Award Booking

Trying to crack the Turkish code and falling down a rabbit hole

The single most frustrating thing about the Turkish Miles & Smiles sweet spot is the difficulty in finding availability via the website or call center. Earlier this week, I fell down a bit of...

Madison Beach Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. Bottom Line Review.

The Madison Beach Hotel is a Hilton Curio Collection property located on Long Island Sound in Madison, Connecticut.  My wife and I stayed 3 nights and paid 80,000 points per night.  Cash rates at...

Success, but has the Turkish sweet spot soured?

Just over a year ago, we broke the story about what was arguably the sweetest of sweet spots uncovered in years: 7.5K each way to Hawaii: The sweetest spot we've been missing. The short...

Good United business class transcon & Hawaii availability (book with Turkish)

I've been working on a post for the past few days that I intended to schedule tomorrow with a nugget of wisdom within about increased United business class availability in April and May of...

Award ticket change and cancellation fees by transfer partner

Award ticket change and cancellation fees vary wildly from one airline program to another. One of my favorite things about booking award tickets with foreign programs is that many of them have more reasonable...

(Quirk?) Lower fuel surcharges on British Airways awards

Award tickets on British Airways are known to come with unreasonably high fuel surcharges (business class awards typically carry surcharges in the neighborhood of $600-$800 each way on transatlantic award tickets). However, as View...

(EXPIRED) [Confirmed for USA residents] WOW: 17K Business class to/from Europe on Iberia through...

Update: Reposting this because the promotion page has been updated to note that it is available for residents of Spain and the USA, confirming that this sale is indeed valid for US residents. Keep in...

Aeroplan adds new partner: Vistara (no fuel surcharges)

Air Canada's Aeroplan has announced today that they are adding a new partner airline: Vistara, a full-service Indian airline (owned by Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines) that serves destinations within India and a handful of...

Amex Membership Rewards sweet spots

Membership Rewards sweet spots are plentiful and strong. Indeed, Amex Membership Rewards is the strongest transferable points program in terms of the sheer number of Amex transfer partners. I've written about the Strengths of...

Miraval Berkshires Resort. My failed attempt to double-dip deals.

In April, I published "Best Hyatt resorts for domestic US summer travel."  One of the resorts I was most excited about was the brand new Miraval Berkshires Resort in Massachusetts.  I lamented, though, that...

Citi ThankYou points sweet spots for high value redemptions

While ThankYou points came out less valuable than Chase or Amex points when we last updated our Reasonable Redemption Values (See: A big change to Frequent Miler’s point values.), ThankYou points still have plenty...

Redeem Aeroplan online for Cathay Pacific and GOL

Air Canada Aeroplan miles can now be redeemed online for awards on Cathay Pacific and GOL. The partnership with Cathay Pacific is very limited, so you'll only be able to redeem on some connecting flights...

Radisson Blu Maldives finally opens (70K per night including breakfast)

If you had "Radisson finally opens its Maldives resort" on your pandemic surprise bingo card, congratulations on marking that one off: amidst a global pandemic that has seen some luxury resorts close their doors...

[Update: Working again] Radisson standard awards not available (but e-certs work)

Update 8/15/20: This appears to be resolved as I am now finding standard award room availability in both the US and abroad whether using points or e-certificates. ~~ We had an interesting report in our Frequent...

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