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Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals

November 21, 2014 |

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

From Choice Hotels: Double Points for Mobile Bookings

November 21, 2014 |

Between November 20 and December 17, Choice Privileges members can earn double points for bookings made via the Choice Hotels mobile app.

A maximum of 30,000 bonus points may be earned through the promotion.

Registration is required.

Deal or No … Read More

‘Connection Day’ Means Free WiFi on 11/26

November 20, 2014 |

In what has been dubbed “Connection Day,” Verizon Wireless, JetBlue, GoGo, Amazon, Pandora, and several other companies have banded together to make WiFi access and digital content available for free.

The day in question is Wednesday, November 26. That’s the … Read More

Southwest Promises to Not Nickel-and-Dime Flyers

November 20, 2014 |

Within 24 hours of JetBlue’s announcement that it planned to impose fees for checked bags and reduce legroom in coach, the reactions of two of the airline’s key stakeholder groups have been expressed loudly and clearly. Wall Street is elated … Read More

United, Orbitz Sue Hidden-City Ticketing Site

November 19, 2014 | 1

United and Orbitz are unlikely allies. Nevertheless, the two companies are jointly suing Skiplagged.com, a website that facilitates hidden-city ticketing.

For those not in the know, hidden-city ticketing is the money-saving technique in which a traveler purchases a ticket to … Read More

Coming from JetBlue: More Fees, Less Legroom

November 19, 2014 | 4

The worst fears of JetBlue loyalists were confirmed today in a news release distributed in advance of the company’s Wednesday investors conference.

The airline has been under pressure from Wall Street for months to boost its bottom line and, ultimately, … Read More

Delta Nixes Award Stopovers in 2015

November 18, 2014 | 6

Airline mileage programs are famous for their devaluations and generally customer-unfriendly ways. But even in that context, Delta stands out for the number and severity of the negative changes its loyalists have been asked to endure.

The new-for-2015 spend-based program … Read More

United Upgrades Newark Airport Experience

November 18, 2014 | 1

When’s the last time you heard someone say something nice about Newark Airport? For that matter, when’s the last time you heard someone say something nice about United Airlines?

Compliments may be in the offing, as the two travel industry … Read More

Marriott’s New WiFi Policy Angers Travel Agents

November 17, 2014 | 1

Of all the major hotel chains, Marriott is arguably the only one with a particular claim on operating with an exemplary moral compass.

The company has been recognized accordingly: named Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Lodging Company”; designated a “World’s … Read More

Win a Cruise + 250,000 United Frequent-Flyer Miles

November 17, 2014 |

Enter the United Cruises “1,000,000 Million Mile Cruise” sweepstakes by December 31, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: a $3,000 cruise voucher, plus 250,000 United MileagePlus miles. (Among other things, the miles could be used to fly … Read More

Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals

November 14, 2014 |

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

United Copycats Delta’s Higher Elite Requirements

November 14, 2014 | 3

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Delta must be positively blushing at United’s recent mileage-program moves.

First, there was United’s wholesale copying of Delta’s new-for-2015 spend-based program. Apparently, when it comes to the design of loyalty programs, intellectual … Read More

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