Why Elite Upgrades Are Harder to Get & How To Work Around It

Earlier today, the New York Times published an article by Billy Witz titled, “Flight Upgrades Much Harder to Secure, Even for Elite Travelers,” in which I was quoted. As I point out, airline upgrades are behaving much like the rest of the economy where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer,…

Recap of US Airways/American Airlines Merger News And Media Appearances

The major travel news story this week was the merger of US Airways and American Airlines, which was officially announced on Thursday. I’ve been covering various aspects of the merger as details emerged, and discussed topics including: Official American Airlines US Airways Merger Announcement and What It Means For Consumers: This post covers the official…

My Street Signs Appearance on CNBC – How To Avoid the Elite Status Frequent Flyer Cliff

Just in time for a debate on whether the US economy would go off the fiscal cliff, I was invited to appear on CNBC’s “Street Signs” to discuss ways frequent flyers could avoid the elite status cliff with last-minute elite mileage tips, why top-tier elite status is so important, as well as credit card bonus…