Category: Points & Miles

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Booking Cathay Pacific First Class with Alaska Airlines Miles

With the farewell of Virgin America, my points converted to Alaska Airlines miles. I now value Alaska Airlines miles as some of the best miles to earn given their sweet spots on international award redemptions! Alaska Airlines offers Cathay Pacific awards from the US to SE Asia for 50,000 in...

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Pro Tip: Earning Airline Miles & Extending Expiring Miles

Earning Airline Miles Always signup for the airline mileage program account prior to your flight in order to earn miles. If you signup after your flight, the airline might deny your request to retroactively earn miles. This happened to a reader while trying to credit a British Airways flight to...

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Which Airline Program to Credit your Miles to on a Paid Ticket?

Some travelers are loyal to 1 airline, but you can’t always fly the same airline for every flight due to your destination or flight time. I’d much rather fly a foreign airline while traveling internationally to almost guarantee better service than a US airline. When flying for a business trip,...

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Award Booking Assistance using Chase Ultimate Reward Points

A few loyal readers, Claire & Danny, signed up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve 100K bonus when it was available last year and recently reached out to me to assist with booking an award using their Chase UR points. They were flexible on their dates but their destinations were set in...

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How to Redeem Credit Card Points using Transfer Partners

I often get the question on how to redeem points collected with credit cards and if it’s a good deal. I’ve always stuck with my rationale of making sure you get at least $0.02 per point in value when making an award redemption otherwise you’d be better off with the 2% cash...

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Tools & Resources for Booking Airline Tickets

Ever wonder how I find my airline tickets? Here are my top tools and resources… Websites for Cheap Paid Ticket Deals The Flight Deal: www.theflightdeal.com Secret Flying: www.secretflying.com Fare Deal Alert: www.faredealalert.com Most of the deals posted on the above sites expire within hours so follow each of them on Twitter and check the...

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British Airways Devalues Short Haul Award Tickets

Today, British Airways announced an increase in the required miles for short haul award flights. They will increase from 4,500 to 7,500 miles each way. This has been an excellent value which I’ve used for SFO-PDX and MLE-CMB flights. You have until February 1st, 2016 to book at the old rate...