Last Week to Transfer Amex Points To Continental

Just a friendly reminder that 9/30/11 is the last day to transfer American Express points to Continental. I wrote a post on this a couple weeks ago and I recently recorded a short video walking you through the basics. Apologies in advance for the audio and less-than professional editing! I’m new to videos and will be improving…

My Star Mega Do 3 Adventure Begins

This should be an interesting week for me. I’m going on the third annual Star Mega Do, which is an event planned by frequent flyers, for frequent flyers. The event is co-organized by certain Star Alliance member airlines, as well as Hyatt. There are two portions (full schedule here), and I booked business class tickets…

Discounted Thanksgiving Business Class Fares to Europe

For the past couple years, I’ve noticed that airlines deeply discount business class travel to Europe. While I’ve always had plans that kept me  in the US for the holiday, I’ve always been tempted to book a weekend trip to Europe over Thanksgiving, if anything to boost my elite status. I checked and I’m once…

Continental Encourages American Express Point Transfers

Continental leaves the American Express Membership Rewards program September 30, 2011 and they have been aggressively emailing their frequent flyers asking them to transfer their points to Continental before it’s too late. I recently got an email: “THE COUNTDOWN IS ON. DON’T MISS OUT. TURN MEMBERSHIP REWARDS® POINTS INTO MILES NOW. Continental’s partnership with American…

No Excise Fee on American Express US Airline Transfers

As I’ve written about before, an interesting result of the ongoing budget drama and quasi-FAA shutdown is the inability for airlines to collect certain taxes on tickets. Fares were briefly lower last week, until the opportunistic airlines decided (almost in unison, hmm) to raise fares the amount of the taxes they would have collected. While…

Maximizing Stopovers, Transfers and Open Jaw Ticketing on United/Continental Awards

This post is focused on maximizing Continental and United awards. The Continental Onepass program will cease to exist after 12/31/11, but until then you can transfer United and Continental miles back and forth (see this post for more information). For other posts in the “Maximizing Awards” series, check out American, Delta, US Airways, Air Canada…