Category Archives for Awards.

Etihad Award Searching Finally Made Easier, Enable Automated Alerts!


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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More than a Year Later, AA Still Trying to Collect Telephone Booking Fees for All Partner Awards


Early last year American Airlines eliminated telephone booking fees in connection to award bookings that included airlines not bookable on the AA web site. This was a great move by American considering that less than half of their partners, including many of their most popular ones, are available for online bookings. The current AA partners…

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This is Why I Am Not a Fan of Speculative Miles Purchases


The only thing worst in the points and miles world than unannounced devaluations are devaluations that absolutely destroy the value of a specific rewards currency. That is exactly what happened this morning with Alaska Airlines for award bookings on partner Emirates. Sure, there are still great redemption options available with other Alaska partners but after…

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American Devaluation – What You Need to Book Now…and what can wait till tomorrow


It’s here…pricing for several American Airlines AAdvantage awards will change tomorrow. Below is a recap once again of awards that are worth booking today as well as a few you can wait to book post-devaluation. 1. First Class Awards to Europe You could argue that business class is good enough for travel to Europe. While that…

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