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For One Uber Rival, It’s the End of the Road

December 31, 2015 |

Long ago we conceived of the technology that gave rise to the rideshare movement. And nearly four years ago we invented what is now known as “ridesharing” with an app that connected riders with everyday drivers in their personal vehicle. … Read More

Attention HHonors Members: Hilton Award-Price Changes

December 31, 2015 |

Early last year, Hilton made a significant change to the way it communicates changes to the prices for award stays at its hotels: Instead of an annual announcement of all award-price changes for the coming year, Hilton would henceforth “be … Read More

The Year’s 10 Biggest Travel Stories

December 30, 2015 |

It’s been yet another eventful year for travel, with plenty of drama on multiple fronts. Based on well over 1 million pages viewed by readers, here are the year’s 10 most-read blog posts:

1. The Airline with the Best Award-Seat … Read More

Oscar-Winning Actor Bashes Hoverboard Ban

December 30, 2015 |

Just when you thought the hoverboard kerfuffle had played itself out, no less a media heavyweight than Russell Crowe has launched the issue back into the headlines.

Apparently unaware of the wide-ranging ban on transporting hoverboards on commercial aircraft, Crowe … Read More

The World’s 10 Most Valuable Airline Brands

December 29, 2015 | 2

If you asked me to list the world’s most valuable airline brands, I’d mention, in no particular order, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, JetBlue, Lufthansa, and two or three others. They’d be the select few airlines which, fairly or not, seem to … Read More

Twister Seats: Hope for Coach-Class Comfort?

December 29, 2015 |

Review the recent literature on new airline-seating designs and you might conclude that all the design industry’s resources were being directed either toward ludicrously luxe lie-flat first-class beds (or suites), or, at the opposite end of the comfort spectrum, toward … Read More

New from Hilton: ‘Little Extras’

December 28, 2015 |

Taking a page from the airlines’ revenue-optimization playbook, Hilton is offering travelers a little something extra, for a little more money.

Customers who opt to pay extra for a Little Extras Upgrade at participating DoubleTree hotels will receive one the … Read More

Win a 4-Night Trip for 4 to London (including Tea Tasting)

December 28, 2015 |

Enter the Twinings Tea “Twinings of London” sweepstakes by January 31, 2016, for a chance to win the grand prize: a trip for four to London, including air, four nights’ hotel, and a tea tasting with Stephen Twining at The … Read More

Farewell and Thanks: My Final Week at…

December 28, 2015 | 4

A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far, far away, I launched a website. This website:

It was 1997. I was managing loyalty marketing for a major international airline. The airline industry was in the midst of … Read More

Weekly Recap: Best Airports, Silvercar Discounts, & More

December 26, 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

Now, Redeem Delta Miles for Lounge Libations

December 24, 2015 |

In Delta’s new-for-2015 revenue-based loyalty program, money and miles are linked as never before. On the earning side, miles are awarded according to program members’ spend. And on the redemption side, miles have a more or less preset cash value … Read More

Earn American Bonus Miles for Australia Flights

December 24, 2015 |

If you’re headed Down Under in 2016, be prepared for one of the longest flights you’re ever likely to take. Bonus miles will help mitigate the discomfort, but only somewhat.

Offer Details

Between February 1 and May 31, 2016, American … Read More