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Is United MileagePlus the Best FF Program or Worst. I’m Confused

Two days, two news releases. United MileagePlus is the worst frequent flyer program, United MileagePlus is the best frequent flyer program. Why do we even read anymore. We learned Tuesday that about half of frequent flyers surveyed by J.D. Power and Associates don’t know how to redeem rewards for free flights. The most difficult and…

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Aer Lingus and Amex: A New Points Partnership (That’s All)

American Express Membership Rewards members have a new airline to transfer points to: Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus. Aer Lingus AerClub becomes the 17th airline frequent flyer program to which American Express cardholders can transfer their valuable points. Like its partner, British Airways, Aer Lingus is accepting points instantly at a one-to-one ratio. Unfortunately, award…

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Forget Points, These Credit Cards Include Actual Free Tickets

British Airways Club World Travel Together Credit Card Free Ticket Business Class Companion

Taking advantage of credit card opportunities for valuable points can be very rewarding in travel terms. Collecting 100,000 or 200,000 points through programs like American Express Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards can supply fuel for extravagant business class and hotel suite journeys. The points rewards game can be complicated and tiresome, though, particularly as…

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Alaska Airlines Joins the Basic Economy Game

Rogue Pacific Northwest contrarian Alaska Airlines had been the lone holdout in the “basic economy” game thus far, whereby airlines discount fares and then strip as much as possible out of the service. That will change by Christmas. Yesterday during a second-quarter earnings call, Alaska Airlines executives said the airline will implement changes in the…

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Saving Money On Airfare By Buying Miles Instead (Actually, Though)

If done right, buying miles can save money. Not just a few dollars off an upgrade, but thousands off airfare, particularly in business and first class. This may sound like a stretch, but stick with me, it’s more frequently doable than I previously imagined. When ticket prices are high, the relative value of frequent flyer…

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Alaska Dumping Priority Pass Lounge Access in Seattle

Alaska Lounge SeaTac Seattle Priority Pass

Alaska Airlines Lounges have been one of the biggest bright spots for Priority Pass holders in North America. The lounges have a decent food selection, open bar, pancake machines and are professionally staffed. They also reliably admit pass holders — until now. The Seattle Times reports that Alaska will stop admitting Priority Pass holders to…

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Alaska Puts the ‘Most’ in New West Coast Menu

Alaska Air Buy on Board Menu Options

Alaska’s New ‘Most West Coast’ Menu ・New Main Cabin menu items are available for pre-order via the Alaska app ・Pre-order tool only available on Boeing-operated flights ・New dishes are notably health-conscious and feature fresh ingredients Pre-Order Main Cabin Menu Items Alaska unveiled its new Main Cabin buy-on-board options for flights through November 15. Starting today, Alaska’s…

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Terrific Bonus on Alaska Airlines Miles Expires Tomorrow

Cathay Pacific Business Class on A350. Photo courtesy of Cathay Pacific.

Need to top off your Alaska Airlines mileage account in order to “Whisk yourself away on a dream vacay”? Alaska’s marketing may sound hokey, but hey, the alliteration is good, and this bonus is one of the few that makes buying miles a worthwhile proposition. Alaska’s Mileage Plan has indeed provided me with the start…

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American Airlines Joins Straw Elimination Brigade

The same week that Hyatt and Starbucks broke plans to forever dump plastic drink straws, American Airlines boarded the same bandwagon. AA will stop providing plastic straws for in-flight drinks and cocktails, or in Admirals Club lounges, by November, according to The Points Guy. While straws will become a special-request item at Hyatt locations, American…

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Alaska Airlines Will Fly Your Wine (And You) For Free

One of many unique and quirky perks offered by West Coast juggernaut Alaska Airlines is free wine carriage. Alaska, like every US airline but Southwest, charges for bags on domestic flights. It will take a case of wine for free, though. Passengers flying from from just about anywhere in the western United States with a…

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