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Earn And Burn

Updated 2/25/16

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Earn And Burn

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In 2014, Daraius Dubash and Emily Jablon traveled to the Maldives along with Emily’s parents and two other family members.  They used United Airlines miles to fly on Lufthansa in business class from the United States to India.  At the time Emily and Daraius made the reservations, the award tickets cost 60,000 United Airlines miles for each one-way Business Class ticket.  After visiting India, they bought the cheapest tickets available to fly from Bombay to Male, the capital of the Maldives.

The Maldives is a chain of tropic island located in the Indian Ocean, just south of India.  The Maldives is often referred to by travel enthusiasts as an aspirational destination because of the “white sand beaches and crystal clear blue water.”  Emily’s trip affirmed that notion when she reflected, “Daraius and I have been to many beach destinations such as Bora Bora, Maui, and Kauai on miles and points, but the Maldives tops them all!”

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The trip was inspired by two miles and points devaluations that were on the horizon.  The first devaluation was that Emily and Daraius wanted to make the most of their Hilton points before a Hilton devaluation in 2013 that increased the cost per night at the Conrad Maldives from 50,000 points per night to 95,000 Hilton Hhonors points per night.  The second devaluation was that Emily and Daraius wanted to make the most of their United Airlines miles before a United devaluation in 2014 increased the cost per award from the United State to India from 60,000 miles per ticket to 80,000 United Airlines miles per one-way ticket on Lufthansa. – Adapted from Million Mile Secrets

Journey far,

― Joe


Some people will let miles burn a hole in their pocket. Others will put them in a jar in the cupboard and save them for rainy days.
Randy Peterson

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