Asthmatic Woman Booted Off United Flight Because of a Cat

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Donna Wiegel was flying Baltimore – Chicago last month. She has “a lot of respiratory problems and asthma” and avoids being near cats. She spotted one at the boarding gate. And though she asked the gate agent to seat...

All About Mistake Fares and Finally Someone Fired Over United Passenger Dragging Incident

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News and notes from around the interweb: I talked to NPR about mistake fares The official overseeing Chicago’s aviation police has been fired after his officers dragged a United passenger off a flight, and after his questionable service in...

50% Off IHG Rewards Club Hotel Redemptions in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean

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IHG Rewards Club is running a 50% off award night redemption sale for Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean. Book by May 7 for stays in May and June for half the points. In 2016 they ran this in...

Is American Planning to Eliminate a Row of First Class From Its 737s?

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American Airlines says they’re planning to add seats to domestic planes. I assumed at a minimum this referred to legacy US Airways Airbus A321s. There’s a rumor though that already-squeezed Boeing 737-800s will go from 0 to 174 seats....

PROMO AWARDS ARE UP FOR MAY: Big Discounts in Business and Economy to Europe/Israel

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Air France KLM’s Flying Blue program should be interesting to U.S. frequent flyers for several reasons. They offer one-way awards They are an American Express Membership Rewards, Citi Thank You points, and a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. They...

Emotional Support PONY in Bulkhead Wearing Socks and United Still Wants to Force You to Fly Them

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News and notes from around the interweb: Freddie Awards Pick the Year’s Best Traveler Loyalty Programs Alaska Airlines lounges often impose capacity restrictions that keep out Priority Pass cardholders. Their solution to this is that effective May 1, Priority...

FARE DEAL: Premium Economy to Singapore From Several US Cities $1197 Roundtrip With Easy Upgrade to Business

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I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. Any...

WOW: Delta Pilot Hits Passenger While She’s Fighting in the Jetway

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While passengers were deplaning a Delta flight, two women on the jetway started fighting. They knock each other to the ground. A pilot intervenes — you can hear a raised voice say “knock it off” as he grabs one...

Naked Woman Walks Around Atlanta Airport Posing for Photos

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A woman purchased a ticket with cash and then walked around Atlanta’s terminal B.. naked. She was ultimately taken into custody. Here’s a portion of the escapade with the image blurred: There are more videos at @fatdaddie2o1o and the...

Disturbing: Oakland v. London, a British Airways Rap Battle

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British Airways is promoting their new Oakland – London Gatwick flight with.. a rap battle? To mark the start of our new route to Oakland, San Francisco Bay, we’ve teamed up with YouTube star DJ Dave Wittman, a Berkeley,...

25% Bonus Converting Hotel Points to American Miles

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It’s an annual tradition for American to offer a conversion bonus for moving points from a hotel program into AAdvantage miles. Historically this was a summer offer, and focused on Starwood like in 2014, in 2015 and 2016. Revenue...

New York City is Putting Up Homeless in Hotels — and Not Even Using Discounted Rates

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A couple of years ago I wrote about the Radisson JFK being used as a homeless shelter. They have to go somewhere since New York LaGuardia now kicks them out. I was torn over this. The Radisson JFK always...

American Plans More Seats, Less Legroom on Domestic Flights

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One of the first projects new (US Airways) management undertook at American Airlines after the merger was to add seats to many domestic aircraft. Here’s the plan they put in place three years ago: Many of the MD80s are...

American Express Killing 50% Rebate on Business Platinum Pay With Points

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American Tries to Suggest 50% Of People Will Pay Them More to Avoid Basic Economy, That’s Not True

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American Airlines started selling ‘basic economy’ fares two months ago. These fares try to make the travel experience difficult enough that you’ll spend more for less restrictive tickets. Last group to board, no full sized carry on allowed (“personal...

Southwest Ends Overbooking and El Al Considers Business Class Cabin With Coach Service

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News and notes from around the interweb: Jet Airways suspended a pilot “over allegations that he assaulted a woman and hurled racist abuse at another passenger on a domestic flight.” Strikingly an article in Arabian Business over an incident...

Alaska Airlines Re-affirms Commitment to Generous Frequent Flyer Program and First Class Upgrades

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Delta adopted a revenue-based frequent flyer program for frequent flyer earning two years ago, and removed their award charts to reduce transparency with members. (They intended to do full revenue-based redemptions but were surprised by member pushback in focus...

How Airlines Started Overbooking — and Why They Do It So Much Less Now

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Over the history of the airline industry in the United States, carriers have been subsidized and then protected by government. Prices even used to be set by government, and no shows were a lot higher than they are today....

1500 Free Points and Married Man Fakes Hijacking Threat to Avoid Taking Vacation With Online Girlfriend

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News and notes from around the interweb: Members of Congress will lose their dedicated parking spaces at Washington National airport for the next four years. Radpad is asking customers not to pay rent with high interchange Visa credit cards...

Etihad is Now Selling Miles – and Regular Price is Just 2 Cents Each

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Etihad is now selling miles, the price is reasonable, so this could: Be useful to top off an Etihad account Take the place of transfers from American Express or Citibank, saving those points for something else Work in conjunction...