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I love it when airlines announce new routes! Because it gives us more options to use miles & points for Big Travel, and increases competition, which often means lower airfares for everyone.
And budget travelers will have their pick of 22 new non-stop routes from Allegiant starting this spring!
I’ll share the good news and show you how these new flights can get you Big Travel with Small Money!
1. Non-Stop Los Angeles to Hong Kong on American Airlines
Via View From the Wing, starting September 7, 2016, American Airlines will operate a daily non-stop flight between Los Angeles and Hong Kong using a Boeing 777 aircraft.
That’s terrific news for folks who travel to Asia! Currently, the route is served by Cathay Pacific (a member of the oneworld alliance, like American Airlines). So it will be great to have more award seats available on this route!
The flights are not yet available on the American Airlines website as they still need government approval.
Here’s what it will cost to use American Airlines miles on these flights using prices from American Airlines’ new award chart (which takes effect March 22, 2016):
- 35,000 American Airlines miles 1-way in coach
- 70,000 American Airlines miles 1-way in Business Class
- 110,000 American Airlines miles 1-way in First Class
You’ll also be able to book off-peak 1-way coach awards for 32,500 American Airlines miles 1-way. Off-peak dates to Hong Kong are January 1 to April 30, July 1 to September 30, and October 11 to November 30.
Or use Alaska Airlines miles to avoid the fuel surcharges. You’ll also pay fewer miles:
- 35,000 Alaska Airlines miles 1-way in coach
- 55,000 Alaska Airlines miles 1-way in Business Class
- 67,500 Alaska Airlines miles 1-way in First Class
Here’s my guide to booking American Airlines award flights like a pro. And all the ways to earn American Airlines miles, including transferring Starwood points.
2. Non-Stop San Francisco to Hangzhou, China, on United Airlines
United Airlines is expanding service to China from its Asian gateway in San Francisco. Beginning July 13, 2016, you’ll be able to fly non-stop between San Francisco and Hangzhou, China, on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Flights will be 3 times weekly and are pending government approval. Hangzhou is China’s 4th largest city and the capital of Zhejiang province.
To book these flights using United Airlines miles, you’ll pay:
- 35,000 United Airlines miles 1-way in coach
- 70,000 United Airlines miles 1-way in Business Class
80,000 United Airlines miles 1-way in First Class
Note: The aircraft used on this route does not have a First Class cabin. Thank you to reader Paul for letting us know.
If you have miles on other Star Alliance member airlines, like Lufthansa or Air Canada, you can use them to book these flights! But you’ll pay more in taxes and fees, because these airlines typically add fuel surcharges to award tickets.
Check out my guide to learn how to earn (and use) United Airlines miles, including transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
3. New JetBlue Routes From Fort Lauderdale
More great news for JetBlue flyers! The airline has announced a big expansion from Fort Lauderdale airport.
Starting September 29, 2016, JetBlue will fly a daily non-stop between Fort Lauderdale and New Orleans.
And beginning August 1, 2016, they’ll add 2 new daily non-stop flights between Fort Lauderdale and Nassau, Bahamas. That’s in addition to the 3 existing daily flights they offer.
JetBlue is a terrific option for folks who like extra legroom, free in-flight Wi-Fi, and live TV.
Remember, the cost of a JetBlue award ticket is tied to the cost of a paid ticket. If there’s a seat for sale, you can book it with points!
And with the launch of the new Barclaycard JetBlue cards, you can earn lots of JetBlue points from sign-up bonuses and spending!
4. Allegiant Adds 22 New Non-Stop Routes
There’ll soon be more competition between many cities with the announcement of 22 new non-stop routes from Allegiant.
But hopefully these new routes put pressure on other airlines to lower their prices.
Keep in mind, Allegiant charges fees for just about everything, including printing boarding passes (!), using a credit card, seat selection, large carry-on bags, and checked bags. So always do the math to be sure you’re getting a good deal.
Here’s a run-down of the new routes.
Between Las Vegas and:
- Sonoma, California – begins May 19, 2016
- Albuquerque, New Mexico – begins June 2, 2016
Between Orlando – Sanford (SFB) and:
- Akron / Canton, Ohio – begins May 19, 2016
- Wichita, Kansas – begins May 25, 2016 and ends Aug. 13, 2016
- El Paso, Texas – begins May 27, 2016 and ends Aug. 15, 2016
- Evansville, Indiana – begins June 2, 2016
Between Destin – Fort Walton Beach and:
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida – begins May 26, 2016 and ends August 14, 2016
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – begins May 26, 2016 and ends August 14, 2016
- Knoxville, Tennessee – begins May 27, 2016 and ends August 15, 2016
- Memphis, Tennessee – begins May 27, 2016 and ends August 15, 2016
Between Myrtle Beach and:
- Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – begins May 19, 2016 and ends September 18, 2016
- Toledo, Ohio – begins June 3, 2016 and ends September 26, 2016
- Stewart, New York – begins June 16, 2016 and ends September 25, 2016
Between Los Angeles and:
- Memphis, Tennessee – begins June 2, 2016 and ends August 14, 2016
- Reno, Nevada – begins June 9, 2016
Between Jacksonville and:
- Columbus, Ohio – begins May 25, 2016 and ends August 13, 2016
- Asheville, North Carolina – begins May 27, 2016 and ends August 15, 2016
- Belleville, Illinois – begins May 27, 2016 and ends August 15, 2016
- Indianapolis – begins June 2, 2016
Between New Orleans and:
- Tulsa, Oklahoma – begins May 26, 2016 and ends October 16, 2016
Between Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) and:
- Sonoma, California – begins May 26, 2016
Between Austin and:
- Albuquerque, New Mexico – begins June 2, 2016
Remember, Allegiant flyers can now use TSA PreCheck. So if you’re eligible, it’s a great way to save time at the airport! Here are cards that reimburse your Global Entry application fee. When you’re approved for Global Entry, you’ll almost always be allowed to use TSA PreCheck.
Let me know if you book a trip!