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Filed Under:Travel / Air Travel
Posts on Regator:5388
Posts / Week:20.9
Archived Since:November 17, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Full Disclosure: How I Got My Hilton HHonors Diamond Status Instantly, for Free

Just days ago I shared my elite status update and why I chose each program. Since that was meant as a window into my actual travels, and I reported just 4 stays and nights with Hilton for the year, I thought an update was appropriate. Show More Summary

Who Wins — and Who Loses — With the American-US Airways Mileage Program Integration That’s Just Been Announced?

On net I think the details of how American AAdvantage 2015 plans to combine with US Airways Dividend Miles in the second quarter of 2015 is the best possible outcome we could reasonably have expected. I did expect that the combined program...Show More Summary

Limited Time Offer on the Best No Annual Fee Card and the Fastest Amex Points-Earning Card

I receive compensation for many links on this blog. I do not write about all credit cards that are available — instead focusing on miles, points, and cash back (and currencies that can be converted into the same). Back in March I spoke...Show More Summary

Aeroplan Drops The Hammer, Makes Award Booking Harder With New Restrictions

Aeroplan may seem like the kind of thing only our friendly neighbors to the North care about, but it’s actually one of the most useful American Express Membership Rewards transfer partners. Aeroplan has access to the same awards that United does thanks to the Star Alliance. Show More Summary

Canada’s Supreme Court Rules Against the French, a New Availability Tool Data Source, and Fast Track to Top Tier Hotel Elite!

News and notes from around the interweb: Don’t miss my giveaway for hotel stays and Frequent Traveler University tickets. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at Frequent Traveler University December 3-5 in DC! Canada’s Supreme Court ruled against allowing damages for the couple who wasn’t able to order an inflight 7-Up in French. Show More Summary

Earn 5000 Bonus Miles on Your Next Delta Flight!

Next year Delta is only going to award miles based on the cost of a ticket. Right now though you can earn the actual miles flown on Delta plus 5000 miles for your next flight. The only catch is you have to credit the flight to Delta’s...Show More Summary

Delta Will Eliminate Stopovers on Awards in January

This is my best read and advice, not something that Delta has officially confirmed, just something I believe they have tipped their hand on. Delta rolled out IT changes that caused stopovers not to price correctly a couple of days ago. Show More Summary

ACT NOW If You Want to Take Advantage of a US Airways Trial Preferred Challenge

US Airways offers a paid status challenge program where you get temporary status for 90 days and then have an opportunity to fly to keep that status on an accelerated basis. At the beginning of the month US Airways eliminated the ability...Show More Summary

Delta’s Website Charging Tens of Thousands of Extra Miles for Awards: Feature or a Bug?

This morning I wrote that Delta had started charging more miles for stopovers on international awards and that one of two things were possible: An unannounced devaluation, with stopovers no longer permitted on a roundtrip award (even...Show More Summary

RANT: American Needs to Bring Back the Old Cookie!

This is probably the ultimate first world problem sort of complaint, but American has replaced the first class warm cookie of deliciousness with one that isn’t worth eating, and that I decline now every time. Perhaps that’s good — IShow More Summary

How to Get 90,000 American Airlines Miles for $89 — And What You Can Do With Them

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

Giveaway: Enter Here for Frequent Traveler University Tickets AND HOTEL NIGHTS!

Frequent Traveler University, December 3-5, Hyatt Regency Crystal City (near Washington’s National Airport) This promises to be the largest gathering of frequent flyers ever, bringing together some of the best minds in miles and points...Show More Summary

American Just Announced Their 2015 Program and It’s REALLY Good! Here’s What You Need to Know That Isn’t On Their Website

American Airlines just announced when their AAdvantage program and the US Airways Dividend Miles program will be combined into one, and what the program will look like. I’m going to outline the program below, based on the announcement...Show More Summary

A Silent Devaluation at Delta: No More Award Stopovers Without Notice?

lancexfang emailed me about an issue this afternoon that seems to be new today with Delta. (He also pointed me to the Flyertalk thread he started.) Delta international awards have allowed one stopover and one open jaw. In other words,...Show More Summary

Aeroplan Changes, Greyhound’s Premium Seats, and TSA Reminders for Halloween

How big a deal is loyalty program fraud? (HT: Abbas) Greyhound now offering premium upgrade to slightly less disgusting seats (The Onion via MrPickles) A TSA Halloween: “realistic replica items and props such as guns, scythes, pitchShow More Summary

Throwaway Ticketing and Fuel Surcharges… a Trick to Reduce the Big Fees on Your Next Award Ticket

Tocqueville asked me yesterday about fuel dumping award tickets and I thought it only fair to share my answer with y’all. Airlines that add fuel surcharges onto award tickets generally will charge the same amount that would apply on an identical paid reservation. Show More Summary

Barclays Just Got Really Aggressive Before the Window Shuts to Get the Card

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

A Trick to Avoid Change Fees, Classic Airplane Lounges, and a Truly Scary United Flight

News and notes from around the interweb: The top 6 airline lounges that used to be in airplanes themselves Even Spirit Airlines is generous in allowing flight changes when they have a schedule change. That’s why I often advise readers...Show More Summary

Are Exclusive Frequent Flyer Partnerships Going to Restrict Your Choices?

United and Hertz have a new tie-up with comp car rental elite status for United elites and premium credit card holders, and greater mileage-earning for all members. But as Scott at Hack My Trip points out, the new deal comes at a cost...Show More Summary

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card Still the Best All-Around Most Rewarding Credit Card

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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