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ExpertFlyer Adds US Airways Awards and Upgrades

September 16, 2014

Last week we wrote about how Delta forced ExpertFlyer to remove all availability and how it was such a customer unfriendly move on Delta’s part. Well, American Airlines must have taken note, since they announced today that ExpertFlyer now supports full US Airways flight availability for both awards and upgrades. ExpertFlyer posted the following on Flyertalk: As part of our […]

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Why Elite Upgrades Are Harder to Get & How To Work Around It

September 16, 2014

Earlier today, the New York Times published an article by Billy Witz titled, “Flight Upgrades Much Harder to Secure, Even for Elite Travelers,” in which I was quoted. As I point out, airline upgrades are behaving much like the rest of the economy where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, […]

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Delta Forces ExpertFlyer to Remove All Availability

September 10, 2014

When it comes to searching for flight availability and setting alerts for award seats, I usually turn to ExpertFlyer. Their flight availability tool shows you the availability of certain paid fare classes and gauges your chances at getting upgrades, same day confirmed changes, and standbys if you’re an elite frequent flyer. If delays or cancellations occur, you can also […]

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How Can I Book Two Award Seats When Only One Is Available?

September 7, 2014

TPG Reader Sara sent me this message on Facebook: “I’m trying to book a flight from Chicago to Rome using AAdvantage miles. The direct flight is only available when I search for one passenger, but not for two. If I buy the award flight for myself, will another spot open up?” Italy is a top tourist […]

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What’s The Best Way To Find AA Awards For Use On US Airways?

July 20, 2014

This week, TPG reader Monica sent me a Facebook message with a great question: “I’ve read several of your articles about US Airways miles eventually transferring to AA miles. Is that option getting closer? We have US Airways miles that we want to use, but the flights we can afford are on AA. When I called US […]

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If You Can’t Find A Business Class Award, Do You Book Economy And Hope It Opens Later?

December 1, 2013

TPG reader Jake tweeted me @thepointsguy with a question a lot of readers have: “If you can’t find a Business Class award, do you book Economy and hope it opens later or just wait? I am flying IAD-JFK-JNB in March.” Jake is going to Johannesburg in March and wants to know, if he can’t get a […]

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British Airways Removes Award Space From ExpertFlyer

November 23, 2013

The bad news keeps on coming from ExpertFlyer. After last week’s revelation that Star Alliance searchability on the site had become much more limited with award search and seat alerts for airlines like ANA, Asiana, EVA, Lufthansa, South Africa, Thai, United and US Airways and a dozen more completely gone, as well as the fact […]

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Much More Limited Star Alliance Award Availability on ExpertFlyer

November 11, 2013

It’s been a rough few weeks for ExpertFlyer. While I still think it’s a very useful tool because it gives flyers access to upgrade and award availability on a number of airlines. This can be extremely useful when deciding which flights to book based on upgrade availability. Not only that, you can set alerts so […]

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British Airways Award Space Now Displays on ExpertFlyer

November 5, 2013

ExpertFlyer is one of my favorite tools for searching award and seat availability since it covers dozens and dozens of airlines including all Star Alliance carriers (with the exception of elite upgrade space on United as of last week), as well as being a great resource to search routing options or fare information. What I […]

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United Pulls Upgrade Inventory From ExpertFlyer

October 30, 2013

ExpertFlyer is one of my favorite travel tools- it gives flyers access to upgrade and award availability on a number of airlines. This can be extremely useful when deciding which flights to book based on upgrade availability. Not only that, you can set alerts so that if hard to find award availability space opens up […]

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Delta Elite Upgrade Space No Longer On ExpertFlyer

October 25, 2013

In addition to the ability to set alerts for award seats (and save time and frustrating searches by being able to book an award as soon as it opens up), of the best features of ExpertFlyer is its flight availability tool, which allows you to see the availability of certain paid fare classes and gauge […]

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Is There An Award Availability Tool That Does It All?

June 16, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Sarah tweeted me this week with a question about award search sites: “@thepointsguy Is there one website for which I can enter a route/date and it will tell me the award availability with all the frequent flyer programs?” I wish there was a single perfect tool available that I could recommend, but […]

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Video SRQ: Avoiding High British Airways Surcharges and Finding Award Availability

May 19, 2013

TPG Reader Eric is having trouble using Avios for a flight from New York to London: “How is it possible that buying an award ticket from NY to London this summer using Avios in coach costs more than purchasing the ticket outirght in cash? Those surcharges are ridiculous. Also, is there any Anytime option for […]

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ExpertFlyer Travel Giveaway Sweepstakes On Facebook

May 4, 2013

ExpertFlyer is one of my favorite travel websites because it lets you search for award availability on dozens of airlines, routing options, fare information and seat availability. It also has extremely useful functions like setting flight alerts which will automatically email you when airlines release award seats on flights you want, so you can book […]

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ExpertFlyer To The Rescue: Save Time and Miles With Flight Alerts

April 24, 2013

I’ve been using ExpertFlyer for years, whether its searching for award availability, routing options or fare information, it’s got a lot of functionality. However, the one tool that I can’t sing enough praises about is the flight alert feature which allows you to set alerts for award tickets so as soon as the airline releases […]

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(Video) Sunday Reader Question: When To Book International Award Tickets

October 21, 2012

This Sunday I decided to answer a great question from TPG reader Ben who asks about booking international award tickets: “I am planning a trip overseas in 11 months. The ability to even search for reward tickets just opened up given how far away the trip is timewise, and I am finding there are not many great […]

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ExpertFlyer Adds Search For 20 More Star Alliance Airlines

October 9, 2012

Until now, the best ways to search for Star Alliance award availability have been to check the best search engines of member airlines like ANA and United. You could also have used Expertflyer to search availability on Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa, LOT, Swiss (though ExpertFlyer shows the […]

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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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ExpertFlyer Adds Award Availability for Korean Air, Iberia, Icelandair and Updates United/Continental

February 29, 2012

As you know, ExpertFlyer is one of my favorite tools for finding seat availability and award seats on flights, now it’s even better thanks to a few recent additions to the award availability it shows. Korean Air Awards Perhaps the biggest news is that ExpertFlyer is now showing business class award space on Korean Air […]

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Valentine’s Day Destination of the Week: Paris

February 10, 2012

TPG Managing Editor Eric takes us to the City of Lights for a bit of a romantic twist for Destination of the Week. As Valentine’s Day approaches, we thought we’d pick one of the world’s most romantic cities as our next Destination of the Week: Paris. Paris needs no introduction. A center of culture and […]

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Using ExpertFlyer.com for Award Availability

October 6, 2011

Airline websites are notoriously horrible for award searches – especially when it comes to partner availability. Even ANA’s site, which is revered as possibly the most accurate search engine for Star Alliance availability, has a frustrating and time-consuming interface that only searches simple routes day-by-day. While not perfect, I religiously use Expertflyer.com to identify accurate […]

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How to Use ExpertFlyer Flight Alerts

April 17, 2011

Perhaps one of the most useful features of ExpertFlyer is the ability to set alerts for award buckets. So the second an airline releases award seats, you get an email notification letting you know the space is available so you can book the awards before anyone else. This feature also works for upgrade space as […]

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How to Use The ExpertFlyer Flight Availability Tool

April 15, 2011

Yesterday I walked us through using ExpertFlyer to find award availability, but I also use the service to give me a sense of availability of fare classes on certain flights – for paid seats (not awards). There are a litany of reasons why a frequent flyer might want to know this information, including helping to […]

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