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What am I missing? I just recently started looking at Lifemiles redemptions to SE Asia and have noticed that the availability is outstanding. Factoring in the cost per mile I am shocked at how cheap it is. I can fly my wife and I to SE Asia, F to Korea and J to Vietnam one way for a little over $2800 of Lifemiles for both of us thanks to the latest promo.
Lifemiles can be great if you’re able to book directly on their website and don’t have to make any changes to your flights. Otherwise they can be … difficult. If you speak Spanish, perhaps it won’t be so bad. If not, working with the English-speaking reps can be frustrating, or so I’m told. Let’s put it this way – when using an award booking service with other types of currencies they typically charge a flat fee for their service. When booking with Lifemiles these services often charge on a per-hour basis because it can be so time-consuming to piece together difficult itineraries.
I’ve never used them myself but I know that [USER=7]@Tiffany[/USER] has some tales she could tell!
Not missing anything, buying miles can be a really compelling option, and if you’re flexible availability can be great.
As @MidSouthSkier notes, however, you can [I]only[/I] book what is on the website. If you need to change something, forget it. It’s better to cancel and rebook, but even that can be a PITA.