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Need to Book an Award With US Airways Miles, But They Haven’t Been Moved Over to American Yet? It Can Be Done!

I previously reported that US Airways accounts are ‘frozen’ with awards no longer able to be booked until miles have been transferred over to American AAdvantage. It’s true that Dividend Miles awards are no longer available. However,...Show More Summary

Now that American-US Airways Has Consolidated into a Single Frequent Flyer Program It’s Time for AAdvantage to Update Its Award Rules

US Airways Dividend Miles was pretty much ‘anything goes’ as far as award routings go — the combination of flights you were allowed to use when booking an award to get from your origin to destination. There was no auto-validation of routings and no auto-pricing. Show More Summary

When Mileage Award Booking Is Too Hard to Handle

Reader sarah asked, Is there a service which can assist in arranging a multi-city vacation in Europe using [American Express Membership Rewards points] and American miles… air and hotel. Appears to be too complex for my computer skills. Show More Summary

New Club Carlson Bonus Points Promotion

The lucrative Club Carlson promo that awards 30,000 point for stays of three nights or longer ends on March 29th, but they have announced a new promo that will begin for stays effective April 17th. If you book an eligible stay at a Radisson...Show More Summary

Aer Lingus Business Class Awards Wide Open This Summer

As most of you probably know by now, British Airways Executive Club is devaluing their award chart for bookings made as of April 28, 2015. While the cost of their most economical redemptions stay the same (economy on shorthaul flights),...Show More Summary

Delta Adds 2 Airlines to Online Award Booking, Will Bring Back Virgin Australia

Delta added an online award calendar back in November (and then of course used it as a fig leaf for the elimination of award charts). Since then they’ve been adding various airline partners to their online booking functionality likeShow More Summary

How to give your memoir real bite

The new issue of the American Scholar scratches open my sore feelings about Christian Wiman not winning the National Book Critics Circle award for poetry earlier this month. Hearing him read from “Once in the West” the night before the ceremony confirmed my admiration for his captivating verse. The former editor of Poetry magazine, he’s […]

SkyTeam Launching an Alliance-Wide Online Booking Tool

There is a report mentioning that airline alliance SkyTeam are looking to launch an online system for frequent flyer members to book award flights. This system will be active towards the end of the year. The system will allow loyalty...Show More Summary

Alexander Watson Wins Guggenheim Prize

2 days agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Alexander Watson has won the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History for Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I. The prize, which is awarded annually to the best book in military history in English, includes a $50,000 purse. The winner was announced at ceremony at the New-York Historical Society last night. Show More Summary

Book Your US Airways Award Now…36 Hours Remaining – Sweet Spots Not to Miss

US Airways’ Dividend Miles and American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flyer programs are set to merge on March 28 (this Saturday). In preparation for the program merger, you will no longer be able to book awards via US Airways as of March 25 at 11:59 pm. Show More Summary

The James Beard Foundation Announces 2015’s Media Awards Finalists

Hooray! This morning, the James Beard Foundation announced its nominees for the Books, Broadcast & Journalism Awards — a long, comprehensive list of writers, critics, videographers, editors, and chef-authors. The finalists include Food Curated's Liza de Guia, Julia Kramer of Bon Appétit, David Chang for GQ, Sean Brock, and Dorie Greenspan. Show More Summary

Here Are the 2015 James Beard Awards Finalists

The full list. The James Beard Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2015 James Beard Awards at the James Beard House in New York City (the semifinalists were announced last month). The Book, Broadcast and Journalism Award winners will be announced on April 24. Show More Summary

How Anthony Doerr Came To Write 'All the Light We Cannot See'

By Anthony Doerr for Scribner Magazine Scribner asked Anthony Doerr to describe how he came to write All the Light We Cannot See, on the New York Times bestseller list for over half a year and a finalist for the National Book Award.Show More Summary

‘Family Life,’ by Akhil Sharma, Wins Folio Prize

A panel of five writers chose Mr. Sharma, who will receive an award of almost $60,000. "The fact that I got this prize doesn’t mean that I wrote the best book," he said, "it just means that I got this prize."

'Rat Queens' Wins GLAAD Award; Is This a Tipping Point for LGBT Inclusion?

The adventure series Rat Queens from Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch took home the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday. The medieval fantasy series centers on a diverse cast of female...Show More Summary

Should You Book US Airways Awards Now Or Wait For AAdvantage?

US Airways and American announced their award programs would be combined in the second quarter of 2015, which led to many questions about whether it was better to redeem US Airways miles now or wait. Now that the merger is imminent,Show More Summary

"Rat Queens" Wins GLAAD Media Award

The fantasy adventure by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch was honored as Outstanding Comic Book at the 26th GLAAD Media Awards.

To Redeem Awards, You Must Find the Flights Yourself and Spoon Feed Them to an Agent

Reader Mike asked, I’ve booked myself a flight to Hawaii but having trouble finding a good one home in F. I’m looking at AS,AA & UA since I have points for all & UA seems to have the most options in general, just not to MSP. My ideaShow More Summary

Book Review: David Vann leaves the forest to find yet another fractured family in Aquarium

David Vann is one of the more curious creatures of American letters. He was born in Alaska, currently lives and teaches in England, is beloved by the French and Spanish (he was awarded both the Prix Medicis Étranger and the Premi Llibreter for his Legend Of A Suicide), and yet remains criminally under-read in the country of his birth. Show More Summary

You Can Still Book Free One-Way Awards When You Redeem Miles. These Mileage Programs Let You.

Reader fauxblogger asked, Which foreign airline mileage programs permit tag flight to/from [North American] gateway city to [North American] home city on a single award when redeeming its own program’s miles? I think I understand what fauxblogger is asking. Show More Summary

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