How to Combine Miles from Many Star Alliance Partner Accounts to Book a Large Family an Award Trip to Europe

United, Lufthansa, US Airways, Air Canada, ANA, Singapore, and TACA/Avianca are all members of the Star Alliance.

With few exceptions, all of their miles can be used with equal access to any Star Alliance carrier's Saver award space.

You cannot transfer one type of miles to another. For instance, you cannot transfer your Lufthansa miles to your United account.

But you can combine the power of your miles by using miles from several different accounts to book awards on the same flight.

The Eight Habits of Highly Effective Award Bookers

Our Award Booking Service has been rocking and rolling lately. Busy frequent flyers love the personal attention we give each itinerary, as well as our expert knowledge of award programs.

The MileValue crew has a battle-tested recipe for award booking success.

MileValue Featured in Mashable Post about Beginner Getting Round the World Business Class Award for $1,340

Mashable readers: Welcome to the best blog on redeeming frequent flyer miles. The way that I've traveled to over 20 countries this year and spent nine months abroad is by signing up for credit cards and using the miles to book business and first class awards.

Here is a post that explains to beginners what I do and why I do it.

MileValue Featured in Mashable Post about Beginner Getting Round the World Business Class Award for $1,340

Mashable readers: Welcome to the best blog on redeeming frequent flyer miles. The way that I've traveled to over 20 countries this year and spent nine months abroad is by signing up for credit cards and using the miles to book business and first class awards.

Here is a post that explains to beginners what I do and why I do it.

Six Countries, Seven Cities, Seven Flights, Six Days on One 12,500 Mile Award In Progress

One of my most popular posts was How to See Seven Cities in Europe on One 12,500 Mile Award.

In that post from June, I explained how to use the 23-hour layover trick to see seven (or more) cities on one United award for only 12,500 miles plus taxes (of $155 in this case.)

I am in Rome, heading to Brussels tomorrow, so I am already done with three of my goals for the week.

party in Zagreb--check!

cliff jump in Dubrovnik--check!

United Allows Massive Backtracking on Awards. How You Can Maximize That Backtracking

You can take way-out-of-your-way stopovers on United awards that cause you to massively backtrack and add tons of increased flying to awards.

For instance, you can fly from New York to London via Los Angeles for no extra miles even though routing through Los Angeles is about two-and-a-half-times more flying than flying a direct flight.

from gcmap.com

This laxity toward massive backtracking has some great uses.

You can back track for a free oneway.
If the only routing with award space involves backtracking, you can fly it.
You can have an out-of-the-way stopover to combine

The Two Easiest Ways to Get Home for Free This Christmas (And the One Way to Avoid)

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We're three months away from Christmas. If you know you want to visit family over Christmas, and you haven't yet booked your ticket, it is not too late to get home for Christmas for free.

But you have to start planning now. What's the plan?

First let's talk about how you shouldn't try to get home for free.

How Far in Advance Should You Start Earning Miles? You Need to Get This Right

I get a lot of emails that start something like:

"We want to take our dream trip in summer 2015 to _______. What type of miles should we be collecting?"

While I admire that level of planning, there is a preliminary question.

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?