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8 great tips for your 2015 European vacation

Travel to Europe is a deal (except for airfare); exchange rates are in your favor. Here are tips to make the entire experience better and get more Europe for your money.

Newsletter – February 22, 2015

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8 great ways to earn frequent flyer points without flying

Believe it or not, flying is not the most common way to earn frequent flyer points. Following are some ways to earn frequent flyer points without stepping onto an airplane.

What?! No Christmas gifts from my airline?

Anyone expecting gifts from the airlines this year were sorely disappointed, unless they were stockholders or ultra-elite fliers. The rest of their passengers, especially those in coach, got big lumps of coal.
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    Cleaner toilets for travelers? FF mileage obsessions, TSA Pre-Check now at 40 percent

Cleaner toilets for travelers? FF mileage obsessions, TSA Pre-Check now at 40 percent

Today we look at big data from the perspective of toilet usage.

Five things United Mileage Plus members must pay attention to with the new 2014 Premier qualifying rules

For 2014, United Airlines joined Delta as a legacy carrier requiring a minimum spend as well as miles for various levels of Premier Status.
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Sunday musings: Aging rental-car fleets, FF mileage rip-off?, concrete air traffic arrows

Plenty to think about this weekend — Rental cars are getting more mileage as companies shift from leasing to owning automobiles, US Airways is sued for short-changing frequent fliers on mileage, and the truth about giant concrete arrows that lead across America.
By |September 1st, 2013|Today|1 Comment|

What we’re reading: TSA complaints jump 26 percent, inheriting FF miles, libraries in hotels

TSA complaints jump 26%, inheriting FF miles, libraries in hotels
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The not-so-entitled traveler — sometime deep discounts limit great service

Airlines, hotels and rental car companies could all use some work on their customer service. On the other hand, there is also a group I refer to as "entitled travelers." They demand five-star service at all times, even when they're paying one-star prices.
By |July 17th, 2013|Today|7 Comments|

Is it time to regulate frequent flier programs?

Airlines are handing out frequent flier miles by the tens-of-thousands and more through flights, dining out, buying magazines and using credit cards. But, when it comes redeeming those miles, the membership is finding it harder and harder as well as more expensive than ever before. Is it time to take a closer look?