Delta's free open jaw on round-trip award tickets will allow you to see more while paying the same price in miles and cash. But the airline's booking policy is important to know about if you're traveling to Europe, since it adds fuel surcharges to one-way flights that originate there.
Using Stopovers on United to See More: Hawaii and Beyond
United's frequent flyer program, MileagePlus, allows you to use one stopover and two open jaws for free on a round-trip award ticket. By taking advantage of this generous booking policy, you can see more places without paying more miles. For example, you could spend a few days in Hawaii on your way to Japan for the same cost as flying directly to Tokyo.
Using Stopovers on United to Save Miles: The Middle East and China
United allows MileagePlus members to use a stopover and two open jaws for free on a round-trip award flight. You can use this policy to your advantage and fly to more places for free. Sometimes you can even save miles by adding a stopover to your itinerary. In this post, we'll see how to maximize the destinations on your itinerary and save miles at the same time.
Using Open Jaws on United to See More
We're continuing our series on how to get the most out of United award tickets by looking at the airline's free open jaw. With an open jaw, you can fly to one destination and return from another, or you can depart from one city and return to a different one. Either way, you can visit more places for the same price as a round-trip award ticket.
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Program Review
Thai Airways, the flag carrier of Thailand, is based at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport. The airline flies to 78 destinations in 35 countries. In the United States, it only flies to Los Angeles, but that route will be eliminated in October 2015.
How to Book LAN Airlines LANPASS Awards
LAN Airlines is the flag carrier of Chile. Its main hub is Santiago National Airport. In 2012, LAN Airlines merged with the Brazilian TAM Airlines, creating the largest airline holding company in South America. The two carriers are slated to be fully integrated in 2018.
LAN Airlines LANPASS Visa Signature Credit Card Review
Who Is the LANPASS Visa Signature Card Good For?LAN Airlines is the flag carrier of Chile. Its award program, LANPASS, has some very nice features, and since the merger with Brazilian giant TAM, it has become even more valuable. The LANPASS Visa Signature card from U.S. Bank is a great option for earning extra kilometers with the program, so anyone who frequently travels to South America should consider adding it to their portfolio.
Emirates Skywards Program Review
A good way for North American frequent flyers to understand Emirates is to think of it as akin to Alaska Airlines. They are both hometown airlines that have slowly grown through strategic partnerships and smart market choices into major global forces. But they always put the expectations of local passengers first. In the case of Emirates, that means impeccable style and service.
How to Book United Airlines Awards
As one of the three major domestic carriers, United can take you nearly anywhere you want to go in the U.S., and its partner network, including the powerful 27-member Star Alliance, can get you most places in the world.
LATAM Pass Program Review
Who Is LATAM Pass Good For?LATAM Airlines, which was formed from the LAN and TAM airline merger, is a Chile-based carrier that serves South America, Central America, North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Oceania. If you're in North America, it can still pay to be a member of its frequent flyer program LATAM Pass, even if you don't frequently fly to the south.
Air Canada Aeroplan Program Review
Who Is Air Canada Aeroplan Good For?Aeroplan is actually run separately from Air Canada, so it is more focused on profits than some other airline loyalty programs. However, as many of the major U.S. airlines are changing their tune, Air Canada's practices such as crediting miles on the basis of how much you paid for your ticket are less foreign today than they used to be.
Delta SkyMiles Program Review
Who Is Delta SkyMiles Good For?Delta has been taking flak from frequent flyers for years, for a variety of valid reasons: Their awards are much harder to come by than those of most major domestic airlines; you cant book one-way awards without a huge penalty; and its often a huge time suck to find the award you want to book on their website.
Beijing, China and Beyond
Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China, is on the itinerary for most travelers flying to this ancient land. The best way to get there is with United Airlines and its Star Alliance partners. Together they offer an incredible number of possible connections and stopovers.
Getting to Peru’s Fabled Machu Picchu
The beautifully restored ruins of Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan capital in the Peruvian Andes, were voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. An iconic destination for tourists from all over the planet, it is not an easy destination to reach.
Guide to Airline Lingo
If you're new to making airline arrangements or booking award tickets, you may not be familiar with all of the words and terms the airlines use. Here's a quick reference guide to some of the lingo you should understand.
Maximizing Miles for Summer Fun in Seattle
Seattle has a bad reputation as the rainiest place in the U.S. (It's actually Hilo, Hawaii.) But for those of us that know it's one of the best places in the country to spend the summer, that bad rap keeps the secret safe. July and August days in Seattle hover around the universally perfect temperature: 75 degrees.