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How To Book LifeMiles Awards Not Available Online

Avianca’s frequent flyer programme, LifeMiles, can be both amazing and horrible at the same time. The programme is so limited, yet sometimes so powerful (at the same time), that it’s just crazy. Here’s my experience booking LifeMiles awards that aren’t available online (such as your desired flight combination). Before I begin, I should note that LifeMiles is currently offering a bonus on purchased miles (as they… Read More

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Why I’m Not Loyal to U.S. Airlines

As we all know, some chAAnges have recently been made which caused a ton of frustration among frequent flyers loyal to a certain AAirline. For reasons why I don’t understand, the majority of frequent flyers involved in the miles and points ‘game’ have seemed to love American Airlines and their frequent flyer programme for years. Sure, it was a great frequent flyer programme up until early this… Read More

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Stop Complaining about Fuel Surcharges

Why is it that people want everything for *free*? Honestly, I’ve been quiet about fuel surcharges up until now when a friend told me they’d rather redeem their miles for an iPad instead of paying $400 USD for fuel surcharges for travel in Lufthansa First Class. I thought I was going to kill him. I’ve seen tons and tons of complaints about fuel surcharges from everyone… Read More

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Don’t Redeem Miles for TSA Precheck!

By now I’m sure you have all heard that Alaska Airlines is offering their Mileage Plan members the ability to redeem 10k miles for TSA Precheck membership. DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT ever, ever, redeem miles for anything but flights. Seattle – Alaska Airlines is offering its frequent fliers a new way to redeem miles and save time at the airport. Beginning today through the end of April,… Read More

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Best Value of Avios: Short, Non-Stop Flights

My single and favourite use of British Airways Avios is redeeming them on short to medium-haul flights that otherwise could cost hundreds of dollars, especially if booked at the last minute. The absolute best value of Avios is redeeming them on short-haul flights. British Airways has an amazing distance-based award chart, which makes Executive Club the best oneworld frequent flyer programme for redeeming miles on relatively… Read More

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Confirmed Reservation vs Ticketed Reservation

One common question I’m asked is: “what is the difference between a Confirmed Reservation vs Ticketed Reservation?” Airline systems absolutely fascinate me – especially the way they sync with the airlines’ websites, flight information display systems, mobile apps, etc. Also, how airline integration works is a super cool subject – just seeing how various airlines partner with each other and how their systems are set… Read More

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Taking Photos on Airplanes and in Lounges

One common task us bloggers face is taking pictures at airports, lounges, and of course, in airplanes. I love taking photos and sharing them with all of you – however the task of taking a photo in a lounge or on an airplane isn’t as easy as taking a picture of something in the park. The main reason being security, of course. Taking photos on… Read More

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Mileage Run or Status Run?

Yesterday I booked my first mileage run of the year for next weekend… well, maybe I should consider it more as a “status run”. A mileage run is a trip you take for no other purpose than to simply build up an additional inventory of frequent flyer miles – as inexpensively as possible. A status run is similar, however instead of you earning the same… Read More

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Tips for Holiday Travel

Happy Holidays everyone! Especially Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! Since the holiday season is upon us, many of us (including me) will be travelling home to celebrate various occasions with our families. Hopefully I will be able to book an award seat in Lufthansa First Class on the Boeing 747-8i (I still need to fly LH First Class on the B748i and the A346… Read More

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Flying Lufthansa First Class using Miles & More miles

Booking Lufthansa First Class using Miles & More miles is the only way you can book Lufthansa First Class more than around two weeks in advance. Lufthansa restricts their First Class award space to partner Star Alliance airlines and typically releases award space to those airlines about 14 days in advance. Reader Patrick asked the following question on my post, Flying the A380 in Lufthansa… Read More