In the past year or so using your miles and points to book award tickets has become more difficult. Availability is decidedly less than it was less than 2 years ago. The main reason behind the decline in reduced award seat availability is the improved global economy. Airlines are selling more seats for cash and … Continue reading How to be successful booking your next award ticket
Lately we have seen quite a bit of negative press surrounding the still unannounced changes to the Delta Skymiles program. This has caused many to start redeeming their Skymiles as soon as possible. These negative changes include: Complete removal of award charts from Delta.com No low Level 1 awards on Delta flights less than 21 … Continue reading Now is the time to redeem your Delta Skymiles!
If your flight booked with airline miles becomes delayed or cancelled it is possible you could earn miles for it when you are rebooked. This past weekend I flew from Atlanta, GA to Dallas, TX. I was originally booked on American Airlines using 7500 BA Avios points. On the way to the airport I started … Continue reading Delayed? Possibly earn miles for your award ticket!
It has now been 1 year since I have earned my Southwest Companion Pass. I have used it numerous times for weekend trips around the US! We have traveled to thus far: New York, NY (2 times!) New Orleans, LA (2 times!) Jacksonville, FL I have saved a lot of money/points in airfare and we … Continue reading Southwest: 1 year into using the Companion Pass
Late last year I booked Delta Skymiles award tickets to fly to India in June 2014. It cost us 120,000 Skymiles plus around $180 in taxes per person. We flew business class both ways with a stopover in Amsterdam outbound to visit the city for a few days. Little did I know that this award … Continue reading How I got paid to fly my Delta award ticket to India!
British Airways Avios are a very handy mileage currency to have. With short flights starting at 4,500 miles one way there are some good great deals to be had. This is especially true for USA domestic flights on American Airlines and US Airways. The catch with Avios is that when you have a layover each … Continue reading British Airways Avios Hack: Using a “Direct” flight to save miles!
As my previous posts explained I earned the Southwest Companion Pass this year. I have used it to book many trips so far. One of the perks of Southwest Rapid Rewards is that you can make changes for free. The flexibility is truly great for award tickets booked with rapid rewards points and gives you … Continue reading The Southwest Rebooking Spreadsheet
This post serves as a personal lesson learned that I wanted to share and hopefully save someone an hour on the phone! Last October I redeemed some British Airways Avios points for USA domestic flights on American Airlines for a trip I am taking tomorrow. I got pretty good flights in advance but a more … Continue reading Caution: Cancelling British Airways Award Tickets!
There have been lots of blog posts, news stories, and general consensus in social media that the 2015 Delta Skymiles Program is going to be bad for travelers. With a 5-tier award chart (up from 3), earning miles based on your airfare price, and a very broken website I can understand people's frustration with Delta. … Continue reading Delta Skymiles Strategy 2015: One Way Award Tickets!
I have completed the requirements to get the Southwest 2014 Companion Pass! I have received my companion pass card in the mail and have already booked several trips including New York, NY, New Orleans, LA, and Jacksonville, FL. The value I have gotten from it so far is great as I have spent an average … Continue reading Southwest Companion Pass 2014 Update: 100% Complete!