Award Booking

Which award search tool is best?

This post has been updated since its original publication with updated details, including Roame.travel adding the ability to search for Alaska Mileage Plan awards. Airline miles offer us flying experiences we would never dream of...

Virgin Voyages: 7-night European Cruises for as few as 62K points

If you've had your eye on a Virgin Voyages cruise, you're in luck: Virgin Red is offering a 7-night European cruise on the "Valiant Lady" or the "Resilient Lady" for 80,000 points total for...

Bargain luxury in Hawaii: Greg’s Wyndham Vacasa experience

I believe that I was the first in the blogosphere to recognize (or at least publish) what an amazing deal Wyndham's partnership with Vacasa can be.  Over two years ago, I published "Wyndham Vacasa...

An Avianca LifeMiles success story (thanks to screenshots)

The other day, I successfully booked a business class award for four passengers on a summer 2023 date from Europe to the United States with Avianca LifeMiles. That wasn't the surprising part. The surprising...

Don’t transfer Chase points to United, but don’t despair (yet)

This week's United Mileage Plus devaluation was significant. In fact, it was significant enough that they have walked it back to some extent, with partner awards that were pricing at 102,400 miles a few...

Major United Mileage Plus Devaluation: 33%-46% increase in award prices to/from Europe

In this morning's post about overvaluing flexibility, I called out what appeared to be a major devaluation on United Mileage Plus awards. One Mile at a Time has since reported on the extent of...

How much is award flexibility worth?

Flexibility is undoubtedly valuable. But how valuable is it? How much does "free cancellation" cost? (Not a trick question) Last month, I had planned to take an epic trip to Fiji, but we had to...

Strengths and weaknesses of major US frequent flyer programs

We periodically get emails from readers lamenting the uselessness of set of frequent flyer miles or another. Oftentimes, it isn't that the currency in question is useless, but rather that it is not useful...

New JetBlue TrueBlue Complete Guide (new program launches today)

JetBlue TrueBlue has launched its new loyalty program today, complete with new levels of elite status and ways to earn recognition along the way even before earning status. These changes were announced last December...
My seat in Etihad business class

Etihad awards can now be booked online with American AAdvantage miles (or can they?)

Etihad is one of several Gulf-based airlines that's often lusted after by the points and miles team. The Etihad First Apartment remains one of the best commerical products in the world and is still...

How to find Qatar QSuites award space

Qatar Airways' QSuites business class is widely considered to be one of the best business class products available worldwide.  Seats can be configured to be either very private or with shared space as shown...

Seats.aero: a wonderfully nerdy tool for finding Unicorn flight awards [New: QSuites Finder]

Seats.aero is a mostly free tool which makes it easy to find close-in awards on long-haul flights.  When I first learned about this tool I was immediately captivated by it.  This is not a...
United award sale Australia Tahiti

(EXPIRED) United award sale in economy: 42k RT to Tahiti, 60k RT to Australia...

United launched an award sale yesterday for economy flights to Tahiti and Australia. It's currently only open to cardholders and those with Premier status, but it'll open to all MileagePlus members on Thursday May...
American Express LifeMiles 15% transfer bonus

LifeMiles giving 15% bonus when transferring from Amex Membership Rewards

In addition to the new transfer bonuses from Chase to Virgin Atlantic, Amex to Flying Blue and Bilt to Flying Blue (now ended), another transfer bonus began yesterday - Amex to LifeMiles. At 15%...

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