Award Booking

Staying at the Radisson Blu Malta Golden Sands For Free!

Staying at the Radisson Blu Malta Golden Sands For Free!

Ok, it was close to free! It was in the free “area code”. I used 44,000 Radisson Rewards hotel points to stay at the Radisson Blu Malta Golden Sands rather than paying the $300+/night the hotel was retailing for. Plus, I got an upgraded room!

Qantas Business Class: LAX to SYD on the 747

Qantas Business Class: LAX to SYD on the 747

If you’re flying for 15 hours, you’ll probably want to make yourself comfortable.  This is the journey from Los Angeles to Sydney in the Qantas 747 Business Class seats.

Award Booking Strategies: Tokyo To LAX in ANA Business Class

Award Booking Strategies: Tokyo To LAX in ANA Business Class

After spending a month in Japan, it was time to go back to life in Los Angeles. I knew I had to get back, but I didn’t book a flight in advance.  This left me in a predicament.  I had to find a way to […]

Award Booking Strategies: Avoiding United’s $75 Close-In Fee

Award Booking Strategies: Avoiding United’s $75 Close-In Fee

I needed to fly out from Okinawa to Nagasaki and was planning on using United miles.  United has a deal for intra-Japan flights at a flat rate of 5k miles and $0.  Although, if you book within 21 days, you’d be hit with a $75 […]

Award Booking Strategies: Using United Miles from OKA to NGS

Award Booking Strategies: Using United Miles from OKA to NGS

While in Okinawa, I quickly put together a rough idea for a cross-Japan train trip using the JR rail.  First, I’d need to acquire a JR Pass so the trip could be more affordable. Next, I had to get from Okinawa to Nagasaki and concluded […]

Using Hotel Points: The Hyatt Regency Naha

Using Hotel Points: The Hyatt Regency Naha

Staying at the Hyatt Regency Naha using 6k hotel points and $75USD per night.  This was a great option due to the location and redemption value.

Using Hotel Points: ANA Crowne Plaza Okinawa

Using Hotel Points: ANA Crowne Plaza Okinawa

There happened to be an IHG Accelerate bonus promotion at the time of my booking.  One of my offers was to redeem a cash and points booking with any IHG hotel and I’d get a big bonus.  I ended up being able to book the […]

Award Flight Booking Strategies: Tokyo to Taipei

Award Flight Booking Strategies: Tokyo to Taipei

Booking last minute flights can be expensive. Using frequent flyer miles can save you a significant amount of money since award flights have a flat rate price.  With miles, the cost is the same if you book 10 months in advance or 10 hours in […]

Los Angeles to Tokyo in ANA Economy: Award Booking Strategies:

Los Angeles to Tokyo in ANA Economy: Award Booking Strategies:

Flying from LA to Tokyo again in ANA economy (All Nippon Air).  I’d fly with them over AA or United any day since the overall experience is pretty good.

Award Flight Booking Strategies: Tokyo to Sapporo on JAL

Award Flight Booking Strategies: Tokyo to Sapporo on JAL

The best value with avios is short distanced flights.  For only 4500 avios and $2.56 USD, I flew from Tokyo to Sapporo and back.