Airline Miles Guide

A Beginner’s Guide to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan (2017.5 Update: Added Finnair (AY) As A New Partner)

2017.05.22 Update: Alaska Air added Finnair (AY) as a new partner (official announcement)! You can already earn AS miles on Finnair, but redeeming miles on Finnair is not yet available. Award travel on Finnair is coming this fall. Introduction Alaska Airlines is a US-based airline based in Seattle serving over a hundred destinations in North America. Most of my domestic travel is in…
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Maximizing Compensation When Things Go Wrong in Flight

While overbooking and involuntary denied boarding compensation have been in the news a lot recently, airlines also offer compensation when their service and equipment falls short in other ways.  Recently, my wife and I were flying on paid British Airways Club World (business class) tickets from London to the West Coast of North America when we ran into a couple…
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American Airlines Award Availability – A Warning

Introduction American Airlines (AA) miles used to be one of the most sought after currencies for frequent fliers looking for outsized value when traveling on AA metal, both domestically and abroad. When AA completed their merger with US Airways in 2015, Saver award availability suddenly became scarce. With a few exceptions (flights to/from Asia), award availability remains relatively dismal. We recently told you about a 25%…
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A Beginner’s Guide to United Airlines (UA) MileagePlus Miles

Introduction United Airlines is one of the three legacy carriers in the U.S. alongside American Airlines and Delta. Their miles are some of the best when it comes to redeeming for international travel. Here are a few reasons why I like them a lot: United miles are relatively easy to earn They have a big network of partner airlines to redeem…
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A Beginner’s Guide to Southwest Airlines (WN) Rapid Rewards Miles

0. Introduction Do you do a lot of domestic travel? If so, this guide may interest you! Southwest Airlines is the world’s largest low-cost carrier, serving over 101 destinations within the continental U.S., Central America, and the Caribbean. They have a generous rewards program (Rapid Rewards), where you can redeem points for free travel. Even for you avid international travelers, there are…
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A Beginner’s Guide to Asiana Airlines (OZ) Asiana Club Miles

As a member of Star Alliance, Asiana Airlines (OZ) ranks No.2 in South Korean airlines. It operates many North American routes and provides much better service than many North American airlines. Very often, it offers affordable economy class and business class seats. OZ and South Korean No.1 airline – Korean Air (KE) not only have close destinations and similar service,…
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A Beginner’s Guide to British Airlines (BA) Executive Club Miles

Update: Starting from 2016.2.2, BA miles will be devalued. The reward flights in the north America that currently require 4,500 miles will cost 7,500 in the future, flights in others distances are not affected. Other than that, there might be bugs when you use British Airways website to search for American Airlines tickets. We suggest you use the AA website to…
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Which Airline Has Best Award Ticket Availability? (2)

This post is the follow-up to Which Airline Has Best Award Ticket Availability?(1), both of which are written in order to make a direct and obvious comparison among miles of three major American airlines in the simplest way. This post Which Airline Has Best Award Ticket Availability?(I) is the result of searching information on the Internet by the end of August…
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Basics of Airline Miles Redeeming

Redeeming airlines miles for an award ticket is a difficult yet very rewarding task. You will find that although different airlines usually have different rules, they still share many similarities. In this post, we will introduce some basic knowledge on how to redeem miles for flights. As this is not the simplest of tasks, it will be extremely helpful to…
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A Beginner’s Guide to All Nippon Airways (NH) ANA Mileage Club Miles

As a member of Star Alliance and a five-star airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA) is generally considered as one of the best airlines in Asia and among Star Alliance. ANA’s Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) is related to ANA mileage. TPG valuation of ANA’s mileage just amounts to 1.5c, maybe it’s due to it doesn’t like YQ or a round-trip flight…
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Air Canada Aeroplan Devalued

Previously we introduced Air Canada miles. Today Aeroplan declared the Major adjustments of the miles plan this year, Not surprisingly, the so called Adjustment is the synonym of depreciate. The 30000 points business round-trip within Asia area have ceased to exist, the new adjustments will be executed from 25th December 2015. This is the ticket booking date not the flight…
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