United Airlines Posts

Upgrd 44: Generic Title

In this week's podcast we caught up on some listener mail and discussed recent news. In addition we discussed:

  • Continental's recent comments on possibly merging with United in the future
  • A discussion of some recent blog posts
  • Whether or not to take a bump this holiday season
  • An introduction to Star Gold for Continental elites
  • and more...

Please send in your listener questions and leave any other comments below.



Bumps and Upgrades: A Great Day of Flying

I will be leaving for South America from Los Angeles Monday morning and needed to get from Philadelphia to Los Angeles this weekend. Naturally, I wasn't going to fly PHL-LAX!
Last night I was scheduled to fly from PHL-IAD-TPA to position me for a long day of flying today. After spending some ...

The Star MegaDO Day 1: Let the insanity start!

As some may have noticed, I've been a bit quiet this week and with good reason.  This week marked an amazing event, the The Star MegaDO. 
In a nutshell, this was an event that was hosted by Flyertalk, United, Continental, Lufthansa, SAS and Airbus.   It involved ...

UPDATE: United Kicks Man Out of First Class for Wearing a Jogging Suit

It appears that the gate agent who denied Mr. Alvarez a First Class upgrade believed Alvarez was a non-rev, was dealing with another customer during the interaction, and is a non-native English speaker.
From Robin Urbanksi, United's spokesperson:
We are working with our sub-contractor that ...

United Kicks Man Out of First Class for Wearing a Jogging Suit

Stories pop up all the time about gate agents making up their own rules or selectively enforcing others. This story takes the cake though: apparently a man's upgrade cleared at the gate for his IAD-BDL flight on United (Express), but when he walked up to get his new boarding pass, the gate ...

$40 Surcharge if You're Flying Home for Thanksgiving or Christmas

Delta, American, United, and US Airways have recently added $20 o/w surcharges for flights during peak holiday travel this year.
I have not bought my tickets to LAX yet for Christmas, so this is disappointing news. At the same time, airfare remains reasonable and sometimes downright cheap (look ...

United Returns Hot Meals to Domestic Business Class

About a year ago United eliminated hot meals from domestic Business Class (except on premium service routes between JFK and LAX/SFO), even on 5+ hour transcon flights. The rationale was to reduce costs and attempt to distinguish First Class from Business Class, which up until that point featured ...

Picture of the Week #3: Our Tax Dollars at Work and the TSA

I try to fly out of Burbank when I can because you can literally show up 25 minutes before departure and make it the the gate with time to spare--even if you are checking bags. 
United shares T2 with American, Delta and Alaska--each airline has one gate. The lines get a little crowded at ...

Upgrd 43: Club World City Service and Star Alliance Europe

This week we recorded our podcast shortly after Ben arrived on BA 4 - the new Club World Service from JFK to LCY. Ben was comped a round trip by British Airways as a travel blogger to report on this new offering. In addition we were joined by Damian, a frequent United and Lufthansa ...

What do the Gas Company and United Airlines have in Common?

I had to address a problem on my gas bill this week that required a trip to one of Philadelphia Gas Works' offices. Thinking that it would be a quick visit, I hopped on the Market-Frankford subway line and traveled to 52nd St--which I must note is like a completely different world. Making my way ...

Continental/United IAD-SFO r/t $105 a/i

If you're up at this late hour, you might want to take advantage of Continental's IAD-SFO r/t fare for $105-115 including taxes--this deal will probably be gone by morning.

Codeshares on United available if you route through Chicago or Denver. For maximum mileage, route through Newark.

The rate is good for some dates in December and from the second week in January through EOS (end of schedule). Book it at continental.com.

I've never seen a transcon fare this cheap!


Troubled Times for US Airways: More Cutbacks Ahead

US Airways announced series of cutbacks today as it faces stiff competition and dwindling demand during this troubled time in the airline industry:
-Cutback of 1,000 employees (~600 airport, ~200 pilot, and ~150 FA)
-Abandoning Las Vegas as a focus city by cutting down flights by 50% ...

Circumventing United Airline's StarNet Blocking

Award inventory is shared among Star Alliance carriers in what is known as the StarNet system.
United Airlines, in an attempt to save money and funnel travelers to flights on UA metal has instituted a system of StarNet blocking in which they selectively filter out certain flights from partners ...

Pursue MMer Status on United or Dual Star Gold Status?

I'm up to nearly 200,000 EQMs this year on United and have some domestic trips in paid First Class coming up next month. With more than enough miles to qualify for elite status for 2010,  I am having trouble deciding whether to credit my miles to United or to re-qualify for Gold status on ...

Upgrd 42: US Airways Dividend Miles

This week we are joined by Mark, a frequent US Airways traveler to discuss the US Airways Dividend Miles program. During the podcast we discussed:
Delta's recent mishaps when landing and generally when "situationally unaware" A new segment "Your Hometown, ...

All LOT Flights 50% Off Today and Tomorrow for Jan-March 2010 Travel

LOT Polish Airlines has announced that tickets purchased today and tomorrow are 50% off for travel that begins in the first quarter of 2010. This includes all seats, on all flights, in all cabins.
What is not made explicit is that fuel surcharges and taxes are not discounted. Still, ...

Tough Love from Spirit Airlines

Have you ever missed check-in by a few minutes and been told to go pound sand?
Check out this excerpt from the Miami Herald :

A Few Minutes Proves Costly 
I bought a round-trip ticket for $115...for ...

When it comes to Airline Tickets: Book Now, Ask Questions Later

Book now, ask questions later has become my motto when it comes to buying airline tickets. With the 24-hour cancellation policy that all U.S. airlines and Orbitz/Priceline have, if I see a good deal, I buy the ticket--even if I am not sure I really want the flight. Airline pricing in the U.S. ...