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Filed Under:Travel / Air Travel
Posts on Regator:5696
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Archived Since:November 17, 2009

Blog Post Archive

How Much Influence to Airlines Have Over Restaurant Choices and Other Retail in Their Terminals?

Reader Michael A. asks, I know you have an interest in decent food and that you come through LAX a lot. LAX is getting much better restaurants, and it makes me wonder: Do the airlines have a say in what restaurants come to their terminals?...Show More Summary

How to Outsmart Immigration Screening and Sneak Into Europe, Go to Jail for Changing Seats, and an easyJet Christmas

More great links from around the web: The CIA’s Guide to Dealing With Immigration Screening. More from The Economist. American ended its frequent flyer partnership with El Al November 1. And yet they’re now expanding codesharing between Europe and Tel Aviv. Show More Summary

The Impact of Credit Card Authorized Users on Credit Scores

DJ asked about adding authorized users to credit card accounts. I am always curious about the impact on credit score from authorized user accounts of credit cards In addition to an authorized user being a way to give someone access to...Show More Summary

Singapore to Allow Driverless Cars in 2015!

Many people think of Singapore as just a stopover, but it’s one of my favorite places with a very special food culture. There are certainly reasonable complaints about the city state, especially if you’re a resident rather than a visitor. Show More Summary

500 Free and Easy Miles, Marriott Asks Permission to Block Your Internet, and a Letter to a 5 Year Old Elite Flyer

News and notes from around the interweb: 500 free Virgin America points just for entering name and account information. And Virgin America points are roughly like 1000 miles in other programs. Really heartwarming. My Fox News Happening Now appearance yesterday with tips for holiday travel: be aware, be nice, and be persistent. Show More Summary

Free and Discounted Lounge Access

Last week the LoungeBuddy iPhone App offered readers a chance for free credit towards lounge day passes. And anyone that didn’t win? Still start off with a free $10 credit towards your first pur purchase with code viewftwing (you get all the credit, no referral benefit to me). Show More Summary

How Can You Use Chase Points to Travel to Alaska?

Reader l.C asks, I need to fly 3 people to Alaska using those Chase points. What is the best and most efficient way to do this. I have Alaska, but not Korean airlines, account. Certainly Alaska Airlines has the most flights. And Korean’s award chart for travel on Alasks is very reasonable. Show More Summary

The West Coast Flight That Has Plenty of First Class Award Space to Europe Using American or British Airways Miles

British Airways dropped first class from a handful of routes, but they’ve changed their mind and first is coming back. And that creates an opportunity for award travel. Here’s what prompted my realizing it: MileCards wrote that British...Show More Summary

Chase Points Transfers to Korean Air To Return in January!

Korean Air has been one of my favorite uses of Chase points. First class awards have been so darned easy to get. There are real sweet spots in their Skyteam award chart They offer cheap awards to Hawaii Although they are of course very Korean and their processes for redeeming awards are unique. Show More Summary

Double Miles on all Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Intercontinental and Related Brand Stays

IHG’s big promo for the beginning of the year is ‘Set Your Sights’ where lots of different kinds of activity earn big bonus points (though it isn’t as lucrative as the fall’s free nights promotion. But if you’re not going to do all of...Show More Summary

Court Rules MileagePlus is Fraudulent, LOT Installs Mistletoe in Planes, and Other Things You Need to Know

News and notes from around the interweb: 100,000 Hyatt Gold Passport point giveaway Delta is running an award sale that requires booking by today for travel between January 7 and March 25 if you want to save miles for economy travel between North America and Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Show More Summary

The TSA’s 12 Banned Items of Christmas

“Much like Santa Claus, we only make you more secure if you believe.” You can join the 40,000+ people who see these deals and analysis every day — sign up to receive posts by email (just one e-mail per day) or subscribe to the RSS feed. It’s free. You can also follow me on Twitter […] The post The TSA’s 12 Banned Items of Christmas appeared first on View from the Wing.

Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class, Hong Kong – Bangkok

Must-read Earlier Installments: Singapore, Cathay, and Qantas First Class.. Some of the Best Meals of My Life, and a Tour of Hyatts in Bangkok, Singapore, and Sydney Inside the New Oneworld Lounge at LAX’s Tom Bradley International TerminalCathay...Show More Summary

3 Key Rewards Program Tools for Staying in Good Hotels at Very Little Cost

I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about...Show More Summary

US Airways Pulls Its Elite Challenge (“Trial Preferred”) Offer

US Airways has long offered a paid status challenge program where you get temporary status for 90 days and then have an opportunity to fly to keep that status on an accelerated basis. Three months ago US Airways eliminated the ability...Show More Summary

The Strangest Airline Policy Ever Has a Deceptively Simple Explanation

Airline policies can be cumbersome, arcane, even byzantine. One frequent flyer program who works for a major airline told me earlier this year that he finds himself in meetings with his colleagues, talking through how a change mightShow More Summary

Hyatt Announces Free Internet for All Guests: Leaves Hilton in the Cold, and Calls Attention to Sparse Gold Passport Platinum Status

Last Wednesday I wrote that Starwood is introducing free internet for all guests and that this follows Marriott and also IHG. At the time I wrote, It will be interesting to see how long Hyatt (which just extended its room type guarantee...Show More Summary

Don’t Store Babies Inside Overhead Bins (Don’t Steal Their Nutella Either)

News and notes from around the interweb: Nutella jars seized from pregnant mother because they represented terror risk. (HT: Alan H.) The airport staff was ‘just following orders’ so I don’t blame them per se, although along the lines...Show More Summary

Denied a Cabana at Cathay Pacific’s “The Wing” First Class Lounge

Must-read Earlier Installments: Singapore, Cathay, and Qantas First Class.. Some of the Best Meals of My Life, and a Tour of Hyatts in Bangkok, Singapore, and Sydney Inside the New Oneworld Lounge at LAX’s Tom Bradley International TerminalCathay...Show More Summary

Has Barclays Started Limiting Targeted Signup Bonus Offers to Members That Are Actually Eligible?

In my post about earning miles by referring your friends to the Barclays US Airways card, I point out that Barclays has been making an offer of 50,000 miles plus 10,000 miles at card renewal available, marketed to US Airways elite frequent flyers. Show More Summary

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