25k Points just saved me $1200 USD!

Have I mentioned that I L-O-V-E miles and points yet?! Even if sometimes they are incredibly frustrating or confusing to use, there are times when it really does take 30 seconds to find the perfect routing at the perfect price… saving thousands of dollars. Where do I begin? I mean it is really simple, actually. I’m planning a weekend trip from Seattle to Cancun sometime… Read More


Upgraded on Alaska Airlines Award Flight (booked using BA Avios)

Early December Alaska Airlines award flights became eligible for complimentary upgrades for all elites, in addition to regular, revenue tickets. Alaska Airlines also sells upgrades, however those were already available for purchase on award tickets (that is if all elites on the flight were already upgraded and additional space was available). United Airlines already provided this perk to elite members of MileagePlus, provided they also held… Read More


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


Award Booking Frustration

Ugh. I’m normally a calm person and understand if there is no availability, but recently I haven’t had any luck and have experienced some major award booking frustration. Yesterday’s situation just pushed me too far, involving AS and BA. I needed to fly today on a short, ~700 mile, Alaska Airlines flight and wanted to redeem 7.5k British Airways Avios for the flight – the… Read More


British Airways 4.5k U.S. Awards Ending

British Airways sent the following email to most Executive Club members early yesterday: We’re going to be making a change to the Executive Club pricing structure for shorter reward flights originating or terminating within the United States of America. From 2 February 2016, reward flights will start from 7,500 Avios, instead of 4,500 Avios, plus taxes, fees and carrier charges (“TFCs”) from $5.60 USD. Only those reward flights that currently cost 4,500 Avios for a one way flight… Read More


Gaining Elite Status with oneworld

I primarily fly with the Star Alliance network, mainly because it is the largest alliance in the world and I can get to anywhere I need quickly and by flying with some of the world’s top airlines. I have Star Alliance Gold and I fly mainly with the Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa, Austrian, SWISS), I also fly a lot with LOT Polish Airlines (since they are… Read More


British Airways Club Europe A320 London to Kraków

Glamorous Dubai – Introduction British Airways 872 London-Heathrow (LHR) – Kraków (KRK) Airbus A320 23 August 2015 I left the Concorde Room a bit before scheduled boarding time, mainly since I was tired of sitting and wanted to explore Terminal 5 a bit before I left. Eventually I made it to gate A11 from where my flight was departing and about five minutes later, boarding… Read More


British Airways The Concorde Room London

Glamorous Dubai – Introduction Oh my, British Airways… British Airways has several lounges in London, however their true First Class Lounge (for BA First Class passengers) is the Concorde Room. After my wonderful flight in BA First Class, I was really expecting an awesome lounge at their main hub and base airport. Nope, that didn’t happen. The Concorde Room isn’t special at all from the… Read More


British Airways First Class B777 Dubai to London

Glamorous Dubai – Introduction British Airways 108 Dubai (DXB) – London-Heathrow (LHR) Boeing 777-200 23 August 2015 I was really excited to fly British Airways First Class, so much that I could barely sleep the night before the flight. At just 40k American Airlines miles and ~$250 USD in taxes/fees and fuel surcharges, I think that this is an amazing mileage redemption.. especially for a seven… Read More


British Airways Galleries Lounge Dubai

Glamorous Dubai – Introduction My driver dropped me off right by the British Airways check-in counters and I made it inside of the terminal quickly. I arrived a bit before 07:00 and therefore check-in wasn’t quite open yet, but there was already a queue forming for World Traveller (Economy). No queues existed for both premium check-in areas: First, Club World, OneWorld Emerald, Sapphire, and Ruby. The… Read More