It’s a ridiculous statement, isn’t it? You spending hours and hours in the most luxurious airline seat in the sky, with a private room – all for buying a latte and eating dinner. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s really, truly, honestly not. Without any millionaire requirements there’s a way to leverage a few incredible promotions and offers into the best flying experience on earth. Here’s how.
The Barclaycard Aviator Red “AAdvantage” card is a smashing deal. We say latte- but any purchase after approval will trigger the 60,000 point bonus. That’s remarkable. Yep, a pack of gum, newspaper or a Bentley would each trigger your 60,000 points. The card has a $95 annual fee, but the points alone are worth thousands. Plus- you get free checked bags with American all year.
Who knew your dinner habits could be so lucrative. To make your first class flight happen, you’ll need 62,500 miles. Fortunately, you can earn the extra 2,500 miles needed just by eating dinner- thanks to a lucrative dining bonus. American Airlines AAdvantage will give you 1,500 bonus miles for your first meal, and 500 for each subsequent meal. Just spend $25 bucks on a meal. Easy.
You can fly from Europe to the Middle East in an apartment in the sky for just 62,500 miles. This works vice versa as well. For just 40,000 miles you can take a shorter journey within the Middle East and India, or for 50,000 miles, you can fly between the Middle East and Asia. Basically- you can spend at least 8 hours in total luxury just for buying dinner and a coffee. Note: Etihad flies their A380 with the fancy apartment between Paris, London and Abu Dhabi.
Assuming you can handle the coffee (or tea) and the eating part- all that’s left with your 62,500 miles is booking your ridiculously posh flight. To do so, you need to find “guest” space on Etihad. You can search for guest space on the Etihad Website, following the steps laid out here. To then book the seats, you can just call the American Airlines AAdvantage customer service number.