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Filed Under:Travel / Air Travel
Posts on Regator:4384
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Archived Since:November 17, 2009

Blog Post Archive

How to Be a Travel Ninja With Reservations That Stay Perfect

Many things can go wrong after you make a reservation. You don’t want them to go wrong for you, and you want to be able to fix them proactively when they do. Don’t get caught off-balance. Just yesterday American Airlines posted this advisory for travel agents about making double booking mistakes. Show More Summary

You Know You Think About Miles Too Much When…

This just never gets old for me. You know you think about miles too much when: You hear the words “mile a minute” and find yourself pondering the concept of earning bonus miles as a function of time. You answer the question, “How many...Show More Summary

6 Simple Ways to Enjoy Your Vacations More

This is all advice I’ve shared before but really does bear repeating — we take trips but do we get the most out of them? Or are we traveling, putting too much pressure on our trips, and letting great opportunities go to waste? The best...Show More Summary

Chase Ink Classic Card is Gone! Here’s What You Can Still Get Instead

I carry both the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and the Ink Plus business card. Both have fantastic signup bonuses, a $0 fee the first year, and great earning – Sapphire Preferred earns 2x points on travel and dining, plus a 7% annual...Show More Summary

30% Bonus for Transferring American Express Points to Virgin America Through April 30: Good Deal?

American Express is offering a 30% bonus on transfers to Virgin America through April 30. This isn’t unusual, they had a 40% transfer bonus to Virgin America in January of this year and also in the latter half of September 2013. Both of those offers, of course, were better. Show More Summary

How to Handle Travel When Things Go Wrong

If your flight is delayed or cancelled, don’t be wallflower, don’t be at the airline’s mercy. There are things you can do to proactive solve problems that come your way, and ways to handle travel stress effectively. Whom to Seek OutShow More Summary

Starwood Offering Up to 25% Off Purchased Points: When It Makes Sense — And Doesn’t

Starwood is offering up to a 25% discount on purchased points through May 31. The same discount applies to gifting points as to buying them for yourself. Buy Starpoints® for yourself or as a gift now through May 31, 2014, and get upShow More Summary

20% Off United Economy Saver Awards to Mexico City

United MileagePlus is offering a 20% discount on roundtrip saver economy awards between the US (excluding Hawaii) or Canada and Mexico City if you book by April 29 and travel in May. That’s a 7000 mile discount — 28,000 miles instead of the usual 35,000. Show More Summary

How to Make Sure Your Checked Bag Arrives When You Do (Or Soon After)

If you are checking a bag, assume it will get lost — at least for a little while. Split up your most important items, try to carry on the things you can’t do without in first day, and don’t put all of your most valuable items in the same bag. Show More Summary

Double Miles, Changing Free One-Ways, Another Delta Blow to Alaska’s Peeps (Bits ‘n Pieces for April 15, 2014)

News and notes from around the interweb: The one thing the US Airways website apparently does well. (It certainly ain’t this.) Iberia is offering double miles for tickets purchased at by April 21 for travel through April 30. Show More Summary

How Not to Determine the Best Hotel Loyalty Program

Skift reported yesterday on JD Power’s rankings of hotel loyalty programs (their “Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report”). Honestly I was hoping this wouldn’t get any pickup, since it’s just another missive likely to mislead consumers. Show More Summary

What Additional Changes Can You Expect from American and US Airways?

With the changes American announced to its frequent flyer program last week many members are wondering what shoe is next to drop. There are going to be many more changes for sure — for the frequent flyer program, and for the airlineShow More Summary

Free Hotel Night Just for Joining a Loyalty Program

MeliáRewards is a hotel loyalty program with most of its properties in Europe, and the largest number in Spain. The next biggest region for them is South America. There are 3 hotels in the U.S. as well, in New York, Atlanta, and Orlando. Show More Summary

US Airways Targeted Buy Miles Bonus is Back for the Rest of April

Now that the US Airways 100% bonus on shared miles (the best offer for purchased miles generally made by any airline loyalty program) is over, they’re apparently back with a version of their usual bonuses for purchased miles (which isn’t nearly as good a deal). Show More Summary

Free Gold Status, Free American Miles, Girl Arrested for Tweeting American, and Shorter Gary Leff (Bits ‘n Pieces for April 14, 2014)

News and notes from around the interweb: That was fast: The second set of dates for Frequent Traveler University Advanced has already sold out. Shorter Gary Leff: The LA Airspace blog offers a much more succinct version of my advice on what to do if your frequent flyer account gets audited. Show More Summary

The US Airways Twitter Team Gives Us the Greatest Gift We Could Ask For

Someone on the US Airways twitter team committed career suicide today by posting a pornographic image on a woman playing with a Boeing aircraft in a manner not intended by the manufacturer. US Airways offers the following explanation, Our investigation has determined that the image was initially posted to our Twitter feed by another user. Show More Summary

Skyteam Transatlantic Business Class Summer Sale Under $2000 From United’s Hubs

This has been reported as a Skyteam sale out of fiercely-competitive Los Angeles to Vienna. (Not looking like a mistake, just a good old fashioned fare war.) It turns out that there are similar fares out of other United hubs as well (at least Denver, Washington Dulles, Newark and Chicago O’Hare), and to other destinations. Show More Summary

What to Do If Your Frequent Flyer Account Gets Audited

I asked readers to share what’s on their mind and one reader mentioned their American AAdvantage account was being audited, another commenter speculated that this first reader had sold frequent flyer miles. I’ve given advice on how to...Show More Summary

A Second Shot at Tickets for Frequent Traveler University-Advanced

A week ago Frequent Traveler University-Advanced was launched and it sold out overnight. One of the most requested things we’ve gotten for future Frequent Traveler University events is a different program — while each one has several...Show More Summary

My Predictions and Fears for American’s Coming New Award Chart

American will be the only North America carrier that doesn’t allow stopovers on its awards of any kind (unless they bring back stopovers later), and the only North America carrier to add fuel surcharges to US-originating itineraries on their primary partners. Show More Summary

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