Award Travel Posts

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".


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Lounge Review: KAL Lounge at Seoul ICN Satellite Concourse A

There are two international departure terminals at Seoul Incheon Airport. There’s the main terminal and the satellite concourse. If you’re flying anyone other than Asiana or Korean Airlines, you’ll most likely be departing from the satellite concourse. From the main terminal, you ...

Lounge Review: Korean Airlines Prestige Business Class Lounge at Seoul ICN

There are two main international departure terminals at Seoul Incheon International Airport. There’s the main terminal where Asiana and Korean Air depart from and the satellite terminal (Concourse A) where the majority of other airlines depart from. Korean Air has a First Class Lounge and a ...
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Dublin - Los Angeles Award Space on Aer Lingus


Aer Lingus announced new service to Los Angeles starting in May 2016 earlier this week and award space has now been loaded -- but don't be fooled by united.com, which is showing a lot of business class space that is not bookable.
Login to united.com right now and you will see a ton ...
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Congratulations to American Airlines, But Now What?


The final transition from US Airways to American Airlines was a total non-event and for that I must offer my congratulations to American Airlines.
Thinking back to that fateful March day of Continental – United system integration in 2011, I cannot help but to notice AA learned from ...
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Lufthansa A340 Business Class from Dusseldorf to Chicago

Lufthansa’s current business class hard product is not revolutionary, but it is a decent seat, and the service is usually good.  At the end of our family trip, and a quick visit in Dusseldorf, this was a comfortable way to get us back home.
 
Lufthansa A340, showing the ...
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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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