Now that ANA has their new site up and running and new information about their new rewards program and award pricing, I've spent some time messing around with online award bookings.
Finally, here is a post about some of the results. We'll talk about the new award chart, some sweet spots, which airlines have fuel surcharges, online bookings, and stopovers. The most interesting part might be that they still kind of have their old distance based award chart (stick around until the end).
I think most people will still consider it a devaluation, and most of...Read more
Farflung travel makes up some of the most memorable travels I've ever experienced. Now I'm into all kinds of free travel, and all kinds of travel. Relaxing on a beach is kind of my ideal day. But in terms of ideal travel, most of the time my most desired destinations are farflung.
By "farflung" I mean a place very far from where we're from in terms of experience. That's my kick. Even going to northern Bali you can see strange festivals that are about as culturally different as you can...Read more
Alaska Miles are not only super easy to earn, they are also some of the most valuable miles around. Some of the cheapest international flights (like 20k to Europe) and some of most luxurious flights (Emirates First Class with showers) can all be had with Alaska miles. From economy to First class the redemptions are the cheapest, and it's one of the few airlines left allowing stopovers on oneways.
Seriously my love for Alaska is ever growing. On our latest AA business class mistake fare to Beijing, I chose to credit all my miles to Alaska instead...Read more
One of my favorite things about frequent flyer miles (besides the saving money part) is that airlines often allow stopovers at no extra costs. Revenue tickets will change the price if you stop somewhere for more than 24 hours, but with miles you can often add an extra stop for free.
I therefore spend a lot of time talking about stopovers; it's the ability to see two places instead of one. But unfortunately, I have spent little time explaining how to actually book them.
This post will take you from how many stopovers you'll be allowed, all the way to how to use the online multiple-destination search to book...Read more