Award Bookings Posts

United Releases Award Space on New Los Angeles - Melbourne Route!


United formally announced new service between Los Angeles and Melbourne yesterday. The route will operate 6x weekly, utilize a Boeing 787-9, and be operated by ex-Continental crews. On Wednesday, I noted--

United has indicated that the flight will be loaded into the system tomorrow, so ...

Brussels Airlines Award Space Returns to


Shielded from the user-friendly, Brussels Airlines has been one of the hidden secrets of my award booking business for several months. Award space is generous in both economy and business class and Brussels Airlines serves both Washington Dulles and New York Kennedy from its BRU hub. ...

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Customer Friendly? United Softens Blow of New Award Chart

United Airlines left a substantial question unanswered before its award chart devaluation yesterday--what changes to awards booked under the old chart will be permitted without having to pay additional miles? Today, it answered the question and also lessened the harshness of the new award chart ...


Germanwings (4U) Award Space Now Available on


United Airlines MileagePlus members have been eligible to earn miles on Germanwings, the Lufthansa low-cost-subsidiary since last October, with the promise that Germanwings flights would soon be available for mileage bookings. Now, Germanwings flights are bookable on in both ...

The ANA Award Search Tool is Great, but not Perfect


Even if it can be a bit cumbersome to use, I have found ANA's award search tool to be the single most accurate source of Star Alliance award availability for several years. Singapore Airlines space has been problematic--ANA automatically blocks out premium cabin space on the 777-300ER and ...


Top 10 Airline Award Redemptions for January 2014

With the new year here and many changes negatively affecting airline loyalty programs now in effect or shortly taking effect, there are still a number of superb deals available. Here are my top ten award travel bright spots for January 2014.

1. US Airways Dividend Miles – 90K miles ...

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3:1 Avianca Lifemiles Today Only


A targeted e-mail went out to Avianca Lifemiles members this morning with a 3:1 mileage purchase offer: buy 1,000 miles and get 2,000 free, today only. 1,000 miles costs $30 + tax, so you're getting miles for one cent, pre-tax. With sweet spots on the Avianca award chart like 110,000 miles ...


Leaked US Airways Memo: Agents Forbidden to Manually Request Award Space

US Airways apparently did not appreciate my story on how to book blocked Lufthansa award space, because a new memo has been issued that explicitly instructs Dividend Miles agents not to manually request award space on any flight.

It was only in late September when US Airways told me ...


Clarification from United Airlines on Award Chart Changes

United has addressed some initial confusion stemming from its announcement yesterday that on 01 February 2014 the award chart chart will be massacred.

1. United claims the cost of premium seats on partner carriers is "out of sync" with what current mileage levels.

Frankly, the ...


American Express Transfer Bonuses

Update: Offer Expired

American Express launched two transfer bonuses last week that are far from earth-shattering, but still valuable under the proper circumstances. Through December 31, 2013, AMEX was offering a 20% bonus on points transfers to partner British Airways and through ...

Last Day for 100% Bonus on Shared US Airways Miles

Update: Offer Expired.

US Airways' amazing 100% bonus on miles transferred between accounts ends tonight. If you have US Airways miles and are considering an award redemption next year, this offer could help you reach that goal and save a lot of money in the process.

At least ...

Save 10 - 50% on US Airways Award Tickets


US Airways and Barclay Bank have been extremely busy this fall trying to get people to earn and burn US Airways miles. Earlier this week I wrote about the newest promotion from US Airways Credit Card which rewards people with 6 miles per dollar spent at grocery stores, gas stations, and select ...


US Airways 100% Bonus on Shared Miles is Back!


Last week I highlighted the benefits of US Airways' frequent 100% bonus on purchased miles promotion and predicted it would be back this month. Instead, US Airways has announced an even better promotion! Through October 15, 2013 US Airways is offering a 100% bonus on Dividend Miles transferred ...

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Why the US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard is Still Worthwhile


I remain deeply unsatisfied with the indifference US Airways has shown to booking Lufthansa award space I wrote about last week, but US Airways miles remain highly valuable, particularly when compared to partner Star Alliance carriers. For that reason, I still recommend picking up the US ...