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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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Air Canada Now Participating in Star Alliance Upgrade Program

December 8, 2010

Good news for Star Alliance members who want to upgrade on Air Canada- they can now redeem miles for upgrades through the Star Alliance upgrade program.  This is somewhat of a surprise, because they are one of the hardest airlines to upgrade on. They don’t hand out free upgrades to top tier elites, like the legacy […]

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