Year End Summary of a Premier Executive By Segments

As the year winds down, and I am finished with paid flights stays for the calendar year 2010, I figured I would provide a summary of my travels.
Airlines 
United: 31 Butt in Seat (bis) segments - 13 mainline, 19 UAX; 43.439 EQM, 64 EQS, and $600 in bump vouchers - Requalify as 1P by ...
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Megabus Expands in Washington DC

 While this is technically old news, it was brought to my attention by coverage in the local paper, but Megabus is expanding their operations in Washington DC into a full hub.  With the expansion they are adding service to the following cities:
Buffalo, NY Charlotte, NC ...
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Hotel Review: Doubletree Hotel Denver - North

These past two weeks, I've been staying at the Doubletree Hotel Denver - North in Westminster, Co for work.  The primary reason for this is that it was close to the work site, and the only other close options were a Hampton Inn, and other properties which are not a part of a program that I am ...

Regional Jets and Getting Bumped

Last Sunday, I was looking toward an extremely miserable hour flight from GSO to IAD in the last row on a ERJ-145 operated by Trans States Airlines.  Fortunately I had been able to change my seat to 3C, but that is still a horrible seat for someone who is 6'5.  I showed up to the airport ...
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TSA Slowly Making Full Body Scanning the New Primary Scan

 This past Saturday, I was flying from Denver and was quite shocked to see how much the Full Body Scanning machines were being used.  These machines were sold to us as a new method for providing extra screening, and were not going to replace metal detectors.  However, I saw them being ...
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New Hertz Promo Issues Challenge to Competing Companies

First off, a little disclaimer.  I am a Hertz renter because on average they have better cars and a more flexible rewards system than the other authorized rental car provider for my employer.  However, I was blown away when I saw on FlyerTalk, a link to the new promo, the Hertz Ultimate ...
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TSA in the News: Week Ending December 12, 2010

Time for another roundup of TSA in the news.
The TSA in addition to drawing the ire of privacy minded individuals, is now creating international incidents.  And this is made even worse because of the reason that the agent gave for requiring her to get the extra screening.  The whole ...

Courtyard Lobby Demo is still in Denver and Atlanta

For those looking for a nice place to relax, if you are still flying through Denver and Atlanta, make a point of finding the display for the new lobby at Courtyard by Marriott.  It includes comfortable seating, power ports (more than one for every seat), a table to work on, and the new ...

Aeroplan to require flights on Air Canada to Attain Elite Status

Aeroplan (the company that provides the frequent flyer program for Air Canada) announced yesterday that in order to earn status with them, you must fly a minimum of 10,000 Status flight miles or 5 status flight segments.  Some bloggers are questioning why Air Canada would institute such a ...
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TSA In the News: Tuesday November 23, 2010

Today has been a busy day for TSA in the news.  There are the standard reports of passenger complaints about the TSA after finally experiencing the new, enhanced security procedures, and also the lead up to National Opt-Out Day taking place tomorrow, the busiest travel day of the season. ...

Get Touched By the TSA on November 24, Win an iPod Touch

Just a quick little contest tidbit, getting touched by the TSA is a major topic here at upgrd lately, and now the social network Loopt is highlighting it with a special giveaway on November 24, National Opt Out Day.  They are offering travelers on November 24 the opportunity to win one of 10 ...

United Making it Harder to Earn 1K by Segments

 As the new United and Continental elite program comes into focus, they announced today the alignment that is occurring to prepare the programs for merger at the end of 2011.  As the resident segment flyer here at upgrd.com, I feel an obligation to really discuss how big of a change it is ...
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The TSA and Image Scanning in the Blogosphere Today

Today seems to be a big day online discussing the TSA and specifically the full body imaging technology that is in use.  The first big posting is a TSA scanner in Orlando commenting on the TSA procedures and professionalism.   Overall, the article is a wonderful read since it does give ...

Twitter and Enhancing Your Travel Experience

My last post got me to thinking about some of the major travel companies, and what they have to offer you for participating on Twitter, and also some of the blog writers that use Twitter to create a good feed for their posts.  Some companies have multiple Twitter accounts: some for brands, ...

Delta to Install Economy Plus on International Fleet

While there are extremely few details available at this point, I think the news the news does warrant posting here, and bodes well for Economy Plus on the combined United.  According to this thread on FlyerTalk, Delta will be adding an Economy Plus seating arrangement on all internationally ...