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One Award, Eight Programs – Final Conclusions

award booking table

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

Availability on Lufthansa FRA-JFK

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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Full Guide: Redeeming Asia Miles

The Asia Miles Award Chart

A lot of people like to use miles on aspirational products, and Cathay Pacific Business and First Class have been pretty popular choices. However, Cathay Pacific’s own program—Asia Miles—doesn’t get a lot of coverage. However, with a distance-based award chart and relative easy-to-accrual miles, there is actually good value to be had. For that reason, I figure…

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Full Guide: Tricking United’s New Excursionist Perk, Routing Rules, & Negative Changes

United will not let you enter desirable connections through the multi-city tool

On October 6, United made some pretty significant changes to its award booking process and associated fees. Essentially, they discontinued their previous generous stopover policy and removed the ability to redeem Round the World awards. The Changes I won’t dwell too much on what used to be possible since it’s kind of moot at this point. However, the biggest routing rule…

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