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...]

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 online. Award tickets are also … [Read more...]

100K Avios Offer Returns for British Airways Visa

BA Visa Offer

After a brief hiatus (about a month), the 100K Avios sign-up offer for the British Airways Visa card from Chase is back -- but the annual fee is no longer waived as far as I can tell. This offer is only available on the British Airways website as far as I can tell (HT to View from the … [Read more...]