A Risk Of Booking Airline Awards With Partner Airlines

Most of the people who redeem frequent flyer miles for an airline ticket will do so to travel on the airline that sponsors the program. Skymiles members will book a flight on Delta,  AAdvantage members will book flights on American, and so on.

Once you start to learn more about using your miles and points, you soon find out that the best redemptions for your miles aren’t with the sponsor airline but with their alliance or non-alliance partners. At first, it’s a difficult concept to understand; I remember the first time I told my father he could use his Skymiles for a flight on Korean Air.

You first need to learn the basics of airline alliances. After that, you’ll need to get an idea of award charts, or at least what awards should cost for the airlines who no longer publish award charts. For those who don’t want to put in the time, there are always award booking services.

While the reward for booking an award with a partner airline can be great by either saving you thousands or ten-thousands of miles, creatively using transferrable credit card points on airlines not available otherwise or flying on an airline with a much better product, the process does involve additional risk.

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Why Do Loyalty Programs Send Mystery Offers?

We’ve all received emails from loyalty programs teasing us with a special offer. All that’s required is to log in and to unlock your “mystery offer.” When you log in, you’re told what your mystery bonus is. The problem with these types of offers is that you’ll usually already know what bonuses are being offered, because they tell you in the email.

If you receive anything but the best offer, it’d be no surprise if you’d be disappointed. Why didn’t you get the higher offer others had received?

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There’s Value In Qantas’ Frequent Flyer Program Once You Know Where To Look

We’ve only been on two Qantas flights in each of our respective lives. Both of them took place during our trip to Australia with Adventures by Disney. I didn’t have a Qantas account at the time, however, I did try to get retro credit for the flights with one of their partners (I think it was American). Besides that, I had absolutely zero interest in crediting flights to or redeeming awards with Qantas’ Frequent Flyer program.

Oh, just so you know, I’m not being lazy. The real name of Qantas’ frequent flyer program is “Qantas Frequent Flyer.” I’m going to make Cliff Notes-style review of the plan and the things you should know about.

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Could This Finally Be The Fastest Way To Load A Plane?, Another Flight Infected With Measles, Classic Marriott Hotel Sold, & More!

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Best Laid Plans Foiled By Flight Cancellations, Part 2

We don’t go on big trips that often so I try to make the most of them when I can. For our upcoming trip, I was able to book a flight on Singapore from JFK-FRA, with a continuing flight to SZG. To get home, I booked a flight with Delta from FRA-MCO.

I’ve already written about how Delta messed with our flights home by canceling the FRA-DTW segment of our flight (for 3 weeks).

Apparently, that wasn’t the only monkey wrench to be thrown into our plans.

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