How to Plan Your Itinerary

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 … [Read more...]

An Even Better AAdvantage Award to Africa

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 … [Read more...]

Which Companion Fares Save You Money?

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 … [Read more...]

Is It Fair to Charge Extra for Booking Awards by Phone?

If you need to book a flight over the phone -- whether a revenue or award ticket -- you’ll probably be asked to pay a fee of $25 or more. Fees are usually waived for elite frequent flyers. Average customers can avoid most fees by booking most revenue tickets … [Read more...]