Travel Industry

When Is The Best Time to Buy Holiday Flights?

November 21, 2012

The holidays are among the busiest travel times of the year – making it even more difficult than usual to gauge when is the right time is to buy your tickets, what alternative routes you might take, and how you’re going to get your whole family to your destination. If you’ve procrastinated and still haven’t […]

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Registration Now Open for Frequent Traveler University-Tyson’s Corner

November 6, 2012

Registration is officially open for April’s Frequent Traveler University in Tyson’s Corner, VA April 26-28. Tickets are $100 and go towards covering the cost of the event as it’s a non-profit affair. I will be presenting, however my topic is yet to be determined. (Personally, I have the most fun mingling and swapping stories at the […]

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Travel Science: Improving Airplane Boarding Procedures

October 1, 2012

TPG contributor Katharine Gammon is a science writer for publications including WIRED, Popular Science and Los Angeles Magazine. When she’s not jetting to international conferences to interview some of the world’s leading scientific minds, she’s globetrotting herself, exploring unique destinations including recent trips to New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Today she explores the science behind […]

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Giveaway: Be My Guest at Conde Nast Travelers Visionaries Gala in NYC

September 4, 2012

Conde Nast Traveler is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a huge gala on the evening of Tuesday, September 18 at 6pm, at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City to honor the 12 “remarkable global citizens” doing extraordinary things across the world detailed in this issue’s “Visionaries 2012” feature. I’ll […]

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Ways To Thank Travel Industry Workers on Labor Day

September 3, 2012

Though most of us (I hope) are lounging around this Labor Day, hitting the beach, firing up the barbecue or just hanging out with friends and family, the hard-working people in the travel industry don’t get a day off. So on this holiday that’s meant to recognize the workers of America, take some time to […]

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Fun Read: New York Times – Have Elite Fliers Been Downgraded?

June 11, 2012

The New York Times published an interesting article titled Have Elite Fliers Been Downgraded? this weekend that discusses whether airline elite status benefits and perks have been eroded to the point of being irrelevant. While I agreed with some of the points, I don’t fully think the current state of elite status is so doom […]

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Which Airline Frequent Flyer Program Is The Best?

May 19, 2012

I get asked the question, “Which frequent flyer program is the best?” all the time. My response is always: “the one that works the best for you.” However, consulting groups always try to create surveys that definitively figure out which frequent flyer truly are the best. The only thing is, since frequent flyer programs confuse […]

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US Airways to Potentially Takeover American Airlines- What it Means for Your Miles

April 20, 2012

Per this CBS News report, US Airways filed preliminary Securities and Exchange Commission filings to begin a takeover of American Airlines. This does not mean a takeover/merger has been agreed upon, but simply that US Airways has discussed the possibility with the key labor unions involved and they’ve come up with an agreed upon plan […]

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Video Interview with Seth Miller, Blogger & Travel Tool Creator

April 7, 2012

While I was in Singapore recently, I met up with fellow travel blogger Seth Miller, the man behind The Wandering Aramean blog on Boarding Area, and a FlyerTalk legend with over 56,000 comments to his username, SBM12. We met for lunch at the Banana Leaf restaurant in Little India, and I took the opportunity to […]

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Summer 2012 Airfare Trends And 5 Tips on Saving Money With Points

March 26, 2012

Apart from the freaky weather we’ve been having all over the country, the big national news lately has been about soaring gas prices and how they’re going to affect other aspects of daily life through the summer, including airfares. Well, the findings are in, and they’re bad. Like the temperature during those weird March heat […]

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Reminder: Frequent Traveler University, The Freddies and Chicago Seminars

March 17, 2012

I’ll be speaking at three upcoming events about maximizing miles and points, and I’m on the nomination committee of The Freddies, so I wanted to personally invite TPG readers to each. I really enjoy meeting readers in person, and I could use your support, so please consider attending any or all of these events. There […]

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My New York Times Travel Show Talk

March 5, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, I had a blast talking to a crowded room of miles and points enthusiasts  at the New York Times Travel Show. You know I can (and often do) talk about points all day long, but I had to condense my speech into 45 minutes, so I boiled it down to the basics of […]

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Korean Air Bungles Palau Fare Mixup

