star alliance Year in Review

December 30, 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, I wanted to take a look back at what has been an amazing, challenging and rewarding year. So let’s take a quick peek at the points I’ve earned and burned, some of my favorite redemptions, and my major strategy shifts in terms of credit cards and travel. CREDIT CARDS […]

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Aeroplan Award Sale and Transfer Partner Bonus Reminder

December 6, 2011

Yesterday I wrote about Aeroplan (Air Canada’s frequent flyer program) running a pretty generous temporary sale on awards. You can get business class for the price of coach and first class for the price of business class on many of their awards – including Star Alliance partners. You can check out their award charts here. Aeroplan […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: Reduced Price Aeroplan Awards

December 5, 2011

It was recently reported by Matthew at UPGRD, that Aeroplan awards were pricing at incorrect levels. And this time around, the error was in favor of the passenger – basically you can get business class for the price of coach and First class awards for the price of business class. Aeroplan is an instant transfer […]

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Sunday Reader Question: How to Maximize Miles When Flying on Airline Partners and Codeshares?

November 6, 2011

TPG reader Rosemary writes: Something that has confused me for awhile now is how to make certain I am earning 100% of mileage points for one airline when actually flying on a codeshare flight and a different airline’s metal. How does this work exactly? As long as I sign up with a mileage number for […]

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United MileagePlus Now a Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

October 21, 2011

Update: As of April 2013, Chase Ultimate Rewards has added Virgin Atlantic as a new airline transfer partner. The Chase Ultimate Rewards program, the points program behind their popular Sapphire Preferred and Ink Bold cards, just added United as a 1:1 instant transfer partner. This is a great addition because it guarantees that there will be a Star […]

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Virgin Atlantic to Join an Alliance Soon

September 21, 2011

In a recent interview with Forbes magazine , Sir Richard Branson stated that Virgin would be joining an alliance in the near future. As a London based carrier, they’d obviously be competing with British Airways, so Oneworld is out – but that leaves Star Alliance and Skyteam. On one hand Star Alliance makes a lot […]

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Final Reminder: Last Day to Buy Cheap Star Alliance Miles Via US Airways

September 15, 2011

Today is the last day for the US Airways 100% buy miles promotion. While you may be saying, “Oh, I’m not going to be flying US Airways,” the great thing is that you don’t have to set foot on their planes to use these miles. You can redeem for flights on any of the Star Alliance […]

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Star Mega Do 3 Report: First Stop Munich

September 7, 2011

As I wrote about earlier this week, I’m currently on a 6 day whirlwind trip to 4 cities in 3 countries as a part of the Star Mega Do 3. Day 1 was a light send-off party in the JFK Terminal 1 Lufthansa Senators lounge. After a couple Spaten beers and meeting up with some old […]

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My Star Mega Do 3 Adventure Begins

September 5, 2011

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 […]

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It’s Back! 100% Bonus on US Airways Miles Purchases

August 8, 2011

US Airways is known for selling their miles at firesale prices and they just announced yet another 100% buy miles promotion until September 15, 2011. The great thing about this is that you don’t have to redeem those miles on US Airways – you can use them for flights on all 27 Star Alliance airlines: Adria […]

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Reminder: Enter to Fly First Class With Me on Star Mega Do 3

July 16, 2011

Just a friendly reminder that you have until Tuesday at 11:59 EDT to enter the Great Seatmate contest (details here). Each time you Tweet me and tell me why you’d be a great seatmate (and hashtag with #greatseatmate) counts as 1 entry. 5 max per day. Each time you write on my Facebook wall and […]

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Are You the Perfect Seatmate? If So, Fly First Class With Me on the Star Mega Do 3!

July 13, 2011

To me, one of the most interesting parts of flying is the seatmate. There’s something unique (and strange) about sitting next to someone in a metal tube for hours and we’ve all heard (and experienced) our fair share of horror stories. In fact, on my flight to Mauritius this week, my seatmate was pretty bad- […]

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Last Call for Cheap Star Alliance Miles: US Airways 100% Buy Miles Promo Ends Today

June 30, 2011

I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but if you’ve been thinking about buying US Airways miles for 1.478 cents a piece, today is the last day. I was on the sidelines myself – I knew this was a good deal, but did I really want to spend $1,478 on miles. In the […]

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Maximizing Stopovers, Transfers and Open Jaw Ticketing on US Airways Awards

June 16, 2011

(This post is focused on maximizing US Airways awards. Future posts will focus on American, Delta, United/Continental, Air Canada and British Airways. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to comment below or email me). US Airways is a Star Alliance member, which means you can redeem your miles on all 26 other Star […]

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Cheap Flights to Madrid and Barcelona- from $356 Total Roundtrip

June 15, 2011

Spanair is a Madrid based Star Alliance carrier that does not fly to the US. However, they do file codeshares with their US based Star Alliance partners and from time to time their codeshared flights can be very cheap. It seems like they’ve loaded some extra cheap fares that may be of interest to many […]

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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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I Won 10,000 US Airways Miles

April 2, 2011

In January I wrote about this Star Alliance contest in which the grand prize was free business class round-the-world tickets. The award email initially looked like spam, so make sure to keep you eyes peeled for messages from “SAUA prize fulfillment team <[email protected]>”! While I didn’t win the grand prize, I did get an email notifying me […]

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Reminder: 100% US Airways Buy Miles Bonus Ends March 31

March 27, 2011

Just a friendly reminder that the 100% US Airways purchase miles promotion ends on Thursday, March 31, 2011. As I outlined in my original post on the offer, this is an excellent way to buy premium Star Alliance flights for cheap. For example, $1,238 will get you 45,000 base miles plus 22,500 bonus miles and then […]

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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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Cheap Star Alliance Flights Courtesy of US Airways

February 17, 2011

US Airways isn’t the industry leader when it comes to much, but they sure do know how to liquidate Star Alliance miles for dirt cheap prices. As I’ve written about before, US Airways often runs lucrative promotions on Dividend Miles purchases. Once you purchase Dividend Miles, you can redeem them for Star Alliance travel on esteemed […]

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Air Canada Aeroplan: ‘Round the World’ in Business Class For 100,000 Miles and 120,000 in First

January 11, 2011

Update: Aeroplan increased their award charts July 15, 2011 Air Canada is known for having a pretty flexible frequent flyer program, Aeroplan (which is actually a separately operating company). Some of the things I love about Aeroplan are: 1) 80,000 mile business class awards from North America to most of Western Europe 2) 100,000 mile […]

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Star Alliance Contest: Free Business Class Round The World Tickets

January 8, 2011

If you have a couple minutes, you might as well enter this interesting Star Alliance contest. The contest is meant to publicize the Star Alliance Upgrade program, which allows you to use a bunch of Star Alliance frequent flyer program miles to upgrade full Y (expensive) fares. So if you are flying United and have […]

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My Top 20 Loyalty Program Christmas Wish List

December 24, 2010

As a loyalty program junkie, I often think about how each program could be enhanced. While no perfect program exists in my opinion, here are my 20 wishes that, if granted, would make me a very, very happy frequent traveler. Feel free to add yours in the comments below! In no particular order: 1) Delta changes their […]

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