Award Maps for 13 Frequent Flyer Programs

United

Most airline frequent flyer program redemptions are region-based, so you pick your origin and destination and look at an award chart to determine how many miles the ticket should cost. But there are often times when this involves a lot of back and forth. Which program should you use? What region is Dushanbe in? What’s Asia 1 vs. Asia 2? Agents sometimes don’t have a good understanding of … [Read more...]

Should You Be Lounge Hopping or Explore These Amazing Terminals?

Why did I leave for the airport three hours early to enjoy the ambiance of a crowded room and pre-packaged sandwiches?

I’ll admit it, I’m a huge diva for airline products and lounges. I’ll go out of my way to try the Lufthansa First Class Terminal or the Thai First Class Lounge and Spa or cappuccinos on Austrian or EVA (flying them in 8 hours!), but when does it get in the way of enjoying your trip? Lounge Hopping Is "Fear of Missing Out" (FOMO) at Its Finest Whenever I’m in an airport, I’m tempted to lounge … [Read more...]

How to Plan Your Itinerary

Award Nexus Route Builder

My guess is 99% of people plan their trip by doing a search from A to B. Not me. I like to know my options before I run my search so I can exclude bad connections or force especially good ones. Relying on a dumb computer to tell you how to get to your destination can overlook a lot of good alternatives, both for booking revenue flights and award flights. Consider a hypothetical trip from … [Read more...]

Hacking Award Seats to Asia: All 177 Routes!

Lots of cities to choose from to get to NRT (Courtesy: gcmap.com)

In the last installment, we looked at all 403 Trans-Atlantic routes where award seats can be booked with miles. Now we turn our attention to Asia to find additional cities that aren’t hub captive, but still get a lot of traffic. These two factors will likely drive prices lower, for revenue fares (If you subscribe to The Flight Deal, these cities have been historically disproportionately part of … [Read more...]

Singapore Airlines NEW First Class, Singapore to Mumbai

Singapore Airlines New First Class

When I booked this flight, the new 777-300ER First Class wasn’t even a thing, so I was really excited to try Singapore Airlines newest product!  The new planes began service on Singapore-London flights, and then began the Singapore-Mumbai route. Trip Report Series: Introduction/Booking New LAX Star Alliance Lounge/Tom Bradley International Terminal Singapore A380 Suites, Los Angeles to … [Read more...]

Review: Singapore Airlines Private Room (and a day in Singapore)

The Private Room dining room

Introduction/Booking New LAX Star Alliance Lounge/Tom Bradley International Terminal Singapore A380 Suites, Los Angeles to Tokyo-Narita ANA Suite Lounge (Satellite 4) and United Club, Tokyo-Narita Singapore A380 Suites, Tokyo-Narita to Singapore Singapore Changi Ambassador Transit Hotel, Terminal 3 Singapore Airlines Private Room (and a day in Singapore) Singapore Airlines NEW Boeing … [Read more...]

Review: Singapore A380 Suites Tokyo-Narita to Singapore

Passion fruit mousse and white chocolate ice cream

Introduction/Booking New LAX Star Alliance Lounge/Tom Bradley International Terminal Singapore A380 Suites, Los Angeles to Tokyo-Narita ANA Suite Lounge (Satellite 4) and United Club, Tokyo-Narita Singapore A380 Suites, Tokyo-Narita to Singapore Singapore Changi Ambassador Transit Hotel, Terminal 3 Singapore Airlines Private Room (and a day in Singapore) Singapore Airlines NEW Boeing … [Read more...]