One Award, Eight Programs – Final Conclusions

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To wrap up my series on using different Star Alliance programs to book awards, I summarize below my findings and experiences. To recap, I wanted to examine the time and effort required to book two different award tickets using eight different Star Alliance frequent flier programs: -United MileagePlus -Singapore KrisFlyer -Avianca LifeMiles -Air Canada Aeroplan…

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One Award, Eight Programs Part 4 – Final Round

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This is part 4 of my series comparing the ease of award booking with various Star Alliance frequent flyer programs. In part 1, I covered booking a transpacific premium cabin award, LAX-ICN-BKK, using 1) United MileagePlus, 2) Singapore KrisFlyer, 3) Avianca LifeMiles, and 4) Air Canada Aeroplan. In part 2, I discussed my experiences booking LAX-ICN-BKK using…

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One Award, Eight Programs Part 3 – Fighting the New United Award System and a Pleasant LifeMiles Phone Call

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This is part 3 of my series comparing the ease of award booking with various Star Alliance frequent flyer programs. In part 1, I covered booking a transpacific premium cabin award, LAX-ICN-BKK, using 1) United MileagePlus, 2) Singapore KrisFlyer, 3) Avianca LifeMiles, and 4) Air Canada Aeroplan. In part 2, I discussed my experiences booking…

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One Award, Eight Programs Part 2 – Comparing Ease of Award Booking

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This is a continuation from last week’s post where I compared my experiences booking a Star Alliance premium cabin transpacific award using United MileagePlus, Singapore KrisFlyer, Avianca LifeMiles, and Air Canada Aeroplan. Here, I attempt to book the same award using four less-common mileage programs: ANA Mileage Club, Asiana Club, Aegean Miles+Bonus, and Copa ConnectMiles. Part 3,…

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NYTimes on the AmEx-Chase War

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Charles Duhigg over at the New York Times discusses the battle between American Express and Chase for new cardmembers. While much ink has been spilled about the huge success of the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the massive amount of free social media advertising that Chase benefitted from, this article covers the launch of the CSR…

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One Award, Eight Programs – Comparing Ease of Award Booking

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Hi all, my name is Stephen and I’m a new contributor to the blog. I’ll have a separate post properly introducing myself at a later time, but I wanted to jump right into things with a useful post. With all of the changes and devaluations over the past several years, there’s been an increasing interest…

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