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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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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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Amazing Deal Alert: Roundtrip New York-Montevideo Uruguay on Copa for $374 Including Taxes

April 5, 2013

Reminiscent of the amazing deals on economy tickets from New York and Miami to South America on TAM that cropped up back in November with fares as low as $339 roundtrip, it looks like there are currently some fares between New York JFK and Montevideo in Uruguay for as low as $374 roundtrip including all […]

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Aeroplan Star Alliance Award Taxes and Fees Overview – Taxes and Fees Roundup

March 25, 2013

This is the fourth and final installment of my series on calculating the cost of various Star Alliance awards using Aeroplan miles. In Part 1 of my series, I priced out awards on Air Canada, United, Lufthansa, Brussels Air, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, ANA and South African Airways. In Part 2, I looked at […]

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Aeroplan Star Alliance Award Taxes and Fees – Part 3

March 22, 2013

This is the third installment of my series on calculating the cost of various Star Alliance awards using Aeroplan miles. Aeroplan is the frequent flyer program of Air Canada, a member of Star Alliance, so you can use Aeroplan miles to book on any of the 27 Star Alliance carriers. The program is also a […]

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Aeroplan Star Alliance Award Taxes and Fees – Part 2

March 18, 2013

This is Part 2 in my series calculating the cost of various Star Alliance awards using Aeroplan miles. In Part 1, I priced out awards on Air Canada, United, Lufthansa, Brussels Air, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, ANA and South African Airways. In this installment, we’ll look at some other popular Star Alliance carriers including: […]

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Overview of Aeroplan Star Alliance Award Taxes and Fees

March 13, 2013

Aeroplan is the frequent flyer program of Air Canada, which is a member of Star Alliance with 26 (for now) airline partners, and is also a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards – which you earn on cards like the Premier Rewards Gold and the Platinum – and Starwood Preferred Guest. It has also […]

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Video Sunday Reader Question: Using Miles to Get to South Africa For a Honeymoon

January 13, 2013

TPG reader Jon has been reading about my adventures in South Africa and is thinking about going there for his honeymoon (congratulations, by the way!) later this year. Here’s what he wants to know about getting there: “Your recent trip to South Africa inspired me to reach out and see if you had any tips […]

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Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB

January 7, 2013

This is the second post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the Cape of Good Hope; Cape Town Dining; Hotel […]

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