American Introduces 'PlusGrades' - Bid for Upgrades to Premium Cabins

American has quietly introduced the 'PlusGrades' system, allowing passengers who would not normally qualify for an upgrade to, such as a non-elite, to submit a bid for eligible flights.
How does it work?
Make us an offer: Select the amount (per person) you would like to offer for the ...

Flight Review: Air Asia - Don Muang to Yangon

For inexpensive travel within Asia, Air Asia is a great choice for those who don't mind flying an airline that only offers the no-frills experience. Charging for everything from seats to bags, Air Asia has established a large presence in South East Asia, and bills itself as the airline that enables ...
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United Launches Double Redeemable Miles Promotion

While this promotion is not helpful for those of us who are lacking the necessary miles to requalify for elite status, it is a big help if you are looking to book award travel in the near-future, and need some additional miles.
The offer is only for flights within the 48 continental United ...

Would you turn down an earlier flight if it meant giving up an upgrade?

I am currently sitting at the gate for my flight from PDX-DFW on American. My weekend has been spent on a mileage run to Anchorage to aid in my requalification for Exec. Plat. on American. Final routing was MCI-DFW-SEA-ANC-PDX-DFW-MCI, with upgrades cleared for all segments (except the AS codeshare ...
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Modified Version of TSA PreCheck Begins!

While going through security at the AA checkpoint in Kansas City this morning, I noticed that the document checker was scanning all boarding passes presented to her (even paper BPs). This seemed a bit strange, considering have only scanned mobile boarding passes for the past four years that I have ...
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TSA PreCheck Expanding to 60 Additional Airports by Year-End


Almost two years ago, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began the PreCheck expedited screening program at four airports. It was open only to those flying on American or Delta, from ATL/DFW/DTW/MIA, and you had to either receive an invitation from the airline or be a member of a ...
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A Hidden Gem @ DFW - The Employee Store


During my latest trip through the Dallas/Fort Worth airport, I decided that instead of sitting in the lounge for an hour, I would go off in search of a place that had been recommended to me by many AA employees. I had even read about it on FlyerTalk, though previous trips through DFW did not ...
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How to Get Extra Passport Pages in a Hurry

When I signed up for my passport in 2007, I figured that it would be a long time before I ran out of pages. Back then, I had never heard of FlyerTalk and often flew less miles in one year than I do on a single mileage run! The only reason I got a passport was to play at a yearly hockey tournament in ...
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Marriott Gold Status via United RewardsPlus now Active!

When United tweeted about a "new rewards experience" coming soon to MileagePlus, I was one of the many people worried about what it meant. Historically, when United releases news that will be unpopular to many people, the news has usually been delivered on a Friday. United seemed to be following the ...
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Aboard the World's Longest Flight - Newark to Singapore on SQ Business Class

After spending some time, due to my long layover, in New York City I took the Newark Airport Express ($28 r/t from EWR to the city), and was surprised to see that I was the only passenger riding the bus to the airport. Traffic was extremely light that night, allowing us to make it from Manhattan to ...
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American's Initial Airbus A319 Destinations Announced


Almost two years ago, American Airlines announced a major fleet renewal initiative, most of which was aimed at replacing their aging MD-80, Boeing 767-200, and Boeing 757-200 fleets. Though these aircraft had provided reliable service to American for many years, rising oil prices, and ...
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Inflight Review: Portland to JFK on jetBlue

For the past five years, the majority of my flying has been with United or a Star Alliance partner. Of course, over the past year, American has been getting much more of my business, but besides those two airlines, I don't have too much of a chance to experience the product of non-alliance carriers ...
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Air Canada to add Premium Economy & Update Executive First Seating

Just in from Air Canada, they plan to add a Premium Economy section to their international fleet, including the aircraft operating for their Rouge subsidiary, starting in July. Air Canada will also be taking delivery of five additional Boeing 777-300ERs (77Ws), which will feature 398 slimline seats ...

Frontier Airlines to Outsource Employees @ All Stations (Except DEN)


For Frontier Airlines employees, and to a lesser part their customers, today is a day they will never forget.
Though it has not yet been announced to the public, Frontier employees were notified today of a drastic reduction in the workforce, and the introduction of mass-outsourcing for ...
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Review: Hyatt 48 Lex - Manhattan

On a recent visit to New York City, I was left with a bit of a challege to determine where to stay. Hyatt has five properties scattered through the city, with another one opening later this year.
Although the Andaz properties were enticing (I'll have a report on the Andaz 5th Ave shortly), the ...
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Changes in the Air for United's p.s. Boeing 757-200s


In August 2011, we learned from then UA Insider, Scott O'Leary, that the combined carrier would perform a nose-tail renovation on the Boeing 757-200s used for United's p.s. service from New York/JFK to LAX & SFO. United had big plans for the renovation, which included gutting the first and ...
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