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Three Key Tips if Your United Elite Status is Dropping Tomorrow

Many will be dropping in status tomorrow on United Airlines -- myself included -- but it is not too late to take advantage of at least three important perks, two of which will be going away even if you maintained your status for 2015.
1. Global Entry Reimbursement
United Airlines has ...

United Slashes Partner Earning Rates

With cuts coming left and right in the world of airline loyalty programs, I must admit I no longer wince in pain when a new devaluation announced. The question of devaluation is not if, but when and how much. United has finally published its 2015 partner earnings charts, set to take effect on 01 ...

TOP SECRET Route from San Francisco to Seoul

A flyer on United noticed that his flight from San Francisco to Seoul was not exactly traveling in a logical direction, so he did what any savvy traveler would do in the age of onboard wi-fi: he tweeted United--

United responded:

To which he responded:
And UA ...
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One of the Best Dinners I’ve Ever Had on United Airlines

As a 1K MillionMiler flyer on United, I’ve had my fair share of meals on UA over the last decade. Some have been good, some have been bad, but most were simply acceptable.
Last week I flew on United Airlines from Washington Dulles to Bahrain via Kuwait City on my way to the Qatar A350 ...

Impressive Meal Service Upgrades at United Airlines

United Airlines promised a vastly improved onboard meal experience last August, pledging to gradually roll out several improvements over the course of the next year. Almost immediately we saw a slight improvement in domestic lunch service and the re-introduction of meals on some shorter ...

D-Day Comes and Goes, Delta Still Flying From DAL

As Dallas Love Field ramped up to its post-Wright Amendment capacity heights on Tuesday with Southwest's launch of nonstop flights to Oakland and San Francisco, one of the lesser-known sideshows that sprung out of the Wright repeal continues unresolved.  That sideshow involves Delta Air Lines, ...

United Amenity Kit Giveaway -- Tell me your travel goals for 2015

As a thanks for reading and commenting on my blog, I'd like to offer some items to giveaway.  I'm an admitted junkie for airline amenity kits, I tend to build up way too many of these, so out of necessity, I have done giveaways like this before.  Lets call it some "pre-Spring Cleaning". ...

My 2014 in travel - 1 Million Miles and Beyond

2014 was a year where the only constant was change, thankfully for me, most of them have been positive.  Most importantly, I became a father in August.  I'm the proud father of a beautiful healthy daughter.  It is amazing how it changes your life.  Of course this blog is about my ...

Woman Spends Weekend in Jail for Changing Seats on United

When I was thrown off a United Airlines flight for taking a picture of my seat, many were quick to attack -- blaming me for being over-entitled and concluding that I was wrong to even question the FA's confusion over in-flight photography. Such attacks were unfounded, but at the same time I could ...

United Airlines Fantasy Flights 2014 (Video)

I first wrote about United's Fantasy Flights five years ago and I am thankful that this wonderful Christmas tradition has not been one of the cutbacks of the post-merger United. In fact, the program has expanded to 12 airports across the country.
This year United put together a video ...
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New Greeting for AA Phone Reps

This is totally an airline nerd thing, but I spend a chunk of my day each day (sometimes a huge chunk) on the phone with various airlines booking awards. The bulk of my clients are based in North America and lately, perhaps because of the 100,000 AA mile CITI sign-up bonus earlier this year, we have ...

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 ...

More Devaluations for United MileagePlus in 2015

Christmas gifts have arrived early from United Airlines and like last year, we've all received lumps of coal. As United continues to dismantle what was once the world's best airline loyalty program, several more changes have been announced, all of which negatively affect both frequent and casual ...

United Airlines Mimics Delta, Raises 2016 Elite Requirements

The consultants United Airlines hires to provide strategic advice on loyalty innovation and how to increase profit must have a pretty easy job...watch Delta, then copy. Once again, United has mimicked Delta in increasing elite status thresholds for 2016 in a move that makes sense in a season of ...

United enjoys a solid Q3 2014, but far from out of the woods

United records largest quarterly profit in the carriers' history at $924 million
Chicago-based United Airlines earned $924 million in net income for Q3 2014, with earnings per share at $2.75 (excluding special items) ahead of analyst predications of $2.70.
That's a heck of a lot ...

United Reports Strong Q3 Profit

United Airlines reported a healthy third-quarter profit today of $1.1 billion, a record and also a 99% increase from last year. Here's some of the specifics:
United's consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 3.9 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared to ...