There seems to be mileage run potential in low fares from Oslo and Stockholm to San Francisco if you want to boost your AAdvantage elite qualifying miles in 2015. Stockholm deaprtures price at $465 with Oslo departures as low as $447 for travel in May and from September to December. Copenhagen to Los Angeles is a low $420 round trip in fall months, if that airport is more convenient.

AAdvantage Mileage Run Potential? Copenhagen to Los Angeles $421 round trip (April 27).

The deal here that makes these low fares even mileage run potential is American Airlines still earns redeemable miles based on flight miles, while United and Delta have moved to revenue based miles in 2015. You can put yourself into AAdvantage Platinum elite with 50,000 flight miles and benefits of 100% bonus elite miles and international lounge privileges as Oneworld Alliance Sapphire member for under $2,000 with four round trip tickets.

Stockholm to San Francisco $465 round trip.

British Airways ticket May 20-27

12,556 flight miles.

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Copenhagen to Los Angeles is as low as $421 round trip for flights in the fall months through American Airlines, US Airways and British Airways. Two tickets for $841 combine for over 24,000 elite qualifying flight miles.

Including a $688 positioning flight for LAX-Copenhagen with American and British Airways, that is a total of about $1,100 to AAdvantage Gold elite. Make four round trips with four tickets for $1,950 starting from Los Angeles and earn AAdvantage Platinum elite and oneworld Sapphire benefits, including international lounge access and 100% bonus miles. There seems to be mileage run potential in low fares flying from Copenhagen to Los Angeles on American Airlines and British Airways.

American Airlines Copenhagen – Los Angeles round trip

2,880 DKK = $420.25

Saturday November 7 – Saturday November 14, 2015

12,132 flight miles round trip CPH-LHR-LAX-LHR-CPH in O booking class.

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Tofino is the end of the road on the west coast of Vancouver Island. This town on the western edge of Canada and the eastern edge of the Pacific Ocean is the launching point for wilderness adventure on truly remote islands in the Clayoquot Sound reached by seaplane or boat. Tofino is also known as a winter surf location. I saw surfboards on about 1 in 5 vehicles in town and there are three surf shops in a village of fewer than 2,000 residents, surrounded by forests, islands, beaches, mountains and wildlife.

Tofino and its neighbor town Ucluelet 41 km south and First Nations villages in the Clayoquot Sound region, altogether comprise about 5,000 residents. This area receives about 600,000 tourists annually, mostly in the months from late May to mid-September.

Tofino view

Wildlife is a major attraction in Tofino and surroundings. Thousands of gray whales pass by the beaches here on their annual migration to Mexico in winter and on their return to Arctic waters in the spring. Tofino and Ucluelet hold the Pacific Rim Whale Festival each March. Wolves, black bears and grizzly bears still inhabit the landscape in these parts, along with mountain lions.

Getting to Tofino, British Columbia is half the adventure

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Oneworld Alliance member Iberia has round trip flights to either Marrakesh RAK $675 or Casablanca CMN $694 low fares for travel in May or September. Fares drop as low as $614 to Casablanca in December 2015 and $615 for Friday or Saturday departures to Marrakesh from October 2015.

Travel in July is as low as $732 to Marrakesh or $794 to Casablanca. These are deep discount economy N booking class fares and earn 100% miles in AAdvantage or 50% Avios.

Iberia New York JFK – Madrid MAD – Marrakesh, Morocco RAK

$731.40 July 16-23, 2015

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You have through Thursday, April 30 to make reward reservations for lower points rates at 300 hotels increasing in reward night points price on Friday, May 1. Looks like most of the 300 hotels going up are increasing 10,000 points, while 150 hotels going down decrease 5,000 points in IHG reward night points changes May 1, 2015.

Link to IHG Reward Night Points Changes May 1, 2015.

There are no really big trends I see, except many airport hotels rising and major city hotels. 300 hotels increasing out of 4,500 is about 6% worldwide.

