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Air France FlyingBlue has many attractive elements, I just used one with an award client.
I was working with an award client on a trip to Europe and kept running into difficulties with single stop routing. One cool aspect of Air France is that you can route via Mexico City on AeroMexico. It just so happened that they opened up space on the dates we needed, AND it’s flying their new 787-9 featuring Super Diamond seats. Big time win. What’s even better is it avoids an enormous amount of fees that Air France would assess on their own metal. The trick is knowing what’s allowed, and piece the itinerary together yourself, piece by piece. The Air France website, nor the Delta site, will build this trip for you.
However, by knowing the Region Definitions, you have an advantage. Here’s Air France’s North America region definition.
- United States (including Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, excluding Hawaii), Canada, Mexico, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Suriname
Mexico is named. A lot of Air France reps won’t realize that you can route this way so you may need to HUCA and find a rep that will do the due diligence and ticket the award. You can lobby support from the Issuance desk if need be, but it’s good
What does AeroMexico’s 787-9 Business Class look like?
Two separate cabins featuring B/E Super Diamond seats, new touch screen IFE screens, and a walk up bar separating the two cabins. Super Diamonds may be my favorite business class seat. Two other airlines that feature these seats are American ( on some their 772s) and China Airlines. Click to read my reviews of both.
A great deal at 62.5k +$70
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Capital One lit the premium card market on fire when it dropped this card. It quickly was added to our wallet for the following reason!
♥ Earn 100k Bonus Points after $10k Spend in 6 months
♥$300 Annual Travel credit within Capital One Travel Portal
♥2x on every single purchase without limit
♥10x on hotels and car rentals purchased via Capital One Travel
♥5x on airfare purchased within Capital One Travel
♥Erase any travel purchase off your card at a penny a piece with Capital One Travel Eraser
- Access to the Capital One lounge network
- Priority Pass access ( including restaurants for you and two guests ) Authorized Users have access as well
♥ 10k Anniversary Miles every year you keep the card – worth $100 in Capital One Travel or transferred to partners
♥$395 Annual Fee
If you spend more than $400 a year on travel, you’ll quickly offset the annual fee with the $300 travel credit and 10k anniversary bonus. The rest is gravy. And you can add up to 4 Authorized Users fee free!