i recently noticed the citi premierpass Expedia credit card and believe it can be a good deal for booking flights. i'd appreciate some help in analyzing the value behind booking long distance flights on the card. the concept i have in mind is layering the fat wallet 5% Cash Back on top of the Expedia rewards points on top of the citi Expedia card thankyou points (2x points per $ spent on Expedia + 1 thankyou point per 3 miles flown on flights you buy on Expedia. let's look at 2 examples:
Flight 1: Thu. Jan. 3 New York Nairobi Brussels, Kigali JFK 5:15pm NBO 11:35pm +1 day 2 Stops 22h 20m Brussels Airlines 502 Brussels Airlines 463 Brussels Airlines 463
Flight 2: Wed. Jun. 5 Dublin Las Vegas Washington DUB 11:20am LAS 10:12pm 1 Stop 18h 52m UNITED 127 UNITED 461 $949
Flight 1: Mon. Feb. 4 Nairobi Mumbai Abu Dhabi NBO 2:35pm BOM 3:15am +1 day 1 Stop 10h 10m Etihad Airways 642 Etihad Airways 7600 operated by Jet Airways
Flight 2: Tue. Apr. 9 Delhi London Abu Dhabi DEL 5:00am LHR 1:15pm 1 Stop 12h 45m Etihad Airways 211 Etihad Airways 19 $566
these are some pretty long range flights per $ and i believe this is the correct math behind thankyou points: (F(fare)*2)+(M(miles flown)/3). here are those points summarized for the two bookings:
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posted: Nov. 14, 2012 @ 11:02p
i'd like to add that a major draw seems to be that the cardholder earns 1 thank you point per 3 miles flown on a ticket booked on Expedia with the Expedia card whether they are the name on the ticket or not. so if was to convince my a friend or relative to let me book the flights on their behalf and they just pay a check to me for the balance of $1515, then i receive $193.57 in "cash" value back through the combined 3 bonus programs for making the booking. any frequent flyer miles can be earned and claimed by the person on the ticket.
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