Category: SkyTeam

Using Proprietary Card “Currency” For The Best Seats

Credit card rewards aren’t just points and miles. Most of the major card issuers can get you cash or travel rewards, but some pay in their own “proprietary” currency, as well. You’ve probably heard of them: American Express has Membership Rewards (MR) points; Citibank has ThankYou points (TYP); Chase has Ultimate Rewards (UR). The rationale …

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Global Airline Updates

All kinds of fun tidbits today, with most of it international, or at least affecting international travel. American Adding Premium Economy to International Coach For those American Airlines passengers who want something more than coach but don’t really feel like paying five figures for a seven-hour flight, fear not, they’re coming to the rescue! But …

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Delta’s JFK Sky Club: Worth the price of admission

I have to admit, when Delta puts its mind to it, it can generate a nice product. JFK itself is not the world’s finest airport, but the relatively new Terminal 4 and flagship Sky Club by gate B32 are far superior to anything else you will find at the airport. It almost makes flying out …

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About airline polls…

One thing that US News & World Reports is good at is building polls. For example, every year, the “Best Colleges” poll causes angst among the 16-year olds as they struggle over whether they should apply to #1 Penn or #235 Columbia University, or perhaps some school in between. And just what will their friends think …

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International “stuff:” BA buying Aer Lingus (maybe) and free Aeroflot miles (Yes, that Aeroflot)

I don’t spend too much time on international programs, since most of my readers are in the US, but every once in a while, there are a few noteworthy bits to share.  Today: There has been speculation that British Airways would be buying Aer Lingus and last night, they announced an agreement.  BA would take …

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You are your own best advocate for rewards programs

On any given day, a quick Google search will find you an article about “the best frequent flyer programs,” “easiest ways to use your frequent flyer miles” or “how to beat the airlines at their own game (Number four will shock you!).”  Truthfully, I ignore most of them, since I don’t know the source, are …

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Alaska Airlines: The little program that could (benefit you if you’re an infrequent traveler)

As a New Englander, I don’t get to spend too much time on airlines that focus on western states such as Frontier, WestJet and, to some extent, Southwest.  But one that I really miss is Alaska Airlines (Don’t call them “Alaskan Airlines,” by the way.).  I’ve always had a soft spot for them since flying …

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Why you should always be prepared when booking travel

My friend Mike, the author of the blog Travelzork, is an interesting character.  Everyone has their niches, and he has a couple, including European travel, casino freebies and high-end alcohol (His blog covers the first two well and mentions the third, which is usually found near him when he’s experiencing one of the first two.).  …

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What’s going on in the airline industry

It’s been a very quiet week for frequent flyer miles.  We’ve had a skirmish on the west coast, a few good credit cards and a complete lack of good bonus offers.  But the industry has been awash with news. Issue #1: The fight over LAX.  Want a cheap flight from LA to, well, pretty much …

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