In this first podcast of a series on airline award bookings we discuss the basics of how we use our miles and an overview of different award types. In future podcasts, over the next few weeks, we will discuss specific reward programs and alliances in greater detail.
In addition we discussed JAL's decision between SkyTeam and OneWorld, although that dicussion seems a bit dated now. Please send in your recent award redemptions stories and questions for our next few airline award booking shows.
With less than two weeks to go as a part of Skyteam, the time is ticking if you want to redeem for a Skyteam award.
Changing alliances has a bit of confusion surrounding it. The biggest point of confusion is that some people believe they have to fly their Skyteam award by 10/24/09, which is the day Continental leaves Skyteam. Not true, your award just needs to be ticketed by that date.
What does that mean? You can book an award for up to 330 days out (this is the furthest out a airline reservation can be). So if you want to book a trip for the spring or summer on Skyteam, now is the time.
So if you wanted to book that trip to Tahiti, now would be the time.