Joseph rebooked us in a full revenue fare class. I gave my United 1K mileage number and wound up with no miles. AJK gave his Aegean mileage number and wound up with tens of thousands of miles. [AJK: 35,000 miles to be exact. Not only that, but this one-way travel earned me Star Alliance Gold for another year, through 2017! Bottom line, if United moves you from an award bucket to a revenue fare due to being bumped, the flight being cancelled or delayed, make sure to switch your frequent flyer number to a partner to be able to earn miles free miles on a free ticket. United will not award them to its own program and you won’t get retroactive credit after the flight.] … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 2: It’s Time To Hop!
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But I’d rather starve than sit in prison, so I declared the food and held my breath. [AJK: If I’m being completely honest, if not humble, it was only after I presented Dan with the possibility of him sitting in an unconditioned cell for the next number of months that he saw reason and decided to just play it safe and declare.] Several agents gathered around and they were perplexed as to why we were traveling with a bag of frozen food. However upon explaining Orthodox Judaism, they were just amazed as to how we had heard of Palau and what brought us there. Explaining Orthodox Judaism was easier than explaining how I discovered Palau thanks to several decades worth of United vouchers that were obtained due to Wendy’s cups that gave Airtran credits, so I went with their main attraction, Jellyfish Lake. And they smiled and said to tell our friends and enjoy our meals! … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 3: Koror, Palau And Jellyfish Lake
It felt like I had been gone for weeks, it was hard to imagine that the adventure had just began the Sunday beforehand. But it was a trip that I’ll never forget. From the stunning islands in the Pacific to the incredible waters of Palau, this was nothing short of incredible. Even more so that I was able to do it on miles and points. It’s a time intensive and crazy hobby, but it sure beats stamp collecting 😀 … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 4: Tokyo, Japan And Back Home In ANA First Class
Days before the flight AJK texted me excitedly while I was at a Cavs game with my better half that 2 first class saver award seats opened on a JAL flight from Tokyo to Chicago. The JAL flight would mean a 90 minute connection in Tokyo on a separate ticket on an airline from another alliance. American only charges 62.5K miles in first class from Japan to the USA versus 110K on United, so at first glance it was a no-brainer. However United was also throwing in the flights from Palau to Tokyo at that 110K rate, so that would mean having to shell out 12.5K United miles in coach or 25K miles in business to get to Tokyo. Ultimately we nixed the JAL option as well because we were nervous about misconnecting, wanted to check out Tokyo, and wanted to try out ANA Squares First Class. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 1: Honolulu
Currently you can use United miles or miles from other Star Alliance airlines to fly between Singapore and Auckland, New Zealand on the A380 Singapore suites. The cost with United miles is just 65K miles each way. You would need 80K Singapore miles to book the same flight. … [Read more...] about You Can Currently Redeem United Or Star Alliance Miles For Singapore Suites On Select Routes
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