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Basic Economy is Helping Airlines Squeeze More Cash from Passengers

Did you feel that? Is your annual travel budget feeling a bit pinched? For the first time in years, airlines have found a way to make more money off each individual flier. Susan Carey, of The Wall Street Journal, reports that every U.S. airline is expecting increases in unit-revenue this year. Delta is expected to…

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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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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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$573 R/T Business Class Fare Bangkok – JFK!

While searching for the Qatar Airways $1,500 fare from Asia to the US, I came across a $573 business class rountrip fare from Bangkok to JFK on Xiamen Air. The routing is via Fuzhou (FOC) where Xiamen operates a 14 hour and 40 minute flight to JFK aboard one of their new 787s. Lucky reviewed their 787 business…

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Confirmed! 90% OFF Garuda Miles Redemptions

Garuda Indonesia confirmed with me on Twitter that the promotion is indeed 90% off award tickets.

Update (12/23/16 10:00 pm ET): Garuda Indonesia has pulled the promo. Update (12:37 ET): Read this article before jumping in on the deal and making any transfers! Garuda Indonesia has a pretty fantastic First Class product, and it can be difficult to achieve on points and miles. This is because they only offer First Class on a handful…

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