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  1. wintergirl

    Hello!

    Thanks for the warm welcome! This seems like a real chilled-out place :)
  2. wintergirl

    Amex free flight upgrade?

    Just booked in two flights today... And here's what I've learned: 1. You can make a change the day you make the reward flight booking, with the change fees waived. Maybe this has been mentioned earlier in the thread, but I must've skipped over it. 2. I tried to change the flight destination...
  3. wintergirl

    Hello!

    Hi everyone! :) I've been lurking for a while here, then I finally started posted... and then I realized I should probably introduce myself! Hope to get active on this forum when I've got a moment or so :)
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    Newbie USA travel: Where to Start, Which FF Program? Qantas?

    Update on domestic flights: sorry, I'll have to take back my words! It turns out Delta first class is the same price as JetBlue Mint; Virgin America first class is just slightly more expensive. And now I can do multi-stop flights instead of the returns which wanting to fly Mint was doing. Both...
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    Newbie USA travel: Where to Start, Which FF Program? Qantas?

    Thanks wannabeinvestor! :) I have no experience flying to the US, and not much FF experience beyond *G, so planning this trip has been quite eye-opening for me. My route requirements have changed, and with them, my flight options! At least I've taken the decision that I'll be spending $$s and...
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    Newbie USA travel: Where to Start, Which FF Program? Qantas?

    Hi Cove - just been dealing with some changes to my itinerary! I do have some Qantas points, but it seems that now I need to fly into LA, which makes it an easy decision (sorta) - Air New Zealand, which is cheaper, and gets me Star Alliance points. I'm thinking of accruing the points in my...
  7. wintergirl

    Newbie USA travel: Where to Start, Which FF Program? Qantas?

    Thanks Cove! Hadn't considered the points upgrade option, but will look into it :) I'm glad you recommend Delta: they do look good!
  8. wintergirl

    Newbie USA travel: Where to Start, Which FF Program? Qantas?

    Hello! I'm a newbie to frequent flyer programs, and am trying to plan a trip to the USA for next May or so, with very little existing reward points and no status. Since this trip is part-business, I'm thinking of just paying cash and hoarding points: this is where I'd really appreciate your...
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    Newbie Question: No Status, How To Travel Mel-LAX in J?

    Thanks casanovawa Hmm.... I've updated my post to reflect the xmas/ny timing, because I just realized that. I would ideally like to have completed the travel before or after that period, so will definitely avoid dec/jan in booking... This will probably take some more thought on my part. But I...
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    Newbie Question: No Status, How To Travel Mel-LAX in J?

    Thanks opusman I guess what I was hoping for was an Avianca-like program for US travel where I could purchase miles and then redeem them for award tickets. LM seems to have a *lot* of award availability. vs OW airlines which don't seem to release award tickets to non-status fliers :( despite...
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    Newbie Question: No Status, How To Travel Mel-LAX in J?

    Hello! This is such a helpful forum :) I spent all of last night reading the threads on LifeMiles, and have managed to sort out my future Asia/Europe travel (woohoo! :) ) The husband and I never travel to the US, but we have an upcoming (flexible) flight vaguely planned in three to six/seven...
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