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Changes to LifeMiles Award Chart Again — With No Notice

The award redemption chart for the LifeMiles frequent flier loyalty program of Avianca and Taca has changed recently — and it is not the changes in and of themselves that has sparked heated discussion on FlyerTalk, but rather how the changes were implemented. First, no advanced notice was given about…

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US Airways Quietly Raises Some Award Redemption Levels; Lowers Two

With no official announcement, FlyerTalk members are reporting that US Airways has quietly implemented some changes to using Dividend Miles for certain award redemption options — apparently effective immediately. The following are the award charts for comparison purposes, with the changes shown highlighted in pink…

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Suites Aboard Singapore Airlines Now Available for Saver Award Redemption — But…

Award redemption bookings for Saver Award seats in the suites cabin aboard Singapore Airlines flights has recently become available for PPS Club members and KrisFlyer frequent flier loyalty program members — a welcome addition to the current options, but for fewer KrisFlyer frequent flier loyalty program miles. If you have never flown as a passenger aboard the Airbus A380 aircraft in the suites cabin, it is an experience where you have your own private…

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Dedicated Fare Class for Saver Travel Awards Will No Longer Be Available on United Airlines

Shannon Kelly — also known as FlyerTalk member UA Insider and is the director of customer insights at United Airlines — has announced that United Airlines will begin using the ON fare class exclusively for upgrades into United Global First class and United First class on aircraft with three cabin classes effective February 1, 2013 to remedy the imbalance of fewer seats being available for upgrades. The following was posted on FlyerTalk by Shannon Kelly…

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No More Upgrades From Premium Economy to Business Class on Air France?

FlyerTalk members who are Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program members are reporting that upgrading from international premium W economy class seats on Air France is no longer possible — and there was no announcement about this apparent change in upgrade policy. FlyerTalk members surmise that this may be the latest casualty in what appears to be vanishing availability in O class — which is the fare code for business class seats on award tickets — on Air France. Some Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program members claim that…

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United Airlines Confirms One-Way Awards and Miles & Money Awards

As confirmed moments ago by FlyerTalk member United PR — who also happens to be Vice President of the United Airlines Mileage Plus frequent flier loyalty program — on Feb 1 – one-way awards will be bookable on ual.com, where one can travel one-way for half the miles of a round-trip award on United Airlines or United Express, starting at 12,500 Mileage Plus miles for a domestic Saver award.

Moreover, United Airlines is introducing Miles & Money Awards, which will enable one to book a round-trip flight, hotel stay or car rental for fewer Mileage Plus miles by making up the difference in cash.

Initially, both One-Way Awards and Miles & Money Awards will only be available via the Internet web site of United Airlines, but one will be able to call a United Airlines reservations agent via telephone later in 2010 to book these awards.

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The US$3,000 Award Redemption Hotel Stay

No, the award stay itself is not costing US$3,000, but rather that is the amount charged to the credit card of FlyerTalk member PedroNY. Why he incurred a $3,000 charge to redeem 6-Night VIP in Sydney???

PedroNY was attempting to book an award reservation at the Hilton Sydney in January of 2011. While he was assured that the deposit would be returned to him after his stay, he cringed at the thought of losing the use of US$3,000 for an entire year.

Find out what advice PedroNY was given by fellow FlyerTalk members to avoid having his credit card charged US$3,000 for an entire year, as well as who actually made money on this policy as a result of unexpected arbitrage…

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