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Joined: May 21st, 2006, 4:46 am

March 21st, 2011, 8:52 pm #1

I just booked award travel for 3 people to Costa Rica next winter! Spokane to San Jose, Costa Rica for only 35,000 miles per ticket! People complain that they can't get award travel for the lowest number of miles. Well, yeah, if you wait until the last minute. But most airlines book 331 days out, and the early bird gets the worm. The longer you wait, the less the chance of getting a seat, let alone a cheap seat, let alone multiple cheap seats. I have ALWAYS managed to get cheap seats (lowest number of miles) for tickets to Australia, 4 times to Europe and now Costa Rica, usually booking 10-12 months out. I always know a year in advance where I want to go next--and always need that much time to save up $$$ for the trip, anyway.

We are planning to take an escorted tour through the jungle, rain/cloud forests, volcanoes and beaches, then stay at the beach for 3-4 days at the end of the tour. Can't resist a beach in February!

PPS Tickets are on American. I got ALL of these miles, and then some, from credit card bonuses--100,000 bonus miles per card for Visa and Amex accounts for both DH and myself. (400,000 miles!). Had to charge $10,000 on each card, but not hard when you are building a house! But also used for EVERYTHING else. CC miles do add up, but it only works if you pay in full each month. Now if I could just afford to use the rest of them.....
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Joined: November 14th, 2005, 9:47 pm

March 23rd, 2011, 3:30 am #2

I wasn't able to get the lowest price ticket (coach RT for 25,000 miles) but I got something almost as good. My ticket was 37,500 miles, with the first leg in first class and the return in coach. Oh, and I have to arrive and depart in the "middle of the night" (12:30 am and 2:45 am respectively) but that won't be as hard as it sounds. If Alaska in May is anything like Norway in June, I won't be sleeping much anyway.....I have a very hard time sleeping when the sun is out!
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Joined: May 21st, 2006, 4:46 am

March 23rd, 2011, 4:18 am #3

and there were 21 hours of daylight. The other 3 hours weren't what you'd call dark, either. Take a sleeping mask.
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Joined: March 18th, 2011, 10:44 pm

March 23rd, 2011, 5:58 am #4

I just booked award travel for 3 people to Costa Rica next winter! Spokane to San Jose, Costa Rica for only 35,000 miles per ticket! People complain that they can't get award travel for the lowest number of miles. Well, yeah, if you wait until the last minute. But most airlines book 331 days out, and the early bird gets the worm. The longer you wait, the less the chance of getting a seat, let alone a cheap seat, let alone multiple cheap seats. I have ALWAYS managed to get cheap seats (lowest number of miles) for tickets to Australia, 4 times to Europe and now Costa Rica, usually booking 10-12 months out. I always know a year in advance where I want to go next--and always need that much time to save up $$$ for the trip, anyway.

We are planning to take an escorted tour through the jungle, rain/cloud forests, volcanoes and beaches, then stay at the beach for 3-4 days at the end of the tour. Can't resist a beach in February!

PPS Tickets are on American. I got ALL of these miles, and then some, from credit card bonuses--100,000 bonus miles per card for Visa and Amex accounts for both DH and myself. (400,000 miles!). Had to charge $10,000 on each card, but not hard when you are building a house! But also used for EVERYTHING else. CC miles do add up, but it only works if you pay in full each month. Now if I could just afford to use the rest of them.....
Sounds like an awesome trip!
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