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Guide: Mastercard World Elite Flight Discounts
I live for flight deals! Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about airline discounts and whether I’m getting maximum value from the travel related cards I have. A few weeks ago I covered every detail and gave you plenty of examples on another awesome benefit helping you get cheap flights: Complete Guide: American Express Platinum’s International Airline Program Discount.
When it comes to the Premium Travel credit cards there are several various flight related benefits including increased earnings on flights and airline travel credits. I’m especially interested in those benefits that offer flight savings on regular fares so that I still earn miles as I would with cash tickets. I came across program that allows World Elite Mastercard Members to receive discounts on regular priced non-sale tickets on a bunch of popular airlines including Cathay Pacific, Etihad, SwissAir, Lufthansa, Brussels, Austrian and Air New Zealand.
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How Does the World Elite Travel Discount Work
The discount works for any flight on specified airlines that meets the criteria (described below) and has available seats. That’s pretty incredible. Discounts are subject to change and from what I understand they fluctuate from time to time as do the eligible routes and departure cities. But I did my best to get every single detail for you.
- Must originate and end in specified airports
- Published Fares
- Valid on specific fare classes
- Marketed and operated by eligible airline
- Available seats on specific flight
Information and Booking Process
Contact agents 24/7 at 1-855-802-1387, and visit travel.mastercard.com to access special travel offers and current promotions. Before they’re willing to give you prices or answer specific questions, the agent asks for your card info to ensure that you have a World Elite MasterCard. The Barclay’s Arrival Cards qualify as well as the Citi ThankYou Premier, Prestige and a few of the AA cards.
You can also sign up for an account online at https://travel.mastercard.com/us/en-us/world-elite/travel. The search function can be a bit glitchy and take some time to prepare results but I always prefer starting with an online search before making any phone calls. However, the search function for hotels is great and turns up a ton of results.
Specific Airlines, Discount and Eligible Airports
Discount: Up to 25%!!!! (only on certain flights)
Fare Codes (J) and (I) and (E) = 5% Discount
- Hong Kong
- Abu Dabi
Brussels, Austrian, SwissAir, Lufthansa
(E), (B), (C)- 15% Discount
(F), (D)- 5% Discount
- Tel Aviv
Business- 5% business saver, Up to 12%, First Class Freedom Residence Class P- 5%
(C), (D)- 12% Discount
(T), (F), (UU)- 5%
- Abu Dhabi
Air New Zealand
5- 10% (Discount only on Business and Premium Economy)
Departing Some Major US Airports
Destinations include major airports in Australia, Perth and Tahiti
This is a nice benefit and I will definitely check with MasterCard travel for potential discounts before I book flights. The exclusion of code share flights will often mean that there are cheaper fares elsewhere, but again, this could be very useful in some situations.
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