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AmEx Membership Rewards: the (New) Go-To for Star Alliance Awards

For quite some time, United miles/Chase Ultimate Rewards points were the darling of the points and miles community for booking Star Alliance premium cabin awards. I imagine most reading this have at some point redeemed at least one or two MileagePlus awards, with the more advanced of us having wrangled together dozens of gratifyingly circuitous…

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Review: DOH oneworld Business Class Lounge and QR Y DOH-MCT

A Week in the Gulf: QR J, EK J, Qatar, Oman, and the UAE Introduction, Planning, and Booking Qatar Airways JFK Check-in and British Airways Galleries Lounge Review Qatar Airways A350 Business Class JFK-DOH 24 Hours in Doha DOH oneworld Business Class Lounge and Qatar Airways Economy Class DOH-MCT Having ultimately decided not to fly…

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Quick Hit: CX Asia Miles’s Generous Waitlist Policy

CX F seat

Both Enoch and I (1, 2) have previously discussed Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles mileage program and how Asia Miles offers some strong values for certain redemptions. I wanted today to quickly highlight the program’s very generous and convenient waitlist process. Like some other programs out there, Asia Miles allows members to waitlist for awards on their own metal on which…

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Review: Qatar Airways A350 Business Class JFK-DOH

A Week in the Gulf: QR J, EK J, Qatar, Oman, and the UAE Introduction, Planning, and Booking Qatar Airways JFK Terminal 7 Check-in and British Airways Galleries Lounge Qatar Airways A350 Business Class JFK-DOH  24 Hours in Doha DOH oneworld Business Class Lounge and Qatar Airways Economy Class DOH-MCT I arrived at the gate about…

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Alaska Emirates Awards Problems

While Alaska Airlines severely devalued awards on Emirates over a year ago, business class awards remain a good value and first class awards are still attainable for those with large MileagePlan balances. For about the past month and a half, however, Alaska MileagePlan members have encountered considerable difficulties confirming premium cabin Emirates awards. While Emirates…

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One of My Favorite Value Awards to Europe Ending as American Discontinues Partnership

Sad news as American announces the end of their partnership with Jet Airways effective December 31, 2017, though award travel can begin as late as December 31, 2018. This is especially disappointing as many times this is the only Europe award bookable with AAdvantage miles unless you want to pay ridiculous surcharges for British Airways…

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Trip Report, A Week in the Gulf – Introduction: QR J, EK J, Qatar, Oman, and the UAE

A Week in the Gulf: QR J, EK J, Qatar, Oman, and the UAE Introduction, Planning, and Booking Qatar Airways JFK Check-in and British Airways Galleries Lounge Review Qatar Airways A350 Business Class JFK-DOH 24 Hours in Doha DOH oneworld Business Class Lounge and Qatar Airways Economy Class DOH-MCT I’ve always been fascinated by the…

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My new SkyMiles award flight crush: China Airlines

China Airlines Skymiles SkyTeam award availability

If Delta’s SkyMiles program is the Mohave Desert of award travel, China Airlines is a hidden oasis waterfall. Once considered an also-ran to competitor EVA Airways, Taiwanese flagship carrier China Airlines now operates one of the best services across the Pacific Ocean. It also has the best award availability of just about any airline in…

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