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Maximize Monday: Airline and Hotel Elite Status Matches and Challenges

July 22, 2013

On the heels of some legacy airlines revamping their elite status programs to include a revenue-based element, with United Adding Premier Qualifying Dollars and Delta Adding Medallion Qualifying Dollars, I wanted to give readers an update of all the ways to status challenge and status match so that they can take advantage of elite status before having to […]

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Saturday Recap: Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion, American Airlines Bonus on Purchased Miles, 600 United Miles for Joining Opinion Miles Club, Earn Bonus Elevate Points with Mandarin Oriental, 500 Free Rapid Rewards Points from Dish Network

July 13, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Registration Now Open for Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion: As a recap from earlier this week, registration is now open for Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion. Like last year’s promo, which was essentially the same, this one isn’t too exciting, but at least there’s […]

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Routehappy Unveils First US & International In-Flight WiFi Report: The Best and Worst Airlines For In-flight Connectivity

June 25, 2013

I won’t lie, I’m a huge fan of in-flight WiFi. In fact, as a Delta flyer I’ve grown accustomed to having it on my flights and I had a minor panic attack when two flights last week (Atlanta to Ashveville, NC and Asheville to LaGuardia) didn’t have WiFi. Luckily they were short flights, but it […]

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Saturday Recap: Chase Ink 60,000-Point Offers, Enter to Win 1 Million Delta SkyMiles, Bonus Elevate Points with RocketMiles, Wyndham Double Points Summer Promo, JetBlue Ends TrueBlue Point Expiration

June 22, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news […]

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Virgin America 20% Off Coupon for Select Fall Travel

June 17, 2013

Virgin America is giving away 20% off coupons for travel between September 10 and Novermber 6, 2013 via their Facebook page to the first 65,000 people who register for their Star Wars contest that is offering a grand prize trip to San Francisco. While there are some restrictions on the coupons (Main Cabin only, no […]

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American Airlines iPhone App Now Displays TSA PreCheck Indicator – So What?

June 10, 2013

One of the hot topics in airline travel these days is TSA PreCheck. I recently wrote about how Virgin America has joined the program and the fact that TSA PreCheck recently expanded to certain international itineraries as well. Personally I love the program since it can be a huge time saver at the airport, letting you […]

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TSA PreCheck Expands to Virgin America

June 3, 2013

Virgin America has become the 6th airline to partner with the TSA and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to offer their customers TSA PreCheck. They join Delta Air Lines, Alaska, United, American, and US Airways, which allow trusted travelers to pre-screen and breeze through expedited security for domestic flights and select international flights. Virgin […]

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What Is The Best US Airline? Virgin America Apparently (According to Consumer Reports)

May 23, 2013

Yesterday USA Today’s Nancy Trejos (who has been on a roll breaking travel stories) covered Consumer Reports’ annual airline satisfaction survey and to be honest, I wasn’t really surprised with the results given the poll questions. Voters were asked to rate their satisfaction with the airlines’: check-in ease, cabin-crew service, cabin cleanliness, seating comfort, baggage […]

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My Virgin America Elevate Gold Status Ends – So What?

May 20, 2013

Back in December, Virgin America was offering status matches to the elite flyers of America and United, so I was able to match from my Executive Platinum status on American to Elevate’s highest (of two) status tier, Gold. My new status was good for four months, until April 30, 2013. In order to have extended […]

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The Transcontinental Route Competition Heats Up

May 13, 2013

American recently announced that it would begin offering hourly transcontinental flights between New York JFK and Los Angeles LAX as it takes on both United and Delta on the most trafficked domestic route. All that means more choices and lower fares for consumers. Right now, American offers between 8-10 flights a day in each direction […]

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Maximize Monday: Avoiding Airline Fees

May 6, 2013

As airline fees continue to rise on everything from ticket changes/cancellations to carry-on bags, to lounge memberships to on-board snacks, now is the time to pay more attention than ever to how much you’ll be paying to fly and how you can get out of some of these fees so you can maximize your travel […]

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Virgin America 40% Bonus on Purchased Points – Worth It? (Generally, No)

April 30, 2013

Now through May 7, 2013, Virgin America is offering a bonus of up to 40% on purchased Elevate points. While not as generous as last October’s 50% bonus, this could still be something to consider if you’re a (very) few points short of a specific redemption. Buy 500 – 2,000 points to get a 20% […]

