Southwest Cracking Down on Duplicate Reservations — But Still No Change or Award Redeposit Fees

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Feb 26 2017

Southwest points are great to have around because there are no change fees on award tickets, no redeposit fees. So you can make speculative bookings — lock in your flight option, but if you don’t need it get your points back.

I like this when making international awards for people, maybe the domestic connection isn’t available when booking the award but it opens up later. Add the flight segment to the award ticket, cancel the Southwest ticket.

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Another Airline Admits it Made a Mistake, Will Again Check Bags Through on Separate Tickets. Will American Relent Too?

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Feb 26 2017

On June 1 the oneworld alliance (which includes airlines like American, British Airways, Iberia, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, and more) changed its policies so that member airlines no longer had to check bags to their final destination for passengers traveling on more than one reservation on a oneworld airline.

In December Cathay Pacific realized this was punitive, likely harming exactly the customers they didn’t want to inconvenience, and walked back the policy. Now oneworld member Qatar Airways is rolling back the policy as well, effective March 1.

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Business and First Class Awards to Asia Open Nearly Every Day Through End of Schedule

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Feb 26 2017

Star Allinace member Asiana has nearly always been great for award space. I’ve long had good luck with their New York and Chicago – Seoul flights as well as Los Angeles. In fact both New York JFK and Los Angeles are good not just for business class awards but for first class, too.

And if I really need a business class award to Asia, I know I can count on Asiana from San Francisco or Seattle to have space. These are just ‘go to’ flights for using miles.

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Here’s My Best Strategy for Citibank Credit Cards

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Feb 25 2017

I like the 4th night free hotel benefit and the double points on entertainment especially for the Citi Prestige Card. Since it offers a $250 airline credit, the remainder of the card’s annual fee net cost to me gets easily paid for with a single use of the hotel benefit. That means it makes sense for me to keep.

And I keep the Citi / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® for giving out American Airlines lounge access (you can go extreme and get 33 people into a lounge…) and for earning elite qualifying miles.

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