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Airline Change Fees Might — And Should — Go The Way of the Dodo

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There have been a few headlines about the American Airlines CEO threatening to end flight changes and cancellations on non-refundable tickets. Disregard, there are much bigger forces at play. Congress is considering a cap that would limit fees that airlines can charge passengers to change tickets. This is significant in two ways. It would be…

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Trip Report: The ‘Nosebleed Seats’ On American’s 737 MAX

Last row on the 737 MAX. Image by Chris Dong

Every airline blog has covered American Airlines’ tortured new Boeing 737 ad nauseam. The tiny lavatories have been mocked from major news outlets to late night talk shows. The prevailing narrative: American’s newest 737s, the “MAX 8”, are about as customer friendly as a DMV office. Are these brand new airplanes really so bad? I…

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Tis The Weekend for Bonus AAdvantage Miles: 2x Miles and a Challenge

American Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner Business Class

American Airlines currently has several opportunities for bonus AAdvantage miles including a double mileage bonus and a challenge. Double Mileage The first promotion is allowing for double miles on all first, business, and premium economy flights. This is a targeted offer, so Advantage members should check their inbox and junk mail folder. The promotion requires…

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We Have Reached Peak Airline – Editorial

Emirates A380 Onboard Bar Refresh. Source: Emirates

We will look back on 2018 as the height of a golden era of airline travel. We sampled freshly squeezed juices from a linen-draped mimosa cart, dined on unique amouse-bouche treats and pretended we were all alone as we closed the compartment doors on our private business class suites. This may seem like an ambitious forecast,…

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The Lowdown on Increased Bag Fees (And Ways to Avoid Them)

How to avoid bag fees American, Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, United, Air Canada

Since bag fees became a thing in the U.S., a little over a decade ago, the plague has spread from its seed continent and grown into a worldwide pandemic. Airlines in Asia, Europe, and even the Middle East now charge bag fees on some fares and on some flights. Those fees have been mostly static…

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Own a Business? AA’s Business Extra Can Be Better Than AAdvantage

American Airlines Flaghip First on B777-300ER. Source: American Airlines

The major U.S. airlines incentivize employers to book employees with business rewards programs that are separate from their frequent flyer programs. American Airlines, for example, offers Business Extra in addition to its well known American AAdvantage program. Although business rewards programs tend to fly under the radar, eligible business owners should always sign up to…

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Using American AAdvantage Miles on Flights To and From India

Qatar's QSuite will product direct aisle access for passengers in its fully enclosed suites

As an expat based in India for the most part of last decade, I have narrowed down on ways to effectively use miles to enjoy luxury vacations from the subcontinent without breaking the bank. Despite the fact that there is no Oneworld partner airline based in India, I am still loyal to American Airlines frequent…

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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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Using Points and Miles To Get To Portugal

Portugal is rising in popularity as a “must see” European destination. The country has been overshadowed by its Iberian Peninsula counterpart, Spain, for quite some time, but as visitors continue to discover Portugal’s allure, its “little brother” perception is fading fast. As you may have noticed, Point Me To The Plane has been on a bit of…

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