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BA devaluation: not so bad after all

The British Airways award chart devaluation has gone live today, and the sky hasn’t yet fallen. I can verify that as I was up above the clouds all morning on my way to Europe — didn’t see a single piece of sky fall. Truthfully, if the changes were this minor, I don’t understand why they didn’t just announce a new chart rather than making people wait. But let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth…

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Phantom Menace: An award search time suck

Yesterday, I ran into what momentarily felt like a cool discovery: the British Airways website was showing saver-level availability on an American Airlines flight I wanted to book despite the fact that American showed no saver space available. Unfortunately, it turned out to be phantom space — award seats that appear to be available online but aren’t actually available to book in real life. At least, they were phantomish (more detail below). The key takeaway was…

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(EXPIRED) BA Shopping Mall Offering Increased Rates At Raise, Apple, World Market, Macy’s & More

British Airways Shopping Mall Increased Rates

The British Airways shopping mall is currently offering increased rates at a dozen retailers, including 5x at Raise, 3x at the Apple Store, 16x at World Market, 12x at Kiehl’s, 7x at Macy’s and more. In many cases, these are the best portal rates available at the moment. The Deal Increased rates at 12 retailers on the BA shopping portal. Direct link to offers. Key Terms Different expiry dates for increased rates. Quick Thoughts In…

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(EXPIRED) British Airways releases tons of award space (fuel surcharges vary by route)

British Airways is running a promotion where they are reporting that they’ve releasing 50,000 business class award seats available for full awards, upgrades, etc. While British Airways is known for high surcharges, some routes have higher charges than others and in some cases upgrades might make the most sense, especially since you can also earn miles. The Deal Plentiful British Airways business class space on routes around the world good for full awards or upgrades…

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[Expired] Wow: $874 First Class British Airways South Africa to Spain

As reported by One Mile at a Time, there are some crazy first class fares running right now between South Africa and Spain on British Airways — with round trip flights from either Johannesburg or Cape Town to Barcelona or Madrid from about $873. As these are paid first class fares, they could earn a ton of miles, but I’d hold off on making nonrefundable plans to make sure this gets honored. The Deal Cheap first class fares between Johannesburg / Cape…

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Fly around Japan for 6K (prev 4.5K) each way with British Airways Avios [Sweet-spot spotlight]

Update: British Airways has changed their award charts.  Now, the flights described in this post cost 6,000 Avios each way (previously 4,500 Avios).  For more details, see: BA devaluation not so bad after all. With the excellent current point transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to Avios, we are publishing some quick highlights for making good use of the various Avios award charts. If you’re planning a trip to Japan, one sure Avios sweet-spot redemption is domestic…

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(EXPIRED) British Airways Avios Shopping Portal: Double Points Promo

Avios Portal Double Miles

Most of the recent focus on Avios has been due to the incredible Iberia promotion. If you’d like to boost your Avios balance even further, for the next few days their shopping portal is offering double points for most of the portal’s retailer partners. The Deal Shop online via Avios eStore and get Double Avios. Direct link. Key Terms The British Airways Avios eStore Double Avios offer is valid for all members who make an Eligible…

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(EXPIRED) Three 100K Avios offers: Iberia, Aer Lingus, and British Airways

There are newly increased signup bonuses of 100,000 Avios after meeting some big required spend ($20,000 total in the first 12 months) on three credit cards: the newly-launched Chase Aer Lingus Visa Signature, the Chase Iberia Visa Signature, and the Chase British Airways Visa Signature card. While these offers require a lot of spend, and there is a key warning found in the “Quick Thoughts” below the offers, they can be worth it to those who maximize Avios. Links to each…

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Toward hacking Asia Miles: the unified oneworld award chart

In my recent post “Searching for business class sweet-spots in Iberia’s OneWorld award chart,” I wrote “I haven’t yet compared Iberia Avios awards to those available from other OneWorld airlines such as Cathay Pacific.”  Well, now that Cathay Pacific is out with a new 60K signup offer, it’s time to take a look. Cathay Pacific offers two different award charts depending upon how many non-Cathay OneWorld partners you fly.  If your itinerary includes more than…

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