Many people had thought this was coming for a while now, and American Airlines did finally, unfortunately, announce a devaluation of their frequent flyer program. The current chart remains in effect for all bookings made before March 21, 2016, so we all have some time to lock in the old prices for some upcoming trips. Read full post »
We knew this day was coming. Yet, I had no idea it would be this bad. As it turns out, yesterday was probably the worst day in the points and miles world since the United award chart devaluation was announced almost two years ago. Back in May of this year, I wrote about what the Read full post »
Just when you think you have seen it all when it comes to award bookings, something new happens that leaves you speechless. And that is exactly what happened with a booking I completed for a client in August. Award Itinerary This client wanted to travel from San Francisco (SFO) to Mumbai (BOM) in either first Read full post »
The word “devaluation” gets thrown around pretty frequently in the points and miles world, but what does it really mean in general and for you? To really get an idea, let’s take a look at a couple of devaluations that have happened over the past two or so years and who those devaluations affected. 1. Read full post »
The best travel rewards currency for you to collect are flexible travel rewards points. Even if you look to hire someone to help you complete the booking, if you plan and are well-organized, these are the points you want. If you don’t plan in advance, have very limited travel dates (with even less flexibility in Read full post »
Most airlines offer some sort of award availability calendar. Either because of their accuracy and/or appearance, some of these calendars are better than others. However, if there is one you should never trust, it is the United award availability calendar. Recently I was doing an award availability search from Tokyo to New York for a Read full post »
With every devaluation we hear complaints about how the travel rewards game has ended. It is all the bloggers’ fault and the world is about to end. Nonsense! The British Airways Avios change only affects some travelers and leaves a sweet spot still available for those needing non-stop domestic flights at a reasonable cost. So the Read full post »
While completing an award booking for a family of four yesterday, I noticed a surprisingly positive development: United currently has business class availability on numerous dates for up to seven passengers on its own flights between Chicago (ORD) and Munich (MUC) and ORD and Rome (FCO) next August and September. Here is the United award Read full post »
Last month, I presented at the Chicago Seminars and nothing that I spoke about was revolutionary or complex. My presentation focused on how to put together a plan that anyone could implement to effectively identify travel goals, accumulate the right points or miles, and then track those points and miles in preparation for getting the best Read full post »
I think you should plan to have points or miles in your desired accounts at least six months in advance of a trip. I prefer to have everything in the bank a year before booking so that as soon as the award inventory opens up, it can be booked. But I know that doesn’t work Read full post »
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