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Archived Since:November 17, 2009

Blog Post Archive

How Well Do Starwood’s New Keyless Rooms Work? Review of the W Times Square

I needed to be in New York on Monday for meetings, so I flew up Sunday night. I spent less than 20 hours in the city. My plan was a hotel near my first meeting of the day. And the W Times Square was both reasonably close and priced ~ $180 on a 'AAA Hot Deal'. Show More Summary

Inside Scoop on This Month’s Changes to the Barclaycard Arrival Products

There was some speculation about some of the changes coming to the Barclaycard Arrival+ World MasterCard. I spoke with Maurice Ragland, Vice President for Barlclaycard US business, earlier today to go over what the changes are going to be. Continue reading Inside Scoop on This Month’s Changes to the Barclaycard Arrival Products...

Trump Hotels Hacked, Flight Attendant Talks About Inflight Sex, and Impersonating a Journalist for Free Travel

A collection of the most interesting links you’ll want to see, many you’ll want to click. Continue reading Trump Hotels Hacked, Flight Attendant Talks About Inflight Sex, and Impersonating a Journalist for Free Travel...

Why Chase Sapphire Preferred Should Be the First Credit Card You Sign Up For

I've been a fan of the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card as an important tool for frequent flyers for a long time because: It earns one of the most valuable points currencies, which transfer to a variety of airlines (including in all 3 major...Show More Summary

How to Book Cathay Pacific Award Space that American Tells You is Unavailable

Cathay Pacific first class award seats especially have gotten much tougher to book in recent months. Cathay still regularly makes unsold seats available in the week and even day prior to travel, but advance award availability can be scarce. Show More Summary

Have Airline Elite Status? Get Priority Services Flying Delta and Other Skyteam Carriers

Last week I showed you a foreign airline in each of the 3 alliances that will match your current elite status. That's useful because it may get you free lounge access (even on the airline you usually fly), or at least airport priority...Show More Summary

Federal Government Launches Investigation of U.S. Airline Collusion

Scott Mayerowitz and David Koenig broke the story that the Department of Justice is demanding copies of communications between major airlines as part of an investigation into unlawful collusion to limit capacity and increase airfares. ..In...Show More Summary

75,000 Mile Signup Bonus for American Airlines Citi Executive Card

The premium Citibank American Airlines card that comes with lounge access - renowned because during the first half of 2014 it offered a 100,000 mile signup bonus (after $10,000 spend) -- is back with a big bonus. The offer is 75,000Show More Summary

20,000 Starwood Points Will Now Transfer to 30,000 American Miles

While the most obvious thing to do with Starwood points is use them for hotel stays, I think the most valuable thing to do with them is transfer them to airline miles. Through August 7 there's a 20% bonus on transfers to American AAdvantage...Show More Summary

Get Your Own Free Travel Assistant, Plus an Amex Rumor and Hyatt Grammar

A collection of the most interesting links you’ll want to see, many you’ll want to click. Continue reading Get Your Own Free Travel Assistant, Plus an Amex Rumor and Hyatt Grammar...

Report: Catering Truck Hits United Aircraft in Berlin, Employee Hospitalized

United's Berlin - Newark flight was cancelled on Tuesday after a catering truck hit the aircraft and damaged it's fuselage. United added a second flight today to accommodate passengers. There was apparently someone injured during the accident. Continue reading Report: Catering Truck Hits United Aircraft in Berlin, Employee Hospitalized...

The TSA’s New Mission: “Passenger Shaming”

TSA tweets photo of the contents of a passenger's carry on. There was nothing illegal inside. Social media reacts in a way I wish all people would. Continue reading The TSA’s New Mission: “Passenger Shaming”...

What Happens When You Want to Change Your Name But Already Have Airline Tickets Booked?

What happens if you've booked honeymoon tickets under a maiden name and want to change to a married name? What if you've booked international travel including for a lap infant before the child is born -- and you give the child a different...Show More Summary

Upgrading an Award Ticket With Miles from Two Accounts

Reader Casey asked, "My friend booked 2 United economy awards for him and myself for 25k each. To upgrade to Business class it is only 15k each. I have 25K and he has 5k. Can we somehow upgrade to Business for both of us using our miles? We can’t figure it out on the website. Thank you!" Continue reading Upgrading an Award Ticket With Miles from Two Accounts...

Leaving from New York JFK or Have a 3 Hour Layover There? Do This.

Good Sri Lankan food is always a great option. Spicy Lanka is just 5 miles from New York's JFK airport. I was in New York for about 20 hours, flying into LaGuardia and out of JFK. I was on a 5:30pm flight out yesterday. The lunch event...Show More Summary

Lightning Crashes into a Passenger, Airport Coat Check Service, and Operation Magic Carpet

A collection of the most interesting links you’ll want to see, many you’ll want to click. Continue reading Lightning Crashes into a Passenger, Airport Coat Check Service, and Operation Magic Carpet...

Last Day to Buy Hotel Points For About Half a Cent Per Point

IHG Rewards Club - the loyalty program for Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and related brands -- is offering a 100% bonus on purchased points. This means you can buy points at $0.00575 apiece. The offer ends today. Continue reading Last Day to Buy Hotel Points For About Half a Cent Per Point...

JetBlue Adds First Checked Bag Fee and Simplifies Fares With a Complicated Chart

JetBlue has introduced a new fare structure that includes first checked bag fees. That leaves Southwest as the only major US airline without checked bag fees. They had announced in the fall that they'd be adding seats and giving customers less legroom. Show More Summary

Review: Westin Colonnade, Coral Gables Near the Miami Airport

I usually stay at the Hyatt in Coral Gables but spent a couple of days recently at the Westin Colonnade nearby instead. I like both hotels. Both physical plants are older, but are well kept up, and both have excellent staff. Continue reading Review: Westin Colonnade, Coral Gables Near the Miami Airport...

American’s Twitter Team Successfully Gets My Home Internet Fixed

I was delayed out of Miami yesterday first by a catering issue...My connection time in Dallas was reduced down to 25 minutes initially and I was going to be changing terminals. In fact I would have to go from terminal D to terminal C...Show More Summary

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