November 15, 2011

Airline pricing is a science that I’ll probably never understand. Most of the time I’m frustrated with how much tickets cost (especially last minute tickets), but once in a while amazing deals come along that finally make you feel like you got a great bargain. This year alone I went to Stockholm and Copenhagen on Delta/KLM […]

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Understanding South American Visa and Reciprocity Fees

November 12, 2011

Due to the comments on my master British Airways award clinic post, I know many of you are booking amazing South American awards with your British Airways miles before those redemptions become less valuable on Wednesday. However, before you book you should understand the visa and fees associated with visiting South American countries. If you […]

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The Best Time to Book December Holiday Travel Is…

November 7, 2011

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the best times to buy Thanksgiving airfare, and now it’s time to start considering your December holiday travel plans. As I said before, it can be darn near impossible to figure out when exactly you should buy your holiday airfares—after all, we’ve probably all experienced that sinking feeling […]

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The Best Time to Buy Thanksgiving Airfare Is …

October 21, 2011

I’m always asked about buying airfares and to be honest, I really don’t have a clue. Trying to make sense of airfare fluctuations and fare rules is a game I don’t have time to play. However, the geniuses over at pulled together a ton of data around historical Thanksgiving airfares to show when the […]

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Remembering 9/11: 10 Years Later

September 11, 2011

TPG reader Mark sent me some incredible 360 degree pictures he took from the top of the World Trade Center in June of 2000. He writes, “I think it would be nice to step back in time and remember the Twin Towers as they were” and I couldn’t agree more. View from the top of the […]

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FAA Tax Refunds to Come For Tickets Purchased Before July 23

August 3, 2011

It looks like the current FAA deauthorization will last until after Labor Day, so if you purchased a ticket for US travel before July 22 for travel on or after July 22, 2011, you may be entitled for a refund. It’s not clear how the refund will work, so I’d recommend waiting while the details […]

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Dear Airlines: Stop Pocketing Tax Holiday Savings

July 27, 2011

I know this may fall on deaf ears, but I’d like to urge the airlines to pass along the savings from not collecting FAA taxes onto consumers. I’m writing this post on a Delta flight that I was able to rebook for a $40 savings the day the taxes stopped being collected. That certainly helps considering […]

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Reduced Taxes on Airline Tickets

July 23, 2011

I have to be honest, I haven’t been closely following the drama in Washington over the budget, but I did read an interesting blog post from Gary at View from the Wing about the the possibility of less taxes being collected on airline tickets. And as of today, fewer government taxes on airline tickets, which is […]

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Frequent Traveler University

April 30, 2011

Today I’m going to Frequent Traveler University, which is a day-long workshop with the top minds in the frequent traveler space. I’ll be attending sessions by Rick Ingersoll, The Frugal Travel Guy, on tips for maximizing credit card applications as well as sessions by Boarding Area bloggers Ben from One Mile at a Time and […]

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Frequent Traveler Awards Results

April 29, 2011

Last night was the Frequent Traveler Award Ceremony and the results for the Americas were: 1) Program of the Year: Air Canada Aeroplan 2) Hotel Program: Marriott 3) Best Loyalty Credit Card: Alaska Airways Visa 4) Best Elite Program: United Airlines 5) Best Hotel Elite Program: Hyatt 6) Best Airline Redemption: Air Canada Aeroplan 7) […]

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Live Tweeting from the Frequent Traveler Awards Tonight

April 28, 2011

Tonight I’ll be attending the Frequent Traveler Awards at Citi Field in NYC, along with 9 TPG readers as my guests. The Frequent Traveler awards will honor the top loyalty programs in the following categories: Best Promotion for Redemption (Airline & Hotel) Best Promotion for Earning (Airline & Hotel) Best Redemption Ability (Airline & Hotel) Best […]

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Signed Copy of Michelle Bernstein’s Cuisine a Latina Giveaway

April 26, 2011

Last night, I (along with 40 of NYC’s top Diamond Medallions, top Delta executives and members of the press) had the pleasure of attending an event sponsored by Delta at the Chelsea Market James Beard Foundation Pop-up restaurant. The meal was cooked by Delta celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein and her crew who flew up from […]

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