Upgrades Posts

United Airlines Increases Mileage Upgrade Co-Pay on Premium Transcon Routes

United has transformed its premium service (p.s.) fleet that operates between Los Angeles/San Francisco and New York JFK from a three-cabin configuration with older seats in business and first class to a two-cabin configuration with fully lie-flat seats in business class. United has also ...


Hilton Sorrento Palace (Italy) a review


This hotel impressed for sure, I have become a fan of “off season” travel, getting great rates at hotels that are packed during peak times. This hotel is a great example of how an off-season experience can prove to be impressive.

We arrive by car and parked in the hotels ...

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Delta Actually Improves Skymiles Program with Attractive Upgrade Options


Delta Air Lines has led the U.S. airline loyalty industry in duplicity and penny-pinching for several years running (even with a commendable challenge from United last month) so a day in which positive news is announced is quite rare. Yesterday was one of those days, as Delta announced a new ...


American Introduces 'PlusGrades' - Bid for Upgrades to Premium Cabins

American has quietly introduced the 'PlusGrades' system, allowing passengers who would not normally qualify for an upgrade to, such as a non-elite, to submit a bid for eligible flights.

How does it work?

Make us an offer: Select the amount (per person) you would like to offer for ...

The Other United Airlines Devaluation: Fewer Upgrades at a Higher Cost


The big news Friday was United's devaluation of its MileagePlus award chart starting 01 February 2014, particularly for premium cabins on Star Alliance partners, but United also announced a policy change eliminating complimentary upgrades on flights to/from Northern South American and ...


Waldorf Astoria Hotels to Offer Hilton VIP's More benefits?


A source at Hilton tells me that some changes are coming once again to the Hilton loyalty program. My first reaction was “Oh Great!” as over the past few years any changes that Hilton has given us has been less then great, no matter how they would try to spin it. This source who also ...

"I Can't Give Away this First Class Seat!"

Once in awhile on United I see a domestic flight go out with open seats in first class despite a long waitlist of elites waiting for a complimentary upgrade. This is usually attributable to a lazy or rushed gate agent, who just wants to get the flight out on time or cannot be bothered to follow ...


Would you turn down an earlier flight if it meant giving up an upgrade?

I am currently sitting at the gate for my flight from PDX-DFW on American. My weekend has been spent on a mileage run to Anchorage to aid in my requalification for Exec. Plat. on American. Final routing was MCI-DFW-SEA-ANC-PDX-DFW-MCI, with upgrades cleared for all segments (except the AS ...


United Airlines Makes My Mom’s 60th Birthday Special


 I have to say I’m very impressed and sure in the grand schema of things it means nothing; but United Airlines did something I would have never expected! I wrote a quick email to an upper level person at UA, just letting them know my mother would be onboard 2 UA flights on her 60th ...


An Early Upgrade on Alaska


Traveling on Alaska as a Delta Elite has been great since the NWA merger with Delta. Premerger only NWA Elite Gold & Platinum passengers received upgrades on Alaska, but after the merger was completed and some technical issues were worked out, Delta and Alaska reached an agreement to upgrade ...

Thoughts on Starwood Suite Night Awards


I've had some excellent suite upgrades through the years at Starwood properties.  In both 2011 and 2012, I stayed more than 50 nights, so I earned 10 Suite Night Awards (SNA) each year.  Each of those expire at the end of 2013.  

My first ...


Park Hyatt Istanbul Maçka Palas - A review


The Park Hyatt brand has always been one to provide the wow factor, and sure you get what you pay for. As the most elite brand in the Hyatt portfolio; Park Hyatt hotels have proven to be a sure thing.

The Park Hyatt Istanbul is a very modern a cool boutique hotel located in a ...

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United Airlines Island Hopping in Coach: Avoid "Direct" Flights


Five days ago I promised a post making the case for why I will continue to remain loyal to United Airlines despite my photo incident and more importantly, despite the dearth of complimentary upgrades, hit-or-miss service, no onboard wi-fi, and the burdensome SHARES platform that can turn even a ...


The Hilton Malta - A Review


Last weekend I made a return long weekend trip to the Island of Malta, and was happy to get a great deal at the Hilton Malta. I booked during the Any Weekend Any Where sale at a rate of ~100 Euro per night. February is the off season in Malta, and I always find places more enjoyable in ...