Award Booking

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 […]

Award Booking Strategies: Los Angeles to Tokyo in ANA Economy

Award Booking Strategies: Los Angeles to Tokyo in ANA Economy

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.

United Airlines Took My Miles But They Didn’t Book My Flight

United Airlines Took My Miles But They Didn’t Book My Flight

United Airlines screwed me on time and miles.  But let’s start the story from the beginning.  On a Thursday evening at 6pm, I decided to join my friends on a trip to Asia.  By 7pm I had my tickets booked.  At 9pm I was packed. […]

LAX to SYD Qantas Business Class

LAX to SYD Qantas Business Class

It’s very difficult to find premium award space with Qantas. That seems strange considering how empty the business class cabin was on this flight. I lucked out and found availability for two seats in Business class 12/23/16 from Los Angeles to Sydney on Qantas.  Those […]

Planning A Round-The-World Adventure With United Miles

Planning A Round-The-World Adventure With United Miles

When they announced in late 2013 that they were going to devalue the United award chart, I decided to burn my United miles for my first, first class experience.