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Wow! Alaska joins Oneworld in mid-2021, expands partnership with AA

Alaska Airlines Companion Fare

In a surprise move that I don’t think anybody saw coming, as reported by The Points Guy this morning, Alaska Airlines and American Airlines are scrapping plans to reduce their partnership and rather expanding it. Furthermore, Alaska will join the oneworld alliance. While on the one hand I’m not disappointed to have a multitude of options for earning and using Alaska Mileage Plan miles, we do not yet know what the new award charts will look…

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Have a Hyatt Cat 1-4 free night certificate? These are your coming and departing opportunities.

Yesterday, Hyatt announced its annual category changes and we reported that 217 properties are changing in category. Because many of us have earned Category 1-4 free night certificates, many readers are most interested in properties that will be newly added to Category 4 or those that will soon become inaccessible with a Cat 1-4 free night certificate. In this post, I put together the list of new opportunities coming our way on March 22nd as well…

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LifeMiles award sale to/from Asia

Avianca LifeMiles is offering an award sale on tickets between select Asian markets and both the US and Europe. While coronavirus has led to a huge decrease in demand to Asia at the moment and many cancelled flights, keep in mind that you can book travel about a year in advance and there is at least a decent chance that things will normalize during that time. This deal surely won’t appeal to everyone, but for some…

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Marriott Travel Packages expiring again? Here’s what to do

Background In the summer of 2018, many of us bought Marriott travel packages before it was too late. Prior to the Marriott/SPG merger, travel packages were a great deal. As a reminder, a Marriott Travel Package is a way to use Marriott points to purchase a travel bundle: you exchange Marriott points for both a set number of airline miles plus a 7 night Marriott stay certificate. In the old program, it often made sense…

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Searching for good news in Marriott’s latest devaluation

Marriott’s latest devaluation is coming March 4th 2020.  As Nick previously reported, Marriott is making its annual category adjustments and the news is mostly bad.  One thousand six hundred and eighty seven properties will increase in price vs. only five hundred and seven that will decrease.  That’s harsh.  If you plan to book a Marriott with points or certificates this year, there’s a good chance the award price will increase March 4th (you can search…

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(EXPIRED) Japan Airlines First class Sydney to Tokyo wide open for 60K miles

Executive Traveler reports that Japan Airlines has adjusted its schedule to add flights with a first class cabin between Tokyo and Sydney beginning on September 1, 2020. These flights are widely available for 60K American Airlines miles one-way and many have 2 seats available in first class. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a long first class flight for a bargain price if you have travel planned between the regions. You may even find a chance…

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Have an old Marriott travel package you can’t use? You might be able to get points for it.

Marriott’s handling of the old Marriott Travel packages was extremely poor to put it charitably. Between an announced conversion that made most package holders losers to an about-face that offered partial refunds for the travel-package-hosed, it just didn’t seem to be the most well-implemented part of the merger. However, Dan at Dan’s Deals might have good news for some of you sitting on unused old travel package certificates: it may be possible to get points back…

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A LifeMiles deal that reminds me to expect the unexpected

Many readers likely know of the beauty of LifeMiles mixed-cabin award pricing, a sweet spot that Greg wrote about long ago: Avianca LifeMiles’ awesome mixed-cabin award pricing. First class for less. I then dug into some LifeMiles pricing oddities a couple of times last year when I wrote about the The secret LifeMiles award chart and then asked Does LifeMiles play favorites?. Yesterday, I stumbled on a new oddity: a nonstop business class flight to Europe…

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How to book Delta flights with Virgin Atlantic miles (2020 Edition)

This post has been updated to remain current for 2020. One significant new addition is the fact that you can text Virgin Atlantic Flying Club to look for partner awards that are not bookable online.  Details about searching for awards via text can be found in the section titled “8 things you need to know.” One of the best ways to book Delta flights is with Virgin Atlantic miles. Via Virgin Atlantic, you can often book…

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