Luxury Travel on a Budget


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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 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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Luxury Travel on a Budget

  1. www.b!r".#!Luxury Travel on a Budget
  2. 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...)
  3. How?✓Using online powertools✓By maximizing promotions✓Loyalty Programs✓Error fares & Error rates
  5. IC Paris Le Grand - Royal SuiteRack Rate €4000
  6. Paid: €0
  7. •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?
  8. St. Regis Bangkok - Caroline Astor SuiteLowest Rate €380 - Average €700
  9. Paid: €176
  10. How?•Used aggregator:• Suites cheaper than standard rooms
  11. Lowest Rate €500
  12. Free breakfast with a view
  13. Paid: €165
  14. 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
  16. London 2012 Olympic Games
  17. Hotel Indigo London Tower Hill €115
  18. •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?
  19. IC Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso SpaLowest rate €650
  20. Paid: €140
  21. 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
  22. Park Hyatt SydneyLowest Rate €650
  23. Paid €272
  24. How?•Used Hyatt Stay Certificate•Upgraded to Opera King room•Free breakfast & WiFi•Thanks to Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Status
  25. GH Kuala Lumpur - Grand SuiteLowest rate €660
  26. Paid: €171
  27. 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
  28. Naladhu Maldives - GHA ‘Flash’ Sale
  29. Error Rate
  31. Lufhansa First Class
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  43. What does it cost?LH longhaul First Class return flights:€6000 - €10000With purchased miles:< €2000With saved miles at Miles & More:< €500
  44. 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
  45. Normal ticket price: €15210Used 315,000 miles + €930 instead :)
  46. Singapore Airlines - First Class
  47. Singapore Airlines First Class+ Air New ZealandBusiness & Economy ClassNormal ticket price>€6000Paid: €369
  48. 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
  49. Thai Airways - First Class
  50. Paid: €1189
  51. •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 Premium membershipHow?
  52. Even cheaper!•€931 with Avianca/TacaLifeMiles!•Tip: sign-up now for account•Existing account requiredfor 100% bonus promos!
  53. 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
  54. I’m not alone‣ Communities in USA, UK, DE, SE, PL, AU,...
  55. TravelMagic 2013Sat September 21www.travelmagic.beThe Hotel, Brussels