Award Travel Posts

Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge in Seoul

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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 ...

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Review: The Hyatt Regency Incheon Airport (now Grand Hyatt)

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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 ...

Thai Airways A346 Royal First Class from Bangkok to Hong Kong

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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 ...

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Great Deals with November 2014 Flying Blue Promo Awards

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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 ...

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

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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

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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 ...

US Airways 100% Bonus on Purchased Dividend Miles Extended

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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

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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 ...

ExpertFlyer Now Features US Airways Awards and Upgrades

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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 ...

September 2014 Flying Blue Promo Awards for November + December Travel

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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 ...

Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Munich then transiting Frankfurt

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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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Thai Airways B747-400 First Class - Photo Tour (BKK-MUC)

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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 ...

Using United Miles to Visit Japan and New Zealand

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Back in January (and before the great devaluation), my friend and I decided to use the last of our remaining United Airlines Mileage Plus miles for a trip to Japan and New Zealand. The all business class award redemption cost my friend 135,000 miles and my ...

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Giving up Lufthansa First Class for Love

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Today was the day that my wife was to fly Lufthansa First Class for the first time. I was looking forward to it so much! First Tokyo Haneda to Frankfurt, then Munich to Toronto in First Class tomorrow with visits to the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt and First Class Lounge in Munich. Lufthansa ...

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Booking My US Airways First Class Award with No Fuel Surcharges

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British Airways flights have traditionally been one of the harder products to redeem for. Not because of their lack of availability or program restrictions but because they were just so darn expensive. It didn't matter if you were using British Airways Avios or ...

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