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Have Your Kids Miles Count Towards Your Star Gold Elite Status?!


Those who fly with some regularity may quickly become interested in the magic and mystery of airline elite status. Airline elite status can unlock things like upgrades, preferred seats, lounge access, better customer service, priority boarding, waived fees, and more. However, while you can sometimes leverage one airline elite status to match to another, you usually can’t just generate your initial airline elite status out of thin air. You generally have to put your tail in an airplane seat on a…

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5 Changes Coming to This Star Alliance Award Chart

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Eventually in the miles and points game you need to look beyond the borders of the US based programs if you want to learn how to really maximize your miles.  This is true even if you reside and primarily travel within the United States.  Thanks to transferable points programs such as Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards, you can easily have miles transfer to lots of programs even if you have never stepped foot on one of their…

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Free Miles and Details on New Star Alliance Award Program!

Copa Airlines ConnectMiles

Historically, Copa Airlines (a Star Alliance airline headquartered out of Panama) has been a part of the Continental OnePass, and then the United MileagePlus loyalty program.  However, starting July 1st, Copa Airlines will begin offering their own loyalty program, ConnectMiles.  One of their (smart) marketing selling points of this new program is that (unlike with United’s MileagePlus) you will be awarded at least one mile for every mile that you fly on Copa Airlines or Copa Airlines Colombia.  In some…

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Awesome New Route from Houston to New Zealand Announced

Air New Zealand

Many airline route press announcements that come across my inbox aren’t super interesting to me, but there was one big exception yesterday when Air New Zealand announced that they will be expanding their North American service to Houston!  Beginning in mid-December, Air New Zealand will operate their retrofitted 777-200 from Houston – Auckland up to 5 times per week. Remember back when Continental said that the would use the 787 to operate this route before the United merger? This is…

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New ANA Award Chart: Europe for 88K in Business Class

ANA plane

The new ANA award chart is slated to go live today (though the booking site seems to be down when I tried it this morning), so I want to dig a little deeper into some of the different award chart prices since ANA is both a Star Alliance member and a American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner.  I know it takes some extra time and patience to learn a bit about some of these foreign frequent flyer programs, but I…

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Review of EVA and Singapore Business Class Flights


Our around-the-world trip last year to celebrate Josh’s 40th birthday was pretty incredible.  Heck, it is incredible that we were even able to consider doing something like that, let alone actually getting to go on that big of an adventure in such incredible comfort.  It wasn’t a “free” trip by any stretch, but it was a trip that was made doable thanks to miles and points.  I don’t have any idea when we will take a trip that long, that…

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Big Changes to Earning United MileagePlus Miles Start Today

Big Changes Start Today

It’s March 1st, andhe arrival of a new month is the arrival of a new era at United MileagePlus.  Gone are the days that miles are awarded based on how many miles you fly at United, but now it’s all about the money, honey. Effective today you will earn United miles at the following rates: General Member 5x Silver Member 7x Gold Member 8x Platinum Member 9x 1K Member 11x On a $300 ticket a general member would earn about…

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Staring at a Departure Board Trying to Get Home


This week we joined a few friends to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in Jamaica.  It is a special treat to be able to experience different places with friends, so we jumped at the chance to join them.  We stayed two nights at a small hotel in Negril, and then two nights at the brand new Hyatt all-inclusive in Montego Bay – sneak peek here! However, this post isn’t about Jamaica exactly, it is about trying to get out of…

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Upgrading for Free on a United Flight Booked with ANA Miles


Yesterday I flew on one of my favorite current mileage currencies, ANA Mileage Club miles.  These are miles you can get by transferring 1:1 your American Express Membership Reward points from cards like The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express to ANA, which is a Japanese airline in the Star Alliance.  You can then book award flights on Star Alliance partners such as United, Copa, and others. ANA’s award chart will be changing in a couple months, but you…

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10 Days Left to Save on United Partner Award Flights!

Discounted Partner Award Sale

For a while now United has had first an unannounced, and then later announced sale on some award flights that are operated by their partners both in and out of the Star Alliance.  As you likely remember, about a year ago United turned their award chart on its head and began charging more for many award flights operated by partners.  Via this sale, the award prices for partners are largely brought back into line with the award prices for United…

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