Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Sweet Spots

The Cathay Pacific Asia Miles mileage redemption program has traditionally taken a back seat in frequent flier circles to the likes of American AAdvantage and British Airways Executive Club. Given all of the negative changes made to the AA and BA programs over the past several years, Asia Miles may be worth a second look…

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Introduction: One Last Suites Hurrah — A Week in Central Europe via Singapore Suites and Lufthansa First

One Last Suites Hurrah — A Week in Central Europe via Singapore Suites and Lufthansa First Introduction and Booking Singapore Suites Check-in JFK and Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Singapore Airlines Suites Class JFK-FRA and FRA EasyPass Enrollment 36 Hours in Prague and Czech Airlines PRG-BUD Review Budapest, BUD Priority Pass Lounge, and Lufthansa Intra-Europe Business Class Review…

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One Award, Eight Programs – Final Conclusions

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

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

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

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

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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