Category: Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

The Cathay Pacific First Class experience

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You know me – I’m all about getting the most value possible when redeeming frequent flyer miles. And when I say “value” I mean both the key metric, cents per mile, but also having an amazing travel experience. One of the most important aspects of frequent flyer miles is that they enable average travelers to have extraordinary experiences, ones they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. How many of us can pay $10,000 or more for an international first class ticket? (more…)

How to save miles when redeeming award tickets

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American Express Membership Rewards (MR) points are a valuable and versatile currency.  They can be transferred to a variety of airlines, including members of all three global airline alliances, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, JetBlue, and more. This gives travelers dozens of redemption options on almost every major airline in the world.  But if you can transfer to one of several airline partners to make your award booking, does it matter which one you choose? (more…)

Airport lounges: How do you get in?

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When you’re walking through the airport, do you ever see people disappear behind frosted glass doors?  Do you wonder what luxury and glamour lies behind those doors, and how to get inside?  You’re not alone – airport lounges are both a valuable travel asset and also widely misunderstood.

The truth is that airport lounges vary widely. (more…)

Frequent flyer miles and unforgettable experiences

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The theme of this week has been illustrating the value of miles and points.  Earlier in the week we heard from three avid travelers who have begun to make the most of their miles.  Now – from the Academy archives – one of my own stories about how I spent $1,100 on magazines and flew on the supersonic Concorde.  Those of us who found and maximized this deal were “travel hackers” before the term existed.  Like Pudding Guy and the people who earned miles by buying coins from the U.S. mint, we made the miles and points system work to our advantage. (more…)