Use Miles! New Flights to Hong Kong, Lisbon, Portland, San Francisco, & More!

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This summer, there will be several new airline routes to destinations all over the world.  And hopefully, it means new ways to use your miles and points!

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I’ll tell you about the new routes.  And give you ideas about how to use miles & points for award seats!

Lots of New Routes = New Ways to Use Your Miles & Points!

While more award seats aren’t guaranteed on these new flights, I’m hopeful they’ll open up closer to departure.  That could mean a LOT more options for folks in certain cities.

1.   Boston to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific

Folks in Boston will get a 5th flight on Cathay Pacific direct to Hong Kong.  This new flight will be seasonal.  It’s scheduled to begin this summer.

You can get an award seat on Cathay Pacific with American Airlines miles, Alaska Airlines miles, or British Airways Avios points.

Here’s how to find and book award flights on Cathay Pacific with American Airlines miles.  Keep in mind American Airlines is changing their award chart starting March 22, 2016.

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2.   American Airlines Flights From Los Angeles

American Airlines is expanding in Los Angeles.  They’ll add 20 new domestic flights to 9 new destinations, and add seasonal service, including:

  • Anchorage (daily, seasonal)
  • Durango (weekends, seasonal)
  • Hartford (daily)
  • Jackson Hole (daily during summer)
  • Kansas City (daily)
  • Minneapolis (2X daily)
  • Montrose (weekends during summer)
  • New Orleans (daily)
  • Omaha (daily)
  • Portland (3X daily)
  • Seattle (5X daily)
  • Vail (weekends during summer)
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American Airlines also added non-stop service to Sydney, Australia, last year.

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3.   Between Portland and Atlanta on Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines will fly between Portland and Atlanta from June 4, 2016, to August 27, 2016.

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Remember, you’ll earn 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles when you’re approved for the Bank of America Alaska Airlines card.  And if you haven’t had the card the card before, you’ll get a $100 statement credit after making $1,000 in purchases within the 1st 90 days of opening an account.

25,000 Alaska Airlines miles is enough to fly this new route round-trip for only the cost of taxes!

4.   Newark to Portugal on TAP Air Portugal

Starting June 1, 2016, folks near Newark airport will have 12 weekly flights to Portugal to choose from on TAP Air Portugal.

TAP Air Portugal is part of the Star Alliance.  And it includes United Airlines which is a partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards.

So you can redeem United Airlines miles (or other Star Alliance partner airlines miles) for an award seat on these flights!

And folks with lots of AMEX Membership Rewards points could transfer their points to Air Canada.  And then book an award seat on TAP Air Portugal.

5.   Boston to San Francisco on JetBlue

Now there are even more choices for folks in Boston!

JetBlue will add 3 daily non-stop flights to San Francisco.  They’ll add a daily flight on March 24, 2016, and a 2nd on April 20, 2016.  By September 20, 2016, all 3 new daily flights will be in service.

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Hopefully all these new flights will have low prices.  Because the number of JetBlue points required for a flight is tied to the retail cost.  If so, this could be a new, cheap way to fly cross-country!

JetBlue also plans to offer its premium Mint service with lie-flat seats on this route.

6.   WestJet Flights to Canada

WestJet is a Canadian budget airline with their own rewards program.  So while you can’t use other miles for WestJet award flights, budget airlines are a fantastic way to see new places.

Starting June 2016, you can fly between:

  • Nashville and Toronto
  • Los Angeles and Toronto
  • San Diego and Vancouver

Flights to Canada can be expensive.  So this will be an inexpensive and easy way to visit the Great White North!  You might consider using Barclaycard Arrival miles earned from the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard to cover the cost of these flights.

Don’t Forget Starwood Points!

Link:   Starwood Airline Transfer Partners

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

Many of the airlines mentioned above are also partners with Starwood.  If an airline has a 1:1 transfer ratio with Starwood, you’ll earn 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer.

Here’s the list of transfer partners:

 Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Transfer Partners 
AegeanAeroMexicoAir Canada
Air ChinaAir New ZealandAlaska Airlines
AlitaliaANAAmerican Airlines
Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific)Asiana AirlinesBritish Airways
China EasternDeltaEmirates
EtihadFlying BlueGol Smiles
Hainan AirlinesHawaiian AirlinesIberia
Japan AirlinesJet AirwaysKorean Airlines
LifeMiles (Avianca)Miles & More (Lufthansa)Qatar Airways
Saudi Arabian AirlinesSingapore AirlinesThai Airways
United AirlinesVirgin AtlanticVirgin Australia

A fast way to earn more Starwood points is to open the AMEX Starwood personal or small business card and meet the minimum spending requirements.

Here’s my series on how to use Starwood points!

Bottom Line

Lots of new routes are starting this summer!  They’ll make your miles and points more valuable because you’ll have more ways to redeem them.

Let me know which 1 you’re most looking forward to!

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