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Success: Booking Business Class Awards to Europe for 88,000 Miles Round Trip

Think that business class award tickets to Europe are astronomically expensive? If you are booking via ANA on a Star Alliance carrier then think again as it can be done for just 88,000 miles per round trip by transferring your Amex Membership Reward points to ANA to fly on United, SAS, Turkish, and more…

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Singapore Airlines Partner Awards Now Bookable Online…Except Not.

Last month we learned that the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program was going to be making a pretty major change effective December 7th, in that Star Alliance and other partner airline awards would become bookable on their website. Previously, you had to call to make award bookings with partners, which obviously adds a step of complication to securing the flights you want. This was big news for most of us because Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles are very easy to earn since…

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Last Chance: Turn Your Photos Into 1 Million Airline Miles!

If you have a little time on your hands today, and you want to potentially turn a little digital photo art project into a million airline miles, then this is your last chance to enter to win your portion of 21 million Star Alliance miles as part of their 20th anniversary giveaway. Each of the 21 Star Alliance programs are giving away a million miles, or a similar equivalent. This is not a random giveaway, but rather a contest that involves…

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Discounted LifeMiles Star Alliance Redemptions from 10,000 Miles Each Way!

A pretty handy, albeit very imperfect, Star Alliance frequent flyer program is LifeMiles. I have used them on occasion to fly for far less than retail price on Star Alliance airlines such as United, Lufthansa, ANA, and many more. What makes them popular in some frequent flyer circles is that they sell miles at relatively inexpensive rates on occasion, and allow you to use a combination of miles and cash to lock in flights. In fact, they are currently offering…

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Star Alliance Giving Away 21 Million Miles!

What would you do if you won a million frequent flyer miles? Well, 21 people will get to find out firsthand via the Star Alliance 20th anniversary giveaway where all 21 Star Alliance programs are each giving away a million miles or a similar equivalent. This is not a random giveaway, but rather a contest that involves submitting some text and visual information to highlight a special and unique cultural experience that you have had along the way.   You…

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Three Years to Book These Six Great Aeroplan Awards

It was recently announced that the Aeroplan program that has served as the rewards program for Air Canada will no longer be the rewards program for Air Canada effective June 2020 when the current contract expires. That is obviously still a little ways off, so while there is no rush to make any big changes or spend-downs on your Aeroplan account balance, it still doesn’t hurt to think about ways to use your Aeroplan miles between now and June 2020…

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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

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!

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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