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In my experience, the African Continent reward travels are among the hardest award redemptions to pull off. Thanks to a remote location, limited capacity in premium cabins, high demand, and by failing to strategize by keeping too many of one points currency can limit your ability to get into the front cabin for one of the farthest destinations on earth. Thanks to diversification, we were able to put together a trip using… Read More

Around this time, I started to get a bit more creative with the frequent flier redemptions. Instead of just collecting the points, I started with the “buy low / sell high” method of purchasing points to redeem against outsized value. In this trip, I maximized point redemption values to put together a fantastic family trip for a lot less than expected. Trip Introduction: Dodging Volcanic Ash. Bali and Singapore via Delta, Asiana,… Read More

With another year, another frequent flier point de-valuation came and went. Thankfully, Aeroplan had the courtesy to announce the changes with several months in advance, unlike some other recent frequent flier program devaluations. It seemed like the logical time to burn more miles. I’ve pretty much given up on maintaining status after 8 years, since the miles are easier to obtain through other forms of accumulation. Trip Introduction: Vietnam, Maldives and India…. Read More

Trip Introduction: Hitching a Ride to Sydney & Adelaide, Australia via Air Canada, United and Qantas Business Class. Background: This story starts two years ago on a sunny summer day at a winery in the Okanagan area of British Columbia. After an exotic international courtship, Ms WT73 had decided to accept my hand in marriage set amongst the beautiful vines and August heat of Nk’Mip wineries.  Meeting later in life, our careers,… Read More

With another year, another frequent flier point de-valuation came and went. Thankfully, Aeroplan had the courtesy to announce the changes with several months in advance, unlike some other recent frequent flier program devaluations. It seemed like the logical time to burn more miles. I’ve pretty much given up on maintaining status after 8 years, since the miles are easier to obtain through other forms of accumulation.  Trip Introduction: The Khors of Oman,… Read More

Trip Introduction: South Africa, Kenya and Mauritius via South African Airways, Swiss Air, United Airlines and Air Canada Business Class. Trip Planning: Time for another great trip – this one taking us from North America to South Africa. I had last been to South Africa in 1998 at the end of Apartheid but the opportunity hadn’t presented itself until now to go again. In addition, it was also timed with a slightly… Read More

Trip Introduction: The United Arab Emirates Empty Quarter, Doha Qatar and Huvadhoo Atoll, Maldives via United Airlines and Etihad Airways Trip Planning: In the summer of 2012, it came time to plan the next adventure. Our Star Alliance Around the World in First Class was a terrific, but a busy experience. We were looking for something a little more relaxing. In doing so, we ended up finding some pretty neat spots. Ever… Read More

Lufthansa First Class is an International First Class Experience that’s at the top of it’s game. Although they’ve modernized the First Class cabin since this trip, it remains among my favourite first class experiences in the world and the best among Star Alliance carriers. This post is one chapter in our Around the World in Star Alliance First Class via China, Thailand and Spain. This trip was booked using Air Canada Aeroplan… Read More

The Lufthansa First Class Terminal is Lufthansa’s flagship First Class Lounge experience. Not only is it a first class lounge, it’s a separate departure terminal that is situated just adjacent to the regular airport terminal. This post is one chapter in our Around the World in Star Alliance First Class via China, Thailand and Spain. This trip was booked using Air Canada Aeroplan miles. For more information on how this trip was… Read More

Thai Airways is one of the few remaining airlines within Star Alliance to continue to offer a first class cabin. The experience is a little “off perfect”, but still a really enjoyable adventure that is worth trying at least once or twice in your travelling career. When you add the meaningful hospitality of the Thai crew, it makes the experience all that more enjoyable. This post is one chapter in our Around… Read More

Asiana First Class offered among the most attentive service ever. It’s likely the highest service levels in First Class amongst Star Alliance carriers with traditional and elegant service delivery. This post is one chapter in our Around the World in Star Alliance First Class via China, Thailand and Spain. This trip was booked using Air Canada Aeroplan miles. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction… Read More