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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 |

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

United Brings Back Free Drinks on Long Flights

April 16, 2015 | 4

Beginning on June 1, coach-class travelers on United’s long-haul international flights will be reintroduced to an amenity that disappeared on most United flights more than a decade ago: free beer and wine.

The complimentary beverages are part of a package … Read More

Starwood Launches 10th Hotel Brand with a Bonus

April 16, 2015 |

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. already encompasses nine separate brands, accounting for more than 1,200 individual hotels, in 100 countries.

That’s big. But in an industry where bigger is better, it’s just mid-pack size-wise. Marriott, Hilton, InterContinental, and Best … Read More

J.D. Power Rates the Hotel Loyalty Programs

April 15, 2015 |

In its latest Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report, J.D. Power reports that travelers are happier with their frequent-stay programs than they were in 2014. On its 1,000-point scale, overall ratings increased from 676 in last year’s report to 701 this … Read More

Southwest Doubles Down on Comfort with New Seats

April 15, 2015 | 2

One of the keys to Southwest’s success has been its core value proposition: a pretty comfortable seat, for a pretty good price. Maybe not the most comfortable seat or the very lowest price. But a pretty good combination of the … Read More

Delta Discounts Award Tickets on 15 Routes

April 14, 2015 | 1

Through April 23, SkyMiles members can book award travel on 15 routes within the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and Mexico for as few as 10,000 miles each way. Award travel at the discounted rates must be completed between April 30 … Read More

Changes Make IHG Rewards More and Less Rewarding

April 14, 2015 | 1

The headline of the latest press release from InterContinental touts “Enhancements to Its Award Winning Loyalty Program – IHG Rewards Club.” Indeed, there are some changes that qualify as enhancements.

For many IHG Rewards members, however, the bigger story is … Read More

Win a Trip to Maui for 4

April 13, 2015 |

Enter the Grand Wailea “Grand Refresh” sweepstakes by June 23, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a four night trip for four to Maui, including airfare, hotel, tours, activities, and dinners nightly.

To enter, provide the requested … Read More

New Report Ranks Best, Worst U.S. Airlines

April 13, 2015 | 2

The 2015 Airline Quality Rating report, a joint undertaking by professors at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical and Wichita State universities, was published this week with its annual review and rankings of U.S. airlines’ performance during the previous year.

The study incorporates 15 … Read More

Weekly Recap: Maximizing Miles, Final US Air Flights, & More

April 10, 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

FAA Cites ‘Systemic’ Hazard at United

April 10, 2015 | 1

In a story broken just this week by the Wall Street Journal, it was revealed that United is under scrutiny from the FAA for “systemic” hazards.

The FAA in a February letter to the airline expressed concern that mandatory pilot-qualification … Read More

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