Anatomy of an Award: Using Lufthansa Miles for a Hawaii Award to in a Flat Bed

The 50k mile bonus offer is back on the Lufthansa card mentioned in this post until 6/30/14.

Anatomy of an Award: How to Fly a Peak Time with Off Peak Pricing and Add Two Free Oneways

I recently booked my friends a roundtrip award to Chile and Argentina, so that they can explore Patagonia next January for only 50,000 American Airlines miles each.

Lake District of Patagonia near Bariloche, Argentina

The award should have cost 60k miles each, but I saved them 20k miles by applying the same trick I used in the post 20k Miles to All of Europe All Summer, and I also added two free oneways onto the award, so that they already have half of their next vacation to Hawaii booked.

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Which of My Personal Awards Could You Have Booked? Part 3

Today is the last part of my three part series on my personal awards for travel between mid-2012 and mid-2014.

Which of My Personal Awards Could You Have Booked? Part 1
Which of My Personal Awards Could You Have Booked?

Which of My Personal Awards Could You Have Booked? Part 3

Today is the last part of my three part series on my personal awards for travel between mid-2012 and mid-2014.

Which of My Personal Awards Could You Have Booked? Part 1
Which of My Personal Awards Could You Have Booked?

Which of My Personal Awards Could You Have Booked? Part 2

Yesterday I published the first part of a three-part look at 17 awards I've booked myself for travel between mid-2012 and mid-2014.

Which of My Personal Awards Could You Have Booked? Part 1

Today I'll look at five more of the awards I've booked myself that range from economy flights in Argentina to First Class flights to my favorite award ever.

The awards I'll discuss in this post

How many of these five awards could you have booked? How did I book them?

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Which of My Personal Awards Could You Have Booked? Part 1

Update: The offer to email me later in this post resulted in free drinks at the 2013 Chicago Seminars. The offer is now dead.

I book frequent-flyer-mile awards professionally through the MileValue Award Booking Service. I know how to book complex awards and squeeze every inch out of my miles. But do I routinely do it for myself?

I think I've booked myself 17 award for travel from May 2012 through March 2014.

Anatomy of an Award: Booking Singapore Suites

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I have wanted to fly Singapore Suites since seeing Tahsir's trip report of a flying double bed.

Anatomy of an Award: Last Minute United Award from Los Angeles to Phuket with a Later Free Oneway

Yesterday I booked an award with United miles from Los Angeles to Phuket, Thailand with a later free oneway from Los Angeles to Newark.

The award illustrates last-second award searching, problem solving with error messages, free oneways, and free changes to awards within 24 hours.

How and Where

How can you book a similar award?

To convince my friend in Los Angeles to meet me in Phuket next week, I offered to book his ticket with miles.

Anatomy of an Award: US Airways Last Hurrah, a Nine Segment First Class Award through Europe and Asia

The balance in my US Airways account was practically blinking like a giant Las Vegas neon sign.

120,368!

120,368!

120,368!

As luck would have it, 120,000 miles is the exact amount needed for a roundtrip first class award to North Asia. United charges 140,000 miles for the same award.

Singapore Suites Class, Cathay Pacific First Class, and the Lufthansa First Class Terminal on One Trip

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Edit 10/20/13: Two thirds of this trip is booked. See Getting Extra First Class on Cathay Pacific and Booking Singapore Suites.