Award Booking

Best uses for Virgin Points across Virgin Atlantic & Virgin Red (Sweet Spot Spotlight)

Virgin points are super easy to accumulate.  Points transfer 1 to 1 from most major transferable points programs.  Even better, transfer bonuses are common such that transfers to Virgin Atlantic are often better than...

Alaska Airlines fumbles launch of Starlux awards

Starlux is a Taiwan-based airline that was founded in 2018 and began operations in 2020, a tricky time to start a new travel company, to say the least. Despite the poor timing, it has...

Book a Safari with Points: JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge Wide-Open Award Availability Sept-June

Update 7/28/23: JW Marriott Masai Mara has just dropped a ton of award availability between September 2023 and June 2024. Additionally, there's a smattering of dates between now and mid-October, the period of time...

Necker Island awards now require hefty cash co-pay (4 nights for 540K Virgin points...

Update 7/28/23: A friend doing business with the Virgin rewards team recently reached out to me because they told him that it was no longer possible to book Necker Island entirely with points.  And,...
Etihad Guest Sweet Spots

Etihad apartments: Wide open between London and Abu Dhabi

Etihad has released a ton of business and first class award space between London and Abu Dhabi, including first class apartments aboard its A380. This is just a look at one month of nonstop...

A great trick for finding Delta partner award availability

Separately, we wrote about Virgin Atlantic's fantastic award availability calendar.  While the tool is currently only intended to be used to find Delta or Virgin Atlantic award availability to or from England, it turns...

Having trouble with an airline website? Try the app.

File this under "general tips and advice", but this came up for me over the weekend and even though I knew of this solution to my problem, it didn't come to mind until a...

Air Canada Aeroplan: Reduce award price by switching from a flexible reward

A few commenters have mentioned this in the past, but I just now had a chance to try this out.  With Air Canada Aeroplan award bookings, it's possible to book higher priced flexible awards...

JetBlue’s bad math: awards to Canada are cheaper than they appear

JetBlue began flying to Vancouver, Canada last year. Unless something changed very recently, I'm going to guess that they sell fewer award tickets on their two Vancouver routes (from New York-JFK and Boston's Logan...

ITA Airways bookable with Virgin Atlantic miles

ITA Airways is the national airline of Italy -- the successor to Alitalia. ITA has been a member of SkyTeam for quite some time, but until recently (perhaps just the past day or two),...
Pointdotme free trial 3 searches

Point.me now offering 3 free trial searches for new users

We've written a number of times about Point.me, an online award booking tool that can help you find flight award availability, as well as providing additional services like full-service award booking for you. Point.me is...
Singapore Airlines SIN-JFK SQ24 Business Class seating

An Air Canada advantage: far more award space with some partners

Over the weekend, I booked an award ticket via Air Canada Aeroplan that reminded me that I've been wanting to publish a post about the expanded award availability you can find via Air Canada....

Business class to London for less with this Asia Miles trick

Flying business class to London can be very expensive, even when using miles.  The reason is that the two airlines that tend to have the most award availability to London (British Airways and Virgin...

Pointsyeah: Free flight award searches and alerts

Pointsyeah may just be a game changer...  Like some other tools, it offers a Kayak-like interface for finding award flights.  And, like point.me and roame, it allows searching for business and first class in...

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