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Top 10 Airline Award Redemptions for January 2014

With the new year here and many changes negatively affecting airline loyalty programs now in effect or shortly taking effect, there are still a number of superb deals available. Here are my top ten award travel bright spots for January 2014.

1. US Airways Dividend Miles – 90K miles ...

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Virgin Australia's new commercial - "The romance is back"

I've talked a lot about Virgin Australia since my nice experience with them on my trip to Australia and New Zealand about a year ago.  I was pretty impressed with their style, and highly recommend their long haul flights.  Booking Virgin Australia Business Class with Delta Skymiles is ...

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Adding an Infant Ticket to a Virgin Australia Delta SkyMiles Award

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Now that I have lost most of you with such a boring title, let me tell you a little about my day. Days actually. It has taken two weeks to get an infant ticket issued for a client and now that the process is finally over, I want to make sure you never have to deal with what I did. Before I tell ...

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Delta medallions on Virgin Australia get additional benefits

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I've spent a lot of time discussing Virgin Australia on this site, particularly since I live far from their home base.  I had a great trip to Australia last year, and got some excellent value out of some Delta SkyMiles for the trip.  I wish I had more opportunities to go ...

Etihad Win Approval for 10% VA Stake

Etihad Airways has been cleared by the Australian government to up its equity stake in Virgin Australia from the current 4.99% it bought earlier this year to a maximum of 10%! This will give Virgin Australia even more foreign ownership with 10% owned by Etihad, 19.9% by Air New Zealand, and 26% ...

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Virgin Australia will "NOT" join Star Alliance

There has been a lot of buzz about Virgin Australia joining one of the big three air alliances. First Virgin announced a joint venture with Delta and there was Buzz about VA joining Sky Team soon after. Then in 2011 Air New Zealand invested $143 million into VA buying a 14.9% ...

Virgin's Unite!


The sexy and sometimes sleazy (if you don't like short skirts on long legged pretty ladies and suites on well-groomed handsome men), revolutionary game changing airlines from London, Sydney, and San Francisco have finally came together to further unite their ...

Skymiles to New Zealand with Virgin Australia

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I had many wonderful experiences on my trip to New Zealand and Australia in late 2011.  I got to experience V Australia's service and really maximized the value out of a Delta Skymiles redemption. 

Split apple rock, Abel-Tasman National ...

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Virgin Australia lounge in Melbourne and flight to Sydney

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We had an early departure from the Park Hyatt Melbourne, which began a very long day of travel.  It started with a taxi in Melbourne, then 2 bus rides, flights from MEL-SYD-LAX-MSP-MKE and eventually ended with a taxi ride back to our house.  The odd thing about flying from Australia to ...

An unexpected flight on Air New Zealand: Christchurch to Melbourne

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After a nice brief stay in Christchurch and a wonderful trip in New Zealand, the return portion of our journey was about to begin.  Our Virgin Australia award ticket had us flying back from CHC to MEL. 

As I have discussed before, actually getting to Melbourne proved to be a bit ...

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V Australia Business Class Meals

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As someone who loves to eat and loves to fly, I usually have pretty high expectations when flying internationally in premium cabins.   My recent V Australia Business Class from LAX to Sydney provided great service and very good meals.  V Australia really seemed to do the little things ...

V Australia Business Class LAX to Sydney: The cool way down under

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After all the planning and waiting the day of my business class flight on V Australia was finally here. As you may remember, I had redeemed Delta SkyMiles for the V Australia ticket and flew Delta Airlines to Los Angeles prior to this flight.  One comment on the airline name, as it a bit ...

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Introduction to my journey to Australia and New Zealand

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I've talked a lot about about planning my trip down under on V Australia via a Delta Skymiles award, and I have posted a few preview photos during my trip.  I spent much of November on this journey.  It is the longest vacation I have ever taken, 3 weeks off work. ...

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Complete customer service breakdown by Virgin Australia

I'm writing this from the lovely Air New Zealand lounge before my V Australia flight to LAX.  Heading back home after what was a very nice trip to New Zealand and Australia.  I'm working on a full trip report, which will be coming out in parts as I am able to complete ...

V Australia preview photos

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I’m back to civilization, and wanted to post a few photos from my journey thus far, as well as one diving photo.  More to come.

 

The V Australia experience was good, but not great.  Apparently Janet Jackson was on my flight, but I didn't know that until ...

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