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Award Booking

Complete guide to Avios: British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus

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I find that US residents are often skittish about foreign frequent flyer programs.  Many don't realize that foreign programs are often the best options for booking domestic flights.  "Avios" is the name of the...

(EXPIRED) 50% off Thai award tickets for select markets (all classes)

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Thai Airways is offering 50% off on award tickets between Bangkok and select markets. While Thai Airways does not fly to the US, those looking to piece together their own round-the-world trip may be interested...

Booking Turkish online: my bumbling experiments

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Over the weekend, Ian Snyder at Miles to Memories posted some great news about Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles: some domestic United Airlines flights can be booked online for just 7,500 miles each way (including to...

Around the world in business class for 115K [Sweet spot spotlight]

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Flights crossing either the Atlantic or Pacific ocean usually cost in the neighborhood of 60K miles one-way in business class with most award programs. What if you could cross both oceans -- and connect...

(EXPIRED) Wow: 31.5K business class Atlanta to Istanbul in Sept

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If Istanbul is on your bucket list and you live in or can position to Atlanta, you can potentially fly there in business class this September for 31,500 miles one way. Turkish Miles &...

Greg’s 40K to Far Away mistakes (yep, he’s already made a few) #40Kfaraway

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I'm not excited about our 40K to Far Away Challenge.  "Excited" is too mild a word.  "Obsessed" is more accurate.  Nick, Stephen, and I each have 40,000 points and $400 and a goal: go...

Forget email, book Turkish awards over the phone (7.5K each way)

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Yesterday, Greg posted about how you can buy enough Citi ThankYou points to fly from basically anywhere in the US to Hawaii for $386 round trip. The trick of course is using Turkish Miles...
Award anxiety

On my mind (award anxiety edition)

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This week, Nick has been wringing his hands over a couple of recent award redemptions.  First, he questioned his own wisdom in trading in 64,250 Capital One "miles" for a $900 Marriott gift card...

A sweet spot hotel…and a rookie mistake

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Earlier this week, I stumbled on what I think is a pretty awesome sweet spot hotel redemption in the US and I got pretty excited...and then I proceeded to make an absolutely boneheaded mistake....

How to book the cheapest flights with Chase Ultimate Rewards

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Google Flights makes it easy to find super cheap airfare deals like the one pictured above.  Within Google Flights, simply enter your origin city and departure date and then enter a region as a...

Chase Ultimate Rewards sweet spots

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Update 7/22/19: We have added Australia / New Zealand / Oceania to the Chase Ultimate Rewards sweet spots and a table of contents for easy reference and trip planning. When I ask readers about their...

When LifeMiles.com shows no availability, try a manual booking

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Over the past couple of days, we've reported a sale on LifeMiles (See: Buy LifeMiles from 1.35cpp (and earn 5x doing it)) and an increase in the offer on the LifeMiles credit cards (See:...
amex offers

Aeroplan changes: lower fees, fewer options

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Aeroplan has announced a few changes today. Some of them are positive and take effect immediately (lower fees and greater flexibility) while others are negative and take effect in September (changes to stopovers &...
Business class awards to Europe

Delta flash sale from 20K RT to Europe [economy class]

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Update: There are still some good round trip deals to Europe, but not as many as when this post was originally published. Delta is offering a flash sale with great deals on economy class travel to Europe...

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