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Ross Denkin

Points and Miles Number Cruncher

Ross joined the AwardWallet team in 2019 and is a relative newcomer to the points and miles world. Introduced to award travel by his older brother in 2014, Ross dove headfirst into earning and burning points and miles currencies for his travels, both domestic and international. A frequent OneWorld traveler, especially within the U.S., Ross built his own tool to optimize mile redemptions using all OneWorld frequent flyer programs for travel on American Airlines.

 

Accompanying Ross on his points and miles journeys is his wife Elizabeth, an enthusiastic award traveler herself. Together they have redeemed over 1 million points and miles for travel to Ireland, Indonesia, Portugal, and the Maldives, as well as countless trips within North America. When not globetrotting, Ross is most likely found playing or watching sports, enjoying the outdoors, and searching premium cabin award inventory.

The Best Ways to Book Delta’s New Cape Town Route With Miles

Staring in October 2020, Delta will begin flying to Cape Town, South Africa! This route was announced in mid-May, but it was just put on sale today. So, we took a look at the cheapest mileage options to fly between the U.S. and South Africa on this newly-modified route — without having to pay 465,000 SkyMiles for business class.

Save Up To 7,500 Miles on American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards (June-September 2020)

American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards are discounted award tickets to and from select destinations. Eligible Citi and Barclays American Airlines cardholders can get up to 7,500 miles off a round trip ticket by taking advantage of this great offer. Eligible destinations change monthly, so be sure to check before booking an American flight within the U.S. and Canada.

Sweet Spots with American Airlines AAdvantage Awards

American Airlines offers travelers a number of great opportunities, both domestic and international, to redeem their hard-earned miles. Web Specials and Reduced Mileage Awards present domestic sweet spot opportunities, while American’s region-based global award chart offers endless international sweet spots. Try flying on American’s alliance and non-alliance partners to really make the most of your miles!

23 Airlines You Can Book Using American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

American Airlines has vastly improved the capabilities of its online booking tool over the past few years. In the past, award travelers looking to book flights with partner airlines would have to dance through extra hoops to find award space and call to book awards. Now, American makes it possible to redeem miles for travel on 19 different airlines on its website. Here’s an overview of all 23 AAdvantage airline partners and which you can book online.

The (Unofficial) United MileagePlus Partner Award Chart

Following the removal of partner award charts from its website, United Airlines has quietly increased award costs for flights on partner airlines. For flights starting July 1, United has raised award prices for travel on Star Alliance operated flights by roughly 10%. But our deep dive revealed how travelers can still skirt this increase. Also, we searched dozens of routes to piece together the new (unpublished) partner award chart.

American Airlines Moves Morocco To Europe, Decreasing Award Prices and Increasing Routing Options

Overnight, American Airlines moved the entire country of Morocco from Africa to Europe—at least for the purposes of award travel. Believe it or not, the impacts of this change are largely positive for award travelers traveling between many regions—including from the U.S. to Europe. Read more about the impacts on mileage costs, possible routings, and award ticket taxes and fees.

What Award Travelers Should Do Now as LATAM Leaves Oneworld, Partners With Delta

LATAM is approaching its accelerated departure of the Oneworld airline alliance on May 1, 2020. However, its partnership with Delta began effective April 1, 2020. That makes now a great time to book a South American adventure since you can use either American Airlines AAdvantage miles or Delta SkyMiles to book your award flights. Here’s what you need to know now about this transitional time.