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Filed Under:Travel / Air Travel
Posts on Regator:5059
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Archived Since:November 17, 2009

Blog Post Archive

British Airways New Business Class Seat Patent Revealed

Australian Business Traveler carries the details on a new business class seat that British Airways has patented. It offers clues into how BA is thinking about what comes next for business class. This may not be the actual or final seat they use, there could be more than one under consideration. Show More Summary

Here’s Where You Should Care That American Airlines Flights Are No Longer Bookable on Orbitz

Half a dozen people have sent me articles about American’s flights no longer showing up on Orbitz. US Airways flights will be pulled from Orbitz on September 1. American sent out a press release on this yesterday, but I didn’t write about it. Show More Summary

The True Ranking of the Very Best First Class Airlines — And Which Are Overrated!

Earlier this month FlightFox put out their rankings of the best first class products in the air and along with those the best prices they’ve found to actually buy each ticket. I expressed some disagreement with their rankings. For instance, I didn’t agree that Singapore Airlines has the best all-around first class. Show More Summary

Citi Improving Its Thank You Points Program With a New Transfer Partner!

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

Act Now: Two 50,000 Point Bonus Offers Disappearing Soon

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

40% Bonus on Purchased Alaska Airlines Miles is Back!

Alaska Airlines is offering up to a 40% bonus on purchased miles through October 14. This isn’t all that uncommon an offer. Sometimes it’s 30%, sometimes 35%, and sometimes 40% — as often as not Alaska offers some sort of bonus on purchased miles. Show More Summary

Devaluations Without Notice are the Worst Thing a Program Can Do, Don’t Give British Airways Too Much Credit

I mistakenly saw possible signs of a British Airways pending devaluation. It wasn’t inevitable, and I didn’t think anyone should make speculative bookings, but it seemed worth not waiting to make planned bookings. That was based on seeing...Show More Summary

The Singapore Suites Route With the Most Availability (By Far)

Singapore Suites are one of the holy grails of frequent flyer redemptions. There was a time that Singapore charged about a million miles for Singapore – Los Angeles roundtrip. They started making seats available to their own members for the A380 suites class at the saver level a couple of years ago. Show More Summary

I Love Seeing Heads of Loyalty Programs Getting Ice Thrown On Their Heads!

Jeff Zidell of Hyatt Gold Passport took the ALS #IceBucketChallenge. And since I filmed my own video at a Starwood hotel, and Randy Petersen issued his challenge to me from a Starwood property as well, I thought it appropriate to name SPG head Chris Holdren to take the challenge. Show More Summary

Does a Passenger Have a Right to Recline Their Seat in Coach?

Scott Mayerowitz reports that a United flight was diverted today when a fight broke out onboard. One passenger was using the ‘knee defender’ to stop the passenger in front from reclining their seat. The flight from Newark to Denver diverted...Show More Summary

How Iberia Made Us Believe They Devalued — When They Simply Got More Transparent

Iberia published new, much more expensive award charts for travel on partner airlines recently. That was pretty scary, not because Iberia points were worth less (nobody cares), but because of what it could mean for British Airways points. Show More Summary

Free Lufthansa Miles, Uses for 85 United Miles, Barefoot Pilots and the Future of Credit Card Apps

News and notes from around the interweb: How banks are trying to make it easier to apply for credit cards via mobile A Hertz perk you might not know about. I used to get this all the time from Avis back when I had their top status. Beta...Show More Summary

So is British Airways Going to Devalue their Program in a Big Way, or Not?

Last night I wrote that Iberia made major changes to its award chart. They created a separate award chart for partner airlines, such as oneworld members (and joint venture partners) American and US Airways. That’s a big deal becauseShow More Summary

Award Space Bonanza! Take Your Whole Family to Europe in Business Class!

A month ago I wrote that the new Turkish Airlines San Francisco – Istanbul route was wide open with award space. West Coast – Europe can be tough to get with miles, especially in premium cabins. But this new flight, operated 5 days a...Show More Summary

Hyatt Gold Passport’s Jeff Zidell Takes the #IceBucketChallenge: Clues About the Future of the Program?

Milepoint’s tommy777, Tommy Danielsen, passed on my challenge to him over to Jeff Zidell of Hyatt Gold Passport. And Jeff came through. Jeff challenges Suzanne Rubin of American Airlines, David Oppenheim at United, and Lance Evans at MGM. Show More Summary

American Airlines Eliminates the Spray Tan as an Inflight Amenity

When I first flew the new 737 back in December, this guy greeted you at your seat: What was most striking was the spray tan. I haven’t been onboard an American aircraft with the new system since January, so flying with them today was...Show More Summary

HOLY SMOKE: Is British Airways About to Devalue Its Points? Iberia Massively Jacks Up Award Rates!

It looks like Iberia may have just gone and gutted their frequent flyer program for redemptions on most partner airlines, at least for the rewards that have been the best value. And since Iberia and British Airways are jointly owned,...Show More Summary

Business Travel Tool: Get Uber to Show Up Automatically, and Bill it To Your Company

It isn’t just United and Hyatt that are integrating with on-demand car service Uber (and on-demand condom service too, cough). As Keri noted, Expensify – the business expense reporting app – is integrating with Uber, too. When you leave...Show More Summary

Taking the #IceBucketChallenge from a Bath Tub at the Park Hyatt Vendome

Yesterday I posted my video taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As per custom I called out three people to take theirs. Parag thinks I should have nominated Christopher Elliott and John Pistole. Instead, these were my nominations: Starwood’s Chris Holdren emails to let me know he’ll follow through on the challenge by Monday. Show More Summary

Don’t Waste Money or Miles on First Class!

Away is Home asks, Why waste money on a first class seat? And I think it’s not so simple. You have to understand what you get and what it costs to know whether you’re wasting money, getting a fantastic value, or just getting what you’d expect for the cost. Show More Summary

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