Mileage Plus Posts

Is American Still the Right Airline for Me?

Are there any good domestic US carriers anymore?  Sure, everyone has their favorites, and some are better than others for a given situation, but when asked recently, my response has been something like, "They all suck".

A not so First Class breakfast on a 1400+ mile ...
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Here's Everything You Need To Know About The United MileagePlus X App!

The United MileagePlus X app (available for Apple and Android) was released a few years ago but surprisingly, I find some people still have no idea what it is or how it can be used to double and triple dip on earning miles and points for your everyday purchases. This post will show that you ...
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Unpacking the Latest United MileagePlus Changes



United has announced "enhancements" to its United MileagePlus program starting this fall and as usual, the enhancements are anything but enhancements. Here's what I do not understand -- why can't United just call a devaluation a devaluation? Claiming stopovers are "too confusing" United ...

Aer Lingus Phantom Award Space per United.Com

Summer transatlantic phantom award space still appears to be a problem on United’s website with the airline showing tons of award space on Aer Lingus to Dublin from Los Angeles and San Francisco in Business Class, but doesn’t confirm at booking. The award calendar and flight options look ...
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Reader Question: Airline Loyalty - Which to Choose

Here at UPGRD.com we get emails from readers and from time to time we publish them (edited by blogger for brevity and privacy).  This one is from reader VC:
I am a graduate student who has been doing some frequent budget travel to maintain a long distance relationship and have some ...
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Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i Business Class O'Hare to Frankfurt

I've flown the Boeing 747-8i before, but this was my first time in the newest Lufthansa Business Class product.  It isn't all that cutting edge, but it is a big improvement on their previous product.   Even despite the price premium, this was a much better experience than what United ...
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The Pros and Cons of the New Copa ConnectMiles Program

I’m gonna cut to the chase and save you about five minutes of reading. If you are looking for a Star Alliance frequent flyer program with great miles earning and a sweet award redemption chart, then you can stop reading now because Copa ConnectMiles is not the program for you. I had such high ...

Copa ConnectMiles vs United MileagePlus: How to Earn the Most Miles

Copa Airlines has released their partner earning rates for Star Alliance partners and GOL and although the earning rates are not overly generous, they beat the current earning rates offered by United in certain situations.

For United Airlines flights, Copa will offer anywhere between 50% ...
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Our First International Trip as a Family of Three

Can a trip with an infant be a vacation?  I'm about to find out.  We are about to head to Europe for a quick family trip.  As usual, I'm excited for some new destinations and experiences, and want to share it here.

Yep, another excuse to show off this ...
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Copa ConnectMiles - Copa AerolĂ­neas Programa de Viajero Frecuente

Copa Airlines ha comenzado oficialmente el lanzamiento de su propio programa de viajero
frecuente. Copa ConnectMiles será el nuevo programa de viajero frecuente y está programado para lanzar Julio de este año. El nuevo programa de viajero frecuente operará como ...

Copa ConnectMiles - The New Frequent Flyer Program of Copa Airlines

Copa Airlines has officially laid the groundwork for the launch of their own Frequent Flyer Program. Copa ConnectMiles will be the new frequent flyer program and is scheduled to launch July 2015. The new frequent flyer program will operate like a traditional program where members will earn 1 mile ...
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United Airlines Now Processing Lufthansa GPU Upgrades Electronically

United Airlines and Lufthansa were both founding members of the Star Alliance and have maintained a close relationship as both codeshare and joint venture partners over years. United's top-status 1K flyers receive six GPUs (Global Premier Upgrades) each year and as part of that partnership, can use ...
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Is the Elimination of Stopovers on United MileagePlus Awards Inevitable?

Delta Air Lines has announced that free stopovers will not be part of the 2015 Skymiles program and it seems likely that the combined American and US Airways AAdvantage program will also not offer complimentary stopovers. That would leave United Airlines as the sole major legacy carrier in the USA ...
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More Problems with Booking Air China Award Flights

It's a shame that Air China releases so many premium cabin award seats to their partner airlines yet booking those awards seats come with so many problems. Back in April, fellow UPGRD blogger, Matthew Klint, wrote a blog post on how CONFIRMED United Airlines award flights with Air China segments ...
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One Million Miles on United

I ended 2013 with about 910,000 lifetime miles on United.  Despite countless issues with United, one of my goals for this year was to get over the million mile mark since I was so close.  I've done more flying this year than I originally expected, so I hit 1MM on August ...
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Thai Airways A380 First Class - Photo Tour (FRA-BKK)


I cashed in some UNITED miles for a R/T Europe to South East Asia first class reward. Here is a photo tour of the Thai (TG) A380 first class cabin on my flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Bangkok, Thailand. 


 



 

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