16+ Hours Of Qatar Airways  First Class For Just 50,000 Points…

Points really are magical- and they’re simpler than you think. There have never been as many ways to become fully loaded (with points that is), without even traveling. With that in mind- if you’ve got the dough to buy a Big Mac, the McDonalds kind, not the expensive computer kind- you can unlock some incredible, luxurious air travel experiences. Like First Class between the Middle East and Asia in either direction…

Like…Qatar Airways First Class For Buying A Big Mac.

The first step here is believing that just because it doesn’t sound real, doesn’t mean it isn’t. Qatar Airways, Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific are all partners of American Airlines. American Airlines charges just 50,000 points for one way in First Class between the Middle East or India and all of  Asia in either direction. Asia and the Middle East aren’t exactly next door, so whichever way you fly, you can log a lot of time in pure luxury. This is a top first class complete with $150 a bottle champagne, a huge bed and an actual cocktail bar on board. You’re now probably wondering how the Big Mac ties in…

60,000 Points For One Purchase, But You Only Need 50,000…

We say Big Mac, you say gum, beer, coffee, sushi- it doesn’t matter. One purchase is all it takes to trigger a 60,000 point bonus- giving you 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles for the Barclaycard Aviator Red credit card. All you need is 50,000 for one way in first class. If Qatar Airways award winning business class is all you need to be happy, you need just 40,000 points- leaving enough left over for a free trip in the U.S. or anywhere else in the world…

Free Checked Bags + Priority Boarding Covers The $95 Fee.

We don’t get paid a dime by the credit card companies- we just think this offer is too cool to pass up. The card has a $95 annual fee- but you get unlimited free checked bags for everyone on your reservation and priority boarding. This is massive. At $25 a bag on American, two people doing one round trip would save $100- instantly netting $5 in savings, not including the perks of priority boarding. You get the gist- it’s really 60,000 points for buying a Big Mac!

Maximizing Your Experience With A Cool  Routing Trick…

American Airlines has a rule which allows you to add a second flight for no extra miles. If you’re coming from Japan or Korea to the Middle East or India, or vice versa, you can build in a stop up to 23 hours and 59 minutes in Southeast Asia en route (either direction). SO- you could fly from Japan to Guangzhou, China or Bangkok, Thailand in business class- spend a night and a day in either destination and then connect onto Qatar Airways First Class aboard their A380.

Don’t Stop There

Japan to Hong Kong is about 4 hours in the air, and Bangkok to Doha is around 8, giving you ample time to unwind and enjoy! This is just one example. If going to or from Asia 1, you can make a brief stopover anywhere in Asia 2, before carrying onto the Middle East or Indian sub continent on Qatar, Etihad, Cathay or Japan Airlines to Doha, Dubai and beyond. That’s right- it’s possible to fly Etihad instead, if you’d prefer to fly direct between Tokyo and Abu Dhabi. Get creative- but no matter what- get out and do this. No telling how long First Class will still go for just 50,000 points.