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Remember – You Can Change Flights Booked on the Old UA Chart for Only $100

Very happy with this for just $100.

After United Airlines announced it’s massive devaluation that took effect 2/14/14, there was widespread panic among those in the frequent flyer crowd that used Star Alliance partners to fly premium cabin awards since they increased significantly in price. After all, the price from the US to South Asia increased from 70K miles to 130K miles…

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Don’t Always Trust the Taxes and Fees Quoted on the Avios Search Page

British Airways Avios are one of my favorite mileage currencies because of how cheap I can get short-distance trips. Southern California (where I live) to San Francisco, Las Vegas, or Phoenix is only 4,500 Avios and $2.50 each way flying on American Airlines or US Airways, for example. They’re also extremely useful on international itineraries,…

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Guest Post: 10 Lessons Learned While (trying to) Redeem 1,000,000 Points & Miles

Let's all hope for the NEW Lufthansa Business Class!

Robert Dwyer is a deal hound who spends hours each day thinking about points, and how to use them for awesome family vacations. He writes about wine at The Wellesley Wine Press. You can follow Robert on Twitter: @RobertDwyer Related Reading: Lessons Learned While Earning 1,000,000+ Points & Miles Compared to signing up for credit cards for lucrative…

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Why and How I Travel in First and Business Class

From Qantas' website.

I’ve been on a bit of a mileage burning spree over the last month and I’ve booked some flights that I’m really excited about. This year I’ll be to fly on Qantas’ A380 in First Class from LAX-SYD, Singapore Airlines’ A380 Suites Class from LAX-NRT-SIN, and Thai Airways’ A380 First Class from BKK-FRA. And I’m…

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British Airways Improving Award Search Engine Again!

British Airways Award Search

In December I wrote about several positive changes that British Airways made with it’s award search engine. Before, it was annoying and required tons of clicks to display the information you needed. Their last improvement made it so you could immediately see partner airline flights, which was very useful. Today’s new feature is that you…

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Sometimes it’s Better to NOT Transfer Your Ultimate Rewards Points

Booking Through United

Almost everything you’ve read in blogs and on FlyerTalk has probably pointed you in the direction of transferring your points to a loyalty program instead of redeeming using the Pay with Points feature on Ultimate Rewards. And it’s true that in most cases you’ll get better value from transferring your points than taking cash back…

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Hidden City Award Ticketing


If you’re starting to become a travel/points addict, you’ve probably come across the phrases “hidden city ticketing” and “throwaway ticketing.” I won’t go through a full explanation here because Gary at View from the Wing has done a fantastic job of doing that already, but I’ll give a basic overview in case you don’t feel…

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Finding Business Class Award Space to Europe on Star Alliance


It’s not always easy to find award space to Europe, particularly during the Summer months. I put together a handy guide a while back that many people seemed to appreciate, but I still get plenty of questions via email and Twitter about how to book flights to Europe in premium cabins. I’m looking to go…

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Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points – British Airways Avios (and Oneworld Alliance)

The Avios award chart is different from others because it is distance-based. You can use this to your advantage!

Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points United Airlines (and Star Alliance) British Airways Avios (and Oneworld Alliance) Hyatt Gold Passport Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Club Carlson Rewards   Like I did with the United/Star Alliance post, I’m going to make an important distinction for people that are new to redeeming rewards. If you…

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Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points – United Airlines (and Star Alliance)

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Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points United Airlines (and Star Alliance) British Airways Avios (and Oneworld Alliance) Hyatt Gold Passport Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Club Carlson Rewards   Let me clarify something that many beginners don’t know or don’t understand. If you have miles with one Star Alliance airline member, you can…

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