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If you're a savvy traveler you probably know that buying miles is generally a bad idea. Generally is not always. Occasionally we find the perfect storm where a combination of cheap miles, award chart sweet spots and top international carriers come together to offer golden opportunities. Here's how to experience some of the best cabins in the world for a fraction of the cost...

The Elevator Pitch...

Everyone wants to fly business or first class but on many of the longest routes to the best places it's never affordable. If you buy miles with a purpose, in a great limited time sale, you can hedge your costs, making some of the greatest cabins in the world well within reach if you know which airlines and routes to use them on. We're going to show you exactly how to do that using Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles from their excellent sale. Here are a few examples...

We'll show you some examples and then how to buy the points and find space below...

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Cathay Business Class Round Trip Europe to Asia...

For 85,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles round trip, which costs $1773 (USD), you can fly round trip business class on Cathay Pacific between anywhere in Europe and anywhere in Asia. You get a free stopover in each direction, so you could use your ticket to stop in Hong Kong on the way to Tokyo, and then in Bangkok on the way back through Hong Kong. BUY HERE.

Qantas First Class US To Australia...

For 70,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles one way, which costs $1478 (USD), you can fly in the best style possible between the US and Australia in either direction on Qantas First Class. These tickets never cost less than $9000 round trip or $10,000 one way, so getting a seat on one of the longest flights in the world for a mere fraction is pretty awesome. You can make one stopover in each direction, allowing you to even check out New Zealand while you're there. BUY HERE.

Cathay First Class US To Africa Through Asia...

For 70,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles one way, which costs $1478 (USD), or double that for round trip, you can literally fly around the world in Cathay Pacific's award winning first class. This is an incredible opportunity because the only way to fly Cathay between the US and Africa is through Asia, allowing you to see Hong Kong on the way and then add a stopover in each direction within Africa. It's more than 40 hours in First Class for less than $3,000. BUY HERE.

Cathay Business Class India To Asia...

For 60,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles round trip, which costs $1271 (USD), you can take advantage of very loose region definitions and stopovers for a lot of business class travel between India and Asia. You can stopover once in each direction, essentially creating two trips out of one round trip. For example, you could fly from Mumbai to Hong Kong and then continue onto Tokyo, before returning from Tokyo through Singapore on the way to Delhi. If you maximize this, you can spend more than 24 hours in award winning business class. BUY HERE.

HOW TO BUY THE MILES AND BOOK...

The first thing you'll need to do is create a FREE Alaska Mileage Plan account (HERE) if you have not already done so. You'll need to login to see your mystery bonus, which will be between 35-50%. I was targeted for a 40% bonus, so if you get 50%, the prices will be even lower. Once you have an account with Alaska, follow THIS LINK to buy your points. The best way to then search for space for your flight is to use British Airways website while logged in using miles or to call Alaska, find a friendly agent and see what space they see. Enjoy!