Award Travel Posts

Major British Airways Executive Club Devaluation in Late April


British Airways has announced changes to how you earn and burn Avios effective 28 April 2015 and let's not kid ourselves -- this is a massive devaluation. Our one reprieve is that short-haul economy class redemptions will not go up in price...in most circumstances. Read on to find about the ...

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 ...

The only passenger in Asiana Airlines First Class Seoul to Frankfurt

For the second time on my trip, I would be the only passenger in the First Class Cabin on a long haul flight.  Not too shabby!

the Asiana Airlines Boeing 747-400 Combi that would take me to Frankfurt
 
Then again, shabby could be a word used to describe the First Class ...
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Flying Blue Promo Awards for January 2015

Each month Air France / KLM Flying Blue offer Promo Awards and I have highlighted the value of these awards on many occasions. While the January 2015 promotion is modest, Canadian travelers have a great opportunity to save on business class travel to ...

Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge in Seoul

I was about to experience something new.  I have heard glowing reports on Asiana Airlines service, especially in First Class.  I was excited to finally try it for myself.  
After my quick stay at the Hyatt Regency Incheon, I returned to the airport, and proceeded directly to ...
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Review: The Hyatt Regency Incheon Airport (now Grand Hyatt)

The main reason for flying to Seoul was to sample Asiana First Class service on a long haul flight.  I've been to Seoul before (and since) this trip, so despite it being a great destination, I didn't explore at all, and opted for the convenience of an airport hotel.  Once all of my flights ...

Thai Airways A346 Royal First Class from Bangkok to Hong Kong

I saw 4 engines, but this airplane was made in France, not Seattle.  Yep, I got TG'd.  In plain English, the original aircraft scheduled to make this trip has changed to something else.  It could be worse, at least this flight still had a first class cabin (unlike the experience James ...
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Great Deals with November 2014 Flying Blue Promo Awards

I have highlighted the value of Air France/KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards on many occasions, and after several months of rather mediocre sales, November offers a number of discounted awards worth considering. 
Air France/KLM tends to release a lot of saver space ...

Act Fast - BA A380 Premium Class Award Space To/From IAD Available Now

If you're thinking about a trip to Europe next spring or summer, here's something to consider - it appears that BA has released a significant amount of premium class award space on its new-ish A380 service between Washington Dulles (IAD) and London Heathrow.  I stumbled on this quite by ...
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LOT Polish Airlines Award Space Bookable on united.com

LOT Polish Airlines is back after a long hiatus on united.com. The Polish flag carrier operates a fleet of 787s to North American gateways including Chicago, New York JFK, and Toronto and award space in both business and economy class is excellent...or at least was.
I'll be honest - I am not ...

US Airways 100% Bonus on Purchased Dividend Miles Extended

US Airways has extended, perhaps for one final time, its 100% bonus on purchased miles. It appears this sale will mark the end of US Airway’s role a consolidator for premium award tickets, as word is there will never be a sale like this again. So is it time to stock up? The answer is still ...
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South African Airways Award Space Again Bookable

I wrote yesterday that South African Airways award space had been unbookable for one week using miles from any Star Alliance loyalty program outside of South African Voyager. Thankfully, the space is again bookable.
The one-week hiatus of all SA space left a big hole for travel within Africa, ...

ExpertFlyer Now Features US Airways Awards and Upgrades

While Delta Air Lines has demanded that ExpertFlyer remove not only award and upgrade info, but revenue info, the new American Airlines has moved in the opposite direction, working with ExpertFlyer to load availability for US Airways upgrade and award space. This is good news for smart travelers who ...

Thai Airways Royal Silk Business Class between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur

I had one last leg remaining on the award ticket for my outbound journey.  I was connecting to Kuala Lumpur where I would spend my first night in a bed after 2 nights in a row sleeping on planes.

Thai Airways A330-300 like I rode between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Photo credit: ...

Thai Airways Royal First Class on the Airbus A380 Frankfurt to Bangkok

After a less than smooth transit experience in Frankfurt, I was excited to try out the new flagship of Thai's fleet, the A380.  Lots of purple as expected, but the Royal First Class seat was a great way to travel.

Thai Airways Royal First Class Suite on the Airbus A380
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September 2014 Flying Blue Promo Awards for November + December Travel

Air France/KLM Flying Blue has released its Promo Awards for September 2014 and the pickings continue to get slimmer for business class deals between North America and Europe. This month, there is not a single city 50% off or even 25% off business class space in North America - the closest business ...

Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Munich then transiting Frankfurt

After my excellent Lufthansa flight from Toronto, I had a few hours in Munich before continuing to Frankfurt and beyond.  I planned spend the layover in the Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Munich, which I could access as a passenger arriving on Lufthansa in First Class with an onward flight. ...
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Up to 100% Bonus on Purchased US Airways Miles - 7 Tips and Tricks


US Airways is once again running a 100% bonus on purchased miles through September 30, 2014. Every other month US Airways has been running this promotion, but I would not expect it to last - I sense an imbalance in supply and demand that will be solved through a dramatic award chart ...
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First Class all to myself: Lufthansa Inaugural Toronto to Munich

Hello Lufthansa First Class, it is nice to see you again.  For this flight from Toronto to Munich, I'd have the Airbus 330-300  First Class cabin to myself.  Score!
 

Lufthansa A330-300 First Class Cabin
Note: getting this posted has been delayed by a major ...
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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 ...