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

Blog Post Archive

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

Never Believe an Airline When Its Lips Move

Airlines are like politicians. If the claims they make are non-binding (and very few are binding, even more so in a post-Ginsberg world), and they want something — a merger, or just customers to swallow a change without defecting and pulling business — there’s little incentive to keep their word. Show More Summary

Questions That Are Rarely Asked: If Airlines Have Minimum Spend Requirements for Elite Status…

Joe Brancatelli asks a simple questions about minimum revenue requirements for earning elite status: Airlines have the right to create the terms of their programs as they see fit. But if they now base their programs on revenue instead...Show More Summary

Newark’s Mashed Potatoes-for-Miles Program, a Hack to Power Your Devices at Airports, and Problems at Uber

News and notes from around the interweb: All-Audi all-inclusive car rental company Silvercar (see How I Made $12 on My Audi Rental Car) will now award Virgin America miles: 500, 1000, and 2000 points on this 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rental through December 31. Show More Summary

Korean Air Gone As a Transfer Partner From the Chase Website!

Korean Air Skypass has disappeared off of the Chase website as a points transfer partner. Here are the airlines I currently see listed: Friday night is the worst time for this, for me, since I can’t reach anyone at Chase in real-time to confirm the meaning of the change. Show More Summary

Will Copa’s New Star Alliance Frequent Flyer Program Add Fuel Surcharges to Award Tickets After All?

A commenter who appears to work for Copa suggests that the new program will add fuel surcharges to awards. Miguel writes, Gary, my comments dont reflect COPA Holdings, or my superiors or companywide opinions or statements. All tickets...Show More Summary

Celebrate With a New 10-Year China Visa.. at 50% Off!

This month China has started issuing visas valid for multiple entry over 10 years to US passport holders for tourism and short-term business visits. Your passport must be valid for at least a year, and you can continue to use your 10 year visa even when your passport expires and you get a new one. Show More Summary

TSA Head Says Liquids Should be Allowed, A Loyalty Program for Infrequent Flyers, and How Not to Protest Uber

News and notes from around the interweb: When taxis protest Uber and Lyft by clogging traffic that means you can’t get a cab as easily and.. have no choice but to use Uber or Lyft. #ThinkAboutIt Terminals 1 and 2 are now connected at...Show More Summary

Chase Sapphire Preferred Changes Confirmed, Still the Best Personal Card on the Market

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

Emirates Offering Aggressive Status Match Opportunity

Emirates has a lot of Airbus A380s. Those are big planes, with a lot of seats, and they need to send them somewhere. Like Dallas. Emirates wasn’t selling the bulk of their premium seats when they were flying a Boeing 777 on the route. Show More Summary

American Express Introduces Hotel Booking Site Giving Upgrades and $75 Room Credit

American Express has long offered upscale and luxury hotels through their Fine Hotels and Resorts program — booking through them gets you benefits like a room upgrade if available, late checkout, breakfast, and another benefit like a meal or spa credit. Show More Summary

How Far Can $100 Take You? And the Surprising Mileage Implications of United’s Newark Terminal C

News and notes from around the interweb: US Antarctic Program prepares to test plan for regularly scheduled winter flights to McMurdo Station, providing year-round access from Christchurch, New Zealand. A fascinating look at how impending...Show More Summary

70% Bonus Offer for Buying Virgin America Points

Last month Virgin America offered an 80% bonus on purchased miles for 8 hours only. There’s a little bit more time, this time (up through December 12), to take advantage of an ‘up to 70% bonus’ for mileage purchases. You have to log into your account to see the offer. Show More Summary

Here’s JetBlue’s New Business Plan: Give Less to Customers, Charge Them More.. and Why That Makes Sense

JetBlue announced on Wednesday that it will add 15 seats to its 150-seat Airbus A320s in 2016. That will reduce average seat pitch from 34.7 inches to 33.1 inches, which is still more generous than the 31 – 32 inch average across the industry. Show More Summary

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