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Filed Under:Travel / Air Travel
Posts on Regator:5338
Posts / Week:20.7
Archived Since:November 17, 2009

Blog Post Archive

A True Thank You for Sharing Your Comments, Here’s What It’s Meant

You’ve been sharing your feedback (good and bad!) with me — as well as your questions, insights, and wisdom — for a very long time. Nearly 150,000 times. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that. You’ve posted many more times...Show More Summary

Air Canada Thinks Their Elites Are Over-entitled. And They’ve Actually Done Something About It..

Air Canada announced changes to elite benefits for 2015. Put another way, Air Canada has shown us what you do when you think that your customers are the problem. I’m not an Air Canada elite member. Air Canada, the airline, runs their...Show More Summary

Stolen Frequent Flyer Miles for Sale on the DarkNet

S. passes along an article about CipherCracks, an individual online selling stolen miles dirt cheap. Dark net marketplaces like Agora and Evolution (where CipherCracks plies his trade) are known mostly for selling drugs, guns and counterfeit money. Show More Summary

Charging Different Prices to Different People: Why It’s Good for You

The Wall Street Journal ran a piece suggesting you can’t trust online shopping for airfare and for other goods, because sites may charge you more or less based on who you are. A new study of top e-commerce websites found these practices—called discriminatory pricing or price steering—are much more widespread than was previously understood. Show More Summary

Why Not Combine Easy Lufthansa First Class Awards With First Class Awards on Asiana and Thai?

Last night I shared a rare find, that Lufthansa first class award space for 2 passengers at a time is available far in advance even when booking using miles from one of their partner airline programs like United, Singapore, Aeroplan, or ANA. Show More Summary

Don’t Be Fooled, The Cheapest Possible Day to Buy Airline Tickets Really Is…

If you’re looking for the cheapest day to buy tickets, you want to read How and When to Find the Cheapest Airfares. What you don’t want to do is believe the ARC study that says Sundays are the cheapest day to buy airfare. I was actually...Show More Summary

Lufthansa First Class Award Space Wide Open!

Lufthansa first class awards used to be a gimme. But as the economy improved, the airline cut back the number of first class seats on many planes, and even the number of routes offering first class, award space dried up. In fact, Lufthansa generally only opens first class awards within 15 days of travel. Show More Summary

Just When Cheap Mileage Purchase Gravy Train Seemed to End, One Last Reprieve

Last month I broke that news that perennial mileage sales deep discounter US Airways would change their ways… [A]t a latest case come November the bonus and pricing structure for US Airways miles will look more like the old American approach. Show More Summary

Thank Goodness the CDC Head Stayed at a Holiday Inn Express Last Night…

At the time this commercial was sort of funny. 13 years later it’s kind of dark. (HT: Alan H.) 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. Show More Summary

Ignore Delta’s Award Availability Calendar, There’s Great Business Class Space to Europe, Here’s How to Find It

Alitalia’s business class award availability between the US and Italy is really good. And their business class product is much improved, too. But if you believe Delta.com, the award calendar is going to make you think there’s nothing available. Show More Summary

If You’re On the Terrorism Watchlist, You’re Not Allowed to Sit in an Exit Row

Toqueville passes along a piece about the blogger who is on a terrorism watchlist because of a conviction related to his animal activism in the 1990s. He chronicles his experiences. And one of the things I learned was that if you’re on a watchlist, you’re not allowed to have an exit row seat assignment. Show More Summary

US Airways MasterCard 10,000 Mile Anniversary Bonus Will Continue!

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

One-way Flights to Europe for $100!

WOW Air is really their name, they’re a low cost carrier with initial promo fares for US service that are advertised from Washington DC (but really departing BWI) and Baltimore to London, Copenhagen, and Reykjavik as low as $99-$125 one-way. Show More Summary

Why Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades are Bad for Frequent Flyers

Over the weekend I took a domestic flight on American Airlines where the first class cabin was only half full. There were two factors at play, as I tweeted, 1) it’s Saturday 2) I like the @AmericanAir upgrade system please don’t change it.. Show More Summary

Do You Dispute Small Charges? Or Am I Just Being Petty?

I checked into a Hyatt Regency property late on recent evening. Three’s a store in the lobby, and it had just closed. I asked at check-in whether there was anywhere else I might get water. The agent checking me in just told me to take...Show More Summary

Cathay Pacific About to Rebrand, Focus on Its Core Asian-ness By Becoming an Online Travel Agency

The American Airlines rebranding was incredibly expensive. And while it’s true that the new composite aircraft they’ve ordered need painting rather than brushed metal, painting all the aircraft anew – not to mention changing all the signage, even making new napkins and updating websites, was a huge undertaking. Show More Summary

CONFIRMED: 70,000 Point Bonus for Chase Ink Plus Will End On The 19th

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

$500 Hyatt Gift Cards Giveaway. Did You Win? Click Here to Find Out.

Frequent Traveler University: December 5-7, Hyatt Regency Crystal City The next Frequent Traveler University, in partnership with USA Today, promises to be the biggest gathering of frequent flyers ever — topping even last April’s sold out event in Northern Virginia. Show More Summary

Why Is International First Class Disappearing?

The Inside Flyer blog pegs the demise of international first class flights on corporate travel policies, noting that American’s refurbished 777-200 aircraft get a new business class and remove first class. The thing is, though, while first class has been on the wane overall, it hasn’t happened evenly or across the board. Show More Summary

Reprieve! Six More Days to Pick Up 70,000 Bonus Chase Points?

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

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