Tricks to Find Star Alliance (United) Awards Without Surcharges

Booking SWISS without fuel surcharges

Nothing ruins a great points and miles vacation like having to pay for a trip you thought was going to be a reward. Unfortunately, airlines have gotten away with charging fares on their purported “award” flights now for over a decade, disguised from consumers under the confusing moniker “fuel surcharge.” While regulators have finally stopped…

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ANA Round-the-World Tickets: Best Use of Amex Membership Rewards?

Booking Round-the-Trip business class awards Star Alliance American Express Membership Rewards points United Polaris seats

ANA (All Nippon Airways), Japan’s largest airline and an integral member of the Star Alliance, offers arguably the most valuable Round-the-World tickets out there. When used correctly, an ANA Round-the-World ticket can shave hundreds-of-thousands of points off the cost of business, first class or even economy class award tickets. This is perhaps the best value…

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Which Airlines Offer Round-the-World Tickets

Round-the-world (RTW) awards are one of the most lucrative and aspirational use of points and miles. Unfortunately, in recent years, many award programs, including all the major US airlines, have dropped their formal round-the-world redemption options.  However, many global airlines continue to offer awards that are worth considering when your goal is to circumnavigate the…

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When Does a Round-The-World Ticket Make Sense?

This post looks at when it makes sense to consider booking an Around-the-World or Round-the-World ticket.

Circling the globe is the ultimate dream trip for many travelers. An around-the-world ticket, known in the airline business as a “Round-the-World” or “RTW” ticket, is a special fare offered by select airlines and all airlines alliances specifically designed to enable travelers to circumnavigate the globe. The primary advantage in booking RTW tickets is the…

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Which Credit Card Points Work Best for Etihad Flights?

Etihad Apartment Credit Card Points Rewards Free

The Etihad Apartment is the ultimate way to fly. Fully enclosed suites with sofas that turn into beds, large-screen LCD televisions and personalized, customized dining can cost in excess of $20,000 per ticket. But unlike some suites products, the Etihad Apartment is actually regularly and fairly easily attainable using reward points and frequent flyer miles,…

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How to Book Etihad (Economy, Business and First) Using Points

Etihad Apartment Credit Card Points Rewards Free

Etihad’s first class ‘Apartment’ is one of the most sought after first class experiences in the sky. Each Apartment is a fully-enclosed, private suite with a separate bed and reclining seat. Your Apartment even includes a vanity mirror and minibar! The service is impeccable and you can fresh up with an onboard shower before landing.…

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Using American AAdvantage Miles to Fly Etihad’s Apartment

One of the best – or at least the most fun – ways to spend American Airlines AAdvantage miles is for travel on the Etihad Apartment, arguably the world’s best first class experience. Using miles to book these seats isn’t exactly straightforward, but it’s not impossible either. DISCLAIMER: Flying The Apartment will make it very…

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