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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 ...
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Starwood Suite Night Awards expiry extended 4 more months

2013 has been the year of devaluations in loyalty programs.  I was pleased to learn of a positive change for once.  
 

Marvellous Suite at the W Hong Kong
 
Suite Night Awards from Starwood Preferred Guest that were scheduled to expire at the end of 2013 ...

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 ...

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 ...
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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 ...

The Real Reason United is Blocking Award and Upgrade Space from Expert Flyer


Friendly Skies reported earlier today that United has asked Expert Flyer to stop displaying upgrade and award space beginning Friday, October 30, 2013. United responded this evening, blaming Expert Flyer for accessing space in an unauthorized manner and promising there would still be other ...
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"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 ...
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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 codeshare ...
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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 ...
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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 ...

Hilton London Tower Bridge - A Review - Great London Hotel and VIP benefits!

 I get to London a lot and I’m always searching for the best hotel for the money. As a Hilton Diamond, I look for a hotel that will provide the best benefits. On my latest trip I gave the Hilton London Tower Bridge a try, and I was impressed, it is a very modern, well run hotel with great ...
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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 confirmed Suite Night Award, at The ...
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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 very new and ...
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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 ...
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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 the off ...

The Dramatic Conclusion to... Ticketless in Malaysia

Concluding my previous posts about being suddenly ticketless and stranded in Malaysia, here is the dramatic close.  If you want to catch up you can read the posts here part 1, part 2, part 3, or you can read the entire post in one sitting (aren't you brave) right... here.
For the quick ...
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Confirmed in First Class but No Seat Assignment

Thanks to shrewd planning and a watchful eye, I've dodged landmines and avoided most calamities in the post-merger world of United Airlines. Others have not fared so well. Will today be my day of reckoning?
I'm flying from Newark to Los Angeles this morning and applied a regional premier ...
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Delta Upgrades Come and Go When Least Expected

It’s the end of January and I’ve started my flying for the year. It’s never too early to work towards next year status and I started this year up in the air—not knowing who to be loyal to, an onging question for me. Originally I was ready to divorce Delta, but then Delta ...
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First Class Downgrade = First Class Upgrade on United

When does a first class downgrade equal a first class upgrade? Read on to find out.
Sunday, I was scheduled to fly from Burbank to New York JFK via San Francisco. "Premium Service" transcon flights feature three-cabins of service with international business and first class seating, but are not ...
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