If you’re thinking about booking travel on Delta this winter, they’re having a sale on coach class award tickets with discounts of up to 10,000 miles round-trip. But you have to book by November 2, 2014!
You can travel between December 3, 2014, and February 18, 2015, within the US, and between the US and certain destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America. However, there are blackout dates, and you can’t book 1-way tickets.
Save up to 10,000 Miles on a Round-Trip Award Ticket With Delta’s Award Travel Sale
While low-level award seats on Delta can be hard to find, the discount applies to coach class saver and standard award (except southern South America) tickets. And if you’re flexible with dates, you might be surprised at how many award seats are available!
American Airlines explained how they’ll combine their AAdvantage frequent flyer program with US Airways Dividend Miles today, as part of their merger with US Airways. And it’s generally good news, because not a lot is changing.
Some folks were worried there would be major negative changes, like award tickets costing more miles, or transitioning to a revenue-based program (where you earn miles based on the cost of your ticket and not the distance flown) like Delta and United Airlines have done.
I’m happy to report that American Airlines is not changing their award chart or making any major changes to how you earn miles! Most of the changes will impact folks with elite status.
The New AAdvantage Program: Good News for Most Folks!
Let’s look at what’s changing and what it means for you.
Thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Andres who let us know about a better offer for the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard.
The sign-up bonus for this card is still 50,000 miles after you spend $3,000 in the 1st 3 months. But you’ll also get 2 American Airlines Admirals Club lounge day passes after meeting minimum spending requirements! The previous offer did not include lounge passes.
And the personal version of this card has also been upgraded to include 2 American Airlines Admirals Club day passes!
Now You Get 50,000 Miles and 2 Admirals Club Lounge Day Passes With the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard and CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard
They’ve also re-designed the card, but the rest of the offer terms and conditions appear to be the same as the previous offer.
Via MileValue, there’s a trick you can use to avoid paying the close-in booking fee for United Airlines award tickets.
Normally, United Airlines charges an extra $75 for award tickets booked less than 21 days prior to departure (unless you have elite status, in which case the fee is lower or waived). But there’s a way to avoid the fee, although it might not always work.
With Some Extra Effort, You Could Avoid the $75 United Airlines Close-In Ticketing Fee
I’ll explain how to do it!
Million Mile Secrets reader Kelsey commented:
I’ve found Saver coach award seats for the flights I wanted (Los Angeles to Sofia, Bulgaria; Sofia, Bulgaria to Frankfurt, Germany; Frankfurt to Dallas flying in October and November), yet when I go to book the ticket, it won’t allow me to select my seat. And it says it will be assigned at the airport (I’m booking through the United Airlines website, using United Airlines miles on Lufthansa flights).
Do you know if there’s any way I can select my seats before going to the airport or by calling United Airlines? My spouse and I don’t want to be stuck in the middle seat not sitting with each other on the long haul flights. Also, can Saver award seats be denied boarding because they’re not Standard awards? One of our flights is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and I don’t want to get stuck not seeing my family because of the award level.
How Early Kelsey Can Pick Her Seats When She Books an Award Ticket Using United Airlines Miles on Lufthansa Depends on Her Ticket Fare Code