In addition to the swapping their new high density 77W to the YVR-HKG route which I mentioned yesterday, Air Canada is also putting it on the YVR-LHR route starting March 2014. It has premium economy and the new business class (staggered) shown below. It will be operating
AC854 YVR1830 – 1140+1LHR
AC855 LHR1025 – 1155YVR
HT: Airline Route
Today is also the last day to purchase US Airways Dividend Miles with their 100% buy miles promotion so a mile is just under 1.99 cents. Purchases have to be made before 11:59 PT tonight. Still not sure whether I should pull the trigger for a 90k North Asia award…
Air France has also released their promo awards for La Premiere, with awards discounted up to 50%. It means the awards are still pricey but the value is a little better as non-elites can now access the inventory. The award chart currently is exorbitant for first class awards (one way price). So the promo awards would cut that figure in the image by half.
The awards are valid for all destinations except North America, so that means a one-way between CDG and JNB is 97.5k. Alternatively a one way CDG-SIN is 130k, with around 400-500 in fuel surcharges. If you want to not pay the fuel surcharges you can fly from GRU.
View from the Wing talks about how Club Carlson is changing their rules for moving points between accounts. According to a phone rep, non-elites will need to have their account open for at least one year, and transfers need to be between the same address that haven’t been changed for 30 days. Seems pretty reasonable for me although that cracks down on a lot of coupon connection trades.
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