Bits ‘n Pieces for July 15, 2013

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Hi Gary,

    You mentioned that you’re interested in transferring Chase points to Korean Air for their first class seats. I recently transferred some Chase points to United where I used them to get first class seats on Asiana (the refurbished 777 departing JFK). 120,000 miles and $60 in tax with no surcharges.

    How would you compare Korean Air and Asiana for going to Southeast Asia? What do you think is better: the Korean Air A380 or the Asiana refurbished 777?

    You mentioned that there are significant surcharges on Korean Air. I think Korean Air may have better availability but a great deal of blackout dates. I was able to book two trips on Asiana in first, each for two pax.

    Thanks!!!!!

  2. Sorry, I meant to say 140,000 miles for the United First Class on Asiana. (It’s 120,000 miles on US Airways).

  3. @Craig – Korean doesn’t have blackout dates per se — they have peak demand dates where they charge more points. And Korean’s peak demand dates are not nearly as bad as Delta says they are. (Delta considers a peak demand date for ANY Korean destination to be a blackout date for EVERY destination). Personally I prefer Asiana over Korean, except that Korean has first class on several intra-Asia routes so I like that for connecting.

    Here’s my review of Korean first:
    http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2012/12/24/suites-treats-and-eats-a-malaysian-mileage-thanksgiving-korean-air-first-class-seoul-washington-dulles/

  4. Nice post about the TrueBlue Badges Gary, thanks. 1,200 miles safely posted for myself and wife without spamming anybody (real).

  5. One glaring omission from Bits ‘n Pieces for July 15, 2013:
    your coolness level going through the roof by being part of the Colbert Nation today!

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