Upgrading to first for 25K miles and stacking MoviePass

Welcome to the Frequent Miler week in review around the web, where we recap news you can use from around the ‘net. Read on for how to change a flight booked with US Bank Altitude Reserve points, upgrading a great deal, upgrades to the LifeMiles booking engine and more.

How to Change or Cancel a US Bank Altitude Travel Reward

Most tickets that depart or arrive in the US can be changed or cancelled within 24 hours for no fee (or the airline or travel agency should give you the option to hold the ticket for 24 hours before paying). But how does it work when you book with Altitude Reserve points? Charlie at Running with Miles gives the rundown. As it’s not free and points do not instantly return to your account, you’ll want to check this out and know the drill before you make a booking.


ULTIMATE UPGRADE: HOW WE TURNED A $636 TICKET INTO INTERNATIONAL FIRST CLASS…

In early August, we posted an amazing deal from Vancouver to Australia in business class on ANA for under $600 round trip. If you got in on that deal, did you know that you might be able to upgrade it to first class by using miles? God Saves the Points shows you how to turn that amazing deal into an epic one.


LifeMiles Has a New Online Award Search — and Lets You Pick Cabins Flight-By-Flight

We wrote about a great deal to Thailand the other day where you could use just 34.7K Ultimate Rewards points to book a round trip ticket to Phuket and potentially earn 18K+ Avianca LifeMiles according to the fare class. Note that there was a question in the comments about LifeMiles refusing to credit Air China L-class fares between the US and China despite what their website says — though I was unable to find conclusive evidence either way. At any rate, those who have earned/purchased LifeMiles may be interested to read this short piece from Gary Leff at View from the Wing. The LifeMiles website has added some functionality that could really come in handy – especially for piecing together mixed-cabin itineraries.


MOVIEPASS + THEATER REWARDS PROGRAM = HEAVEN FOR MOVIE LOVERS

You may remember the deal we posted for MoviePass last month: Great deal: go to the movies every day for just $10 a month. If that sounds too good to be true, it isn’t. The new price cut to $10 (this company has been around for at least 5 years, but this is a new pricing model) brought huge exposure and with it huge delays in shipping out cards. That said, most reports I’ve read since the cards have arrived have been very positive. Harlan at Out and Out shows how to stack this deal and come out even farther ahead than you already are after you’ve seen anything more than 2 movies a month.


That’s it for this week around the web. Check back soon for this week’s last chance deals.

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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