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adrian2611
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For myself I did not upgrade to a premium membership as I did not find it worth it since searches on AP for *A awards on AP site has been so much better than before minus the fact I can do more searches for other dates.

Has anyone else done the same or upgraded their membership?

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Posted : February 10, 2011 7:00 pm
ChgoBob
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adrian2611, post: 22390 wrote:

Has anyone else done the same or upgraded their membership?

I upgraded when I had the chance, since I felt the deal was more than generous, and as a "thank you". Peter and the program helped me tremendously last summer for some C-awards to Italy, returning from Croatia on LH. I have not used the program since, but I will be in the near future for another award trip.

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Posted : February 10, 2011 9:02 pm
4Health
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I did not upgrade and I think that I have only used it once since it became tiered, and that was with points I already had in my account. For me, it is easy enough to just use the CO/AC/BA/NH search engines. It is a nice program, but with limited dollars, I've got to pick and choose where I am going to spend them.

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Posted : February 10, 2011 10:53 pm
gleff
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4Health, post: 23641 wrote: I did not upgrade and I think that I have only used it once since it became tiered, and that was with points I already had in my account. For me, it is easy enough to just use the CO/AC/BA/NH search engines. It is a nice program, but with limited dollars, I've got to pick and choose where I am going to spend them.

I do use it for bulk searches.

1. Say I'm looking for Australia/New Zealand in high season with huge flexibility in dates I'll search the United and Air New Zealand and Air Canada routes at the same time.

2. Say I want North America to South Asia via the Atlantic, willing to pair up IAD-MUC/FRA/FCO/ZRH with flights on to BKK or SIN. I can search them all at once.

Now, can I do this with the ANA website? Of course. But I like to set it and go and just have the results rather than spend the time. That' s what I'm paying for, rather than an exclusive service that I can't get some other way. Just a convenience.

I do like the ability to automate searches and get an email daily with results. It helped me find NH new F (First Square) JFK-NRT that I would never have even bothered to search fo rmanually. That alone was worth whatever I spent for it.

Is it a tool if you're looking to save? Nah, you can do it all yourself. But it's sure convenient and I do appreciate it. It works for my personal situation.

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Posted : February 11, 2011 12:01 am
adrian2611
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ChgoBob, post: 23094 wrote: I upgraded when I had the chance, since I felt the deal was more than generous, and as a "thank you". Peter and the program helped me tremendously last summer for some C-awards to Italy, returning from Croatia on LH. I have not used the program since, but I will be in the near future for another award trip.

I didn't upgrade although I really want to because i didn't feel the bonus 20% warrant the fact that I needed it right away. I do like the system a lot though so I will probably go to premium service when I do need more of the points. Just the timing wasn't right since I only joined in late november and it went tiered in January. As per gleff it is great for Bulk Searches and the convenience. So two thumbs up to Award Nexus!!

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Posted : February 11, 2011 8:33 pm
ramolnar
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Not very much for me, because I don't need any award searches right now. My next potential redemption is in August, and I don't know the departure city yet. I did just try two searches to see the new functionality. The older list was fine, though the calendar is a little nicer.
I will note that my searches always take over the estimated time; I don't think it's ever been under. The minimum is a few seconds over; I've seen up to a minute extra. Is it just me?

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Posted : February 12, 2011 5:44 pm
4Health
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gleff, post: 23915 wrote: I do use it for bulk searches.

Is it a tool if you're looking to save? Nah, you can do it all yourself. But it's sure convenient and I do appreciate it. It works for my personal situation.

I also think that your situation is a little different considering you have people paying you ~$250 to arrange an award ticket for them. If I was using the service as a method for generating extra income then I would definitely pay for the convenience, but as someone who only books 5-6 long haul award flights a year for myself and wife convenience just isn't that important compared to price. [Here's to wishing I could find people to pay me $250 to book a complicated award ticket!!!]

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Posted : February 12, 2011 6:30 pm
gleff
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I was just explaining how I use it, and by the way I actually rarely ever use it for any of my paid stuff. 😉

But doing as much award booking as I do, it helped me yesterday to ticket for two close friends

IAD-FRA, LH F
FRA-ZRH, LX C
ZRH-BKK, TG F
BKK-DPS, TG F

DPS-BKK- TG F

BKK-FRA, TG F
FRA-EWR, LH F
EWR-IAD, CO Y

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Posted : February 12, 2011 11:04 pm
charlilo
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I did upgrade to premium membership but I'm not still at ease with it. SInce you must pay for each use now (actually you buy points and you use some for each search), there is a psychological effect that refrains me from doing dummy searching. I must say that Peter has been very helpful in the past. Idid not contact him since I bought the tool but I can't see why it would be different. If you do not have access to the ANA tool, Award Nexus is extremely useful.

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Posted : February 13, 2011 2:37 am
kwai
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charlilo, post: 34236 wrote: If you do not have access to the ANA tool, Award Nexus is extremely useful.

Why would you not have access to the ANA tool? There are several work arounds out there.

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Posted : February 13, 2011 2:34 pm
charlilo
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kwai, post: 36200 wrote: Why would you not have access to the ANA tool? There are several work arounds out there.

Because ANA tool is now restricted to those who are 1) ANA members and 2) have points in their account.

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Posted : February 13, 2011 3:07 pm
ChgoBob
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charlilo, post: 34236 wrote: I did upgrade to premium membership but I'm not still at ease with it. SInce you must pay for each use now (actually you buy points and you use some for each search), there is a psychological effect that refrains me from doing dummy searching.

I brought that EXACT POINT up in an email to Peter, since I feel the same way. I know it's psychological. He offered to help with making the searches more efficient. He may also change his mind someday, and offer a membership based on time, not points. I personally prefer the subscription levels at KVS and EF for the way that I search for awards. (Concentrated award search for 1 month, 330 days in advance)

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Posted : February 13, 2011 3:11 pm
kwai
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charlilo, post: 36316 wrote: Because ANA tool is now restricted to those who are 1) ANA members and 2) have points in their account.

There's no hassle or trouble signing up for an ANA membership. I'm of the opinion pax should be members of most FFPs. And you're number 2 is clearly incorrect. I've never had a single point in my account.

Again, there are workarounds. Not sure if posting a link from the other site is tolerated here.

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Posted : February 13, 2011 3:13 pm
charlilo
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ChgoBob, post: 36328 wrote: I brought that EXACT POINT up in an email to Peter, since I feel the same way. I know it's psychological. He offered to help with making the searches more efficient. He may also change his mind someday, and offer a membership based on time, not points. I personally prefer the subscription levels at KVS and EF for the way that I search for awards. (Concentrated award search for 1 month, 330 days in advance)

Yes, I heard it could change, but what about those who already bought what they bought. I don't think you can change a contract, neither for worse, nor for better. What he could do then is make a new offer to current subscribers, which they could accept or not, depending on what would come with it.

KVS seems a bit cryptic to me, is there any trial period? BTW, where do you find the MPM in the Award Nexus tool ?

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Posted : February 13, 2011 3:22 pm
charlilo
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kwai, post: 36337 wrote: There's no hassle or trouble signing up for an ANA membership. I'm of the opinion pax should be members of most FFPs. And you're number 2 is clearly incorrect. I've never had a single point in my account..

I am ANA member, but do not have access to the tool: no points.

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Posted : February 13, 2011 3:45 pm
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