Award Redemption

Tag Archives for Award Redemption.

Destination Cape Town, Multi-Stop Routes (outbound booked!)

Destination Cape Town

In several prior posts, I mentioned my desire to book business class award flights to Cape Town, South Africa, for my family of three.  I started by looking at award prices through a variety of tools and then I looked to see if there were any 1-stop options for our flights.  You can catch up on this series here: The best award price finder. Case study part 1. The best award price finder. Case study…

Continue Reading »

Destination Cape Town. My one stop options.

Destination Cape Tow

In a few prior posts, I mentioned my desire to book business class award flights to Cape Town, South Africa, for my family of three.  In those prior posts, I used the Cape Town destination primarily as an excuse to compare various tools designed to identify award costs.  You can catch up on this series here: The best award price finder. Case study part 1. The best award price finder. Case study part 1B (added…

Continue Reading »

The best award price finder. Case study part 1.

award price finder

I’d like to book a business class award flight to South Africa.  I have miles saved up in a number of programs including AA, Delta, and United.  More importantly, I have points saved up in transferable points programs: Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest.  This gives me the ability to transfer points to almost any airline of interest. Which airline should I transfer points to?  The answer isn’t…

Continue Reading »

Round trip to Australia starting at 50,000 points

Australia starting at 50,000 points

Two days ago, we published a Quick Deal (found here) regarding discounted flights to Sydney Australia from select US cities: Atlanta, Detroit, Salt Lake City, and Minneapolis.  Select economy flights on AA and Qantas were pricing at $961 round trip.  Yesterday I found similar prices to Melbourne.  Clearly AA was taking on Delta since the best fares originated in Delta hubs. When I widened my search to include American Airlines hubs (Charlotte, Dallas, Philadelphia, etc.),…

Continue Reading »

Some Lufthansa First Class Awards Available in Advance

Lufthansa generally doesn’t release first class award space to partners until 14 days out, but it seems there is availability on some routes to/from Munich in advance. Through September, there is some availability on routes between Munich and Washington DC, Chicago, Charlotte and a few other cities. You can use United.com to search for flights. Simply select the cities you are searching and check the box for nonstop flights only. I was able to find first class…

Continue Reading »

Southwest mimics Delta and drops award charts

As reported by Mommy Points and elsewhere, Southwest will stop the practice of fixing award prices to revenue fares.  An email sent to many Southwest members declared: “Beginning April 17, 2015, the number of Rapid Rewards Points needed to redeem for certain flights will vary based on destination, time, day of travel, demand, fare class, and other factors.”  Hmmm, that sounds familiar… The existing (and older) award chart Currently, Southwest award prices are determined according…

Continue Reading »

Locking in a flight, stress free

The website FiveThirtyEight (of Nate Silver fame) recently published “When to Hold Out For a Lower Airfare.”  In that post, author Kaiser Fung reviewed Kayak’s Price Trend feature which gives recommendations of whether to Wait or Buy Now when shopping for flights.  Fung tested 32 routes to see whether following Kayak’s advice resulted in savings.  The results were mixed, but Fung still recommended the service.  He wrote: In the end, even though my analysis shows…

Continue Reading »

Has the value of award booking services increased?

I don’t run an award booking service, but I do frequently get asked award related questions.  With complicated requests, I’ve always suggested award booking services as the answer.  With simpler questions, though, I usually try to give simple answers.  For international travel, the easy answer has usually been “United”.  United miles have been (and continue to be) very easy to accumulate (thanks to Chase’s amazing signup bonuses for the United cards and the Ultimate Rewards…

Continue Reading »