Mileage running to Dubai: it’s a sickness

In just over a month, I’ll be heading to Dubai, UAE for the Dubai Air Show. I’m really excited to be traveling out there (not to mention it was a really good deal), because I’ve never been to Dubai, and the air show is rumored to be pretty awesome. For just a little over $700, I’m flying out of LAX to Dubai — but the trouble is that I live in San Diego. How will I get there? Drive? Train? Nope. Looks like I’m flying San Diego to LAX…via Orlando.


November’s Dubai trip is looking like it’s going to be a lot of fun. I still don’t have a whole lot planned yet (including where I’m going to stay), but I’m excited nevertheless to be heading there. When it’s all said and done, I’ll have earned 18,714 base miles from flying for 20 or so hours each way, plus another 18,714 miles because of my status with United. What does that mean? 37,428 miles by the time I get home, or more than enough for one-way saver flight to London from San Diego.

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UPDATED: Earn 10-25k bonus points with American Airlines/British Airways’ “Happiness Fund”

Here at Carpe Points, we have a love-hate relationship with British Airways Avios. They’re incredibly useful for booking domestic U.S. flights (odd, right?), but generally a pain in the neck (and expensive) to book flights on British Airways, especially from the U.S. west coast.

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South Africa to Miami on British Airways with Avios? A few options

Recently, one of our readers from South Africa contacted us with a question about using British Airways Avios to fly from Johannesburg to Miami in December, and hoped to avoid wintry London in the process.

British Airways Avios is the currency for frequent flier points on British Airways and Iberia; they may also be used to fly on other airlines in the Oneworld alliance, including American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, JAL, Qantas, and more.

The path of least resistance is almost always using the airline of the frequent flier currency you’ve got. In this case, British Airways – and the shortest pathway from South Africa to North America is a westbound route.

With that in mind, Johannesburg-London-Miami is the most logical route – but if our object is to avoid London, that strikes that idea out.

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Reader question: How can I actually use my British Airways Avios points?

From our Facebook page, one of our readers asked a question about using his British Airways Avios points for travel from San Diego to Istanbul:

I can NOT book BA round trip Club World from San Diego to Istanbul on the dates I want (or almost anytime it is not freezing) but even if I could, I would need to pay $1200+ in fees. Or I can just pay the same amount to United for an excellent one-stop round trip flight on the days I actually want, and earn United points (my airline of choice). What is going on out there? Why can’t I find any seats?

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