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7 Ways to Minimize Fuel Surcharges When Redeeming British Airways Avios

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Feb 14 2016

Like most non-U.S. frequent flyer programs, British Airways award redemptions incur fuel surcharges — generally the same amount that you would pay as part of purchasing a ticket. That’s why it often isn’t useful using miles for coach tickets, since fuel surcharges can be such a large part of a paid fare.

But there are things you can do to minimize fuel surcharges. And since that can save hundreds or even a thousand dollars on some award tickets it’s worth reviewing those.

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United Now Wants $59 for a Lounge Day Pass, Isn’t That Kind of Insane?

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Feb 14 2016

United is going to start restricting club access to people actually flying same day. And they’ve started serving Illy coffee in the clubs (it’ll be a few more months until that’s onboard).

They’ve apparently raised the price of day passes from $50 to $59, following Delta’s $59 day pass pricing move. (United increased the annual fee for its club memberships, too, following a similar move by Delta.)

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United Fixed Its Award Availability Calendar

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Feb 13 2016

Last week both unicorns and snuffaluffagus appeared at the same time Air New Zealand business class awards between the US and Auckland opened up.

The quickest, easiest way to see award availability across a period of time is to use the United website, which doesn’t require you to log in and will show you two months’ at a time (although intentionally doesn’t let you see all partners).

However the award availability calendar hasn’t been entirely reliable.

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2 Cards Offering 100,000 Total American Miles, and What You Can Do With Them

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Feb 13 2016

Whether or not you’re getting 50,000 American AAdvantage miles for opening a checking account (or 50,000 for a Fidelity investment account), you may want to pick up a 50,000 mile credit card signup bonus. Or two of them. There are a lot of American AAdvantage miles on the table.

These cards are worth getting for the bonus and and least one is worth keeping if you fly American Airlines regularly but not enough for elite status (since you get boarding and checked bag privileges).

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New AND EXISTING Customers Now Earn American AAdvantage Miles With Sprint Service

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Feb 13 2016

When I was new to miles and points, one of the biggest deals was signing up for and switching long distance carriers. Then there were big mileage offers for cell phone service. Those dried up a bit with number portability, when a company acquired a customer the customer wasn’t really locked in past the end of their contract the way they had been so it wasn’t worth spending as much to acquire a customer.

A dozen years ago I earned 10,000 miles for signing up for Sprint service, Sprint had a cell tower on top of the building next to my office and I got a great signal even in the parking garage.

It’s possible to earn miles again for Sprint service. You can register your American AAdvantage number at Sprint stores.

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