Can You Book Cuba Award Travel with American Airlines Miles?

I wrote with some glee about the change in U.S. policy toward Cuba and what this meant for travel. Since that December 2014 announcement, more diplomatic breakthroughs have occurred, including the recent re-opening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington and the U.S. Embassy in Havana. But one ...
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United Improves Pre-Arrival Meals on European Flights

The butt of many jokes for many years, United Airlines is retiring its (in)famous pre-arrival premium class meals on transatlantic westbound flights. 
Why does this merit a post? Because we've been served something like this for five years, with no exception--

As reported ...

Read Rolling Stone for Ben Schlappig, not Kim Kardashian!

Rolling Stone is an icon of pop culture and a barometer of hipness in American life. Not surprisingly, a recent issue has self-proclaimed diva Kim Kardashian letting it all hang out on the cover. Flip past that though, for an incredible article centering on Ben Schlappig, author of One Mile at a ...

The 10 Most Insane Travel Deals You Probably Missed

The Trip Sherpa recently wrote about DealRay, an incredibly useful mobile-based service for staying on top of travel deals, and it got me thinking of the great mistakes fares of yesteryear. I've been playing this game for a decade now and we have perennially seen incredible fare mistakes. Many I ...
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Can You Travel Without the Hassle?

If you’ve read my blog, you know I have elite status with a handful of airlines and I’ve played the game long enough to know how to beat the crowd. Even so, I wish flying could be half as easy as renting a car from National Car Rental as an Emerald Club member.
Imagine this alluring ...

How Bad is Delta's Latest SkyMiles Devaluation? Time to Buy Delta Stock!

Delta announced an immediate devaluation of its Skymiles program on the redemption side this week effective for flights on or after 01 June 2016. We are now seeing just how draconian these changes are. Folks, this is a devaluation unlike any we have ever seen. But Delta just reported ...

Delta Goes All-In on Dynamic Award Pricing in 2016

Just in from Delta Air Lines, a number of upcoming changes to the SkyMiles program, including a confirmed move to more aggressive dynamic award pricing. Let's start with the bad news--
Dynamic Award Pricing Accelerates for Travel in June 2016
We know ...
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Next FTU Advanced Announced: Newport Beach, CA

I've written over and over about Frequent Traveler University, a dynamic weekend of learning and fellowship that is a must for anyone who wants to efficiently master the points and miles game. Back to the West Coast by popular demand, the final FTU Advanced of 2015 will be held from 04-06 ...

Special Report: Delta's Secret Skymiles Devaluation

When Delta Air Lines depublished its Skymiles award charts in February, we were told that we no longer needed charts because the online pricing system would tell us how many miles were required for any given trip. The problem was the system did not seem to be working correctly: trips were pricing ...

United Airlines To Offer Swanky Cowshed Amenity Kits

United Airlines is teaming up with Cowshed Spa, a division of Soho House, to offer brand new amenity kits in intercontinental premium cabins and United lounges.
Beginning Aug. 1, 2015, United will exclusively offer Soho House's Cowshed skin-care products onboard in newly redesigned ...
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Celebrate Your Independence Day at Frequent Traveler University

Happy Fourth to my U.S. readers, as we celebrate Independence Day across this great land. Declaring Independence from Great Britain, colonial leaders resolved to sacrifice their "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor" in furtherance of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." While I cannot ...

The Significance of American Airlines' Starwood Transfer Bonus

As the mantra goes, miles and points are a depreciating asset and are better burned than stored for future use. American Airlines is offering a generous 20% transfer bonus on points from Starwood Preferred Guest. Essentially, that means instead of 25,000 AA miles for 20,000 Starpoints, through ...

My Two Hour Visit To A German Emergency Room

Lucky had a pretty bad experience at a German hospital earlier this week so I thought I would provide a different perspective. Unfortunately, I've had experience with German hospitals as well and you can rest assured that not all German hospitals are bleak and beleaguered institutions of ...
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Rimowa Roaring 20s Ad Campaign Starring Alessandra Ambrosio

I am one of those people who swear by Rimowa luggage. It's expensive, but you do get what you pay for and it is absolutely the best luggage I have ever used.
And the company is classy too -- it has "luxurized" the brand so much that it can smugly assert that quality and Rimowa are ...
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JetBlue Will Expand Mint Business Class to Boston

JetBlue announced an expansion of its popular Mint lie-flat business class service to Boston with service starting next year. In March 2016, JetBlue will commence three daily flights between Boston and San Francisco and add Boston - Los Angeles flights in autumn 2016. Boston - Barbados will ...

June 2015 New York City Miles and Points Meetup

There's another New York City meetup this Tuesday evening. Join other frequent flyers in Manhattan at the next Reach for the Miles on June 23, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm in the Lower East Side. 

RSVP now for the event

Although I cannot attend this one, I hope to be at a future NYC meetup (need to check out the Park Hyatt New York and I'm dying to see The Book of Mormon on Broadway...). I'm sure it will be as fun as the LA meetup a few months ago. Happy Hour specials will be available and you must be 21 to enter. 

Was the Muslim Passenger Who Accused United FA of Bigotry Lying?

Truth is a funny thing -- it is immutable, but it can hide. History is written by the victors and beyond the trite but accurate cliche that there are two sides to every story, sometimes we should all be a bit more judicious in rushing to judgment.
I stood by Tahera Ahmad and condemned the ...

United Airlines Leaves JFK, Moves p.s. to Newark

Big news for New York City travelers, as United announced plans to move its premium service (p.s.) flights from JFK to Newark and discontinue service to JFK starting on October 25, 2015.
United cuts p.s. because it was not making money
I don't blame United for doing this -- in ...

A Secret Trick for Securing Business Class Award Space to Europe is Exposed

Brussels Airlines award space is again bookable on secret trick to dependable business class award space to Europe has been exposed.
Brussels Airlines space has played cat and mouse games on over the last few years, appearing and disappearing before appearing ...