Award Bookings Posts

Last Week of United Airlines Star Alliance Award Sale!

When United devalued MileagePlus last year, it introduced a bifurcated award chart that charged a premium for first and business class flights on partner metal as opposed to on United's own planes. An example -- business class to Europe was 57.5K miles one-way if you fly United across the water or ...
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Delta Secretly Changes SkyMiles Terms and Conditions

With a series of radically customer-unfriendly moves, Delta Air Lines has become our favorite punching bag of late and the hits just keep on coming. Today, Delta updated the terms and conditions of the SkyMiles program to remove all reference to "award levels", substituting "award prices" instead. ...

Save 50% on Miles and More Bargain Awards

Every month Lufthansa publishes discount awards for their Miles and More program. The bargains include discount travel opportunities for travel on Miles and More airlines which include Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, and LOT.   Some months the program is more generous than other, but for ...

Delta Air Lines Worldwide Skymiles Award Charts

Delta Air Lines pulled a fast one on us when it removed Skymiles award charts on Friday without notice, taking with it any accountability to passengers to its erratic online pricing engine and also striking at the very core of the loyalty program proposition, where charts served as a goal to ...

Last Call for 40% American Express Transfer Bonus to British Airways

We're just a few hours away from the end of the most lucrative American Express Membership Rewards transfer bonus we've seen in more than a year. Last call to take advantage of the 40% British Airways Executive Club transfer bonus.

Did I take advantage? Yes, although I did not go crazy ...
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Best Usage of US Airways Dividend Miles Before The Program Ends 2Q 2015

The AA/US merger is in full swing and the next major miles stone that will affect frequent flyers is when the two programs officially merger into the American Airline Advantage program and the airline only has one loyalty program to manage. The ground work has already been laid, with announcements ...

Comprehensive Redemption Guide for 2015 Delta SkyMiles Program

2015 has brought new and exciting changes to the way your redeem your Delta SkyMiles including a new five-tiered award chart and one-way awards at half the price of a round-trip tickets. Read on for more about these changes and details on how to maximize your Delta miles:
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Cyber Monday Bonus: 125% Bonus on Purchased Avianca LifeMiles

Avianca LifeMiles is in the midst of a 100% bonus on purchased miles promotion but is offering a 125% bonus special today only for Cyber Monday. Bottom line: you can buy up to 66,000 miles for $2,178.00 (1.47 cents each) and will receive 148,500 miles in your account -- enough for a ...
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Is the Elimination of Stopovers on United MileagePlus Awards Inevitable?

Delta Air Lines has announced that free stopovers will not be part of the 2015 Skymiles program and it seems likely that the combined American and US Airways AAdvantage program will also not offer complimentary stopovers. That would leave United Airlines as the sole major legacy carrier in the USA ...
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Bad News for Aeroplan with Stricter Routing Rules

The news just keeps getting worse for Aeroplan members. Lucky wrote a post entitled Aeroplan Improving Routing Rules — No More MPM! a couple days ago and my heart sank immediately when reading it -- I knew the news could not be good. And it isn't.
Most Routings from North America to ...
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South African Airways Award Space Not Bookable

South African Airways has been a stalwart member of Star Alliance for the last eight years and offers an extensive route network within Africa and to key cities around the world from its hub in Johannesburg. Although I would never characterize award space as overly generous, some routes, like ...
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Thai Airways B747-400 First Class - Photo Tour (BKK-MUC)

I cashed in some UNITED miles for a R/T Europe to South East Asia first class reward. Here is a photo tour of the Thai (TG) B747-400 first class cabin on my return flight to Munich. You can also check out my photo tour of the TG A380 First class on my FRA-BKK flight. I have to say I think I like the ...

Abundant Turkish Airlines Award Space on New San Francisco - Istanbul Route

Turkish Airlines is launching new non-stop service between San Francisco and Istanbul in April 2015 and the award space is abundant in both business and economy class - even on the inaugural flights! We're not just talking about one or two seats - most days have at least nine award seats ...
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US Airways Tells Me I Am Sick!

Today I completed my first US Airways award booking and WOW what an effort it took (more to come soon and more to tell) but I had to write this as I was laughing out loud in the American Express Centurion Lounge in DFW when I received my confirmation from US airways. The around the world routing ...
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The US Airways Dividend Miles Tax Game

While charging fraudulent "government" taxes on Dividend Miles transfers appears to be a nefarious policy choice by US Airways, another equally distressing issue is just as concerning -- agent incompetence may mean you pay a lot more taxes on your US Airways award trip than you should.
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United Loosens Award Routing Rules Between North America and Africa

Fearing that United Airlines had further tightened up award routing rules to Asia based on a new and restrictive revision of the fine print, I warned in May that if enforced, United's draconian new routing rules would mark a stealth devaluation of the MileagePlus program. Though the new rules ...
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