British Airways Executive Club will become Revenue-Based

Air France was the first European airline to announce a switch to a revenue-based frequent flyer programme, whereby members will earn miles based on the ticket price and not the distance flown/booking class. Air France also announced that in the future, revenue-based redemptions will be introduced – the cost of the ticket in miles will change as the revenue price changes. Lufthansa was the next… Read More

British Airways serves Balik Salmon in Club Europe

British Airways isn’t Europe’s leading airline and I don’t think ever will be due to the numerous cost-cutting they’ve been carrying out. Furthermore, BA First Class is simply a really good Business Class product.. while their long-haul Business Class product (Club World) is just downright awful. My favourite aspect of British Airways is their frequent flyer programme, Executive Club, which allows mileage redemption for short-haul… 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

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

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