Tag Archives: Award Travel

Find the Perfect Routing for your Next Award Flight

Do you have all the time in the world to keep track of all the airlines, the alliances, which airlines are adding flights and routes, and which routes are being canceled? I certainly don’t. I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when United announced its new non-stops to Europe for Summer 2018. Sure, these are seasonal routes, but still, for those of us who work hard accumulating miles and points, this is exactly the kind of knowledge we need to book those award tickets, and book them early. Knowing when award charts open, and seasonal route award seats are bookable, is just not something I’m good about keeping track of. In addition to United’s new Summer routes, United also started daily service between LAX and Singapore and between New York and Buenos Aires. See what I mean? That’s a lot of news to follow. And that’s just United.

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Caroline Lupini: An Introduction

Well, in typical Caroline fashion, I got too excited about writing a travel related post and completely forgot to introduce myself!

So hey, nice to meet you!

I’ve been around the points and miles world for a while, so perhaps you’ve seen my name somewhere. I used to write a blog on Boarding Area called Point Princess, but I wanted to expand my blogging topics beyond points and miles, so I started an über creatively named site called Caroline Lupini.

Since then, I definitely haven’t slowed down on the points and miles writing, but I’ve also had some fun writing a few destination pieces too.

Overall, my goal is to travel as much as I can. I have the luxury of working online, so I spend about half of the year outside of the U.S. I’ve been to 70 countries so far, and I hope to one day visit them all. I really enjoy off-the-beaten-path destinations like Iraqi Kurdistan, Algeria, and Myanmar, and I’m super excited about my upcoming trip to Iran!

Virtue is concerned with what we do, and honor is concerned with how we do it. -Gregory David Roberts 📸@forrestlin90

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Southwest Refundable Ticket Changes: Refundable No More

Seems like we all need to do a better job of reading the fine print. Why? Well, here’s an example from Southwest. I don’t fly Southwest as often as many people I know do. And I’ve made plenty of mistakes and epic fails when it comes to their rules and regulations. Many of my family members are Southwest devotees, so I’ve started keeping a closer eye on Southwest and their programs. Because, after all, I know I’m going to get all the complaints questions from my cousins if I don’t keep them informed :)

Is there REALLY nothing to hide?

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Aviation Geek? You Need to Check Out Skift’s History of Online Travel

Skift means “Shift” or “Transformation” in Nordic Languages. Skift is also the name of a company that provides media and marketing to the travel industry. They also have a lot to say about global travel industry news and trends. They launched in 2012 and though I don’t follow them and what they’re up to very often, I did come across a podcast I found interesting. I enjoy history, so for me the story called The History of Online Travel was well worth a listen. Dennis Schaal, Skift’s news editor, interviewed more than two dozen people who were instrumental to the early days of online booking. These online travel pioneers whose names and businesses you’ll recognize gave him more than 24 hours of interviews that created this 30 minute podcast. You can also read the interviews here.

Do you follow Skift and their insights and analysis of the global travel industry? Do you enjoy this sort of podcast? Grant has 2 Podcast Picks: Abroaders (Travel Hackers) & How I Built This (SWA Founder Herb Kelleher Interview). What are some of the travel related podcasts you listen to?

Singapore Airlines Partner Award Chart for Alaska Airlines Flights (Sweet Spots to Hawaii, Canada & Mexico)

Buenos dias everyone. As first reported by Scott at Travel Codex, Singapore Airlines’s Krisflyer loyalty program has released a partner award chart for flights on Alaska Airlines. It seems confusing at first, but once you understand the full picture, it makes more sense.

Alaska’s route map is split into five zones:

  • Zone 1: West Coast
  • Zone 2: Mountain West and Canada
  • Zone 3: Midwest
  • Zone 4: East Coast, Southeast, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Mexico
  • Zone 5: Alaska and Hawaii

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