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Positive Update on Free JetSmarter Trial Memberships

A few days ago I shared a very interesting promotion put on by JetSmarter, a company that facilitates private jet flights, where they would offer a three-month free Simple membership for those who could prove they have either top tier airline elite status or 1,000,000 miles or credit card points in one account. In fact, you don’t have to currently have the 1,000,000 miles in one account at the moment – you just have to have that as a provable lifetime…

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Other Airlines Matching Big Southwest Sale!

I’ve come to rely on the June Southwest nationwide sale to book domestic fall travel (other than the holiday dates) at a real discount over normal prices, at least on the routes that Southwest puts on sale. There’s obviously no guarantee that this sale will return year after year, but it arrived right on schedule again yesterday and will run through Thursday for travel on certain days from 8/22/17 – 12/13/17. This sale really is great not only for those who like to…

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Avoiding Basic Economy Fares While Using Chase Ultimate Reward Points

I recently used some Chase Ultimate Reward points to book flights at a value of 1.5 cents per point thanks to having a Sapphire Reserve. I normally transfer my Ultimate Reward points to partners such as Hyatt, United, Singapore, British Airways, etc. and use them to book awards via respective travel partner award charts. However, in this case it was fewer points to book our flights using points at 1.5 cents each than to book a 25,000 mile United saver award, and…

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Look Inside the Beautiful Delta Sky Club in Atlanta

I recently flew Delta home from Atlanta and found myself with a few extra minutes at the airport, so I headed to the nearest Delta Sky Club to check it out and maybe grab a ‘free’ bite to eat. You can get complimentary access to Delta Sky Clubs via having a Platinum Card® from American Express when flying Delta with a same-day boarding pass, but even though I have flown Delta a couple times this year, I haven’t used that benefit since it only…

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Seven Ways to Avoid and Minimize Airline Delays

If you fly enough you are going to have the privilege of experiencing a flight delay. In fact, last year in 2016 almost 1 in 5 flights operated by US carriers were delayed more than 15 minutes. Obviously there isn’t much you can do about severe weather delays that impact a whole region at a time, but believe it or not, weather isn’t the direct cause of most airline delays. While you can never totally eliminate airline delays, there is a lot…

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United Going for Daily Service from Houston to Havana!

With Spirit and Frontier pulling out of Havana service, many of the remaining US airlines serving Cuba are trying to grab up those slots. I personally wouldn’t get too excited about even more Havana service from South Florida, but I am very interested in United’s application to bump up their Saturday-only Houston service to daily service!   Currently United has daily service from Newark – Havana and Saturday-only service from Houston to Havana. They have reported numerous times that they are…

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How to Get a Credit if Your Airfare Price Drops

You know the routine, you want to fly somewhere so you search for airfare prices. Then you search again. You check a different site. A different day. You set an alert. You conduct more searches. If you are the average traveler, you have searched roughly 48 times for flights before you actually book something. Because we are deal hunters, some of us even take a peek at prices after we pressed purchase just to see if we pressed the button at the right…

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Major Airlines Acting Like Low Cost Carriers Without the Low Costs

Rewind just a few years and it was pretty easy to tell a low cost air carrier from a full-service traditional airline. In the US, the “full service” traditional airlines had decent legroom in economy, allowed full size carry-on bags, didn’t charge for advanced seat assignments, allowed you to earn miles on all of your purchased tickets, and had decent frequent flyer programs that you actually wanted to utilize. In contrast, the low cost carriers had smaller seats, less legroom,…

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Flying With a Lap Baby Does Not Make You a Bad Parent

In the wake of last weekend’s Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Bangkok where the plane encountered severe and unexpected turbulence resulting in injuries to a couple of dozen passengers including at least three young children, I want to put on my ‘internet armor’ and talk for a minute about lap babies. My goal in doing this isn’t to start an internet riot (though lap baby ranks up there as being at least as controversial a topic as babies in first class…

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20 Airline Stroller Policies Around the World

The events of the recent American Airlines flight 591 from San Francisco to Dallas where a mom of young twins had her stroller taken from her on-board the aircraft set off a chain reaction that ended with a yelling flight attendant, the mom in tears, the baby narrowly being missed by the stroller, and much more. The initial reaction of many, even frequent flyers, was that the mom should have known better than to bring a stroller on-board the aircraft in…

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