AA.com Showing Phantom Qantas Availability

While I am generally not a fan of the American Airlines website, it usually is a great way to confirm oneworld award space (for the airlines that are displayed), after checking the British Airways website (which occasionally displays phantom award space). Usually when searching for oneworld flights to Europe, I will use AA.com first as it tends to be more accurate and show more connection… Read More

Avoiding American Airlines AAdvantage Close-In Booking Fee

American and United Airlines love to charge a $75 USD “close-in” booking fee when redeeming miles for flights within 21 days of departure. The close-in booking fee is a total scam because it does not cost American or United any more money to issue a ticket closer to departure. Thankfully, there is a creative way to avoid the AAdvantage close-in booking fee. I already mentioned how… Read More

British Airways Avios Flights Not Bookable Online

The British Airways airline website has been experiencing all sorts of glitches this past week (or for the past decade, actually). I know just last week cancelled flights booked using Avios were not getting refunded instantly and it took up to 5 days – which is insane. I’ve always had different kinds of problems with crediting flights to British Airways, but that’s a different story. The… Read More

Flying American Airlines For The First Time – I Loved It?!

Up until a few days ago, I had never flown American Airlines. Never. I’ve redeemed well over a million miles through their frequent flyer programme, but I had actually never flown the airline. Why? Because I’ve always listened to horror stories about how bad flying American Airlines is… well, either AA improved overnight or I’m just crazy.. because I loved it. Flying American Airlines on three… Read More

5 Reasons Why I’ll Miss airBerlin

The end is near for airBerlin. The airline filed for insolvency after Etihad Airways withdrew their financial support and now it is official – all airBerlin flights will terminate on 28 October. Over the past few months the airline has been slowly dying – and I’m sad about it. I really love airBerlin and I think they are a decent European airline with a great route… Read More

60k American Airlines AAdvantage Miles for $95

I love Barclaycard – they’re the only bank that hasn’t ever disappointed me. The customer service is great, the card products are awesome, and they frequently increase the signup bonus on their most popular credit cards. Barclaycard issues some fantastic Travel Rewards Credit Cards and Point Rewards Credit Cards which can earn you a ton of valuable miles/points. Right now, the popular AAdvantage® Aviator™ Red World Elite Mastercard®… Read More

U.S. AAdvantage Agents See More Etihad First/Business Award Space!

Etihad First/Business Class is incredible. The airline features an amazing First Class Apartment on their Airbus A380 aircraft, which they fly to New York, London, Paris, Sydney, and Melbourne. I’ve flown Etihad First Class around five times already on all of their A380 routes and all I can say is that I’m always left in awe. The product is truly stunning and nothing like it… Read More

Some airberlin Flights No Longer Bookable Using Avios

airberlin is dying a slow and painful death – and it is an ugly one. Firstly the airline filed for insolvency after Etihad Airways withdrew their financial support, then they informed the members of their frequent flyer programme, topbonus, that “they can’t promise” that miles will be credited, and then the bank that issues the German topbonus credit card informed cardmembers the card would no… Read More

Flying Qatar Airways B787 Business Class

Hello from one of the most relaxing places on Earth – Bali, Indonesia! I just flew here this morning from Doha, Qatar flying the Qatar Airways B787 Business Class – it’s incredible! Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 aircraft feature the same exact Business Class product – in a 1-2-1 configuration. The ability to sit both next to the aisle and window in Business… Read More

My Favourite Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Redemption

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles is a distance-based frequent flyer programme – meaning the further you fly, the more you will pay. One huge advantage Asia Miles members have over other oneworld frequent flyer programmes, is that they have access to more Cathay Pacific award space (similar to what Lufthansa does – more seats to Miles & More members). I’ve redeemed many Asia Miles miles (mostly… Read More