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Route through Chicago if you want a bump this summer?

Continuing on the theme of bumps, Chicago O'Hare (ORD) might be a wise airport to connect in this summer if you are looking for a bump. It also might be the airport you want to avoid if you are concerned about getting to your destination on time.
Travelers at O'Hare International Airport face ...

Upgrd 63: Reboot

The Upgrd Podcast episode 63 is now online with a full crew in attendance. Mike, Matt, Matthew, Josh, Ben, Gary, Fozz, and Hunter discussed:
The Continental and United airlines merger and proposed livery The recent Continental announcement allowing upgrades on award tickets for ...

Airlines Work to Update Technology

...[I]f you’ve ever been stranded at an airport during a raging thunderstorm, chances are you will end up standing in a long line watching a gate agent typing furiously on an outdated computer.
Isn't that the truth?
Here's the problem:
The airline industry was once a ...

Eating Humble Pie After “Incident” at SFO Security Checkpoint

I had to cut short my trip to the Bay Area this weekend and fly home to attend the funerals of two family friends who died this week. For the first time in years, I purchased a walk-up ticket on United from SFO-LAX a couple hours before my flight this morning. Thankfully, the Q-fare was only $142 ...

United's Secret Plan to Cut Fuel Costs

Well, it's not a secret anymore.
United Airlines will become the first airline to conduct two trans-Atlantic flights using state-of-the-art flight planning to reduce environmental impact and save fuel. The flights, which will be flown on June 5, 2010 -- World Environment Day, as designated by ...

Ohio Woman Defrauds United of $400,000+

Another reason to be weary of the contract employees of United Express:
An Ohio roller derby skater who used the team name "Sadistic Sadie" has admitted in federal court to illegally obtaining more than $400,000 in airline tickets while working for United Airlines.
That's one ...

Continental Announces Elite Upgrades on Award Tickets for Credit Card Holders

Scott O'Leary, Continental's Managing Director of Customer Experience and a former guest on UPGRD, confirmed on Flyertalk yesterday that elite members who hold a Continental Chase Presidential Plus or OnePass Plus MasterCard will be eligible for complimentary upgrades on award tickets starting ...

Fierce Competition for Loyalty in Lucrative NYC Airline Market

Bloomberg had a nice piece yesterday on the über-competitive NYC airline market.
At stake is a bigger slice of the $13.6 billion spent each year by passengers who start or end trips in New York, which no carrier dominates. More than 100 million people, including the corporate ...

TCL 20: That's Right - Twenty!

A big thank you to all our listeners for helping us make it to this little milestone! In Episode 20 our flight attendant panelists discuss:
Flying mental health including an incident with JetBlue Flight attendant strikes at British Airways and American Airlines A bizarre on board ...

Continental Announces Nonstop 787 Service from Houston to Auckland

Although flights will not start for another year and a half (longer if Boeing runs into more production trouble), Continental announced that it will utilize its first 787 on a new Houston-Auckland route.
With 228 Economy and 36 lie-flat seats in Business Class, the new "Goldilocks" ...

Woman Left on Aircraft in Philadelphia Now Suing United

Not surprisingly, the woman who overstayed her visit on a United Express/Trans State regional jet is suing United.
The lawsuit claims false imprisonment, infliction of emotional distress and negligence...
According to police and the Transportation Security Administration, the ...

The Great Tulip Debate

So I've been laying low lately with a number of things going on in the other parts of my life and I'm noticing all the "Save the Tulip" campaigns.
Really folks?  Do you have nothing better to do than worry about the logo an airline?  Sure, the UA logo is unique, ...

A Closer Look at Lufthansa's A380

Airbus delivered Lufthansa's first A380 superjumbo last Wednesday--only three years late.
With Lufthansa's decision to place only eight First Class seats on the plane, the aircraft will hold a whopping 526 passengers.
FIRST - 8 seats BUSINESS - 98 seats ECONOMY - 420 ...

Sleeping Passenger Left on UX Plane for 3.5 Hours at PHL

For someone who finds it difficult to sleep in a First Class seat, I am amazed that anyone is able to sleep on a ERJ-145, let alone the way that Ms. Guire did:
Like a lot of travelers, Ginger McGuire, who works at a radio station and a local cable TV channel in suburban Detroit, tried to get ...

Senate To Examine United-Continental Merger on Thursday

photo courtesy: Wall Street Journal
I always get a kick out of bloviating Senators and this week will feature a doubleheader on Thursday, when the Senate examines the Continental-United merger.
...First up, on Thursday, is a full hearing of the Senate Committee on Science, Commerce ...
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Effect of Continental-United Merger on Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald recently speculated about the impact of a United-Continental merger on the Australian airline market:
The Americans know they will have to become even better pals if they are successfully to merge their companies to form the world's largest airline. It is an ...

50,000 Miles for United Chase Visa

If you missed the offer last time, Chase had again made available a 50,000 mile bonus promotion for signing up for their United Signature Visa card.

Apply here--and do it quickly if you are interested.

The bonus miles will post after you spend $250 on the card within the first three months. The $60 annual fee is also waived for the first year.

(tip of the hat to Frugal Travel Guy)


New VDB Policy on United Airlines--$400 Travel Credit ONLY

According to reports on Flyertalk, United will implement a new voluntary denied boarding policy starting on Tuesday.
The current VDB compensation on domestic flights is a choice between travel credits or a round-trip voucher good for any United-operated trip in the "lower 48" ...