Tag: frequent flyer miles

Getting Free Money From The Airlines For Volunteering

This morning, I packed up my family of four to go from Boston to Orlando, by way of Atlanta (As the old saying goes, it doesn’t matter whether you’re going to heaven or hell. You still have to change planes in Atlanta.). And, to my utter delight, there are only three of us on the …

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Airline Lounges: Your Airport Escape

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Let’s face it: Airports, particularly American airports, are not fun places to hang out. There are rude people, little comfort and exorbitant prices. But having access to a lounge can make the time fly by. Airport Lounges There are two types of airport lounges. First, you have those run by the airlines themselves. Usually, you …

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Finding The Best Seat On Your Flight

One of the most common questions that I see about flights is regarding which seat to book. Nobody wants to get stuck in the middle seat in front of the lavatory, of course, but how do you know which one has less legroom or limited seat recline. Several months ago, I wrote an article about …

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Wow Airlines Shuts Down Operations

Last week, the inevitable happened, as Wow Airlines announced that it was ceasing operations. It happened overnight, as passengers woke up to a notice on the website. Over 1,000 passengers were stranded and advised to ask for “rescue fares” from other carriers. Here’s what we know: Wow Airlines Wow was an “ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC),” …

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Should You Buy Miles From United?


Well, maybe. Selling miles is an easy way for airlines to make some quick cash. Since there is no governor on mileage inflation, if too many miles get sold, they’ll simply raise amount of miles that a ticket costs. Apparently, it’s that time of year, since United is winding down a mileage sale,* as well. …

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It’s Tax Time, So Make A Few Bucks

With changes in the tax laws this year affecting refunds and potentially kicking you from a refund to a payment, it’s time to try and figure out a few ways to minimize the pain. So how about using your credit card to pay the IRS? How to Make Money by Paying Taxes   Remember, nothing …

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Interesting Article On Advantage Gambling

Today’s article isn’t about miles per se, but rather, an adjacency. My friend Mike writes the blog TravelZork, which is always a good read. It’s specialty is gambling. Mike knows the programs inside out and has a number of suggestions on what you should join and when. This morning, he linked to an interesting article. …

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Hollywood Bungalows, Speedy Flights And Gender Options

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I’m in a busy travel period, but that has never stopped interesting stories from hitting the press. Let’s see what we’ve got. Beverly Hills Hotel Bungalows Want to be Howard Hughes or Marilyn Monroe? Well, you can’t, but you can live like them for a day or two. For $8,500 dollars or more, you’ll get …

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What To Do If Your Airline Strands You

Flying bankrupt airlines had long been considered normal. The airline business is so rough that many of the major US carriers have filed not just once but multiple times. Rarely does bankruptcy mean that the airline goes away entirely. It’s hard to kill an airline. There are too many jobs at risk, and aircraft owners …

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Weekly News: Delta Surveys, Marriott Dissatisfaction And Snow Monsters

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It’s been a busy week for me IRL, so I’m still catching up on the news of the week. As usual, the travel world had its share of stories. Here are a few: Delta Survey Earlier this week, I received a survey from Delta regarding their SkyMiles frequent flyer program. These are not uncommon, and …

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