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Delta Upgrades Inflight Entertainment Options

July 29, 2014 | 1

For coach-class flyers, there’s been little in the way of good news recently. If anything, the trend has been a negative one, with airlines squeezing ever more seats onto ever fuller planes. Comfort? Not much.

Delta this week introduced a … Read More

PointBreaks: IHG Award Nights for Just 5,000 Points

July 29, 2014 |

IHG Rewards (formerly Priority Club Rewards) has released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels available for booking for just 5,000 points per night through September 30, 2014.

Offer Details

Effective immediately, IHG Rewards members can book award nights for 5,000 … Read More

Airlines Misbehave More, Pay More Fines

July 28, 2014 | 3

Since beefing up consumer-protection rules in 2010, the number of citations issued against U.S. airlines by the Department of Transportation has nearly doubled.

That’s according to the L.A. Times, which reviewed federal records for the 2010 – 2013 period.

After … Read More

Win a 5-Day Trip for 2 to Bora Bora

July 28, 2014 |

Enter the Pearl Vodka “Rare Escape” sweepstakes by September 1, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: a five-day trip to Bora Bora for two, including air, hotel, meals, a tour, and $1,000 in spending money.

To enter, … Read More

Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals

July 25, 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

Airlines Squeeze Flyers, Roll in the Dough

July 25, 2014 |

Pity not the airlines.

This week, most U.S. airlines announced their operational and financial results for the second quarter. And they were nothing short of record-breaking.

American reported net income of $864 million. But if merger-related expenses aren’t counted, the … Read More

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Gov’t Watch List

July 24, 2014 |

The great majority of American travelers will never suffer the effects of having their names included on the federal government’s watch list of known or suspected terrorists. Air travel is stressful enough without the added worry of being subjected to … Read More

Are Pigs Treated Better Than Coach-Class Passengers?

July 24, 2014 | 4

If pigs could fly … well, they might have it better than humans flying in coach.

Pigs on a truck are probably on their way to the slaughterhouse. For people on a plane, shoehorned into coach seats, it just feels … Read More

CheapTickets’ New Loyalty Currency Expires After Just 30 Days

July 23, 2014 |

The online travel agencies already boast competitive prices, plenty of inventory, and solid if not flashy user interfaces. So it’s no mystery why the latest battle for the hearts and minds of travel consumers is taking place in the arena … Read More

Hilton’s New Promotion Undermined by the Fine Print

July 23, 2014 | 4

Longtime points chasers will recall, wistfully, a time when a hotel chain’s “systemwide promotion” was just that: systemwide. In other words, stays at any and all properties in that hotel company’s network would count toward earning whatever the bonus happened … Read More

Act Fast: JetBlue 20% Award-Price Discount

July 22, 2014 |

JetBlue has recently been among the most aggressive airlines in offering discounts on award travel. That’s the good news.

The bad news: The discounts, this latest one included, have all been flash sales, giving TrueBlue members as little as 48 … Read More

Citi Adds Transfer Partners to ThankYou Program

July 22, 2014 | 6

A majority of frequent-flyer miles are earned through purchases made by credit cards, either cards linked directly to specific airline programs or cards that award points that may be transferred into multiple airline and hotel programs, such as the Starwood … Read More