Getting the International Award

Getting the International Award

New international award flight opportunities are opening up as airlines rush to secure the lucrative international business travel market. The last few months have seen a surge in U.S. airlines expanding into world markets. Delta is gambling that their 12 new routes across the Atlantic will help bolster their bottom line while United has also added flights to that part of the world. American, Continental, and Delta are all expanding into Latin America and Delta is seeking the rights to fly into China. What this means for frequent flyers is a whole new slew of award opportunities. The Wall Street Journal reports that on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Duesseldorf in July, only about a third of the seats in business class were occupied and on a Continental flight from Cologne to Newark the same month, only six of the 16 seats in business class were occupied. And don’t be put off by the possibility of flying into Duesseldorf or Cologne instead of Paris or Rome. With high-speed trains and low-cost regional air carriers, those award tickets might just be the best way to secure a seat to Europe in the busiest travel season of the year. This may just be one of the best hidden secrets for award redemption — hiding in plain sight.

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