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Weekly Recap: A Fee for Priority Deplaning, Airline Sadism, & More

July 24, 2015 |

Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.

If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can … Read More

Delta Discounts Paid and Award Tickets

July 24, 2015 |

Delta isn’t known for either the frequency or the generosity of its SkyMiles award discounts. In the past, they’ve been few and far between, and less than compelling.

With its new sale on both paid and award tickets, announced today, … Read More

The 8 Best (and Worst) Travel Apps

July 23, 2015 | 2

Betting that the future lies in mobile booking, the travel industry is investing untold millions in developing and refining mobile apps. So far, the results are decidedly mixed, with some apps overdelivering on the promise of usability and elegance, while … Read More

Airlines ‘Delighted’ to Make Flying Painful

July 23, 2015 |

Does it sometimes seem like the airlines not only make travel an unpleasant experience but that they positively revel in travelers’ pain? Turns out you were right.

Speaking on behalf of all airlines, Jeff Smisek, United’s CEO, admitted the ugly … Read More

How to Earn 750 United Miles in 1 Minute

July 22, 2015 | 12

Is one minute of your time worth 750 United MileagePlus miles? If so, read on.

For a limited time, MileagePlus members can earn 750 miles for establishing a MyPoints account and keeping it active for at least 30 days. Signing … Read More

Alaska Air Adds 15th Loyalty-Program Partner

July 22, 2015 |

Alaska Airlines today announced the addition of its fifteenth Mileage Plan airline partner.

Beginning on June 23, Mileage Plan members can earn miles for flying on China’s Hainan Airlines; mileage redemption for Hainan award flights will begin later in 2015.

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Miles-for-Shopping Bonuses from American, Southwest, United

July 21, 2015 |

You do earn miles by shopping at the airlines’ mileage malls, right?

There’s no reason not to. The prices are the same. And by making your purchases through the airline’s portal, you’ll be earning miles — typically between one and … Read More

Will Priority Deplaning Be the Next New Airline Fee?

July 21, 2015 | 8

What’s next in the airlines’ relentless search for yet more sources of fee revenue?

FlightView’s just-released survey of more than 2,300 travelers, subtitled “How Airlines and Airports Can Capture More Revenue & Loyalty by Improving the Travel Experience,” may provide … Read More