Category Archive: US Airways

Oct 16

An Easy 500 Points with Hilton and the Last US Airways Flight Ever

500 Hilton Honors from e-Miles I’ve mentioned e-Miles in the past as an easy way to earn a few extra points from programs. Click on a few links, accumulate points and move on. It’s never a lot, but it will eventually add up. Today, I received an offer for 500 Hilton Honors points just for …

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Oct 02

An Unusual Delta Promotion, AA Knows why I Fly and the World’s Largest Lodging Company?

Delta and…Four Seasons? I guess it’s not the “Delta” part of the promotion that I just received, but rather, the Four Seasons part. While the upscale Four Seasons chain works with preferred partners to provide amenities to certain customers, I’ve never seen them offer anything as gauche as miles. And while it’s only a handful of …

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Oct 01

News from the Industry: New Bag Fees, Progress on Integration, JetBlue Business Portal

Amtrak joins the bag fee game   Well, it was good while it lasted. As of today, the company is going to start charging excess baggage fees on passengers who bring on excess luggage, which is defined as more than two bags and two personal items. There will also be a weight limit of 50 …

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Sep 27

Alaska-Iceland Air partnership, and the last days of US Airways

Alaska Air and Iceland Air have danced before, but they’re doing the tango now as they formalized a partnership that begins on October 1. The casual flyer might not be paying much attention to this combination, but it could have some great results for you. In the past, I’ve discussed Alaska as one of the …

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Aug 31

Unfortunately, airlines want to make a profit, too

One thing I’ll say about consumer advocate Chris Elliott: He’s persistent. This morning, he posted an article on fortune.com chastising the airlines for “piling on the perks” for their best customers at the expense of their customers in economy class. He’s quite right about one thing: first class, particularly in international products, is getting better, …

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Aug 12

What will American AAdvantage look after the merger?

Welcome aboard to everyone who found this site through a link to the Princess Bride post. You can click here to get a little more information about the blog. I hope you stick around. -Mike With American and US Airways merging their reservation systems in October, I’ve gotten some questions about the future of the …

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Jun 14

Huge Citicard airline credit (particularly on American)

Usual disclosure applies: I may receive compensation from a credit card company mentioned. Thank you in advance! The Citibank Prestige card is my favorite card that I have, even though I rarely use it. Last year, in an attempt to win high-end customers (They got me instead.), Citibank massively overreached, and the range of benefits, …

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May 19

Earning points and miles for taking surveys

The most common question I get is “How can I easily earn XXX,000 miles by next week so that I can book a first class trip to YYY?  Fortunately, that’s also the easiest question to answer: Sadly, you can’t.  While there are numerous alternatives to flying as a way to earn miles, I have yet …

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May 14

American Airlines and US Airways prepare for integration

American Airlines has released more details about its upcoming integration with US Airways, which has, so far, gone relatively smoothly. But the hard work begins this summer. In July, American will begin the passenger services systems integration, which will take 90 days, which AA is calling a “drain down” period. During that time, any US …

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Mar 31

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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