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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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AA 591: Are We at a Tipping Point for Air Travel?

Tempers are high, patience is short, cell phones are out, planes are full, and the tension is palpable. Recent incidents including yesterday’s American flight 591 where a passenger and a flight attendant had a run in over a stroller seem to be systematic of what looks like a larger problem. Are we now at a tipping point for air travel in this country…

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Fly to Scotland for Less Than $500 From Houston and Atlanta

Right now you can book tickets on a mix of British Airways and American Airlines operated flights from Houston or Atlanta to Edinburgh, Scotland from about $490 round trip! I know those in some parts of the country have gotten used to sub-$500 flash sales to Europe, but here in Houston we often aren’t included in those great deals, or at least we can’t usually use those sales to get to the United Kingdom. I found the low fares bookable…

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