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Earning Lifetime Star Alliance Gold Status Through Aegean Airlines

April 7, 2014

To be able to hold any status on an airline comes with a certain set of perks, and to hold that status for your lifetime, you’re putting yourself in quite a sweet spot. One of the sweetest spots there is in this respect is the ability to earn lifetime Star Alliance Gold status through Aegean […]

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How To Find and Book Star Alliance Awards Not Showing Up on United.com

April 1, 2014

TPG Contributor Jason Steele has noticed a dearth of Star Alliance awards that should be showing up when trying to search through United.com. Curious, he investigated further, and this is what he found out about where to find the Star Alliance awards you need and how to book them. As award search engines go, the […]

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Things To Do Before Big Changes on March 31 – US Airways, Southwest and More

March 24, 2014

This time of year, it’s Tax Day that usually marks the biggest moment of reckoning, but 2014 is a strange one with plenty of changes set to go into effect in the airline industry come March 31. So with one week left to go, we wanted to remind you of what’s coming down the pike […]

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US Airways to Retain Some Star Alliance Partners After Joining Oneworld

March 13, 2014

With US Airlines leaving Star Alliance at the end of this month, there are a lot of  questions about how awards will be handled with Star Alliance partners. In most cases, airlines sever ties with most of the alliance partners. However it looks like US Airways will be retaining partnerships with 12 Star Alliance carriers, per Australian […]

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How Will US Airways’ Departure from Star Alliance Affect Future Bookings?

March 2, 2014

Later this month, US Airways is officially leaving Star Alliance to join Oneworld, the alliance of its merger partner, American Airlines. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this on Twitter, like the following two: TPG reader Nat asked: @thepointsguy With US leaving *A, if I want to fly NYC to Cape Town 3/2015, does it make […]

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Shifting Airline Alliances: Which Is Best – Oneworld, SkyTeam or Star Alliance?

February 24, 2014

Airline alliances are constantly changing – whether it’s mergers or new strategic partnerships, the landscape continues to evolve and in 2014 there will be some notable additions and exits from the major alliances. However, bigger isn’t always better, so deciding on the best alliance for you may take some careful analysis based on factors that […]

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Incredible TAM First Class Award Space to Brazil and Beyond

February 7, 2014

TAM, the flag carrier of Brazil, is currently in Star Alliance, but is leaving on the same day as US Airways (March 31, 2014). This is certainly a blow for those with Star Alliance miles, but TAM has always been stingy with releasing first and class availability. However, my friend Fabio who writes the Brazilian […]

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12 United Awards To Book Before the Big Devaluation on February 1, 2014

January 21, 2014

Probably the most dreaded day of 2014 is quickly closing in – February 1 marks the day that United will devalue its award chart. Though many awards on United itself are going up, the airline is also raising most partner awards, with some skyrocketing over 60%! Many of you with United miles to burn have […]

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Air India Star Alliance Membership Possible

December 17, 2013

Like the storyline of any great Bollywood romance, the flirtation between Air India and Star Alliance has been a rocky road beset with obstacles and high drama. Back in December 2007, Star Alliance and Air India discussed the subcontinent’s largest airline joining, but the process was put on hold in July 2011 because Air India […]

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Are US Airways Star Alliance Awards Still Bookable?

December 13, 2013

A lot of readers and FlyerTalkers have been reporting trouble recently when trying to use US Airways miles to book Star Alliance awards, especially since the merger officially went through and Oneworld announced that US Airways would be joining it on March 31, 2014 after leaving Star Alliance. That is even when they find award […]

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What is the Best Way To Fly To Asia In Business Class Using US Airways Miles?

December 8, 2013

TPG reader David emailed me this week with a question about using US Airways miles to get to Asia: “I’m looking to do a 10-day trip from Miami to Hong Kong and Phuket next year using US Airways miles. I currently have 127,000 miles my wife has 81,000. We are looking to go at least […]

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Is Lufthansa First Class That Much Better Than Business Class?

December 8, 2013

TPG reader Samir is trying to book one of the most coveted award seats there is, Lufthansa first class, but is having a hard time finding availability. Here’s his situation: “I am trying to book a first class award on Lufthansa for a flight on March 13 – March 24th from Boston to Madrid and […]

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US Airways Might Leave Star Alliance March 1 – What You Should Do With Your Miles

November 21, 2013

With the US Airways – American Airlines merger back on, Frequent Business Traveler reports from sources at US Airways that the airline might exit Star Alliance March 1, 2014, as it starts aligning more closely with American and possibly joins Oneworld as soon as April. No one has officially confirmed those dates, but previously, US […]

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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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Using Star Alliance Partner Miles On EVA Awards – Best Value From ANA, Aeroplan, Singapore or United?

September 12, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Now that EVA has joined Star Alliance officially, a lot of curious readers have written in asking about the relative values of using its Star Alliance partners’ miles to book awards on the airline. I thought I’d […]

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Technical Issues Affect US Airways Star Alliance Award Availability: Mostly Fixed Now

August 22, 2013

A lot of people on the US Airways Dividend Miles Flyertalk thread reported major issues yesterdays when they were unable to use US Airways miles to book awards on Star Alliance partners. Panic set in that US Airways had pushed up its exit date from Star Alliance to this week and that you would no […]

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Update on Booking US Airways Star Alliance Awards Post Nov 1, 2013

July 29, 2013

With recent speculation that US Airways will be leaving Star Alliance to join oneworld as early as November 1, 2013, and confirmation late last week from US Airways President J. Scott Kirby that the transition will be completed by the beginning of 2014, a lot of travelers have been pondering how to put their US Airways […]

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Can You Use United Miles to Upgrade a Ticket on Lufthansa?

July 7, 2013

TPG follower Jason has a flight booked on Lufthansa that he would like to upgrade using United miles: “‪@thepointsguy‬‬ can you use United miles to upgrade a ticket you already bought on Lufthansa?” Yes you can upgrade a Lufthansa ticket using your United miles, but be aware that you must be booked in the most expensive […]

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LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal Unveils $1.7 Billion Makeover Including New Dining Deck

June 26, 2013

New TPG contributor and Los Angeles resident Debbie Emery takes a closer look at the $1.7-billion makeover of LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal and all the exciting developments in store for travelers. As the major West Coast hub not only for several domestic airlines, but also as an entry point to the US for international […]

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Tickets Going On Sale for Star MegaDo 5 – Toronto, Tucson and San Francisco With Air Canada

May 20, 2013

Tickets go on sale today for the Star MegaDo 5 starting at 12:00 PM central time. MegaDo’s are events set up by frequent flyers and the airlines, where we charter a jet and fly around to different cities and the airlines/hotels set up really interesting events that provide access to places few people ever get […]

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ANA Award Taxes and Fees: Airline Partner Roundup

April 24, 2013

If you have Amex Membership Rewards points or plan on transferring Starwood points to airlines, you may want to bookmark this post! This is the fifth and final installment 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, […]

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Overview of ANA Award Taxes and Fees: Part 4 – Non Star Alliance Partners

April 23, 2013

This is Part 4 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 Part 2, I looked at Adria, Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Asiana, Austria, Avianca, Brussels […]

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Overview of ANA Award Taxes and Fees: Part 3

April 22, 2013

This is part 3 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 Part 2, I looked at Adria, Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Asiana, Austria, Avianca, Brussels […]

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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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