Award Bookings Posts

This Delta SkyMiles Redemption Makes No Sense!

Delta has a new SkyMiles promotion out with awards as little as 5,000 miles each way. In some cases these discounted awards may make sense, but make sure you always compare the $ price versus the mileage price (easily toggled in upper right hand corner of the delta.com search results page). You may ...
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US Bank Lifemiles Visa Shutting Down and a Nice Going Away Present

I recently signed up for the US Bank Lifemiles Visa Signature card and was excited about the proposition.  Lifemiles are routinely on sale with terrific bonus offers (recently up to 125% on purchased miles) and fill a void for Star Alliance miles across my accounts so despite only receiving a ...

Here's How To Redeem A Korean Air SkyPass Award - NOW CHEAPER!

You guys, this is great news! Korean Air used to have a horrible website and a very cumbersome process for redeeming SkyPass Miles for award flights but since their website upgrade, the process couldn't be easier now. And to sweeten the pot even more, Korean Air recently slashed their fuel ...
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Alaska Airlines Blames "Travel Hacking" for Emirates Devaluation


Alaska Airlines has taken a ton of heat today for its decision to raise prices for business and first class tickets on Emirates by as much as 100%. Now it is defending itself on its blog, claiming that its old award chart was unsustainable and blaming "travel-hacking" for the change. It also ...
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Lounge Review: British Airways Concorde Room at New York JFK

British Airways operates from terminal 7 at New York's JFK airport. The British Airways Concorde Room at JFK is located airside adjacent to gate 1. Once you clear through the First Class Check-in and Fast Track security lane, keep to your left and walk past the waiting area for gate 1. This part of ...

Last Day to Burn Your AA Miles Prior to Devaluation!

Monday, March 21, 2016 is the final day to use your AA miles at prevailing rates. On March 22nd a massive devaluation kicks in for premium cabin awards in nearly every region, making your AA miles much less valuable. But there is still time -- one more day -- to take advantage of some great deals on ...

This Rule is Vital for Maximizing Your AA Award

A handful of clients have contacted Award Expert this week requesting help "maximizing" AA awards prior to the devaluation on March 22, 2016. I don't mean the couples trying to get to Bangkok on Cathay Pacific or families booking summer vacations to Spain. Here, I am talking about the people who ...
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Two A380 First Class Flights for 40K AA Miles


AA is devaluing its award chart on March 22, 2016 but you've still got a week left to take advantage of the old chart. For 40K miles you can experience two of the world's finest first class products on the world's largest passenger aircraft.
Etihad Airways flies its A380 featuring first ...
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Final Hours to Book Aeroplan Awards Before Next Devaluation


With five hours left before closing time at midnight ET, this is your last chance to take advantage of the current Aeroplan redemption chart before new rates kick in tomorrow. If you're going to Europe in the next year and have American Express points, it's still not too late to take ...

American Airlines Finally Guts Award Chart


I've been predicting it for months...years actually...and the time has finally come: AA announced a huge devaluation of its AAdvantage award chart today. The only question has been how bad it would be and for those who like premium cabin redemptions the answer is simple: the changes are ...
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Don't Be Like Me And Screw Up A Korean Air Award Booking


Man, I really screwed the pooch on this one. I’m such an idiot and I hope that you guys can learn from my mistake. If you guys have been following along, then you know that I’m booked on the Vietnam Airlines A350 inaugural flight to Paris. Because Vietnam Airlines is a SkyTeam ...
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American Airlines Plays Another Dirty Trick On Us


American Airlines recently cut off the ability to redeem AAdvantage miles for travel on Hawaiian Airlines between the mainland and Hawaii. That was an unfortunate loss, considering Hawaiian Airlines was a dependable source of premium cabin award space, but award space to Hawaii on AA and ...
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Saudia Award Space Now Bookable on Delta.com

Saudia, formerly Saudi Arabian Airlines, is the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a member of SkyTeam. Many are quick to dismiss Saudia because it is a dry airline, but I've flown Saudia four times and give it my stamp of approval. Saudia is also a tremendous source for award ...
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Here’s How to Smartly Use Your Lufthansa Miles

So, here’s the story of how I saved my family trip and even scored a business class seat using my Lufthansa Miles & More points. If you don’t want to read the background, skip down to the Use Lufthansa Miles to Book Last-Minute United Flights.
I’m on a special father-sons ...
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Korean Air Awards Suddenly Become Much More Attainable

Korean Air offers a treasure trove of first class award availability to Seoul and beyond and is not too stingy in releasing business and economy class award space either. Up until now, booking has required Chase Ultimate Rewards points or navigating the minefield known as Delta SkyMiles but two ...

Here's How to Select Your Seat on Vietnam Airlines


If you're buying a ticket directly from Vietnam Airlines' website, then there's no problem. Unlike some other carriers that charge a seat selection fee, Vietnam Airlines lets you pick your seat during the booking process (even for economy passengers). However, if you're flying Vietnam Airlines ...
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Are Held Award Tickets Really Guaranteed?

For a full-timer award booker, the most valuable tool any airline loyalty program can offer is the ability to hold a ticket prior to booking. Few things are for more frustrating than finding ideal award space, alerting the client, then finding after the client gives the green light that the space is ...