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Program Score Card: Porter VIPorter

August 16, 2010

Feisty Canadian low-cost carrier Porter is known for being the only carrier that flies to Toronto Island airport, which is within the city limits and much more convenient for many people than Toronto Pearson  Porter only operates one-class Q-400 Turbo props and prides itself on simple fares and in-flight service. They target the business flyer […]

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Program Score Card: WestJet Frequent Guest

August 16, 2010

When it comes to Canadian low-cost carriers, WestJet leads the pack. As the second largest airline in Canada (behind Air Canada), they service 71 destinations in Canada, US, Mexico and the Caribbean. Their operational model is similar to Southwest’s in that they only operate coach-only 737 aircraft.  WestJet is not in any of the alliances, […]

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Program Score Card: Frontier EarlyReturns

August 12, 2010

Denver based Frontier Airlines recently acquired (through parent holding company Republic) Midwest airlines, so the two regional low cost carriers will merge to provide a formidable, though much smaller,  competitors  Southwest and United. Unlike Southwest however, they operate on a hub system, meaning almost all flights will run through Denver and Milkwaukee. Currency=  EarlyReturns Miles […]

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Program Score Card: AirTran A+ Rewards

August 12, 2010

If you live in the Southeast corner of the US, you are probably familiar with AirTran. If you live anywhere else, you are probably more familiar with ValuJet and it’s infamous 1996 crash in the Florida Everglades. Before the crash, ValuJet was cited many times for safety violations, so the negative publicity wave after the […]

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Program Score Card: Midwest Miles

August 11, 2010

Midwest was purchased by Frontier, so by this fall, their frequent flyer programs will have merged. It may be a bit pointless for me to do this analysis, but I’m a sucker for history, so I might as well document the Midwest Miles program for the frequent flyer time capsule Milwaukee based Midwest is known […]

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Program Score Card: Virgin America Elevate

August 11, 2010

Virgin America celebrated its three year birthday this week and it has garnered a huge, loyal fan-base in that short amount of time. It’s even been featured in a reality show, Fly Girls, that followed the lives of it’s perky flight attendants. What Virgin America is really known for, is its low-fare structure, technology, in-flight […]

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Program Score Card: Spirit FreeSpirit

August 10, 2010

Fort Lauderdale based Spirit Airlines has prided itself on becoming the first “ultra-low cost” airline. Spirit led the pack with fees: starting with baggage and also evolving into beverages and even middle seats. Spirit was in the news this year mostly for beginning a fee on carry-on baggage- a first of any US airline. Fees […]

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Program Score Card: JetBlue TrueBlue

August 10, 2010

JetBlue is a NYC based low-cost carrier that serves 60 destinations in 11 countries in the US, Caribbean and South America. JetBlue prides itself on in-flight amenities and customer service. Legions of loyal JetBlue flyers have grown accustomed to standard in-flight entertainment, including live TV (which JetBlue owns) and free snacks. While JetBlue is not […]

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Program Score Card: Sun Country UFly Rewards

August 9, 2010

If you live in Minneapolis, you are probably familiar with Sun Country airlines. This unique MSP-based low-cost carrier flies to 35 destinations in the US, Caribbean, Mexico and as of June 2010, seasonal service to London Stansted. Sun Country has a similar operating model to Southwest in that it only has a fleet of Boeing […]

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Program Score Card: Southwest Rapid Rewards

August 9, 2010

Update: earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months with the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Card. Southwest is an airline that has captured the hearts of millions of flyers looking for a sensible airline that has straight forward fares and rules. However, in appealing to the masses with simple fares, open-boarding […]

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Delta SkyMiles Score Card

June 15, 2010

When Delta merged with Northwest Airlines in 2008, they touted “the world’s largest airline” and a frequent flyer program that was “best in class”. Unfortunately, Delta’s frequent flyer program is far from being best in class. While there are some positive aspects of the SkyMiles program, primarily with their Medallion elite status program, the majority […]

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