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One Award, Eight Programs Part 2 – Comparing Ease of Award Booking

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

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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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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