I'm going to Tanzania (JRO) in July 2020 from the US West Coast (LAX or SEA) and am trying to figure out the best way to book a roundtrip flight using points. I'm new to this and haven't booked an award redemption of any kind so finding a bit intimidating although I've read enough to understand the basics. Ideally I would like to fly business class if there's a reasonable redemption value available on an aircraft with a good business class experience.
I just need a seat for myself, and dates aren't very flexible since the safari we're doing is already booked (ideally I would leave the US on 7/16/20 and return on 7/25/19).
I’m new here and need some help. I’m trying book a flight for my mother who’s elderly from CMH to FNA. Departure is Nov/Dec time frame with returning approximately 6 months later. A lot of flexibility with time, so constraint is primarily cost. Have AmEx points (70k) and Chase (50k). Could possibly leverage more points if necessary.
My family of 8 (4 adult couples) are going on a cruise out of Long Beach in January and are flying in a day early to explore the area. With having only around 24 hours in the area what area would you stay in and which hotel would you choose? We would prefer Hilton as that is where we have points and a free weekend night cert.
My top current choices are doubletree maya in Long Beach or Hilton checkers near downtown but I will take any and all suggestions. We have no plans and most of us haven’t been to The area before.
Is there a resource where it will show me when certain carriers release reward flights? I've read that certain carriers for example only release business and first class seats 1-4 days before departure date. Is there some document or website where all this information is gathered in one place?
I found availability for business class ticket flying from SFO-SIN using United's award search tool. For date of March 31st 2020, there are two flights available. Both UA 787-9 and there is availability showing for business reward redemption. However, when I do the same search through Aeroplan (I'd like to book using Aeroplan points), I do not see the same non-stop routing. Instead, Aeroplan only shows me routings with 2 stops. Any idea why this could be happening?
Planning a honeymoon to Greece in 2020 and could use some advice regarding Greek island hotels.
We'd like to book with Hyatt (since we're in the UR ecosystem) and it's nice that they have a partnership now with SLH, which expands the options. But for the life of me, I can't find any availability at those properties through Hyatt's website, whether for award or for cash. I keep plugging in dates and it keeps returning "Hotel not available," even for the dates that are the furthest out.
When I Facebook messaged Hyatt, I was told this:
Hmmm, I'm actually finding that our system is not allowing any reservations at that property past October 22nd this year. Since it is not a Hyatt hotel, they may be restricting how far in advance we are able to book at their property.
Is this a uniform thing across all SLH properties? Has anyone else experienced this? Is it just too early to be trying to book SLH via Hyatt? I see that some of the same properties do have rooms available on Hotels.com, but booking through OTAs seems like throwing away a good points-earning opportunity at Hyatt.
Should I suck it up and book at a non-Hyatt location?
We're flexible about when we go — preferably May/June or perhaps September. We've looked at Mykonos, Paros, Naxos and Crete. Seems pretty easy to book award flights to ATH from where we are (IAD/DCA) and pay cash for a ferry or inter-island flight so I'm not as concerned about that. If only Hyatt's site actually gave you a 30,000-foot view of what was available when!
I'm expecting to be living out of a hotel in Tegucigalpa for 6 months, not sure whether to opt for the Marriott for more useful points though the rooms/hotel look pretty underwhelming, or the nicer Intercontinental though the point earnings don't seem as great. Platinum Elite via credit card for both programs. Any advice or thoughts on what you would do in my shoes?