So several months ago I went to Spain. I was able to time my trip during a holiday we had at school, in order to miss only one week’s worth of classes. When I was first getting into the miles/points game, I noticed that a great deal was on US Airways- from Jan 15-Feb 28, it was only 35,000 miles to fly roundtrip from the US to Europe. It’s usually 60,000 miles, so this was a savings of almost 50%!
I was fairly flexible with where I would visit in Europe, which was good because the only catch with the deal was that I had to fly on a plane operated by US Airways; I couldn’t fly one of their codeshare partners. There was a lot of availability for flights to Madrid so I hopped on that! I had to wait for some miles to post from my winter break travels, so unfortunately the flight on the way back I wanted disappeared. Luckily I was able to talk to a friendly US Airways agent who suggested a stopover in Philly on the way back overnight, and to catch the plane to LA the next day (unfortunately that plane was late and I missed class, whoops!).