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Latest in the Alaska-Delta Feud: Higher Award Prices

April 18, 2014 |

Even in the midst of the very public, very acrimonious slugfest between Alaska Airlines and Delta, the two airlines have so far maintained their reciprocal frequent-flyer program relationship: members of Alaska’s Mileage Plan can earn and redeem miles for Delta … Read More

Starwood’s Summer Promotion: Double or Triple Points

April 17, 2014 |

Starwood’s current promotion — 2,500 bonus points after every five nights — is set to end on April 30.

The follow-on promotion, which starts the next day, is more accessible (no five-night minimum) but not much more generous.

Offer Details

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Spirit: Worst Airline or Misunderstood Do-Gooder?

April 17, 2014 | 3

Given Spirit Airlines’ track record of bad-taste ads and seemingly gleeful neglect of customer goodwill, you’d think the company’s attitude toward negative attention was some variant of “Any publicity is good publicity.”

It turns out that’s true up to a … Read More

JetBlue Will Shift Some Flights to Washington, D.C.

April 16, 2014 | 1

Beginning on June 16, JetBlue’s route map and flight schedule will undergo significant modifications, including cessation of flights on several current routes.

Flights between the following cities will be discontinued:

  • San Francisco and Austin
  • Oakland and Washington Dulles
  • Long … Read More

United Discounts Mexico City Award Flights by 20%

April 16, 2014 |

Hard on the heels of its discount for award trips to Japan, United has announced another award discount, this one for travel to Mexico.

Between April 15 and April 29, Mileage Plus members can book roundtrip coach award tickets from … Read More

Earn Double Miles for American Flights to Tokyo

April 15, 2014 |

Between April 9 and May 31, AAdvantage members can earn double miles for American and American-operated flights with JAL flight numbers to Tokyo, as follows:

Between New York and Tokyo

  • Dates: From New York to Tokyo between April 9 … Read More

Marriott Rewards Is Best Hotel Program, Per J.D. Powers

April 15, 2014 | 6

The best hotel loyalty program? According to the inaugural J.D. Power 2014 Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report, it’s the Marriott Rewards program.

The J.D. Powers study ranks programs on their performance in five areas, which are importance-weighted as follows: account … Read More

No More First Class on American’s 777-200ERs

April 14, 2014 | 1

Starting later this year, American will begin gradually reconfiguring its fleet of 47 Boeing 777-200ER jets. The planes will be fitted with a host of enhancements. What they won’t have, however, is any first-class seating.

The current configuration, with 16 … Read More

Win a ‘Dream Vacation’ from AARP

April 14, 2014 |

Enter the AARP “Dream Vacation” sweepstakes by May 25, 2014, for a chance to win one of six weekly grand prizes. Among them: a trip for six to Disney World, including air, five nights’ hotel, Disney tickets, some meals; a … Read More

Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals

April 11, 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

America’s Most Complained-About Airline: Spirit

April 11, 2014 | 3

Spirit is the airline that everyone loves to hate. The company mesmerizes customers with rock-bottom fares, then dings them for everything short of lavatory access. Then, having lured them onboard, Spirit crams travelers into seats with 28-inch pitch, one of … Read More

Is Southwest Set to Become a Leader in Coach-Class Comfort?

April 10, 2014 | 4

When it comes to coach-class comfort, Southwest — which offers only coach seating throughout its all-737 fleet — is neither a leader nor a laggard.

With seat pitch, the distance between seats, averaging between 31 and 33 inches, and seat … Read More