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Feb 6, 19, 3:59 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,080
Posted By dukerau

Since you say your hotels are locked in, I assume...

Since you say your hotels are locked in, I assume you mean you have to be in JNB on 5/19. With the requirements of departing 5/18, arriving 5/19, and < 25 hours, your itinerary options are pretty...
Jan 28, 19, 11:00 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 432
Posted By dukerau

Iím not well versed in the United card, but from...

Iím not well versed in the United card, but from a cursory search it looks like it has identical travel coverages as Ink Preferred. Plus you wouldnít have to worry about being asked for proof that...
Jan 27, 19, 9:07 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 432
Posted By dukerau

The points youíll earn on this purchase is a drop...

The points youíll earn on this purchase is a drop in the bucket. If using United card saves you checked bag fees, then use the United card!
Jan 17, 19, 10:23 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,080
Posted By dukerau

Yes, but there will be fuel surcharges of ~$500...

Yes, but there will be fuel surcharges of ~$500 pp round trip.

Aeroplan can book the same flights as United but charges 75k each way.
Jan 15, 19, 10:07 pm
Replies: 2,187
Views: 417,329
Posted By dukerau

You can use points for C/F seats, but points have...

You can use points for C/F seats, but points have a fixed-ish value of up to 1.35cents, so a $5,000 C ticket would cost ~370k points. You can pay for any cost not covered by your points, so tickets...
Dec 8, 18, 4:16 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 913
Posted By dukerau

I had this issue as well, but only for one day. ...

I had this issue as well, but only for one day. I created my Iberia account, transferred in Chase points, and when I tried to pay for the award, I got the "Unable to connect to the system Scorer"...
Dec 5, 18, 12:57 pm
Replies: 819
Views: 96,446
Posted By dukerau

Same here. Starting to think this is a phased...

Same here. Starting to think this is a phased roll out by Uber. Problem is they seemingly communicated to Amex that everyone now has the Uber Cash infrastructure. I wish Amex would let us choose...
Nov 29, 18, 11:38 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,289
Posted By dukerau

Does Asia Miles collect carrier-imposed charges...

Does Asia Miles collect carrier-imposed charges (YQ) on a AA US-Europe award? Per ITA, they're $350 round trip in economy for CLT-CDG.
Nov 12, 18, 11:54 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 949
Posted By dukerau

VS has great pricing for NH First class, but the...

VS has great pricing for NH First class, but the biggest two catches are (1) you can only book round trip and (2) pricing is only for non-stop flights. While the round trip restriction may sound...
Nov 8, 18, 10:41 am
Replies: 22
Views: 949
Posted By dukerau

Fare class is how airlines systemically control...

Fare class is how airlines systemically control pricing and also impacts mileage earning in some cases. Neither is relevant for awards. Most airlines designate a specific fare class as award...
Nov 8, 18, 9:44 am
Replies: 22
Views: 949
Posted By dukerau

Essentially, yes. That's not always a simple...

Essentially, yes. That's not always a simple task.


No. They call the mileage program as your representative and book the flights for you.


Lifemiles has a lower miles cost than ANA for round...
Nov 8, 18, 9:30 am
Replies: 2,187
Views: 417,329
Posted By dukerau

I'm pretty new to CNB as well, but I do have...

I'm pretty new to CNB as well, but I do have points so I can see the valuations. For a run-of-the-mill domestic round trip I'm looking at, AA charges $422.90 while CNB charges $450.59 (6.55% more). ...
Oct 31, 18, 7:06 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,138
Posted By dukerau

Yes, you can use your miles for others freely...

Yes, you can use your miles for others freely with AA and United (some airlines have familial restrictions but not these). United's redeposit fee (for non-status members) is $75 per ticket if it's...
Oct 29, 18, 1:12 pm
Replies: 350
Views: 139,668
Posted By dukerau

I updated the wiki's outdated info on transfer...

I updated the wiki's outdated info on transfer partners (added Avianca, Flying Blue, JetBlue, JetPrivilege, Qantas, and Virgin Atlantic, noted that Hilton partnership has ended. I also added a...
Oct 25, 18, 6:51 pm
Replies: 2,187
Views: 417,329
Posted By dukerau

Is this still the case? I crossed $5k spend on...

Is this still the case? I crossed $5k spend on my new card on 10/9 (post date), and no bonus has posted yet.
Oct 24, 18, 7:49 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 715
Posted By dukerau

This is a commonly mis-characterized summary of...

This is a commonly mis-characterized summary of AA's policy. An exception relevant to your case - you can't change between a oneworld award (e.g., Cathay + AA) and a non-alliance partner award (e.g.,...
Oct 23, 18, 9:25 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 564
Posted By dukerau

Looks like absolute cheapest is 50k round trip...

Looks like absolute cheapest is 50k round trip with Asiana or Korean miles, but both of those are only obtainable through SPG. Flying Blue is 60k round trip and easier to acquire. If Skyteam fails...
Oct 23, 18, 8:00 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 715
Posted By dukerau

If you really valued UR at 2.2 cents, you would...

If you really valued UR at 2.2 cents, you would never consider redeeming them for 1.5 cents. I don't blame you for not valuing them at 2.2 cents - I don't either - but let's be honest about it.
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Oct 23, 18, 2:52 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 715
Posted By dukerau

As mentioned above, why would you value UR at 2.2...

As mentioned above, why would you value UR at 2.2 cents when you clearly are getting 1.5 cent value? Converting to dollar values is mucking up the analysis. The question is simple - do you want to...
Oct 23, 18, 1:25 pm
Replies: 134
Views: 17,093
Posted By dukerau

Citi-Jetblue is 1:1 now. Amex is still at 5:4 to...

Citi-Jetblue is 1:1 now. Amex is still at 5:4 to Jetblue.
Oct 12, 18, 1:05 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,138
Posted By dukerau

AA miles are great for flights to India, but...

AA miles are great for flights to India, but they're not as easy to use as United miles. For AA, your best bet is flying on Cathay Pacific (CX), but CX flights don't show when you search on aa.com....
Oct 2, 18, 3:51 pm
Replies: 499
Views: 150,111
Posted By dukerau

Thanks, I figured as much. Will it be difficult...

Thanks, I figured as much. Will it be difficult to argue at the check-in of the domestic flight (MOB-CLT) that we should get 1st bag free since the bags are terminating domestically? Or are they...
Oct 2, 18, 3:47 pm
Replies: 499
Views: 150,111
Posted By dukerau

I called AA on this question and the answer I got...

I called AA on this question and the answer I got seemed shaky, even after the agent consulted someone else. Looking for anyone with similar experiences to how AA will actually handle it.

Flight...
Aug 28, 18, 1:32 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 586
Posted By dukerau

Search MIA-MAD and ORD-MAD and filter to non-stop...

Search MIA-MAD and ORD-MAD and filter to non-stop only. Then for the (likely few) available dates check DFW-MAD.
Aug 22, 18, 3:48 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 731
Posted By dukerau

A little confused... $275-$200 = $27?? I had...

A little confused... $275-$200 = $27??

I had a similar situation once but had booked with Amex points for a $257 ticket. I canceled, and when I called American to use the voucher, they said a $200...
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