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Remember to Check Award Space Regularly: Slightly Discounted Business Class on Asiana A380

Update: Since I wrote this last night, United has actually made their "non-advertised" sale official. See details here (book by 2/28!) When friends ask me about awards they want to book - the resourceful ones often want to learn how to fish. One thing I always tell them is: keep checking for award space - you never know what you might find. Recently, two separate pieces of information surfaced in the blogosphere that I didn't even think to connect in my head (though I'm sure many did). But everything clicked when my buddy Dan messaged me today: "Hey I can fly from JFK to Seoul on an A380 for 70,000 miles in business?" Why, yes, Dan, you can right now! When I first saw that Asiana would be starting a [...]

Bavarian Summer: Lufthansa First Class with a Toddler

I've just woken up from sleeping for sixteen hours straight, give or take. You'd think that would indicate that our transatlantic flight with Little M was a disaster, but really it was quite the opposite. I think I'm just exhausted from the time change and life in general - so was M by the way I think she slept for 15 hours last night (and she's sleeping next to me as I type this so she's about to catch up). Our day started with a short business class regional flight on Air Canada to Toronto. I wasn't planning on writing about it (flight was smooth, we preoccupied M by feeding her lunch, and the cabin had extra space so she got her own seat for half the flight), but there [...]

The DIY Guide to Booking Award Tickets – Part VII: Searching for Award Space Segment by Segment

People have different opinions when it comes to booking award tickets with frequent flyer miles. I, for one, love booking award tickets and enjoy the challenge that comes with doing so. Booking award tickets are like puzzles to me and I love solving them. Other people hate booking award tickets, consider them too much of a hassle, or even go so far as to believing their frequent flyer miles are completely worthless. I’ve decided to put a guide together for those of you who fall in between – people who want to book award tickets themselves but feel like they need some pointers. This guide will assume some basic knowledge, namely, that you know how to log in to your frequent flyer account and check your mileage balance. Other than [...]

The DIY Guide to Booking Award Tickets – Part VI: Using ANA to Search for Star Alliance Space

People have different opinions when it comes to booking award tickets with frequent flyer miles. I, for one, love booking award tickets and enjoy the challenge that comes with doing so. Booking award tickets are like puzzles to me and I love solving them. Other people hate booking award tickets, consider them too much of a hassle, or even go so far as to believing their frequent flyer miles are completely worthless. I’ve decided to put a guide together for those of you who fall in between – people who want to book award tickets themselves but feel like they need some pointers. This guide will assume some basic knowledge, namely, that you know how to log in to your frequent flyer account and check your mileage balance. Other than [...]

The DIY Guide to Booking Award Tickets – Part V: Using united.com to search for Star Alliance Award Space

People have different opinions when it comes to booking award tickets with frequent flyer miles. I, for one, love booking award tickets and enjoy the challenge that comes with doing so. Booking award tickets are like puzzles to me and I love solving them. Other people hate booking award tickets, consider them too much of a hassle, or even go so far as to believing their frequent flyer miles are completely worthless. I’ve decided to put a guide together for those of you who fall in between – people who want to book award tickets themselves but feel like they need some pointers. This guide will assume some basic knowledge, namely, that you know how to log in to your frequent flyer account and check your mileage balance. Other than [...]