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New Seat-To-Seat Ordering Means More Mid-Air Flirting on Virgin America

April 25, 2013

Virgin America prides itself on a freewheeling, fun-loving atmosphere and adding to the ambiance of bonhomie, the airline has just launched a new seat-to-seat ordering feature that will allow passengers to purchase food and beverage service items for other passengers from their own seatback touchscreens. This is a follow-up to the chat function that’s part […]

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Airline Miles Expiration Policies Roundup

April 17, 2013

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major airline and hotel loyalty programs. Although mileage expiration is a major […]

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Newark to Los Angeles and San Francisco for $99 Each Way Total on United, American and Virgin America!

April 9, 2013

Virgin America recently started flying from Newark to Los Angeles and San Francisco and as a way to lure customers away from United and American, they’re offering some roundtrip fares for $99 one-way, $198 total roundtrip! Details: Travel Sept 3rd – October 30th and depart on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. This works in both […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn 2,013 Bonus SkyMiles from Hilton, Virgin America Extending Elevate Status Match Offer, American Admirals Clubs Raising Membership Fees, Earn up to 500 Bonus HawaiianMiles

April 6, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Virgin America Extending Elevate Status Match Offer: Virgin America has just extended their status match program now through June 30, 2013 for new applications. To take part in the status match, if you haven’t already, join Elevate, then email [email protected] with your Elevate number and either a copy or screenshot […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Lesser Known Amex Membership Rewards Airline Transfer Partners

March 26, 2013

As we all sit around and wait for another lucrative transfer bonus from American Express such as recent 50% bonuses to British Airways and the historic (but seemingly long-gone) up-to-67% bonuses to Delta, there are still plenty of standard transfer options from which you can pull tremendous value from American Express’s points program, which is […]

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Maximize Monday: How to Stay Connected in the Sky- An In-Flight WiFi Roundup

March 18, 2013

The more time I spend up in the skies, the more I have come to value in-flight WiFi. Although some people, including myself from time to time, like to disconnect onboard and enjoy a few brief hours of email/Facebook/Twitter-less bliss, losing six hours of work and communication time while flying cross-country can be a daunting […]

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Saturday Recap: Double or Triple Virgin America Elevate Points, Double TrueBlue points with Hilton, 20,000 bonus AAdvantage Miles On Flights to Lima, Bonus Alaska Airlines Miles with Avis

March 16, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Double or Triple Virgin America Elevate Points: Now through June 30, 2013, Virgin America Elevate members can earn either double or even triple points on West Coast flights. Elevate members will earn double points on all qualifying flights from SFO to Las Vegas, […]

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Saturday Recap: 20% Mileage Bonus for Miles & More members, Delta Increasing Service at Los Angeles

March 9, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 20% Mileage Bonus for Miles & More members: Now through March 31, 2013, Lufthansa is offering a 20% mileage bonus on award miles for their Miles & More members. They are offering this promotion as a way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the […]

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Easy 500 Free Virgin America Elevate Points

March 5, 2013

Virgin America is running an easy promotion on Facebook where you can earn 500 Virgin America Elevate points just for liking them on Facebook and entering their contest with Singapore Airlines now through March 31, 2013. To be eligible, you must first “like” Virgin America and then just fill out the form as prompted with your name, email address, […]

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What To Do If Superstorm Nemo Derails Your Travel Plans

February 7, 2013

With a massive Noreaster bearing down on the East Coast, I wanted to put together a few tips and a handy consolidated resource of the current travel advisories and flight change and refund policies of the major airlines so that you don’t get stranded this weekend. If you do think your travel plans are in […]

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Airline Status Match and Challenge Information For 2013

January 30, 2013

At the end of February, many of you who did not accrue enough elite miles/points in 2012 will be dropped from your current elite status level. However, you can still use your existing status to challenge to another airline, which can be good until the end of February 2014. Just note that if you did […]

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Earn Bonus Miles with KrisFlyer and Elevate Frequent Flyer Programs

January 9, 2013

Singapore Airlines has launched a codeshare partnership with Virgin America so now you can connect to your Singapore Airlines flight from Chicago, Washington D.C, Philadelphia, Dallas and several other cities served by Virgin America. To celebrate the launch of their codeshare relationship with Virgin America, the airlines have also announced a bonus miles/points promotion. Fly […]

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