxes/fees should come out to around $63 since Singapore Airlines doesn’t hit you with fuel surcharges on its own flights. How to book with Singapore Krisflyer miles

To book, you can search for space on Singapore Airlines’ site but you’ll need to call (1-800-742-3333) to book since you’re including stopovers. Make sure you aren’t charged a phone booking fee since this cannot be done online. Los Angeles to San Francisco for 5,500 Delta SkyMiles

As an Amex Business Platinum cardholder, you can receive a 35% rebate if you use your Membership Rewards points to book a flight through Amex Travel. If you find a great cash fare deal, you might actually save some points by booking through Amex Travel.

While the flights might not be a comfy as business or first class, economy class might be just the ticket if you’re looking use your points to visit as many places as possible. I chose these flights to highlight some of the best economy redemptions for your Amex points — if you booked business class on these tickets you’d need ~220,000 points, and there are better ways to structure premium-cabin trips.

The example above is just one example of how you could piece together an around-the-world itinerary but you could easily just book simple round-trips with a stopover. With 125,000 Membership Rewards points, you’ll have plenty of ways to book economy flight and see the world.