Category Archives: British Airways

Will American Airlines Charge Me for Each Segment of My Award Trip?

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Million Mile Secrets reader Bob commented:

I am trying to book my 1st 1-way flight using different segments.  I want to book with American Airlines miles and go from Boston to Bangkok by going:

Boston -> New York (JFK) -> Hong Kong -> Bangkok

I used the American Airlines website to find award seats from Boston to New York (JFK) and used the British Airways website to find Cathay Pacific award seats from New York (JFK) to Hong Kong and Hong Kong to Bangkok.

When I call American Airlines to book, will they try to charge me for the Boston to New York (JFK) segment, in addition to the miles to Asia?

Will American Airlines Charge Me For Each Segment Of My Award Trip

How Many American Airlines Miles Will Bob’s Trip Cost?

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IHG Flash Sale For December – 25% to 75% Less Points for Hotel Rooms!

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You can get 50% to 75% off award bookings at select IHG Rewards hotels, starting at 10:00 am, Eastern Time, on Monday, November 18, 2013!

IHG Rewards Flash Sale

Pay 50% to 75% Fewer Points for Hotel Rooms!

How to Book

You can book hotels for only 48 hours starting at 10:00 am Eastern Time on Monday, November 18, 2013.  I’ll have a post on Monday to remind you when booking opens. Continue reading

2 Miles & Points Lessons From The Best Airline Advertising of 2013

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After miles and points, I love marketing and branding (yes, I’m the weird guy who watches the Super Bowl for the ads!)  Much advertising is a waste of money, so I was thrilled to see a You Tube video from British Airways which is a just a terrific & powerful piece of advertising.

Most airlines compete on price for coach tickets, and if the price is comparable, folks will go with a brand they connect with.

This spot from British Airways is extremely well targeted (it isn’t trying to be all things to all people), is emotional, and will appeal to immigrants in many countries (though it is specifically targeting the Indian diaspora in the US).  Keep a tissue box handy before watching!

1.   Miles & Points Lesson #1

The best use of miles and points is to USE them for trips.  And to use them how YOU want to use them.  The one who ends the game with the most unused miles has lost.   Continue reading

News You Can Use – $10 or 600 Virgin America Points, Hyatt Spring Promotion Registration & 25% Bonus on British Airways Avios

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1.   $10 or 600 Free Virgin America Points

Million Mile Secrets reader Jordan works for MOGL which offers Virgin America points or 10% cash back for dining at certain restaurants.

He is offering a $10 credit, which you can convert to 600 Virgin America points (up to February 28, 2013) or 300 points after that, if you use “jordanramos” as the referral code when you sign-up for MOGL.

Virgin America MOGL

$10 or 600 Virgin America Points

MOGL will also donate a meal to Feeding America, so it doesn’t hurt to sign-up. Continue reading

Mother-In-Law’s First Trip to India: Introduction & Planning

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Emily’s mom, Connie, wanted to visit India to visit my family, so we used our miles and points to take her with us in December.  She has briefly visited Canada and a resort in Mexico before, so India was going to be very different.  Emily’s step-dad doesn’t like traveling and didn’t want to come – even in First Class! – so Connie brought along her childhood friend Judi instead.  They’ve been friends for almost 55 years!

Mother-in-Law's First Trip to India

Connie, Emily, and Judi by the Taj Mahal

Trip Report Index

In this post, I’ll explain how Emily, her mom Connie, and her mom’s friend Judi and I visited India using miles & points.  We went to 5 cities in 2 weeks:  Bombay, Pune, Goa, Delhi & Agra.  Later, I’ll post a more detailed account of the different airline, hotel, food, transport, and activity options so you can plan a trip to India.

Keep in mind that the chart below covers only the cost for hotels and airfare, and not for dining, activities and other travel expenses.  And we stayed with family in Bombay and Pune, so we didn’t have to pay for hotels there! Continue reading