British Airways Adds 72-Hour Hold for a Fee

British Airways 72 hour hold

British Airways announced this week that it is offering a 72-hour "fare lock" service very similar to one already offered by United Airlines. For just $10 on flights originating in the U.S., you can hold a quoted itinerary and pay that same price when you go back to book up to three days … [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 … [Read more...]

An Even Better AAdvantage Award to Africa

LAX-DFW on American, DFW-DOH-JNB on Qatar Airways, JNB-PLZ on British Airways/Comair

Last week, Seth at the Wandering Aramean posted "A better AAdvantage award to Africa," where he discussed getting around American's award routing rule restriction to Africa by using Qatar Airways. American Airlines usually only allows travelers to transit Europe on the way to Africa, which … [Read more...]

Use British Airways Avios on SriLankan Airlines

SriLankan Airlines route map (via openflights.org)

Yesterday, SriLankan Airlines joined the oneworld alliance, becoming the first airline from the Indian subcontinent to join a major alliance (there are reports Air India may join Star Alliance, but that saga has been going on and on like an unedited Bollywood movie).  That means you can … [Read more...]

You Can Now Book US Airways with Avios Online

Phoenix to Vancouver nonstop is 30,000 Avios in First Class (3x the coach rate)

March 31st is the Oneworld join date for US Airways, and it’s already Monday in the UK.  You can now book flights on US Airways with Avios on britishairways.com US Airways has hubs in Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington DC (DCA/National).  They also run some shuttle routes … [Read more...]

Which Companion Fares Save You Money?

Calculating Taxes and Fees

Many airline-branded credit cards come with discounted companion fares. These can be one-off coupons you earn each year or ongoing benefits anytime you book a ticket. However, individual circumstances are extremely important if you expect to save money. Most offers are not as generous as … [Read more...]