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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...

Uber Returning to Austin!

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The Texas state legislature passed ridesharing legislation (which the governor says he’ll sign) which preempts local regulation. The new rules require: State permit Insurance Disclosure of fares (including an option to receive a fare estimate in advance) Disclosure of...

Sorry, United is Just Not at Fault for This One

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This morning’s outrage getting play online and on television appears to be about a soldier on his way home to the U.S. with “military issued duffel filled with combat gear” in his checked bags. United charged him an overweight...

Transfer Hyatt Points to Anyone You Wish for Free (and Use Their Elite Benefits)

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I find that most people aren’t aware of Hyatt’s generous rules for transferring points between members. There’s no fee to transfer points and members do not have to be relatives or live at the same address. You just fill...

Four Things You Can Do With the Special Signup Bonus for American AAdvantage Cards

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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...

How American AAdvantage Turned Its Back On Lifetime Elite Customers in 2017

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American awards lifetime (lowest-tier) Gold status at 1 million miles and lifetime Platinum status at 2 million miles. There is no option to earn higher lifetime elite status the way that there is on Delta and on United. Two...

Review: Andaz Costa Rica Peninsula Papagayo Resort – In Short, Go.

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The Andaz Costa Rica (Peninsula Papagayo Resort) near Liberia, Costa Rica is spectacular. Front of resort It’s a great value, even more so for top tier Hyatt elites. I booked cash and points. It’s a category 4 hotel, just...

Does a New Study Tell Us Definitively Who Has the Best Award Availability?

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IdeaWorks is out with its 2017 award availability study. I’ve savaged the study in the past. However I have to give the author credit, Jay Sorensen engaged in comments and took some of the criticisms seriously. This year’s study...

Delta’s Creepy New Facial Recognition and Is More Paperwork Required for the Laptop Ban?

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News and notes from around the interweb: Air Canada’s ‘fraud detection techniques’ cancelled the return trip of a couple, forcing them to lose a day and buy new airline tickets home. They weren’t notified in advance or the cancellation...

Chase Sapphire Reserve Card is Changing the Definition of a Year for its Travel Credits

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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...

Two Days Only Earn 10x Flight Miles, Buy One Get Enough Miles for 2 Caribbean Trips

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Book May 16 or May 17 on the Caribbean Airlines website for travel in June or September across their entire route network and earn 10 times the miles in the Caribbean Miles program. This is actually pretty huge, and...

6 Hotel Promotions You Can Register for Now

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Marriott’s promotion leaked a week early, you couldn’t register yet but we learned that through September 4 Marriott would offer: 2000 bonus points for each paid stay beginning with your second paid stay during the promotion 2000 bonus points...

American Changes How Domestic Upgrades Work May 20 & Begins Top Elite Upgrades on Domestic Awards

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In January American introduced Platinum Pro, a 75,000 mile status tier, and formalized benefits for ConciergeKey members above Executive Platinum. American also started requiring minimum spend for elite status earned this year. Delta and United exempt members based outside...