UPDATED 8.3.2019: (Book by Phone) Lie-Flat Seats on United in the U.S./North America for 12,500/15,000 Points

  IMPORTANT UPDATE: You can now redeem Turkish partners’ awards over the phone. This is yet another game changer because the Turkish award chart has some amazing and very unique sweet spots. HT Nick @Frequent Miler and VFTW. Recently Nick Reyes from Frequent Flyer shared an amazing find: some time ago, the Turkish Miles andContinue Reading

Are Spirit Miles Worth More Than Magazine Subscriptions? I’ll Help You Decide!

  This post has been born out of my most recent screw-up. A couple of months ago I canceled my Netflix subscription. Why was that a screw-up, you might ask. Well, here is the timeline. I cancel my Netflix subscription starting June 1. It fell off my BoA Spirit credit card automatic payments. Since IContinue Reading

HURRY UP: Good to Excellent JAL Business/First Class Availability Bookable on AA.com!

  American AAdvantage Sweet Spots That Are Still With Us I thought I’d covered all American sweet spots in my previous installment — well, I was wrong. As I was reading this Frequent Miler’s post about the new AA website functionality (you can now search JAL awards on the AA web site) it kind ofContinue Reading

American AAdvantage Sweet Spots That Are Still With Us

  At first, I wanted to update this post from August 2015. I wrote it when I was madly in love with the then awesome AAdvantage program. I decided against it for 2 reasons. First, a LOT of things have changed. It would’ve been an exercise in striking whole paragraphs. And second, I thought itContinue Reading

The New Citi 48 Month Rule Now Covers All Citi AAdvantage Cards INCLUDING Business Cards and No, It Isn’t Good!!

  The new Citi 48-month rule changing their AAdvantage cards eligibility language from 24 to 48 months has mostly been met with a stamp of approval from the blogosphere. I respectfully disagree. As a reminder, here are the old restrictions: You can’t get a sign-up bonus for the card from the same “family” if you’veContinue Reading

UPDATED! New Delta Award Sale: Europe in Premium Select and Economy (Mostly Paris or Amsterdam) From 35,000 and 62,000 Miles per ROUND TRIP!

This Delta Award Sale to Europe is focusing on a Premium Select cabin, although deals in Economy are available too. The savings are real, and the price is really good. I’ve never flown Premium Select, but reviews tend to be glowing, and some compare it favorably to domestic First Class. With 68,000 SkyMiles you wouldContinue Reading

Avios: Iberia vs British Airways: Which Avios to Use to Fly Iberia in Spain?

  Avios is the common currency for all 3 airlines, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Iberia, which might give you a false idea that all these programs are the same or similar. Nothing can be further from the truth. They have very different programs, separate peak and off-peak calendars, and, most importantly, different fuel surchargeContinue Reading

Deals and Unicorns in the New Citi 25% Bonus to Flying Blue — Part 2: USA to Europe and South America

Previous post: Deals and Unicorns in the New 25% Citi Transfer Bonus to Flying Blue — Part 1: USA to Israel UPDATE 6.2019: This article was posted 3 months ago when Amex had the same 25% transfer bonus to Flying Blue. I’ve completely rewritten it by looking for new deals (and duds) in the CitiContinue Reading

Deals and Unicorns in the New 25% Citi Transfer Bonus to Flying Blue — Part 1: USA to Israel

Return availability from Israel is equally good (at the time of writing). Your final round-trip ticket will cost as much as the journey between Chicago and Tel Aviv: 64,000 Citi points! For 64,000 points, even I would be fine with the ~$500 copay, and you know how much I hate fuel surcharges! Unicorn #3: HoustonContinue Reading

Update: Almost EVERYTHING You’ve Heard About the Latest Hilton Honor Devaluation Is True! Hilton Honor Points in Asia, Africa and the Middle East — Any Deals Left?

UPDATED 6.2019 Please check my previous update to understand the methodology and the reasons for these updates. In brief, I intend to keep updating these posts periodically or after every devaluation to document never-ending Hilton Honors “enhancements.” Look for red ink for the latest updates. Previous Update:  Update: Almost EVERYTHING You’ve Heard About the LatestContinue Reading

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