While many frequent readers know the ins and outs of booking award tickets, many do choose to solicit the help of an award booking service. Being on the Juicy Miles team, booking award tickets is a daily activity for me. In interacting with phone agents on a virtually daily basis, I have gathered some of my favorite lies… Read full article

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In a January 9th bulletin to pilots, United’s senior vice president of flight operations issued a strong warning to pilots after four “near-misses”. The memo noted one UA flight that required a pull-up measure to avoid crashing and another that landed with fuel reserves below minimum regulations. A United spokesperson said: “We are open and… Read full article

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Much of points and miles blogging involves traveling in aspirational products, like luxurious first class product complete with Porsche transfers to lounges where free massages are offered. However, a big part of the points and miles hobby is also finding good value redemptions. Below is a reminder on one such value award…. Domestic First Class products do… Read full article

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The DOT is currently investigating Wednesday’s “mistake fares” on United, but according to several experts, it is very unlikely that UA will be forced into honoring the tickets. While DOT provision 399.88-a requires an airline to honor a fare once booked, there are exceptions for manipulation and/or misrepresentation. Does indicating you are a resident of Denmark when you actually… Read full article

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This is our third installment of “Pro Tips” and today we’ll be looking at the advantages of booking flights to Australia / New Zealand on United using ANA Miles. ANA Mileage Club is a transfer partner of AMEX Membership Rewards at a 1:1 ratio, and has access to United’s seats at the “Saver Level.” Award tickets to Australia are… Read full article

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This morning, United’s Denmark website priced many tickets at incredible low prices, including flights on Lufthansa, Swiss, and United’s own First Class. Though only itineraries departing Europe and “booked from Denmark” saw the price drop, many took advantage of the “mistake fare” as an opportunity to travel in premium cabins on the cheap by changing their country… Read full article

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Continuing our winter pro tips for award travel to warm destinations, today we cover United travel to Hawaii at a discount using AMEX MR as well as Chase UR and Citi TY. United flies to both Honolulu and Maui from a large number of U.S. cities: To Honolulu: from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San… Read full article

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In my two most recent United trip posts to Europe, I remarked that “operated by your Continental crew” was the greeting still being used by Newark flight crews, sort of amazing four years into a merger. I remember the first year or so when this was happening and sort of expected. I never thought that in… Read full article

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Aviation Week is reporting that United is considering a 777 subclass which would have 364 seats…almost 100 more than it currently has.  The supposed plan is to retrofit currently owned 777s by shrinking the business class cabin and placing 10 seats across (like AA) in economy instead of the current 9. In total, there would be… Read full article

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Similar to Rocketmiles and PointsHound, Kaligo is a site that awards airline miles for hotel bookings. They are currently offering a 10K bonus miles offer for both American and United – Earn up to 10,000 Bonus AAdvantage or MileagePlus Miles (earn 1,000 miles on your first booking of $499 or more, 5,000 miles on your first booking of $500-$999,… Read full article

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Bloomberg is reporting that United is looking to covert previous widebody Boeing aircraft orders for 10 new 777-300ERs. “We are not currently considering purchasing incremental wide-body aircraft,” Megan McCarthy, a United spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. “We do, however, hold the ability to negotiate the substitution of certain aircraft types for other aircraft types as part… Read full article

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