Award Booking

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Book the world’s best first class now. Fly next year.

Feeling restless?  If you’re anything like me, you miss the challenge and excitement of planning travel.  Deciding upon an ideal destination excites the imagination.  Finding ideal discounted flights or award flights that get you to where you want to go with the least discomfort is as challenging and satisfying as solving a puzzle.  Finding and booking hard-to-get award flights is like winning a jackpot. If you’re stuck at home looking for a way to spend…

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Stuck abroad or know someone who is? Points Pros offers help

One Mile at a Time’s award booking service, PointsPros, is offering assistance to help those stuck abroad who need to get home. To be clear, PointsPros is offering assistance in booking flights for the purposes of repatriation, not for vacation. Here is what they say: We are firmly on team stay home right now, and recommend that if you can stay put, you should stay put. We simultaneously recognize that this situation has caught many people worldwide unawares, and you…

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QSuites awards wide open Jan/Feb 2021

Qatar Qsuites is widely regarded as one of the best business class products in the sky and awards are currently wide open in January and February 2021 for two passengers from New York (JFK), Atlanta, and Miami, (and decently available out of Boston and other cities) to Doha (and beyond). While we’re all socially isolating at the moment and nobody knows for sure when life and travel will return to normal, we can all at least…

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Premium routes with wide open awards

UPDATE 3/20/20: I’ve added Qatar flights from North America to the list. Business class awards are wide open in January and February 2021!  I’ve also added United flights to Israel which are wide open this summer through September.  San Francisco to Tel Aviv via United is wide open in January and Feb 2021. One of the many weird things about life under COVID-19, for me, is that I don’t have any travel plans.  I can’t…

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Are some non-saver United awards bookable via partners?


Are you looking for something miles & points-related to take your mind off of all of the coronavirus coverage? Are you a problem-solver investigative type looking for a puzzle to solve while you sit at home social distancing yourself? If so, this post is for you. Let me just first clearly remind everyone that this post isn’t meant to encourage anyone to do any unnecessary travel in the near future. But I know I can’t…

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50K business class to Europe on Delta (Jun-Aug, easy cancellation)

Virgin Atlantic is showing excellent availability for business class on Delta flights to Europe. I am not sure whether we’ll see a return to normalcy by June-July-August, but booking these is low-risk since we know that Virgin Atlantic doesn’t charge cancellation fees when the taxes are under $50 (as they would be on a flight from the US to Europe) or has reasonable cancellation fees when the taxes are higher (as they would be leaving Europe).…

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Marriott response: Extended certs, upgrades, flexible cancellations

Marriott has updated its COVID-19 / coronavirus cancellation policies and made some really positive changes for members, making new and existing bookings more flexible while also extending the shelf-life of free night certificates, suite upgrade awards, and more. Note that even existing advance purchase reservations can now be canceled, so if you’re holding a reservation you need to cancel but thought you couldn’t, you may be in luck. Flexible cancellations Marriott has made the following changes…

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(Big update: Delayed to 2021) Hyatt devaluation: peak & off-peak pricing in 2020

Update 3/13/20: Running With Miles has reported an awesome change of heart from Hyatt: they will delay the introduction of peak and off-peak pricing for award stays until 2021. Those changes were set to go into effect on March 22nd but surely in light of reduced demand across the board Hyatt has decided to delay the introduction. Furthermore, only five properties will change categories this month. Direct link to more information The five hotels which will change category on…

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Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman. Bottom Line Review.

The Kimpton Seafire Resort in Grand Cayman is an IHG property.  We stayed 3 nights using three separate uncapped IHG free night certificates (mine, my wife’s, and another family member’s).  Unfortunately, uncapped IHG free nights are no longer available through IHG credit cards. Instead, this resort is available for 70,000 IHG points per night.  Cash rates range from about $700 to well over $1,000 per night.  For details about how I booked our flights to…

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