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Filed Under:Travel / Air Travel
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Archived Since:November 17, 2009

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British Airways Increases Top Elite Status Qualification Threshold

British Airways’ top elite tier is Gold. But because theirs is an airline frequent flyer program, it’s more complicated than that. There’s an upper tier within the tier called Gold Guest List (and an invitation only Premier level as well). Show More Summary

Amazing Time Lapse Video of an Airbus A380 Heavy Maintenance Check

Every couple of years an aircraft undergoes a “C check” which entails a majority of the plane’s components to be inspected. Emirates posted a time-lapse video of one of their Airbus A380s undergoing such a check. It’s amazing to watch. Show More Summary

American Airlines Award Space Coming Back Online!

Over the weekend international award space on American Airlines flights for next year dried up almost completely. Lack of award availability on American isn’t a new issue. Premium cabin transatlantic awards more or less went away two years ago. Show More Summary

The Airport Lounge Is 75 Years Old

Airline lounges are 75 years old. The first one was an American Airlines lounge in New York. American has a great online history of its lounges. The original club opened in 1939. New York’s Mayor LaGuardia was criticized for having too...Show More Summary

Free Miles and the Cheapest Awards, Anywhere – Plus a New Points-Earning App

News and notes from around the interweb: 1000 free miles from the program with the cheapest award tickets in the world. JAL’s new 767-300ER debuts December 8 The new list of IHG Rewards Club discounted PointBreaks hotels for just 5000 points per night is up. Show More Summary

Here’s How Rewards Credit Card Deals Between Banks and Loyalty Programs Work Behind the Scenes

Reader George asked about the economics of rewards credit cards. I was just mulling over the economics of credit card bonusing last night- are all of the costs absorbed by the credit card companies? 2x travel and dining are broad credits...Show More Summary

Should I Book an Award Ticket, or Buy a Ticket and Upgrade With Miles?

Reader Megan asked, What’s the best way to travel first class to Asia? Buy a ticket and upgrade, or go with miles? Great question, because it gets at understanding several key issues about international airline travel, and about miles and points. Show More Summary

What You Can – and Can’t – Take from a Hotel Room. And a Naked Man Falls Through the Ceiling at Boston Airport…

News and notes from around the interweb: Woman dies after airport scanner interferes with her pacemaker Naked man falls through ceiling of Bostom airport’s terminal C and attacks 84 year old man AirAsia launching $148 all you can fly air pass Choice Hotels double points for booking through their mobile app. Show More Summary

What Points Should You Earn, and How Many Points Are Too Many?

Reader Rob P asked for, [a] post on your “earn and burn” philosophy would be helpful. How do I know if I’m hoarding too many UR points and not spending them enough? I explained ten years ago why points programs devalue. They’re private currencies without any binding constraints. Show More Summary

Here’s My Elite Status Program and Plan

Reader Denis asks about my elite status, and since I write about what I think people ought to do what I actually do is fair game. How are you planning status (airlines) for year end? Do you need to MR? Lifetime status? I’ve re-qualified for American’s Executive Platinum (100,000 mile) status already. Show More Summary

Why Don’t Airlines Make Empty Seats Available as Award Space?

Reader Jered asked, Why don’t airlines open all remaining international premium cabin seats for awards for day-of travel? Surely getting something for them is better than having them go empty? Here’s Jered’s question — if a seat is going to go empty, an airline is getting literally nothing in exchange for that seat. Show More Summary

The Greatest Miles and Points Advertising.. Ever?

I’m not at all a fan of most airline advertising, and I’m not claiming these are effective, but I sure do actually have favorites in the world of miles and points advertising. Here’s my all-time favorite print ad: And my favorite television...Show More Summary

How Do Airlines Compensate Each Other For Taking Passengers During Irregular Operations?

Reader Jered wants to know: How do airline awards work when redeeming points for travel on a partners? How much if anything do they compensate each other for award seats? More broadly, “when I am accommodated on another airline, how does that work behind the scenes?” e.g. Show More Summary

6 Easy Ways to Get More Enjoyment from Your Trips

I’ve shared this before but it really bears repeating — the best advice comes down to: spend time planning vacations, take more trips, work while you’re gone, and experience new and unusual things. Planning vacations contributes more to your happiness than actually taking them. Show More Summary

How to Ensure You and Your Family Sit Together During the Busy Holiday Travel Season

It can be really hard to get seats together for flights during the holidays. Flights are full. More families are traveling together so more people are trying to sit together (compared to solo business travelers). And more and more airlines are holding back the number of seats they assign for ‘free’. Show More Summary

6 Things That Will Make Your Thanksgiving Travel Easier

If you’re traveling this week in the U.S., best of luck to you! Here is my nickel’s worth of free advice as you prepare to depart along with 40 million other Americans for the Thanksgiving holiday (fortunately they won’t all be flying). Show More Summary

Fuel Dumps Explained

Reader doug asked about “fuel dumping on award and paid tickets[.]” What he’s asking about is the idea of adding a flight segment to a ticket that you do not intend to fly but that has the effect of reducing the fuel surcharges you have to pay for the ticket. This is soemthing airlines doubly […] The post Fuel Dumps Explained appeared first on View from the Wing.

Korean Air Expected To Return As a Chase Points Transfer Partner

I reached out to Chase about the removal of Korean Air Skypass as a points-transfer partner. For many members, Korean Air is too obscure to matter. For me, it’s essential. It’s one of my favorite transfer partners, and something that sets Chase apart from key competitors. Show More Summary

How Many Elite Members to Frequent Flyer Programs Have?

Reader Jered asked how many elite members of United’s MileagePlus program there are. And the easy answer is I do not know precisely, these are closely-guarded numbers. But I do have some “bigger than a breadbox” sorts of estimates. In...Show More Summary

United’s Sucker Bet: If You’re Hungry Enough, You’ll Waste Your Miles

Conde’ Nast‘s Barbara Peterson looks at the United MileagePlus option to redeem miles for meals at their Newark hub. As part of an impressive re-do launching for United’s terminal at Newark, there are several top-end eateries going in. Show More Summary

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