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May 23, 19, 9:51 pm
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If I want to drop the CUZ-LIM segment from a...

If I want to drop the CUZ-LIM segment from a CUZ-LIM-MIA-CLT (AA+LATAM) award, will I be charged a change fee? I'm unsure if the change from oneworld to AA-only triggers the fee despite the dropped...
Apr 13, 19, 11:50 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 783
Posted By dukerau

While calling in sometimes provides more options...

While calling in sometimes provides more options than what’s online, that’s generally not true with Star Alliance. What shows on United.com is pretty exhaustive. The main exception is Singapore J/F...
Apr 8, 19, 6:39 pm
Replies: 365
Views: 139,263
Posted By dukerau

If I cancel my Platinum card, will my future FHR...

If I cancel my Platinum card, will my future FHR reservation (rate and benefits) still be honored?
Mar 4, 19, 4:22 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 421
Posted By dukerau

Your Iberia/AA flight should be bookable with...

Your Iberia/AA flight should be bookable with Iberia Avios, but it doesn't show online and probably wouldn't make sense to do anyway. I do see it on ba.com for 60k + $2xx.xx per person.

Your...
Mar 4, 19, 1:50 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By dukerau

What are you going to do with 59k Finnair miles? ...

What are you going to do with 59k Finnair miles? They can't be combined with your BA Avios.

Since you're ATL-based, Flying Blue would be the obvious choice. You do need to be careful of...
Feb 6, 19, 3:59 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,369
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: 533
Posted By dukerau

I’m not well versed in the United card, but from...

I’m 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 wouldn’t have to worry about being asked for proof that...
Jan 27, 19, 9:07 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 533
Posted By dukerau

The points you’ll earn on this purchase is a drop...

The points you’ll 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: 1,369
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
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Views: 678,568
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
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Views: 2,976
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
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Views: 144,750
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: 16
Views: 3,549
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: 1,074
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: 1,074
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: 1,074
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: 2,911
Views: 678,568
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: 1,217
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: 362
Views: 148,580
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: 2,911
Views: 678,568
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: 751
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: 736
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: 751
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: 751
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: 18,604
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.
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