In my opinion, IHG points tend to only have good value at the low priced hotels of 20,000 points or less. I generally find hotels priced at 25,000 to 35,000 points are in locations where other hotel chains offer better reward values.

For example, Holiday Inn & Suites Anaheim increases reward night points from 30,000 to 35,000 points. That is a $200 room night, even if buying points at the discount $565 for 100,000 points still available for purchase today through Daily Getaways.

IHG Reward nights 5-1-15

There are almost always better deals than spending $200 per night for a Disneyland area hotel.

Even on a weekend in July, the rates at Holiday Inn & Suites Anaheim do not often reach $200 per night.

Holiday Inn Anaheim July rates

These IHG reward night changes are not a big deal to me. I’ll sit on my IHG points and not rush to make reservations this week. I prefer to wait for IHG promotions and PointBreaks offering hotel reward night discounts to get the best value for IHG points.

JetBlue has a $263 fare from Long Beach to Anchorage, Alaska for nonstop travel on a few dates in May and June or August and September. Fares are as low as $293 for travel in July.

Alaska Airlines flights are about $90 more for travel from LAX, but Delta from LAX has some dates at $328 routing via Seattle for a lower fare than Alaska Airlines.

JetBlue $293 Long Beach LGB – ANC Anchorage, Alaska

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Los Angeles and San Francisco to Dubai round trip is priced at $741 today flying United Airlines and Star Alliance partners for May Departures or dates in September and October. Monday to Wednesday departures are lowest fare with Sunday and Thursday $25 higher at $766 and Friday Saturday departures $50 higher at $791. United had this same route at $732 three weeks ago.

Delta-KLM has a similar $741 fare from both LAX and SFO.

United Airlines San Francisco SFO – Washington Dulles IAD – Dubai DXB

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Spirit Airlines has a low round trip fare between Los Angeles and Denver at $87 for Tuesday flights in early May and $97 Tuesday and Wednesday flights from mid-August into January 2016. Even summer months have relatively low rates around $167 for many dates.

DEN-LAX Spirit $87 May15

The fare priced $8 lower at $78 round trip on Spirit Airlines website compared to Priceline.

Spirit Airlines bag fees

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Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour Victoria has a fantastic location in the capital city of British Columbia. At only three stories high, you won’t find a harbor view like you might have at the Marriott and soon-to-open DoubleTree around the corner in high rise buildings. The 70% savings on the price compared to those upper upscale market segment hotels will allow you to stay longer or splurge where it counts at Victoria’s restaurants and tourist attractions.

Quality Inn exterior

As a low level Choice Privileges Gold elite, I was upgraded to a kitchenette room with spa tub on a room rate $89.95 CAD. I even received a welcome amenity of a Twix bar and small can of Pringles. Those chips came in handy on the two hour stretch of road in central island between towns from Port Alberni and Tofino on my drive into the rural north on Vancouver Island.

Quality Inn lobby

Quality Inn Downtown Victoria hotel has a small indoor pool and even smaller fitness center at the lower garage level.

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Five hours after I checked out of the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, I was checked into my room at the Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour Victoria.

TransLink is your source for transportation around Metro Vancouver. A $4.00 CAD ticket takes you all the way from downtown Vancouver to Tsawassen Ferry Terminal, south of Vancouver to the BC Ferry terminal for the ferry to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. The fare is even less on weekends or after 6:30pm at $2.75 CAD.

Vancouver to Victoria for $23.20 CAD by Skytrain, bus and ferry

1. $2.75 CAD or $4.00 CAD Downtown Vancouver SkyTrain to Bridgeport Station, Richmond (about 30 minutes).

2. Bus 620 to Tsawassen Ferry Terminal (keep your Skytrain ticket for free transfer to bus) (about 45 minutes).

3. $16.70 CAD for BC Ferrys Tsawassen to Swartz Bay (about 2 hours)

4. $2.50 CAD Bus 70x from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal to Downtown Victoria (about 45 to 60 minutes). Bus requires exact change.

Hyatt Regency Vancouver to Quality Inn Victoria Inner Harbour

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