Things used to be simpler: you’d earn miles, find availability for a ticket to Hawaii or Key West, book it an enjoy free flights starting at 25,000 miles roundtrip inside the U.S. As technology continues to improve our lives and make things simpler, airlines have chosen the opposite path, making their loyalty programs so complex that experts like me are needed to make the most of them.
A classic case in point is using your miles for flights. (more…)
Posted on March 23, 2015
Members of MileagePlus, United’s frequent flyer program, can be forgiven if they feel like a rug has been pulled out from under them.
As an important reminder, as of February 1 business and first class partner award tickets will cost a whole lot more than they used to, with prices rising 30-70%. This represents the most significant devaluation of United’s frequent flyer program in its entire history. (more…)
Posted on January 22, 2014
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…)
Posted on December 30, 2013