Attention all people flying back from Iceland en route to Chicago (or any other city within the U.S.)!
If Chicago is your final destination and you are, like me, flying into Newark from Reykjavik, Iceland, on a Sunday (most likely meaning that you have to be at work the next day early morning), I just bought a flight for literally $2.50.
Yes, you read that right: $2.50. I’ll spell it out for you: two dollars and fifty cents in United States dollars.
Want to know the secret?
This is how:
Google ‘British Airlines VISA Signature Card from Chase‘ and sign up. Right now, they’re having a special promotion where they give you 50,000 miles for opening, making a first purchase, etc. (read the fine print, though, because there might be an annual fee)…. Pretty easy; I opened one up last December when they were offering 100,000 miles if I opened and made $2,000 worth of new purchases within the first 3 months.
In any case… I am flying back from Iceland on July 10 and need to be in Chicago the next morning, meaning I won’t have times to look for a cheap ticket from JFK or LaGuardia. I NEED(ED) to fly out of Newark ASAP and had (have) zero flexibility….
So I called British Airways and told them I could not book a domestic U.S. flight on American Airlines, which is their partner company, from the British Airways Signature Club website online. I asked if this is possible–and they said “YES”!…
Next, I asked if booking a one-way flight is possible for 1/2 the miles (i.e. 12,500 instead of 25,000)–and they said “YES”!…
I asked if there would be a booking fee, since I tried but could not book this online. They said “NO”!…
Finally, I told them the dates I needed and they told me they found me a flight that leaves about 90 minutes after I fly into Newark from Iceland. Normally, this specific flight right now retails for $476 (weird, I know, but I checked online for the hell of it–interestingly enough, I paid $496 for my round-trip airfare from Chicago to Reykjavik and back from Reykjaik to Newark), but with miles it doesn’t matter: you’re always charged a flat 12,500 miles per day within the U.S.!
So…. I just had to pay taxes and fees, which they said totaled… $2.50.