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Comparing First Class Flights on Three Airlines in Three Weeks

The last few weeks I have been up in the air much more than my normal travel pace. For work-related reasons, I’ve flown to a different state each of the last three weeks, and sometimes have been in more than one state on those trips. I don’t like being away from home quite this much, but the trips happened to fall this way and we made it work. Due to a variety of factors ranging from using upgrades certificates, to a…

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How We Missed out on 10,000 Free Alaska Miles

We flew Alaska Airlines to Seattle to start our big holiday ski trip to Whistler the night after Christmas. Obviously traveling with kids the day after such a big event meant that we were all a bit more tired than usual. Doing it at bedtime meant the girls were even more tired than they would have been during the day. This sleepiness can be a good thing for in-flight naps, but it will often make things harder upon landing. Everyone…

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Alaska and Virgin America Merger Updates for 2018 and Beyond

When airlines merge there are many, many different steps that happen along the way until the airlines are truly one entity. This process literally takes years, and if you don’t regularly fly the airlines at hand, it can be very easy to lose track of where they are in the process. With that in mind, let’s look at where Alaska and Virgin America are in their merger since this month marked some pretty big milestones in their journey.   January…

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American Airlines Sending Out Free Elite Status Trials

Today lots of lucky folks received free American Airlines elite status trials in their inboxes. The free American Airlines elite status is good for five months and there is a way to extend it by flying American Airlines enough during that time frame. While there is no way to know exactly what triggered the targeted offers, perhaps it was related to the relationship with Alaska Airlines changing effective January 1st…

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Join Alaska Mileage Plan and Buy One Flight, Get Miles for a Free Flight (California Only)

Those who live in California have all the fun – first they could get a Southwest Companion Pass just by getting a new credit card and making one purchase and now they can get 5,000 bonus Alaska Airlines miles by joining Mileage Plan by December 31, 2017, and taking a Virgin America or Alaska Airlines flight between now and June 30, 2018! To be eligible for this promo, the flight needs to be a paid flight that is eligible to…

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Discounted Flights to Hawaii Available from the Middle of the Country

Hawaii fare sales from the West Coast happen with some regularity, but once you head East of Nevada the chance to score a good fare to Hawaii becomes about as likely as hitting a royal flush on video poker. I’ve done both, but only very, very rarely. However, for those looking to fly on Alaska or Virgin America to Hawaii, today could be the day you put together a trip to Hawaii for a very good price.   Using a flexible…

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The Somewhat Surprising Future of the Virgin America Credit Card

When Alaska Airlines acquired Virgin America we all knew it was just a matter of time before the Virgin America credit card underwent significant changes, but I’ll admit that I am a little surprised at exactly how the Virgin America credit card portfolio will be handled. Beginning 1/1/18, Alaska’s Mileage Plan program will become the sole loyalty program for the airline(s) and the Virgin America Elevate program will no longer exist. As a result, the decision was made that all Virgin…

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Fly to Hawaii and More for Fewer Miles With New Award Chart!

It was recently announced that Singapore Airlines and Alaska Airlines were becoming partners. This means that, among other things, you will be able to use Alaska miles to fly Singapore Airlines operated flights and Singapore Airlines miles to fly Alaska operated flights. More options redemption are always good, but what really matters are the award charts prices and we can take a look at the just released Singapore Airlines award chart for Alaska Airlines operated flights. This is super relevant…

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Fly from Just 3,000 Points Using Amex Transfer Bonus to British Airways

Periodic transfer bonuses are part of the stable of miles and points tools that my family uses to really stretch what we have for travel that we otherwise couldn’t afford. You can’t predict most transfer bonuses, but you can choose to utilize them when they become available. Along those lines, through September 17, 2017, there is a 40% transfer bonus from the Amex Membership Rewards program to British Airways Avios that increases the transfer ratio from a one to one ratio to 250…

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