Overview of ANA Award Taxes and Fees: Part 2

April 19, 2013

This is part 2 of my series calculating the cost of award tickets using ANA miles. In Part 1 I priced out itineraries on Air Canada, ANA, Lufthansa, Singapore, SWISS, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United and US Airways. In this part, I’ll look at Adria, Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Asiana, Austria, Avianca, Brussels […]

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Overview of ANA Award Taxes and Fees

April 18, 2013

ANA is a Japanese airline that’s a member of Star Alliance and its award search engine is one of the best ways to find Star Alliance availability. ANA is also a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards (transfers usually take about 48 hours) – which you earn on cards like the Premier Rewards Gold […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Lesser Known Amex Membership Rewards Airline Transfer Partners

March 26, 2013

As we all sit around and wait for another lucrative transfer bonus from American Express such as recent 50% bonuses to British Airways and the historic (but seemingly long-gone) up-to-67% bonuses to Delta, there are still plenty of standard transfer options from which you can pull tremendous value from American Express’s points program, which is […]

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Saturday Recap: 75,000 Points for Amex Business Rewards Gold, Save $100 on Admirals Club Membership, Bonus Club Carlson points with Budget, Earn Delta SkyMiles for Joining a Wine Club

January 26, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 75,000 Points for Amex Business Rewards Gold: Update: The current offer for the American Express Business Gold Rewards Card is 50,000 points after $5,000 in spend during the first 3 months. As a recap from earlier this week, Amex announced a great sign-up bonus for […]

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High Skies Drama for the Boeing 787 and How It Impacts You

January 17, 2013

In a move that came fast on the heels of both major Japanese airlines – JAL and ANA – grounding their Boeing 787 fleets, the Federal Aviation Administration has ordered the temporary grounding of US-based Boeing 787 aircraft. At this time, the only US airline operating the aircraft is United, which immediately grounded its six […]

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(Video) Sunday Reader Question: What Exactly Does the ANA Search Tool Show?

November 18, 2012

One of today’s questions came from TPG reader Yun, and is about the kinds of awards that come up when searching for Star Alliance availability using the ANA tool: “When you are searching for Star Alliance availability with the ANA search tool, how do you know what level award it is. I see the availability […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways You Can Fly The Boeing 787

October 2, 2012

In contrast to Airbus’s strategy to build bigger behemoths like the A380, Boeing’s strategy with future long-haul aircraft flies a different direction – smaller, lighter, more efficient – starting with the 787, the so-called “Dreamliner.” Though its development has run late since even before the first one rolled off the factory floor back in 2007 […]

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Tips for Searching Star Alliance Award Availability

September 17, 2012

With so many ways to earn and buy Star Alliance miles, like the current 100% US Airways buy miles bonus and the 40% United discount, I thought it would be helpful to summarize the best ways to search for Star Alliance award availability. I’ll be doing the same for Oneworld and SkyTeam in the near […]

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Saturday Recap: British Airways Visa Bonus Ending, 30,000 Bonus American Miles, Aeroplan Bonus Miles and More

July 14, 2012

Here’s a quick recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week. Final Week for the British Airways Visa 100,000 Avios Offer Update: The current sign-up bonus offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios. 25,000 upon first use, and another 25,000 when you spend $2,500 within 90 days. While the British Airways […]

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Updated Airline Award Charts and Partner Lists

May 24, 2012

The past year has seen some major changes in the airline world, especially concerning frequent flyer programs. New airlines have joined alliances, formed non-alliance partnerships with each other, and even introduced all-new mileage programs like British Airways Avios. So I thought it was time to update my consolidated list of airline award charts and partner […]

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Tuesday Travel Top 10: How to Use Miles for the Best First Class Products

May 8, 2012

On Friday, CNN published a list of the best first class cabins in the sky with contenders from all over the world. Interestingly enough, no US airline made the list. But what good is a list of amazing first class cabins if you don’t know how you can fly in one of them without paying […]

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Continental Ending Relationship With Virgin Atlantic February 13

January 21, 2012

Continental announced it is ending its partnership with Virgin Atlantic on February 13, 2012, which is a huge blow to the new United program, in my opinion. Virgin Atlantic has always had great award availability, which made transatlantic (and beyond) travel much more easy to book with Continental miles than almost any other mileage currency. […]

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Sunday Reader Question: What is the Best Frequent Flyer Program for Combining Family Points

December 4, 2011

TPG reader Jody writes: “Which points programs can and/or should be combined together as a household to maximize travel rewards? Also, when is it not a good idea to combine point programs with other family members?” No major North American frequent flyer program allows family members to pool their miles in a central account- at […]

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How to Use the ANA Award Tool to Search Star Alliance Award Availability

June 9, 2011

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is one of Japan’s premier airlines and a Star Alliance member. While many of you will never set foot on an ANA plane, you should be a member of their frequent flyer program, Mileage Club, because it allows you access to near perfect Star Alliance award availability. This means you can search […]

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Maximizing Amex Post 7: Star Alliance Transfer Partners

May 9, 2011

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. This is another installment in my Maximizing Amex series where I examine the benefits of American Express cards and Amex’s Membership Rewards Program. The articles include; Post 1: Understanding the Card Offering. Post 2: Understanding Membership Rewards. Post 3: Understanding Transfer Bonuses. Post […]

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My Birthday Wish List

March 7, 2011

Today is my birthday and while I’ve already gotten myself a gift (a $260 roundtrip ticket to Madrid which I splurged and upgraded both directions, an Air Europa ticket to Barcelona, one night at Le Meridien Barcelona on points and two nights at the Westin Palace Madrid on cash and points), I thought I’d create […]

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Twenty of My Favorite Airline Awards

February 21, 2011

I book millions of miles a month in awards for clients and I’m always trying to think about what award option works the best, since most people have multiple mileage balances and flexible credit card points. Whether its wrangling a Delta award to the “low” level or helping someone maximize an American Express transfer bonus […]

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Hearty Hyatt Airline Bonuses

August 3, 2010

Hyatt has been industry leading with their promotions recently- with multiple rounds of Faster Free Nights (one free night for every two stays), I thought for sure they’d take a breather. Instead, they’ve stepped up their airline bonuses, encouraging members to bank to airline accounts instead of Hyatt points. Below is a list of current […]

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