A good sale to Kazakhstan. Until July, 2015, Kazakhstan is visa free for Americans. That makes it and Kyrgyzstan (or as the NY Times calls it — Kyrzbekistan) as the only two countries in Central Asia that are visa free for Americans. It also very easy to go from Almaty to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.
Sample Travel Date:
- February 11th – 18th
- Valid for travel on the outbound until March 26th or November. Must purchase at least 7 days in advance of departure
- Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.
How to Search for Availability:
- Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
- Departing from: IAD
- Outbound Advanced Routing Code: ua fz
- Destination: ALA
- Return Advanced Routing Code: fz ua
- (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
- Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
- Length of stay “0-7” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
- You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions below.
- Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
- How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage
- United: K
- FlyDubai: V
Elite Qualifying Dollars:
- IAD – DXB (Dubai) – ALA (Almaty) – DXB – IAD. The segment between Dubai and Almaty will be operated by FlyDubai
- Not permitted
- How to Take Advantage of a Stopover
Global Premier Upgrade Fare (for United 1K and GS members):
- W Class
United will be revenue based mileage earning starting March 1st, 2015. Miles will be earn base on elite qualifying dollars multiple by 5 as base level earning and up to 11 for 1K level members. We will be showing the 2015 base mileage earning for all United fares going forward to show how negative the changes are for a majority of United flyers.
- 2014: 17,635 miles or 4.3 cents per mile. The segments between DC and Dubai will earn 14,138 miles or 5.3 cents per mile with United. The segments operated by FlyDubai will be non-mileage earning.
- March 1st, 2015: 3,355 miles or a difference of 10,803 miles.
How to Book:
- Book via Hipmunk link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search.
- On the From field, enter IAD::UA FZ
- On the To field, enter ALA::FZ UA
- It will link you to United.com to book.
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- Visa Requirements: US Citizens – Not required until July 15th, 2015. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
- Currency: Kazakhstani Tenge (KZT). $1USD = 183.35 KZT
Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:
- No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards to save on international purchases
- Don’t get hit with Dynamic Currency Conversion
- Get your taxes refunded when shopping
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