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Complete Guide to Redeeming Alaska Miles on JAL


Alaska published their award chart for Japan Airlines (JAL) yesterday, so I figure there’s no better time to cover some of the basics. I’ll include the ways you can earn Alaska Airlines miles, discuss Alaska’s routing rules and some (surprising) sweet spots, and cover the destinations served by JAL. You can book Japan Airlines flights using Alaska miles online, which…

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Expiration Policies of Major Hotel & Airline Programs, Summarized

Different airlines and hotels' loyalty programs have different expiration policies

Many of us participate in multiple loyalty programs, with miles and points scattered all over the place. Points and miles are like currencies with value (largely) controlled by the hotel or airline, and many of them expire after a period of inactivity. Diversifying your points and miles portfolio is great, since there are strengths and weaknesses…

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Comparing Trip Delay Insurance between Credit Cards

A number of credit cards provide trip delay insurance, though with different coverages

There are a lot of premium credit cards on the market that offer cardholders benefits when traveling. It’s easy to compare sign-up bonuses, day-to-day earnings, and reward redemption potentials. Based on those information, you might decide to use one card over another when booking a trip. Trip Delay Insurance However, many of these credit cards also offer…

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Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Emirates First and Business Class…Is It Worth It?

Emirates A380 Onboard Bar

With Alaska’s devaluation, we lost a good way to redeem miles for Emirates First Class with miles and points—at least, miles and points that you can buy outright. However, Chase Ultimate Rewards still offers two key options for those who want to use points to fly Emirates. Emirates offers an amazing First Class product on their A380s,…

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How to Book Emirates First Class with Japan Airlines (JAL) Miles

Emirates First Class A380 Cabin

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