Award Booking

Hyatt cash or points? Use the Frequent Miler worksheet

Should you book with cash or points? I've written separately about how pumped I am about Hyatt's latest promotions (see: Rocking Hyatt’s overlapping promos. Top tier status is easier than ever).  Some of the...

(EXPIRED) Southwest 20% off points awards! Book by Thursday (9/17)

Use code SAVE20NOW to save 20% off points awards on Southwest flights.  You must book by Thursday (9/17) for travel through October 31, 2020. This is a great deal that's worth jumping on if you...

Miles, credits, and certs orphaned by COVID-19 (on my mind)

Yesterday I cancelled the last of my pre-pandemic travel bookings.  I had used Cathay Pacific miles to book a January 2021 flight: Japan Airlines first class to Sydney.  Maybe Cathay would have refunded my...

Best ways to fly to Hawaii from the US mainland

Now that United has announced new routes to Hawaii, the tropical paradise is on my mind again.  Alaska, AA, Delta, Hawaiian, Southwest, and United Airlines all have flights from the mainland US to Hawaii,...

Trying to crack the Turkish code and falling down a rabbit hole

The single most frustrating thing about the Turkish Miles & Smiles sweet spot is the difficulty in finding availability via the website or call center. Earlier this week, I fell down a bit of...

Madison Beach Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. Bottom Line Review.

The Madison Beach Hotel is a Hilton Curio Collection property located on Long Island Sound in Madison, Connecticut.  My wife and I stayed 3 nights and paid 80,000 points per night.  Cash rates at...

Success, but has the Turkish sweet spot soured?

Just over a year ago, we broke the story about what was arguably the sweetest of sweet spots uncovered in years: 7.5K each way to Hawaii: The sweetest spot we've been missing. The short...

Good United business class transcon & Hawaii availability (book with Turkish)

I've been working on a post for the past few days that I intended to schedule tomorrow with a nugget of wisdom within about increased United business class availability in April and May of...

Award ticket change and cancellation fees by transfer partner

Award ticket change and cancellation fees vary wildly from one airline program to another. One of my favorite things about booking award tickets with foreign programs is that many of them have more reasonable...

(Quirk?) Lower fuel surcharges on British Airways awards

Award tickets on British Airways are known to come with unreasonably high fuel surcharges (business class awards typically carry surcharges in the neighborhood of $600-$800 each way on transatlantic award tickets). However, as View...

(EXPIRED) [Confirmed for USA residents] WOW: 17K Business class to/from Europe on Iberia through...

Update: Reposting this because the promotion page has been updated to note that it is available for residents of Spain and the USA, confirming that this sale is indeed valid for US residents. Keep in...

Aeroplan adds new partner: Vistara (no fuel surcharges)

Air Canada's Aeroplan has announced today that they are adding a new partner airline: Vistara, a full-service Indian airline (owned by Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines) that serves destinations within India and a handful of...

Amex Membership Rewards sweet spots

Membership Rewards sweet spots are plentiful and strong. Indeed, Amex Membership Rewards is the strongest transferable points program in terms of the sheer number of Amex transfer partners. I've written about the Strengths of...

Miraval Berkshires Resort. My failed attempt to double-dip deals.

In April, I published "Best Hyatt resorts for domestic US summer travel."  One of the resorts I was most excited about was the brand new Miraval Berkshires Resort in Massachusetts.  I lamented, though, that...

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