Bits ‘n Pieces for February 27, 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, 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. Gary – Would you know if Asia miles redemptions have surcharges if flying on BA? Say I go from IAD-JFK-LHR (AA)-BOM (BA) and back the same way – can I use the oneworld award which is distance based? Would the surcharges be somewhat palatable that way?

  2. Full t&c, shuts out most western hemisphere cities and premium cabins.

    Terms and Conditions
    This offer is only applicable to flights marketed and operated by Cathay Pacific or Dragonair.
    This offer is applicable to mixed-carrier itineraries on Cathay Pacific and Dragonair (excluding upgrade awards).
    Open jaw itinerary is allowed.
    This offer is not applicable to flights between Hong Kong and the following cities: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, Amsterdam, London, Moscow, Rome, and Auckland.
    Eligible award types:
    One-way and round-trip Standard Awards in Economy Class
    Priority Awards
    One-way and round-trip Upgrade Awards (except upgrades to First Class)
    This offer is not applicable to Instant Upgrades at the airport.
    Award tickets must be redeemed and issued between 26 February and 31 March 2013, inclusive.
    Travel must commence and be completed between 1 March and 30 June 2013, inclusive.
    Blackout period: 23 March – 8 April 2013, the promotional discount does not apply during the blackout period.
    For this promotional discount to apply to any subsequent changes, changes must be made within the booking period (26 February to 31 March 2013).
    Redemption seats are subject to availability.
    No refund for partially used tickets.
    This offer cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion.
    Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. reserve the right to suspend, amend or modify any of these terms and conditions at any time at their sole discretion and without prior notice or liability.
    Other Asia Miles terms and conditions apply.

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