🏃 Mike on the Move: My 25-hour, all-business-class journey home
Most of this week will be uneventful in terms of travel, as I will be taking a much-needed break from travel for a month or so.
Today, however, I'm beginning a 3-day, multi-country journey back home that involves some bucket list flights and a travel hack that you will want to know about.
My first few legs will be in Oman Air's very luxurious business class, including their Apex Suites, which are basically really private and spacious pods with lie-flat beds. I booked this journey with 60,000 Aeroplan points (one of the few ways you can book Oman Air flights).
Considering I'm getting three flights and about 14 hours in business class, I consider this to be a pretty good deal.
Personally, I think Oman Air is an excellent option for transiting through the Middle East.
They generally have a lot of award availability and reasonable redemption rates, plus their first-class lounge (also accessible by business class passengers) is rarely overcrowded like some of the other big Middle Eastern carriers.
In my opinion, this adds a lot of value to the overall experience.
From here, I'll spend a couple of nights in Milan before heading back to Toronto.
In the first newsletter of 2023, I mentioned one of my strategies for the year involving booking round-trip flights with Europe as the origin.
This is precisely what I'm doing this week, and I'll show you what I mean.
A one-way flight from Milan to Toronto on Air Canada runs about $1,400... which is a lot.
But a round-trip flight from Milan to Toronto and back to Milan only costs $476, including that same exact flight from earlier...
Since I need to be in Europe again in May for my trip to Greenland, I just booked a round-trip flight from Milan to Toronto this week and the return leg back to Milan for my trip in mid-May.
Since Air Canada is the airline I fly most and where I have the highest elite status, I can use upgrade credits to turn these economy flights into business-class ones and also rack up miles toward next year's elite status, all while saving a ton of money.
When I finish my Greenland trip in May, I'll use the same exact strategy to book a round-trip for yet another hop over to Europe later in the year.
Try out this exercise with your favorite airline, and you'll probably find that the same rules apply. If you travel overseas a lot (or even a few times a year), this could be a game-changer.
That's gonna do it for today, y'all. I hope you found today's travel hacks useful and can take advantage of some of them.
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