Opinion: Basic economy fares constitute a deceptive business practice

I am an awards booker. I spend hours per day looking at airfare, both in terms of award mileage and cash fares for positioning flights. Basic economy fares have made my work unnecessarily complicated. United and American have billed basic economy as a new class of service. Fliers who normally don’t have the funds to…

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I cheated on Delta with United, and liked it (sort of)

As a Delta frequent flier based in Brooklyn, I rarely end up on United Airlines. Unlike many living in Manhattan, my journey to United’s Newark Liberty hub is an inconceivable undertaking. The airline’s generally mediocre ratings don’t contribute much in the way of motivation, and fairly frequent Gold Medallion upgrades keep me glued to Delta.…

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Trouble finding business class award space to Europe? Here are your best bets

Singapore Airlines' New Business Class onbaord the A350. Source: Singapore Airlines

Everyone wants to fly in the flashiest, latest and greatest business class seats. Good luck getting in on that deal. With more points than ever on the open market, finding award space on popular and well known airlines is ever more difficult. Want to use 57,500 AAdvantage miles to get to Europe in American Airlines…

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How to make European discount airlines work for you

European discount airlines, the bottom feeders of customer satisfaction surveys, aren’t necessarily a bad option for making connections around the continent. A successful budget journey on a company like Ryanair, EasyJet or Wizz Air can cost you as little as $25 one-way, but coming away satisfied requires some know-how and planning. Even though many customers…

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Easy points: Lyft rides now earn Delta SkyMiles

Effective today, Delta SkyMiles members can earn miles on every dollar they spend with ride-sharing app Lyft. The Delta-Lyft partnership is the first such agreement between a ride sharing company and an airline. The only similar existing partnership is between Uber and hotel partners including Hilton, IHG and Starwood Preferred Guest. Unlike the bonus agreement involving…

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