Award Travel Posts

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 ...

The Hyatt Regency in Kyoto, Japan

After our delayed flight into Tokyo, we missed the flight we had originally scheduled to take us from Narita to Osaka, so we took a high speed train directly to Kyoto.  In retrospect, this was probably easier than our original plan which would have required a terminal change, another flight, ...
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ANA First Class from Chicago to Tokyo Narita

International First Class on an Asian carrier; definitely one of the more exciting parts of this hobby.  I've flown ANA before, but never in First Class, so as we got on board, I had pretty high expectations.  I think for the most part these expectations were met, my main complaint was ...
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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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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 ...

Trip Report: Dragonair (Cathay Dragon) A330 First Class, Hong Kong to Beijing

Dragonair was recently rebranded by their parent company, Cathay Pacific, and will soon be called "Cathay Dragon." Oftentimes mislabeled as Cathay Pacific's "low cost carrier," Dragonair is actually Cathay Pacific's regional airline operating both narrow-body and wide-body Airbus aircraft to ...
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The United Global First Lounge at Chicago O'Hare before ANA flight

Our trip to began in Chicago on a cold, windy winter day.  The cold isn't usually a problem for O'Hare operations, but as the day wore on, the snow became a problem, ultimately leading to a pretty significant departure delay.  
I'm generally not someone who arrives to airports really ...
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Getaway to Japan for a week

I traveled a lot in 2015; most of it was work travel, but I had some fun personal travel as well.  One of the best trips was to Japan with my wife.  We have wanted to go there for some time, and we finally were able to make it work.  We had some good experiences both while getting to ...
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Unicorns, Four-Leaf Clovers, and Air New Zealand Business Class Award Space


After four years of absolutely no business class award space on its transpacific and transatlantic longhaul routes, Air New Zealand has suddenly decided to open business class award space to its Star Alliance partners. It is too early to tell whether this is a temporary fluke or a new pattern, ...

LifeMiles Mixed Cabin Redemptions Now Possible

In a surprising move that suddenly makes Avianca LifeMiles much more valuable, mixed cabin awards are now bookable! First, business, and economy class can now be mixed on a single itinerary, with the highest cabin establishing the price of the award.
Up until now if you booked a first class ...

New Travel Philosophies in the New Year

2015 was my first full year as a father. As mentioned in my recent post reviewing 2015 travel, I spent a lot more time on the road for work and therefore away from my family than I wanted.  Sure, I love to travel, but moderation is best in most things.

Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa, ...
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Delta Airlines Changes Award Costs 10/1

Delta has once again changed award ticket prices, this time providing customers with a nine month warning before the business class award devaluation goes into effect on October 1, 2016. The only problem is, for travel booked after October 1, 2016, the new award levels will be assessed, meaning it ...

Trip Report: Lufthansa A380 Business Class Houston to Frankfurt

Hi everyone. Please welcome my good friend, Bob Miller, back to the blog. Bob recently redeemed some United MileagePlus miles for a trip to Zurich and I asked him to share his experience flying Lufthansa's new long-haul business class on the Airbus A380 with you all. I'll talk more about Bob below ...
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Are the Etihad First Class A380 Apartments Worthwhile?

Etihad has released a generous amount of first class award space on its A380 Abu Dhabi to New York Kennedy flight. Etihad's trend-setting "First Apartments" on this flight certainly set a standard for spaciousness in a first class seat. But is all the hype worth it?
My wife and I flew in the ...
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Aer Lingus Phantom Award Space per United.Com

Summer transatlantic phantom award space still appears to be a problem on United’s website with the airline showing tons of award space on Aer Lingus to Dublin from Los Angeles and San Francisco in Business Class, but doesn’t confirm at booking. The award calendar and flight options look ...
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Last Day to Purchase Discounted Alaska Miles

We've seen a renaissance of attractive mileage sales this season and one of the leaders in hawking points has been Alaska Airlines, which has a great loyalty program with attractive redemption partners like Emirates and Cathay Pacific.
The current sale is targeted by individual with a discount ...
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American Airlines Won’t Proactively Waive Telephone Booking Fee


American Airlines has a number of award partners that are not bookable on aa.com. A call to AA Reservations is necessary to book this space and reservations made over the phone carry a $40 booking fee. This fee was traditionally unavoidable, but after the US Airways merger AA stopped ...

SAS Releases Business Class Award Space

One of the more elusive airlines to obtain premium cabin award space on is SAS, the flag carrier of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. The carrier has an impressive new business class product, but releases very little transatlantic award space. Until now. Whether a change in policy or a temporary ...

New British Airways Award Search Interface

British Airways Executive Club has again updated the interface of its award search engine, though functionally the tool remains unchanged. The only advantage to the new search tool is a more prominent display of which travel days are "peak" and which are "off-peak".


British Airways ...