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Plus, Flying Blue has released their July Promo Awards, and we round out today with some travel trivia.

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Good morning and welcome back to Daily Drop, the Shark Tank of all travel newsletters. Here, it’s good idea after good idea… and the occasional train wreck, of course.

Let's get started:

✈️ Buy one, get one free award flights

We’ve seen a lot of great transfer bonuses and award sales lately, but Avianca has decided to get creative and offer something we haven’t seen yet.

For the next few days, they’re offering TWO very different (and very valuable) award flight promos that will be beneficial to all of you.

Avianca's double-header award sale

Here are the two components of this deal:

  1. Buy one, get one free award flights from the U.S. to Central and South America (when booking for two passengers)

  2. A 20% discount on award flights from the U.S. to Europe

Both of these deals are pretty exciting, and I’ll tell you why…

Avianca offers some pretty incredible rates for flights between the U.S. and Central America, including a few examples below out of Miami:

Examples of cheap award flights from Miami to Central America

But even if you live in the Northeast, Avianca still offers solid rates to cities like San Salvador, where you can fly from New York for just 6,800 LifeMiles one way.

Because of this promotion, you could fly two people round-trip to El Salvador for a grand total of just 13,600 miles and a grand total of about $100 in taxes and fees.

New York to el Salvador for 6,800 miles

That’s a pretty incredible deal for a flight of that distance.

One key aspect of the terms and conditions you’ll want to be aware of is that this is a mileage rebate, NOT a discount.

Therefore, you’ll need to pay the full price for both passengers’ tickets, and then 50% of the overall miles will be rebated.

Terms and Conditions from this offer

But let’s move on to the second part of the promotion, which is likely the more exciting one for most of you…

LifeMiles is also offering a 20% discount on award flights to Europe.

I’ve already told you about how LifeMiles offers better prices on Star Alliance awards to Europe than any other program, so this is a VERY enticing opportunity, especially when you get creative with some of LifeMiles’ sweet spots.

For example, you can fly from New York to Lisbon, Portugal, in business class for just 35,000 LifeMiles on a normal day.

New York to Lisbon for 35,000 LifeMiles in business class

This is ridiculous…

The economy price of the same flight is only 5,000 miles less, so it’s impossible to argue with this value…

For reference, Aeroplan charges 35,000 points for the same flight in economy… 😬

New York to Lisbon for 35,000 Aeroplan points in economy

Anyway, a 20% rebate on this flight would mean flying from the U.S. to Europe in business class for 28,000 miles and $28 in taxes and fees…

So here’s the bottom line:

Avianca continues to woo U.S. travelers with two new AWESOME award flight deals.

Don’t forget that LifeMiles are super easy to earn since you can transfer points to them from any of the following bank programs:

Finally, there is a small bit of fine print that you’ll need to be aware of:

  • There are specific date ranges where this promo applies, so you’ll want to read and re-read the terms on this page before pulling the trigger.

  • Both of these are only valid until July 4th, so hop on these opportunities ASAP!

🎉 Flying Blue’s July Promo Rewards

The start of a new month means the fresh release of Flying Blue’s monthly Promo Rewards!

If you’re new around here (or just need a refresher), each month, Air France and KLM’s joint loyalty program, Flying Blue, releases monthly promos where you can find discounted award flights to destinations all over the world.

Here are the deets for July:

  • Book flights between now and July 31 to receive up to 25% off reward tickets

  • This applies for travel dates through December 31, 2024

…that about sums it up. Pretty easy 🙃

This month features flights from cities all over the U.S. to Europe—Atlanta, Denver, Dallas, Raleigh, and even flights from Montreal (yay Canada!).

Screenshot of Flying Blue's July promo

And as you can see, many of these flights start at just 15,000 miles for economy class!

I say it each month, but that is a killer deal, my friends.

Plus, if you’re already in Europe, there are tons of short and medium-haul flights for just over 5,000 miles 👇

Screenshot of Flying Blue's July promo

If you’d like to see the comprehensive list of destinations (including some interesting ones like Dubai, Santiago de Chile, Beijing, and Osaka), you can do so here.

And if you need some Flying Blue miles in the first place, they’re a transfer partner of every major bank.

So no matter if you signed up for our most popular card from last month or are looking at our current number one card, lucky for you, they both transfer to Flying Blue 🤗

Overall, I freaking love Flying Blue’s program. I always have and likely always will.

With tons of different destinations and routes available, plus a super large booking window, there’s something for everyone here.

🤓 Travel Trivia Tuesday

Which international city is the most expensive in the world for expats to move to in 2024?

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The correct answer is... Hong Kong!

Hong Kong has once again been named the most expensive city in the world for expats in the 2024 Mercer Cost of Living Survey.

Closely following Hong Kong is Singapore, ranked second, with Zurich, Geneva, Basel, and Bern in Switzerland taking third, fourth, fifth, and sixth places.

The survey, which analyzed 226 cities based on the cost of over 200 items, including transportation, food, and entertainment, found New York to be the most expensive U.S. city, coming in at seventh place.

London, which was 17th last year, jumped to eighth place, while Nassau, The Bahamas, and Los Angeles rounded out the top ten.

Toronto was named the most expensive city in Canada at 92nd, followed by Vancouver at 101st. Mexico City saw a significant rise, jumping 46 places to number 33.

As an immigrant and nomadic traveler myself, I find these studies super interesting. Even as a normal traveler, this information can influence decisions you make about where to travel, so read more here from this study.

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That’s all for today, friends! I am LOVING these LifeMiles deals… It’s clear that the program understands what we travel maximizers are looking for!

Anyway, I look forward to seeing you tomorrow for even more solid travel tips and tricks.


Mike Dodge
Head Writer, Daily Drop

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