Ask rewardBoss – seeking reward flights NYC to Greece in July

A reader asks

“Dear rewardBoss,
I would like to fly to Greece on thursday 7/25, and return monday 7/29. We (myself and my wife) would like to fly safely and for free, or as close to free as possible. We currently only have a CapitalOne Visa Miles Program.  What do you think?  Thank you.”

I’m not seeing any good reward flights out there for this time frame.  If you check out the website www.milewise.com, you can search for flights by CapitalOne miles — and they show it will cost 142,272 Capital One points for 1 round trip ticket.  You can do it with 100,000 United Miles (coach class to Athens and business class back) per person, or 200,000 United miles.  Its possible but this would be a VERY BAD deal.  I would never spend that many points.  If business class seats were available in both directions for 100,000 that could be worth it but you would still have to earn 200,000 points in a short time which would no be easy.

I suggest you keep checking back for some good credit card deals that will help you accumulate points

 

Flight Details

Thu., Jul. 25, 2013 | New York/Newark, NJ (EWR – Liberty) to Athens GR (ATH)
Depart:
4:50 p.m.
Thu., Jul. 25, 2013
New York/Newark, NJ (EWR – Liberty)
Arrive:
6:55 a.m. +1 Day
Fri., Jul. 26, 2013
Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)
Flight Time:
8 hr 5 mn
Flight: UA119
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200
Fare Class: United Economy (HN)
Meal: Dinner
No Special Meal Offered.
Change Planes. Connect time in Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) is 6 hours 40 minutes.
Depart:
1:35 p.m.
Fri., Jul. 26, 2013
Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)
Arrive:
5:20 p.m.
Fri., Jul. 26, 2013
Athens GR (ATH)
Flight Time:
2 hr 45 mn

Travel Time:
17 hr 30 mn

Flight: LH1282
Operated by Lufthansa.
Aircraft: Airbus A321
Fare Class: Economy (X)
Meal: Meal
No Special Meal Offered.
AirTrain NewarkRail service available between Newark Liberty Airport and Manhattan.
Mon., Jul. 29, 2013 | Athens GR (ATH) to New York, NY (JFK)
Depart:
6:15 a.m.
Mon., Jul. 29, 2013
Athens GR (ATH)
Arrive:
8:25 a.m.
Mon., Jul. 29, 2013
Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)
Flight Time:
3 hr 10 mn
Flight: LH1285
Operated by Lufthansa.
Aircraft: Airbus A321
Fare Class: Business (I)
Meal: Breakfast
No Special Meal Offered.
Change Planes. Connect time in Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) is 1 hour 55 minutes.
Depart:
10:20 a.m.
Mon., Jul. 29, 2013
Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)
Arrive:
12:45 p.m.
Mon., Jul. 29, 2013
New York, NY (JFK)
Flight Time:
8 hr 25 mn

Travel Time:
13 hr 30 mn

Flight: LH400
Operated by Lufthansa.
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Fare Class: Business (I)
Meal: Meal
No Special Meal Offered.
Note: You are departing New York/Newark, NJ (EWR – Liberty) and arriving New York, NY (JFK).

 

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