As you have likely already read, American Airlines has just enacted a new policy where if you are traveling without overhead luggage, you can now board before Group 2 boarding. The point behind this is to try to get the planes loaded faster. To avoid checked bag fees, and the risk of your checked bags being delayed or lost, more and more of us are trying to carry on everything… Read the Rest.
I make no apologies for valuing and stretching for elite status. It certainly isn’t for everyone, and wouldn’t be worth it if I didn’t travel as much as I do, but I have found that the benefits outweigh the costs for me and my family. That said, in this case, my “loyalty” can be bought for a price. Or rather, it can be lost with a high enough price. Here’s… Read the Rest.
I just scored a free Admirals Club (airport lounge) pass valid through July 31st thanks to my “Klout Score”. Your Klout Score measures your social media importance, connectedness, influence, or something like that. I’m sure I should have a better explanation as a blogger, but that’s all I got. My Klout score was a 58 and that scored me a pass that I immediately was able to print. Update: seems… Read the Rest.
Thanks to CokeandTaco Flyertalk for pointing out that some inexpensive fares to San Juan, Puerto Rico have returned for dates late in 2013 and into early March 2014. I saw some even lower prices a month or so ago, but this is still a good way to escape to some warmer weather during the winter months. Here are a few round trip fares I saw when playing around online: DFW… Read the Rest.
Plan a Hawaiian Vacation Using Miles and Points: Part 1 (Overview) Strategic Airline Ticket Decisions (this post) In Part 1 of this mini-series, I outlined what I would be covering in subsequent posts on getting your family to Hawaii on miles and points. If you missed that post, I recommend going back and checking out some of the tips and parameters shared there to give a baseline for what is… Read the Rest.
Here are a few fast updates from the ever-changing world of miles and points…. As expected, American Airlines matched the British Airways promo that was announced earlier this week. If you fly in an eligible fare class from the U.S., Canada, or Mexico and Europe in First Class, Business Class or select Economy Class fares* on American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia or OpenSkies flights then you get 20,000 bonus AAdvantage… Read the Rest.
American emailed me today about their new Award Map, and I am kinda digging it! It reminds me of the old Travelocity Dream Map (or something like that) where I would put in how much I wanted to spend from my home airport and it would show me where I could go. With this American Airlines Award Map you can now get a real-time map of available reward destinations simply… Read the Rest.
I just received an offer via email from British Airways that I thought was worthy of sharing. The email says: We’re on a mission to make you the happiest flyer in the world. Yes, you. So to thank you for flying with us, we’ve set aside 75 million bonus Avios in our Happiness Fund for our Executive Club members. Simply register, then book a qualifying, round-trip, transatlantic flight in any… Read the Rest.
If you read this blog very much you know that due to where I live, I don’t spend most of my flight time on either US Airways or American Airlines except when I am using miles or points. I love US Airways points for other Star Alliance airlines (and their Envoy Suite I flew a few days ago wasn’t bad either), and I like American Airlines because British Airways Avios… Read the Rest.
Two things have developed in recent days/weeks that have led to a new “two browser trick”. The first is related to the demise/serious slow down on the old two browser trick with the Citi AAdvantage cards (where you could apply for two of the cards on the same day and get approved for both for double the miles), and the second is related to the word on the street that… Read the Rest.