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His luxurious travel style fascinates blog readers, twitter followers, instagram lurkers and immigration officers around the globe. From flying First Class to sleeping at Presidential Suites… Bart ...

His luxurious travel style fascinates blog readers, twitter followers, instagram lurkers and immigration officers around the globe. From flying First Class to sleeping at Presidential Suites… Bart Lapers pulls it off. By tweaking hotel and airline loyalty programs, promotions and error fares, he manages to experience ultimate luxury travel… on a budget. Bart shares travel his tips & tricks via his blog, social media channels and travel seminars. Next TravelMagic seminar: Saturday Sep 21, 2013 at The Hotel - Brussels, Belgium.

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    • www.b!r".#!Luxury Travel on a Budget
    • What I do...Traveling luxurious with a limited budget:✓Luxury hotels at a fraction of the regular price✓Flying Business & First class at Economy prices✓Score as much extra’s as possible (upgrades, freebreakfast, internet, lounge access, late check-out...)
    • How?✓Using online powertools✓By maximizing promotions✓Loyalty Programs✓Error fares & Error rates
    • HOTELS
    • IC Paris Le Grand - Royal SuiteRack Rate €4000
    • Paid: €0
    • •Priority Club Free Nights: Stay 2 get 1 Free•Mattress Run•Used free nights at most expensive IHG Hotels:✓CP NYC New Year’s Eve (2 nights = €800)✓IC London Park Lane (2 nights = €1404)•InterContinental Ambassador StatusHow?
    • St. Regis Bangkok - Caroline Astor SuiteLowest Rate €380 - Average €700
    • Paid: €176
    • How?•Used aggregator: HotelsCombined.com•Ebookers.com: Suites cheaper than standard rooms
    • Lowest Rate €500
    • Free breakfast with a view
    • Paid: €165
    • How?•Bought 150,000 Hilton HHonors pointsfor $825 via Daily Getaways promo•Free breakfast & WiFi•Discount on required number of points•Thanks to free Hilton HHonors Gold status
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    • London 2012 Olympic Games
    • Hotel Indigo London Tower Hill €115
    • •Booked Sunday Aug 14th 2011 (50 weeks in advance)•Points + Cash ‘trick’•25K Priority Club Points = $150•Booked 9 nights, normally +€5000•Made last minute changes without any penalties!How?
    • IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso SpaLowest rate €650
    • Paid: €140
    • How?•Mistake points rate 30k ipv 50K•Points + Cash ‘trick’•30K Priority Club Points = $180•Free breakfast, 2 level upgrade and free internetthanks to Royal Ambassador status
    • Park Hyatt SydneyLowest Rate €650
    • Paid €272
    • How?•Used Hyatt Stay Certificate•Upgraded to Opera King room•Free breakfast & WiFi•Thanks to Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Status
    • GH Kuala Lumpur - Grand SuiteLowest rate €660
    • Paid: €171
    • How?•Used Hyatt Diamond Upgrade Certificate•Free breakfast & WiFi•Access to Grand Club lounge•4PM late check-out•All thanks to Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Status
    • Naladhu Maldives - GHA ‘Flash’ Sale
    • Error Rate
    • AIRLINES
    • Lufhansa First Class
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    • What does it cost?LH longhaul First Class return flights:€6000 - €10000With purchased miles:< €2000With saved miles at Miles & More:< €500
    • How?•Save miles using ALL opportunities (flying incl. mileageruns, credit cards, hotels stays, magazine subscriptions,...)•Purchasing miles (also at Star Alliance partners)•Best Value: Use your miles for Business & First Class flights
    • Normal ticket price: €15210Used 315,000 miles + €930 instead :)
    • Singapore Airlines - First Class
    • Singapore Airlines First Class+ Air New ZealandBusiness & Economy ClassNormal ticket price>€6000Paid: €369
    • How?•Unintentional C & F reward release during SQBooking Engine upgrade July 2012•Used 45K United Miles•98K Wyndham Rewards points €237Daily Getaways campaignConverted to 39,200 United miles•Used 5800 miles from United MileagePlus account
    • Thai Airways - First Class
    • Paid: €1189
    • •Last Minute booking using 80K United Miles• 26600 miles €129 Wyndham Rewards 16K Bonus Point OfferUnited Hotel Points to Miles Transfer Bonus• 26388 miles €437 using United Award Accelerator offer• 25000 miles €470 using United Miles 40% off offer• 2000 miles €50 part of MilePoint.com Premium membershipHow?
    • Even cheaper!•€931 with Avianca/TacaLifeMiles!•Tip: sign-up now for freeLifeMiles.com account•Existing account requiredfor 100% bonus promos!
    • Why is this possible?•Requires knowledge, effort & flexibility•Attracts revenue to Airline Alliances & Hotelchains with best loyalty programs•Exposure of product/service to new customers
    • I’m not alone‣ Communities in USA, UK, DE, SE, PL, AU,...
    • TravelMagic 2013Sat September 21www.travelmagic.beThe Hotel, Brussels