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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.

How to Earn Hilton Honors Points

Hilton makes earning points incredibly easy. Sign up for co-branded credit cards and stack hotel stays, promotions, and credit card spend to earn Hilton Honors points hand over fist. Or, take advantage of Hilton’s many partnerships outside of hotel stays to earn bonus points. We examine all of the ways to earn Hilton Honors points in this post.

The Best Ways to Book United’s New Routes to Africa, India, And Hawaii

United has announced 7 exciting new routes for 2021 to Hawaii, Africa and India. Although details are slim on some routes, others are already on sale. So, we at AwardWallet dug into the best ways to book these new routes with miles and points. Here’s how to book United business class to Hawaii from 15,000 miles each way, Africa starting at 52,000 miles each way, and India for as little as 52,500 miles each way.

A Brave New Aeroplan

Air Canada will launch a completely revamped Aeroplan frequent flier program on November 8, 2020. In a bold move, the program will replace its existing, traditional region-based award chart for a hybrid zone-and-distance approach. However, the award chart changes are just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s what you need to know about the many changes coming to the program.

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.

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!

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.