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Newsletter – March 8, 2015

This week's neswsletter — taxes and fees fight on Capitol Hill, frequent flier programs, bad maintenance, rental car deals, and unmanned aircraft systems.

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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    Mileage Plus “Friends and Family” change really hurts — even for big spenders

Mileage Plus “Friends and Family” change really hurts — even for big spenders

The United Mileage Plus "Friends and Family" change that really hurts even for big spenders. They will not be allowed to pass along elite perks with their miles when giving away tickets.
By |December 2nd, 2014|Today|6 Comments|
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    Airlines give thanks. Average passengers? Not so much. Part 2

Airlines give thanks. Average passengers? Not so much. Part 2

Airlines pack more passengers into planes, reduce the value of their frequent flier programs, hide airfares and fees, and shift the tax burden to passengers.

6 reasons to check airline mileage statements regularly

Mileage statements, while not being worth much in strict dollar terms, can involve flight credits worth a lot of money either in freebies, upgrades or status. Check them.
By |August 26th, 2014|Today|1 Comment|

Best frequent flier programs based on award availability

A recent study done by Idea Works for Switchfly outlines the state of today's frequent flier programs. And, the picture isn't pretty when it comes to US airlines.
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    Why I love Delta’s new loyalty program – and why you’ll probably hate it

Why I love Delta’s new loyalty program – and why you’ll probably hate it

For the first time in decades, the cold reality of the SkyMiles program will send many of us into mileage-collecting rehab, where we can be weaned from our frequent flier addiction and finally make a more informed and rational booking decision.

Sunday musings: Trains in China, complaining about airlines, etags

High-speed trains challenge airplane in China, complaining about airline service doesn't pay, etags may mean less lost baggage.
By |April 6th, 2014|Today|1 Comment|

Why loss of ‘mileage’ runners would hurt us all

It may be too early to write the obituary for frequent-flier mileage runs — those legendary year-end flights that offer a shortcut to an airline's coveted "elite" status — but it's easy to see the end from here. With Delta Air Lines and United Airlines tightening their loyalty program rules in 2014 to require more spending in order to get singled out for special treatment, many of these frivolous round trips could vanish after this winter.

Are airlines killing their frequent flier programs with credit card benefits?

Many benefits that were once only the province of very frequent fliers are available to travelers who haven't set foot on an aircraft in years. Heck, new travel credit card benefits are better in some cases than any airline benefit gained from being an elite level frequent flier.