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Weekly Recap: Southest’s Opaque Award Pricing, Pay Airline CEOs in Miles, & More

April 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

The 10 Happiest Places on Earth

April 24, 2015 |

When Walt Disney called Disneyland “the happiest place on earth,” he was on to something crucial in destination marketing. Happy places entice; unhappy places don’t.

What is true for theme parks is just as true for countries. Given a choice, … Read More

Should American’s CEO Be Paid in Frequent-Flyer Miles?

April 23, 2015 |

Yesterday’s announcement that American’s CEO, Doug Parker, would henceforth be paid solely in company stock — no cash — was lauded by shareholders and the financial community as a sure sign that Parker is “all in” on American.

That is … Read More

Delta’s ‘Basic’ Fares Come Bundled with a Warning

April 23, 2015 | 1

Delta’s so-called Basic Economy fares have been available in limited markets since 2012. They were “updated” in October 2014, and most recently in March 2015.

What they are are heavily discounted, highly restricted coach fares offered by Delta to compete … Read More

Free Uber Rides, Discounts for Cap One Cardholders

April 22, 2015 |

Uber wants to dominate the ride-share space, and it’s offering both short- and long-term incentives to secure that dominance.

The company already has points-earning relationships in place with American Expresss and Starwood. Now Uber has two promotions in effect with … Read More

Rapid Rewards, What’s Your Deal?

April 22, 2015 | 1

Back in February, Southwest posted the following warning to its website (my emphasis):

We created Rapid Rewards because we think you deserve to actually feel rewarded. And, from time to time we must make some updates to our program. Beginning … Read More

Alaska Air Debuts Self-Tagged Bags with a Bonus

April 21, 2015 |

Alaska Airlines has a new idea for checking bags. And it’s offering bonus miles to flyers willing to try it out.

The new idea: Tag your bag at home. According to the airline:

We’ve taken a whole step out of … Read More

IHG’s ‘Share Forever’ Promotion Begins on May 1

April 21, 2015 |

The earning potential for InterContinental’s new “Share Forever” promotion ranges from 68,500 to 115,500 bonus points. Plus up to 58,500 bonus points to share with others. Or to keep.

It’s complicated.

Offer Details

Between May 1 and September 7, IHG … Read More

Win Premium Economy Tickets to Paris

April 20, 2015 |

Enter the Atout France “France on the Fly” sweepstakes by June 30, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: roundtrip Premium Economy tickets for two to Paris, and a culinary experience with a top French baker. (Hotel accommodations … Read More

$1,750. Unlimited Monthly Flights. Surf Air.

April 20, 2015 | 1

All the flying you want, for $1,750 a month.

Sound too good to be true? It is true, however, but with some important qualifications.

First, the unlimited flying is only within California. That’s because Surf Air is currently not authorized … Read More

Weekly Recap: Coach-Class Seat Wars, United’s Free Drinks, & More

April 17, 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

How Many Middle Seats Is Too Many?

April 17, 2015 | 5

When considering (oxymoron alert!) coach-class comfort, the focus tends to be on legroom and seat width. Indeed, those two variables go a long way toward determining how comfortable you’ll be, especially on longer flights.

But there is a third variable … Read More

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