Chicago to Paris $493 Round-Trip on LOT

Valid through early March, on LOT (the Polish national airline).

http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/Chicago-Illinois-ORD-to-Paris-Ile-de-France-CDG/

When you get to Paris, you can take any of the ultra-low-cost European airlines to other destinations including London, Madrid and Berlin.

Paris, France, Reachable at Low Cost on LOT Airlines

How to Get a New Passport in Just 3 Days

If you are in a hurry to replace your expiring-soon US passport, and if you have $170, and if you are close to a Department of State Passport Agency…then you can get a new passport in as little as 3 days.

http://www.milevalue.com/how-i-got-a-passport-in-three-days-at-a-passport-agency/

United States Passport, photo by swimparallel / Flickr

Fly NYC to Italy for $450 Round-Trip on Emirates, $454 on United

The Middle-Eastern airlines are coming at the American legacy carriers again with low fares (and superior service).

http://www.secretflying.com/2016/01/new-york-to-milan-italy-for-only-449-return-minimum-2-passengers/

Note that there have to be 2 or more people traveling together to get this low low fare.

United has a similar deal good for just one person (or more), as per DansDeals:

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/83226

2 People Traveling Together, Photo by mrhayata / Flickr

Your Chance to Status-Match Into SkyTeam (via Alitalia)

If you have status on American or United airlines, you can get that status “copied” over to the SkyTeam Alliance, which includes Delta Airlines. It’s called a Status Match.

The status match is free and well worth having.

http://loyaltylobby.com/2016/01/21/last-call-alitalia-millemiglia-status-match-valid-through-january-31-2016/

MLA_160121 Anonymous American Airlines Platinum Card Scan

American Airlines AAdvantage Miles are Great for Travel to South Asia & the Middle East

American Airlines has some great partners that serve the Middle East and India, including Etihad Airways, Jet Airways and Qatar Airways. You can use AAdvantage miles to fly on the partner airlines, with aircraft and service often superior to American itself.

You must route either non-stop from North America to destination, or through Europe…trans-Pacific flights to these destinations are not bookable with AAdvantage miles.

http://www.milevalue.com/redeem-american-airlines-miles-middle-east-india-pakistan-etihad/

To visit the Taj Mahal, most people fly to New Delhi

Burj Khalifa at Sunset

Photos by Pat McDonald and Paolo Rosa