PointsHoarder 15: Exploring oneworld Explorer awards
Welcome to episode 15 of the PointsHoarder podcast. This week we’re exploring an award type that none of us know anything about. OK, maybe that is a bit dramatic, but we’re talking about the oneworld distance-based award charts and how there are some very interesting options available, assuming you’re willing to put in a bit of time planning the trip. Distance-based award charts aren’t generally something I look at fondly but the oneworld version has the added bonus of not limiting ocean crossings meaning you can get a few return trips out of a single award with big savings to be had.
We also talk about a new airline starting up service and some fun routes flown by airlines in regions where you might not think they’d be operating. There is a lot of interest in the Air France Caribbean milk run routes, among others. And United announced that they’ll be making upgrade certs earned for elite status valid a bit longer starting this coming year.
Length: 32 minutes
- Here’s a map of the award we spent the first half of the show discussing:
- Here are some threads discussing the awards on MilePoint and FlyerTalk. And here are the award charts from AA and Cathay for this award (it was Cathay, not Qantas where it is definitely also possible when you listen to the show).
- Elite Airways launching service in 2013 (it is a CRJ-200, not an ERJ-145; even worse)
- Air France Caribbean Milk Run