Miles, Miles, Miles

British Airways is a member of oneworld Alliance

Required More Miles = Devaluation

Happy New Year.  Wish you and your family a joyful holiday and great 2017.  People asked me how I can have so much miles every year to travel in style with the devaluation of airlines loyalty programs.

Yes, with the devaluation of miles makes it difficult and requires more miles for travelling in business and first class.

I made two adjustment on my travelling redemption:

  1. I will redeem for business/economy instead of first class for short haul flight.
  2. I switch my miles strategies to Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, Amex Membership Rewards, and British Airway Avios.

Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, and Amex Membership Rewards can transfer to different airlines loyalty programs within their participate airlines partners.

For example, I used to travel Cathay Pacific first class by using American AAdvantage for my travel from San Francisco to Hong Kong.  Since American Airlines devaluation in March 2016, it requires 110,000 AAdvantage Miles for first class one way from United States to Asia,  which was 67,500 AAdvantage Miles before devaluation (63% increase in award redemption).  Therefore, I switched to Singapore Airlines by earning Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Points and transfer the points to Singapore KrisFlyer. 

Singapore Airlines First Class Check In

Singapore Airlines First Class Check In

When you make an award reservation online for Singapore Airlines, you can save 15% award miles on redemption.  Therefore, Singapore Airlines only requires 70,125 KrisFlyer first class one way from San Francisco to Hong Kong if you book the award reservation online.  Then, I do not need to spend 110,000 American AAdvantage to flight with Cathay Pacific. 

Also, I use British Airways Avios to travel short haul flights with oneworld alliances partner.  For example, I travelled with Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong to Japan by using Avios redemption.

If you are able to find an alternative solution in travel by using fewer miles with other airlines, or by flying with partner airlines in the alliances program, your miles could worth more than what you think.

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