Points Miles and Bling

Anshul was a hyper mobile professional, traveling across 5 continents, to recruit international students for Canada. Now he travels predominantly on miles and points and loves to share his personal travel gaffes and triumphs.

375% Alaska miles on Sub-2K Icelandair Business Class Fares to Europe!

Icelandair has published great fares to Europe out of Toronto, Canada from Oct-Dec 2017. Economy fares start at $500 CAD (~$370 USD) and Business class fares from $2400 CAD (~$1800 USD). Flying on Icelandair Business Class fares has tremendous perks – up to 375% Alaska Miles!!! Icelandair is a Alaska partner and flying Saga Class (Icelandair Business) earns 150% miles + additional 100% bonus + upto 125% bonus miles for Alaska Elite members. For Example: A round trip from Toronto to Amsterdam, listed at $2400 (~$1750 USD) will earn 7466 Base miles + 3733 Class of Service bonus + 7466...

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Do babies born inflight get free lifetime flights?

Yesterday, an expectant mother went into premature labour and gave birth onboard Jet Airways flight 9W569, traveling from Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Kochi, India. The mother was helped by Jet Airways crew members and a nurse traveling on the flight. The latest addition to the frequent flier community was born somewhere over the Arabian Sea, when the crew declared a medical emergency and diverted the flight to Mumbai. The flight resumed its service to Kochi after a 90 minute delay in Mumbai. An airline official, as per statement given to Hindustan Times, confirmed “Being the first baby to be born in-flight...

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Review: ANA Business Class Bangkok to Tokyo on 787-9 Dreamliner

This was my first time flying ANA Business Class and I absolutely loved both, the hard product and the service! It was the second leg of my four segment trip back from Saigon to Ottawa (SGN-BKK-NRT-IAD-YOW). I could have flown ANA business directly  from SGN to NRT on a 767-300 with old angled seats, but BKK-NRT sector runs a sparkling 787-9 aircraft. So I chose to backtrack SGN-BKK, on Thai Business Class 777-200 (review of my 1.5 hour flight) instead, to enjoy a lovely 6 hour overnight journey in a Boeing 787-9! Flt: NH808 Bangkok (BKK) – Tokyo Narita (NRT) Aircraft: Boeing 787-9 Duration: 5hr 50min ANA Business...

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Review: Thai Royal Silk Lounge in Bangkok

Thai Royal Silk lounge is located on the third floor of concourse D at Suvarnabhumi International airport in Bangkok (BKK). After skipping most of my meal on the short flight from Saigon to Bangkok in Thai Airways 777-200 (Business class review here), I was keen on getting to the lounge for a warm meal and some quite work time. Thai Royal Silk lounge, Bangkok This was my first visit to this lounge and the signage in concourse D were easy to follow along. I arrived at the check-in desk just before 11pm to what seemed like a very busy lounge...

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Tipping etiquette matters, get it right! New interactive map

Tipping etiquette is a fundamental part of travel and one that invokes a wide range of emotion amongst travelers.  It is a socio-cultural behavior that we grow up with, becomes second nature and takes a conscious effort to change or adapt. I broke the Tipping etiquette I grew up in India of the 90’s where generally tipping was neither expected nor a part of our social construct, unless it was fine dining. An exceptional service would warrant a 5% tip, maybe! Then I moved to Canada and my world was rocked with ‘mandatory’ 15% tip. Between 15% tip and...

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Review: Thai Business Class 777-200 Saigon (SGN) to Bangkok (BKK)

This segment on Thai Business class 777-200 was part of my trip back from Saigon (SGN), Vietnam to Washington DC (IAD). My complete itinerary included SGN-BKK-NRT-IAD-YOW and cost me 75K + $214 CAD using Aeroplan. Flt TG557 Saigon (SGN) – Bangkok (BKK) Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 Duration: 1hr 30min Check in at Saigon SGN I arrived two hours before scheduled departure and that was enough to complete check-in and immigration procedures. Thai Airways check-in counters were located in section D and the procedure was smooth as it could be. The agent handed me an invitation to the Rose Business lounge (which I have reviewed before) and also...

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Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Montreal (YUL)

My visit to the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge at Montreal’s Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport was part of my journey from Canada to India via Zurich. This elegant lounge was a great precursor to my throne seat Swiss Air Business class ride to Zurich. Access to the Lounge As per Air Canada’s policies, following passengers can access the lounge; Business Class Ticket Holders Air Canada Maple Leaf Club Members Altitude Super Elite 100K, Elite 75K and Elite 50K Members Star Alliance Gold Members Holders of American Express AeroplanPlus Reserve, Platinum or Corporate Platinum Card Customers Travelling on a Latitude or Flex Fare Air...

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Ottawa Points and Miles meetup on May 28, 2017

All set to host the next edition of Ottawa Points and Miles meetup on Sunday, May 28, 2017 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm (EST). Please remember to RSVP your spot. Ottawa Points and Miles community The Ottawa points and miles community is close knit group of 30 odd passionate travelers, and always looking to grow. Join us if you love finding ways to travel for cheap through travel hacking. We will discuss and share tips and tricks for the following; Supercharging your points and miles balance MS in Canada Redemption sweet spots and award booking tricks Credit card bonuses Chasing elite status/Status...

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Review: Swiss Business Class, throne seat on A330 Montreal to Zurich

Swiss business class is a solid product and I have flown them several times before. In fact, Swiss is my go-to airline when trying to book via Aeroplan. This flight was part of my trip to India, YUL-ZRH-BOM and was booked using Aeroplan miles, 75K + $75.45 CAD in taxes. Flt LX 87 Montreal (YUL) – Zurich (ZRH) Aircraft: Airbus A330-300ER Duration: 7hr 25min Seat: 12A (Business Class – Throne Seat) Swiss Business Class Throne Seat When flying solo, my favorite seats in Business class are the ‘Throne seats’ which offer a great mix of space and privacy – 4A/6A/8A/10A. I do my best...

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Buy Alaska Mileage miles with 50% bonus and IHG flash sale

Second quarter promotions are off to a great start. Alaska Mileage Plan has announced its most lucrative offer yet – buy Alaska Milage miles with 50% bonus! Three out of the four accounts I manage were targeted with up to 50% bonus offer. Alaska regularly sells miles at 30-40% bonus but this is the highest bonus offer I have seen and is available until July 1, 2017. If you were holding back on buying Alaska miles, this is the time and hopefully your account was targeted with the 50% bonus as well. As per usual, the bonuses are tiered...

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