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Redeeming miles on Delta

Redeeming Miles: Note: The actual mechanics of booking the flight and understanding an award chart can be found here. There are very few experiences that are more frustrating than booking a Delta award ticket.  Perhaps waiting on hold for customer service while listening to a cheery voice tell you how much the company values your …

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Delta: What you need to know about earning miles

It quickly became apparent to me that trying to do one post with everything that you need to know about Delta is too much for one post, so I’m going to split it up a bit.  Since earning and redeeming miles are what most people are interested in, we’ll start there. With 2014 almost over, …

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People Express Part II cut short

For those of you who couldn’t wait to take the second incarnation of People Express, the 1980s low-cost carrier, you may have to wait a little longer.  According to the Wall Street Journal, PE has shut down for now but plans a relaunch in mid-October.  Other than not having enough crew, planes or funding, the …

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Do I need a travel agent? How about insurance?

The last few weeks have been a little crazy, so there have been more informational than mileage posts over the past several days.  Look for a return to mileage posts, including soup-to-nuts examinations of Delta’s and Marriott’s frequent flyer/points programs, the two for whom I get the most requests. My adventure last week made me thankful that I …

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Double-dipping with Hilton (corrected version)

(I have corrected information below regarding the Citi American Express Hilton credit card.  In the original post, I meant to write that you get Diamond status once you spend $40,000.)   I spent last night at the Concorde Opera Paris, the newest Hilton property in the city (Insert Paris Hilton joke here.).  And while that sounds …

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Airline tickets: Don’t “Set it and Forget it”

I’ll be out of town for the next several days, so posting will be only sporadic, but I didn’t even get on the plane before having my first adventure. I’m flying for business to Paris on Delta, with the return on Air France.  Until this afternoon, my biggest concern was that I was stuck in …

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You can beat the long lines at security (but it may cost you)

In the Wall Street Journal today, travel columnist Scott McCartney wrote about American’s return to peak scheduling, where all the flights tend to come in during particular banks of times, as opposed to spacing them throughout the day.  By “banking” flights, American is making layovers shorter and connections more logical.  Mr. McCartney notes that it …

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Important: A note on contacting me through the contact form

Hi guys, First, thank you for the emails, even the spammers who are trying to offer me SEO services (Thanks, but no thanks.). I reply to all the legit emails I get (Sorry, SEO guys.), but there’s a catch: the contact form is anonymous, meaning that, if you don’t put your email in the body …

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Happy National Aviation Day!

In honor of Orville Wright’s birthday (not the popcorn guy, the other Orville), FDR declared August 19 to be National Aviation Day.  Truthfully, I feel that this is an important enough day that we should all be off from work, but my petition fell short.  Maybe frequent flyer day on Bob Crandall’s birthday?  Mr. Crandall …

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Politicians finally get serious about what matters

Poor John Kerry.  After his Air Force jet broke down in Hawaii, the guy was forced to fly commercial with the rest of us.  On the plus side, he managed to show us that he knows what’s important:   “Finally, some frequent-flier miles,” Kerry said when his staffers explained the alternate arrangements, according to a …

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