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February 24, 2016

Interactive Award Map: American Airlines AAdvantage March 22, 2016

As of March 22, 2016, the AAdvantage award redemption rates will change for a vast number of regions and cabins. In general, the cost to redeem miles for seats on American Airlines and their Oneworld partner members will increase. The most significant increases will be imposed on First Class cabin redemptions. We are providing a map that shows the number of miles it will take to travel between the Contiguous 48 U.S. states and other zones in the world:

Here’s the new chart in table format. All prices are roundtrip and based upon travel originating in the Contiguous 48 U.S. states:

ZoneEconomy Off-PeakEconomyBusinessFirst African/a80k150k240k Asia [...]
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February 19, 2016

Your SPG Starpoints Just Got More Valuable at 114 Properties Starting March 1, 2016

….but they also got less valuable at 168 properties. Starwood just released a list of properties that will be changing categories for award redemption purposes. The changes go into effect on March 1, 2016, meaning that you have about 10 days to either book at the current rate or 10 days to wait until booking at the new rate.

Here’s a map of all of the properties that are changing in value:

For those based in North America, the most interesting ones might be the properties in the US, Mexico and Canada that are decreasing in value:

COUNTRYSTATECITYPROPERTY2015 CATEGORY2016 CATEGORYChange MexicoCoahuilaSaltilloFour Points by Sheraton [...]
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December 22, 2015

Up to 6 Award Seats Per Flight on Etihad A380 First Apartment London –> Abu Dhabi

There is excellent award space availability from London-LHR to Abu Dhabi-AUH on Etihad’s A380 First Apartment in 2016. The award space shows hundreds of seats available from April – October 2016, with many flights showing space for 3, 4, 5 or even 6 award tickets in the First Class cabin. These seats are bookable using 40,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles each way.

As a quick recap, here is a list of the routes that Etihad currently operates using their A380 to/from Abu Dhabi:

London-LHR – 3,432 miles New York-JFK – 6,867 miles Melbourne-MEL (beginning June 1, 2016) – 7,235 miles Sydney-SYD – 7,492 miles

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December 15, 2015

Tons of Etihad First Apartment A380 Award Space Available Abu Dhabi – Melbourne

With the American Airlines devaluation occurring on March 22, 2016, I’ve been itching to burn my AAdvantage miles. I’ve had my eye on the be-all and end-all First Class award with American Airlines miles: The Etihad First Apartment.

Etihad currently operates the following routes using their A380 to/from Abu Dhabi:

London-LHR – 3,432 miles New York-JFK – 6,867 miles Melbourne-MEL (beginning June 1, 2016) – 7,235 miles Sydney-SYD – 7,492 miles

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The number of miles required for each will vary, along with the flying times:

40,000 miles (goes up to 62,500 miles on Mach 22, 2016)

London-LHR → Abu [...]

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January 16, 2015

Deal Blitz: Hyatt Winter 2015 Promo (up to 65k bonus points) *Targeted*

Hyatt Gold Passport’s Winter 2015 promo is now live. While the offers are targeted, all Hyatt Gold Passport members should be eligible for something:

The Deal

Hyatt is offering targeted promotions this season, anywhere from 2,000 on up to 65,000 bonus points depending on the offer received. You’ll have to login to your Hyatt account to check the promo you’re eligible for, but here’s a glance at what’s going around:

Promo 1 “2KSTAY1B”: Earn 2,000 Hyatt Gold Passport® bonus points after your next eligible stay at any Hyatt hotel worldwide during our Stay More Play More promotion.

Promo 2 “5KSTAY2”: Earn [...]

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November 22, 2014

Preview: IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks List December 2014 – February 2015

Update 11/24, 9:58am: the list is now live, you can begin booking now! 

The IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks preview list has been updated through February 28, 2015! Below is a list of all of the hotels that IHG is offering for just 5,000 points a night. Since this is just a preview, we expect more hotels to be added when the list goes live on Monday. Don’t forget that you can buy 5,000 points for just $35, which basically allows you to book any of the rooms below for just $35/night:

Check our tutorial on how to book rooms for $35 / night

When you’re ready to book (note: booking starts Monday, November 24): Click here to go to the PointsBreaks [...]

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September 27, 2014

Preview: IHG / PriorityClub PointBreaks List October – November 2014

Update 9/29, 8:50am: The properties are now bookable by following the links here: IHG Rewards Club Connect > Promotions > Point Breaks.

The Priority Club PointBreaks preview list has been updated through November 30, 2014! Below is a list of all of the hotels that IGH/PriorityClub Rewards is offering for just 5,000 pts a night. Since this is just a preview, we expect more hotel to be added when the list goes live on Monday. Don’t forget that you can buy 5,000 points for just $35, which basically allows you to book any of the rooms below for just $35/night:

Check our tutorial on how to book rooms for $35 / night

When you’re ready to book [...]

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August 29, 2014

New United MileagePlus Awards Map – Economy

United updated its award chart effective February 3, 2014 with a number of bad changes. It essentially gutted the redemption amounts for business and first class partner awards (i.e. the cost of a First Class flight from the U.S. to Europe in Lufthansa First increased by 85,000 miles, from 135,000 to 220,000 miles). From that point of view, the economy award chart looked relatively unscathed albeit almost all of the changes were negative. Here’s a quick recap of the ECONOMY CLASS updates:

U.S. –> Hawaii: A 5,000 mile increase from 40k miles to 45k miles U.S. –> Middle East (Egypt, Israel, UAE etc…): A 5,000 mile increase from 80k miles to 85k [...]
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August 19, 2014

Deal Blitz: Hyatt Fall 2014 Promo (up to 50k bonus points) *Targeted*

Hyatt Gold Passport has announced a Fall 2014 promo that seems to be targeted, if you’re eligible you should receive an email:

The Deal:

For every 5 nights, you’ll get a one-time bonus, up to a max of 50,000 points –if you stay all 20 nights. If you’re able to max out the promotion and earn the full 50k points that’ll be enough for almost 2 nights at the Park Hyatt Maldives (pictured at the top). Here’s the earning chart:

How to Get It: You can attempt to register here: Hyatt Fall 2014 Promo no later than November 30 Book at least 5 nights at Hyatt hotels between September 1 and November 30 An extra 5,000, 10,000, [...]
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July 31, 2014

Ahh! Don’t buy “stuff” with your frequent flyer miles!

I get a few emails a week from hotels, airlines and credit card companies pushing me to “buy” things with my hard-earned miles. Like this one from American Express:

Perfect, I’m somewhere between a Dyson Vacuum and a MacBook!

Or this one from Chase:

I won’t be fooled, Chase–100 points for $1 is a horrible trade!

Or this one from United:

I can think of nothing more horrible to own than a Racsal Flatts album or “NOW 50”

Why ordering [...]

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