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Uber’s New Pricing Model May Charge You More, Make You Wish for a Return “Surge”

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Customers hated surge pricing. Although reaction to it is fascinating because it’s almost perfectly inversely correlated with understanding of economics. Surge pricing: Got more drivers on the road during peak times, or times they’d rather stay home such as...

American Has Its ‘United Breaks Guitars Moment’ Mishandling Musician’s Banjo

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We all know what happened when musician Dave Carroll checked his guitar on a United flight. You’d expect that to serve as a cautionary tale for musicians everywhere. Perhaps it did and is the reason why Michael Bont of...

8 Special Resorts Where Starwood is Discounting Free Night Awards

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Yesterday I wrote that Starwood’s 35% discount on several of their most expensive resorts is back. They haven’t yet updated the promotion web page but the discount is live. And I now have confirmation of which hotels are bookable....

New Route With United Polaris Seats, Richard Branson Wants to Start New US Airline, and More

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News and notes from around the interweb: Delta appears to be restricting the visibility of its seat maps. Customers with reservations can only see seat maps for the cabin they’re booked in. Expert flyer is no longer showing Delta...

Secret Trick to Booking Etihad First Class Awards Departing the U.S. That Don’t Appear to be Available

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Two weeks ago I wrote that Etihad First Apartment award availability from Abu Dhabi to New York JFK was wide open. It still is. I’ve argued that this is the very best first class in the world. It’s not...

United Sent Puppy on a 24 Hour Journey After Flying the Wrong Dog to Minneapolis

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United Airlines hasn’t just come under criticism for how it treats its human passengers, it’s received recent attention for how it (mis)treats animals as well. The biggest story was that the airline reportedly locked the World’s Biggest Rabbit in...

Hurry: Book Your American AAdvantage Awards to Europe, Brief Availability Floodgates Opened

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American Airlines usually offers terrible — meaning absolutely no — premium cabin saver award space on its own planes. Their pattern though is to occasionally dump award space that remains open for a day or two. So you need...

Aussie Woman Stripped Naked and Imprisoned While Trying to Visit Her U.S. Boyfriend

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An Aussie woman says she was stripped naked and imprisoned while trying to visit her boyfriend in Hawaii. Molly Hill was entering as a tourist with an allowable 0 day stay, and she had tickets to return home after...

American Airlines Flight Threatened By Fighter Jets Because Man Brought Laptop Near the Lavatory

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American Airlines flight AA31, an Airbus A321 from Los Angeles to Honolulu, was escorted by F22 fighter jets today. American Airlines Airbus A321 A man standing by the forward lavatory had his laptop with him. I’ve heard stories from...

Flying to Bangkok for a Mistake Fare and New KIND Bars in Coach

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News and notes from around the interweb: Flying to Bangkok to take advantage of a mistake fare the airline says they aren’t going to honor. Umm… Why Southwest Airlines stopped overbooking (WSJ) Bombardier offered to custom-build a plane for...

35% Off Awards at Starwood’s Best Resorts is Back

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Last week Dan’s Deals mentioned that Starwood properties in Bora Bora and the Maldives were pricing at 35% off for award redemptions. One of the best things about Starwood Preferred Guest is that they have many participating properties that...

Katy Perry Thinks You Should Earn Cash Back for Credit Card Spending

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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...

Passenger Kicked Off American Airlines Flight After Asking Not to Be Seated Next to Large Dog

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Here’s a story from my Facebook feed this morning. It comes from a woman who flies American Airlines regularly (she’s a top tier Executive Platinum member). And she’s the kind of customer American likes. She regularly buys first class...

American Airlines Improves 24 Hour Refund Policy

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Last year American switched to offer 24 hour refunds when purchasing travel a week or more in advance and eliminated 24 hour holds (although 24 hour holds are sometimes still available on their website). American has been less generous...

Earn Free Miles Every Time You Use Lyft for Ridesharing (and Earn With Uber, Too)

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Delta and Lyft have a new partnership. All SkyMiles members earn 1 mile per dollar spent with Lyft (and three miles per dollar on airport rides as a limited-time offer). You just link your accounts and this happens automatically....

Delta’s CFO Talks About the Economics of SkyMiles Rewards and Credit Card Deal

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Delta CFO Paul Jacobson spoke at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2017 Transportation Conference and spent some time on SkyMiles. The way he talked about it is very telling. And it reminds me of the way Mark Weinstein...

Delta’s Newspeak Wins 1984 Award and Another Passenger Dies in Immigration Custody

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News and notes from around the interweb: Dutch King flies incognito as a pilot for KLM they’re getting rid of the Fokkers he normally flies so he has to train on a 737. Copyright: flaperval / 123RF Stock Photo...

Why to Consider Getting the Marriott Visa

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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...

American is Adding Rebooking and Lost Baggage Functionality to its Mobile App

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The American Airlines mobile app is shockingly lacking in functionality. The app itself cannot sell you a ticket. It won’t let you book an award ticket. You can’t use it to change your itinerary. The only thing I use...

No, We Still Don’t Know Whether or Not There Will Be an Electronics Ban on Flights From Europe

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Last night One Mile at a Time wrote, “the electronics ban apparently won’t be expanded to flights from European to the US after all. And maybe that’s right. A decision on an electronics ban has been put off amidst...