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Avios Sweet Spots for Award Tickets (British Airways & Iberia)

Avios sweet spots depend entirely on the length and number of segments in your itinerary. Generally speaking, the best British Airways Avios sweet spots are short non-stop flights, whereas Iberia is better for those...
Etihad Guest Sweet Spots

Etihad Guest Sweet Spots for award tickets in business class or economy

Etihad Guest sweet spots are among some of the most interesting values with some of the cheapest partner award pricing (in very specific situations) for flights to Europe and Africa. They also have some...

Nick cancelled a Turkish award ticket to Hawaii today; here’s how it went

I was so excited last fall when I found three saver business class seats on the nonstop United flight from Newark to Honolulu -- and on a (convenient) Sunday morning! I was quick to get it...

Turkish Miles & Smiles Complete Guide

A few years ago, we were the first blog to uncover the killer story with Turkish Miles & Smiles that you can fly one-way within the United States -- including to/from Alaska and Hawaii...

Almost exciting: Sonesta Travel Pass

Sonesta International Hotels Corporation has been expanding faster than .  Last year's appetizers included 99 IHG hotels and 122 Marriott hotels.  Their main course: 980 Red Lion Hotels. While it doesn't appear that Sonesta has...

Buy points for less: When does it make sense to jump on a deal?

  Update 4/13/20: We have added the new Avianca LifeMiles bonus of up to 170% and Alaska MileagePlan bonus of up to 60%. There are times when buying points or miles can make a lot of...

Avianca LifeMiles sweet spots

Avianca LifeMiles is one of my favorite airline programs because of unique sweet spots, the ability to "hack" awards to pay fewer miles than the published award chart rates, and the fact that there...

Delta launches tool to find cheap flights & filter by COVID protocol

Delta has launched an interesting tool called the Delta Discover Map for those looking to shop around for destinations that fit a budget - whether a certain number of miles or amount of money...

IHG retreats from devaluation!

Good news!  In the recent post "What are IHG points worth now that the gloves are off?" I detailed an analysis showing that IHG had devalued their points and free night certificates.  Now, thanks...

United MileagePlus Complete Guide

United MileagePlus Overview The United MileagePlus program has changed pretty significantly in recent years, from the introduction of the valuable excursionist perk to the abolition of award charts (which had its pluses and its minuses)...

Best uses for Virgin Atlantic points (Sweet Spot Spotlight)

This post has been updated with the news that ANA awards can be booked one-way for half the price of round-trip. Virgin Atlantic points are super easy to get.  For example, you can sign up...

What are IHG points worth now that the gloves are off?

Update 4/9/21: IHG has already reversed course! See updated analysis here: IHG retreats from devaluation! This is not the post I expected to write. I expected to say something along the lines of "Relax, you're...

6 points & miles things I’m excited about (or at least hopeful)

This is a somewhat random post.  There are several things happening in the points & miles world that I'm excited about... or, at least hopeful.  Here's what's on my mind... Excited Use IHG points at Six...

Alaska flights now bookable at BA.com

Yesterday, Alaska Airlines officially joined the oneworld alliance. While Alaska has long had a partnership with British Airways that predates its decision to join oneworld, British Avios award tickets for travel on Alaska airlines...

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