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You’re about to become obsessed…

As if points weren’t enough of an obsession, airlines are now tugging at the heartstrings with limited time promotions too good to pass up. These points promos don’t last long, require a bit of research and may cause mild interim stress, but the potential is totally worth it. Garuda Indonesia is a five star airline with excellent first and business class seats, and extensive  routes throughout Asia, Pacific and Europe. You’re about to become obsessed with Garuda, because they’re offering up to 70% off redemptions using points you can create with a few credit cards, and you can potentially score first class for a mere 27,000 points…

a close-up of a television on a tableThe Promotion

Garuda once offered 90% off  redemptions using miles, which sent the points & miles nerd community into orbit. The promotion proved difficult to redeem, but Garuda has since made huge strides with their loyalty program and seats can now be booked online with ease. Thanks to a tip off from Boarding Area’s new leading Indonesian blog PinterPoin, Garuda Indonesia is back with a highly intriguing, and potentially very lucrative deal. The airline is offering a discount on the points you need, based on the number of passengers you book. Here’s how it goes…

  • Booking for 1 person gets you 30% off. 
  • Booking for 2 people gets you 50% off.
  • Booking for 3 people gets you 70% off. 

It’s that simple.

a tall tower in Tokyo Tower at nightIf you are booking three tickets on the same flight, you’ll enjoy 70% off the total points rate. If you are booking two, 50% and just for you, 30%. Garuda doesn’t have an extremely lucrative chart to begin with, but when you factor in 70% off – that all changes. Garuda charges 90,000 points one way in business class between Amsterdam and Jakarta, and 90,000 points one way on the 7 hour flight between Bali and Tokyo. Using the 70% discount, you’d enjoy the following…

  • 16,200 one way business  between Bali and Australia.
  • 18,000 one way business between Jakarta and Australia.
  • 27,000 one way business between Europe & Jakarta. 
  • 27,000 one way first class between Bali or Jakarta and Tokyo. 

Here’s a link to the Garuda chart. Simply multiply each one way rate by the number of people traveling, and then apply the 30%, 50% or 70% discount, depending on whether you’re traveling with 1 or 2 travel companions. For one person, enter the promo code: BURNOW when booking. For two, or three people, enter HAPPYM when booking.

a woman sitting in a chair with a phone and headphonesThe Gritty Details

You’ve had the sizzle, and now it’s time to face the music. Without flying, the only lucrative way to create Garuda Indonesia miles is with Citi ThankYou Points. Citi ThankYou Points transfer at a 1:1 ratio to Garuda and you’ll need to create a Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles account before moving your points. You cannot take advantage of these points discounts using any other airline miles or credit card points. You need GarudaMiles or Citi ThankYou Points you can transfer to Garuda. The promo is valid…

  • For travel January 1st, 2019 – March 31st, 2019. 
  • You must book your ticket online by November 30th, 2018. 

a close-up of a seatHow To Book

PinterPoin has an excellent guide on booking Garuda Indonesia flights with miles. You’ll do best searching and booking on Garuda’s website. Availability is generally excellent. For the chance to spend just 27,000 miles on a first class suite, or even fewer on a nice long haul business seat it’s totally worth it. The three person requirement to take 70% off is steep, but feel free to leave your interest in joining a booking in the comments. Maybe people can get together and make the world a smaller place by traveling together on this deal?

Are you taking advantage of this awesome deal?

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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