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Using American AAdvantage Miles on Flights To and From India

Qatar's QSuite will product direct aisle access for passengers in its fully enclosed suites

As an expat based in India for the most part of last decade, I have narrowed down on ways to effectively use miles to enjoy luxury vacations from the subcontinent without breaking the bank. Despite the fact that there is no Oneworld partner airline based in India, I am still loyal to American Airlines frequent…

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Is United MileagePlus the Best FF Program or Worst. I’m Confused

Two days, two news releases. United MileagePlus is the worst frequent flyer program, United MileagePlus is the best frequent flyer program. Why do we even read anymore. We learned Tuesday that about half of frequent flyers surveyed by J.D. Power and Associates don’t know how to redeem rewards for free flights. The most difficult and…

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Using Points and Miles To Get To Portugal

Portugal is rising in popularity as a “must see” European destination. The country has been overshadowed by its Iberian Peninsula counterpart, Spain, for quite some time, but as visitors continue to discover Portugal’s allure, its “little brother” perception is fading fast. As you may have noticed, Point Me To The Plane has been on a bit of…

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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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Update: SkyMiles International First Class Award Ticketed and Confirmed

China Eastner 777-300ER First Class. Source: China Eastern

Delta Air Lines is allowing SkyMiles members to book international three-cabin first class awards, for the first time in at least a decade. First class suites on China Eastern are being ticketed and confirmed with SkyMiles. We wrote yesterday that China Eastern First Class award space was appearing in miles searches on delta.com. When booking, I…

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Delta Shows International First Class Awards: Bookable, But…

China Eastner 777-300ER First Class. Source: China Eastern

Delta Air Lines’ website is showing first class awards on international carriers for the first time in over a decade; SkyMiles members haven’t been able to book international first class seats using miles since most anyone can remember. Update: SkyMiles International First Class Award Ticketed and Confirmed on China Eastern As of today, delta.com is…

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