Star Alliance Business Class Award Space to Europe is Wide Open for Four People

Award space is wide open in Turkish Airlines Business Class between the United States and Europe for four people per flight over the heart of the Summer.

This is amazing news because normally award space over the summer is the toughest to find, finding four seats on the same flight in Business Class is almost unheard of, Turkish flies to more countries than any other airline, and you can book the space for as cheap as 40,000 miles one way with no fuel surcharges.
Turkish Routes
These are Turkish's routes to the United States.

From Istanbul, there are great

Aeroplan Transfer Bonus: 65k Starpoints for Business Class RT to Europe, 80k for First

Right now 40k Starpoints plus taxes will get you a roundtrip economy class trip to Europe, 65k Starpoints will get you a roundtrip Business Class ticket, and 80k will get you a roundtrip First Class ticket.

Starpoints always transfer to dozens of airlines at a 1:1 rate with a bonus of 5,000 miles for every 20,000 Starpoints transferred.

Tons of Turkish Business Class Award Space to Europe and Beyond in Summer 2016

Turkish Business Class flat bed award space is wide open to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Indian Subcontinent for Summer 2016. You can book award space for 2-8 people in Business Class on routes from America to Turkey and beyond with United miles, LifeMiles, Aeroplan miles, Asiana miles, and many other Star Alliance miles.
Where Turkish Flies
Turkish will soon fly from nine American cities to Istanbul.

Atlanta begins May 16, 2016

From Istanbul, you can connect to over 100 countries.

Aeroplan Devalues Award Chart Effective December 2015

Aeroplan, the frequent flyer program of Air Canada is devaluing its award chart, effective for awards booked December 15, 2015 and later.

This is one of those devaluations that I consider almost good news because we are getting three months' notice, the changes are minor, and one big improvement was made.

Americans should pay attention to Aeroplan miles because Aeroplan is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards and SPG Starpoints, has a fair award chart with a few gems, and doesn't impose fuel surcharges on many Star Alliance partners' award flights like United, Air China, Turkish, and SAS.

SPG to Aeroplan Transfer Bonus Means 40k Roundtrips to Europe, 80k First Class Roundtrips to Europe

Right now 40k Starpoints plus taxes will get you a roundtrip economy class trip to Europe, 65k Starpoints will get you a roundtrip Business Class ticket, and 80k will get you a roundtrip First Class ticket.

Starpoints always transfer to dozens of airlines at a rate of 20k Starpoints to 25k miles. On top of that standard bonus, until August 24, 2015, Aeroplan is giving a bonus of up to 40k miles on transfers of hotel points to Aeroplan miles.

Transfers in from any of these partners count, and the best deal is to transfer in SPG Starpoints.

SPG to Aeroplan Transfer Bonus Means 40k Roundtrips to Europe, 80k First Class Roundtrips to Europe

Right now 40k Starpoints plus taxes will get you a roundtrip economy class trip to Europe, 65k Starpoints will get you a roundtrip Business Class ticket, and 80k will get you a roundtrip First Class ticket.

Starpoints always transfer to dozens of airlines at a rate of 20k Starpoints to 25k miles. On top of that standard bonus, until August 24, 2015, Aeroplan is giving a bonus of up to 40k miles on transfers of hotel points to Aeroplan miles.

Transfers in from any of these partners count, and the best deal is to transfer in SPG Starpoints.

Avianca Brazil Joins Star Alliance, Searchable on Aeroplan.com

Avianca Brazil (formerly Ocean Air) has joined Star Alliance, and its award space is already searchable on aeroplan.com and bookable with Star Alliance miles.

This is great news for people with United miles, LifeMiles, Singapore miles, Air Canada miles, and Lufthansa miles who want to fly to Brazil because Avianca Brazil has a huge route network.
Where Avianca Brazil Flies
Avianca Brazil has hubs in Sao Paulo (GRU) and Brasilia (BSB) and flies to a few dozen destinations in Brazil.

Great Award Space West Coast to Europe in Economy and Business Class

Ethiopian Airlines will begin flying Los Angeles to Dublin to Addis Ababa on June 18, 2015 with a 787 Dreamliner. Ethiopian will have fifth freedom rights, meaning you will be able to fly any single segment of the flight, including Los Angeles to Dublin.

Source: gcmap.com

Normally direct award space from the West Coast to Europe is tough to find.

A Ranking of Miles from Most Broadly Useful to Most Niche

I naturally categorize miles and points into two groups:

Broadly useful
Niche programs

The first type of miles are the miles you want to stockpile if you're hoping to follow a simple mile-accumulation strategy to meet all your future travel goals. Ideally these miles benefit from cheap award charts across all classes of service and to all regions without incurring fuel surcharges on awards.

By contrast, niche programs have some great values on their award charts, but lots of flaws.

Huge SPG to Aeroplan Transfer Bonus Means Roundtrip To Europe Year Round for 40k Points or 80k Points in First Class

Right now 40k Starpoints plus taxes will get you a roundtrip economy class trip to Europe, 65k Starpoints will get you a roundtrip Business Class ticket, and 80k will get you a roundtrip First Class ticket.

Starpoints always transfer to dozens of airlines at a rate of 20k Starpoints to 25k miles.