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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

Availability on Lufthansa FRA-JFK

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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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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Increased JFK-AUH Etihad A380 First Class Apartment AA Award Availability

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There are currently several dates in early June with First Class Apartment availability on Etihad’s JFK-AUH A380 route, many dates even have two seats available. This coincides with Etihad upgrading the JFK-AUH route to an all A380 fleet starting on June 1st. Outbound from the US has historically been the tougher find, but ever since the…

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Etihad Award Searching Finally Made Easier, Enable Automated Alerts!

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My most recent Etihad redemptions involved last minute bookings when award availability for The Residence aboard their A380 flights opened up the day before and day of travel. Snagging these required me to check Etihad’s website multiple times per day (or let’s be honest…per hour). That combined with having to call American’s Australia call center to…

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