Upgrd Podcast

Upgrd Podcast 15: Battle of the Lounges

Listen in to this week's frequent flyer podcast where we discuss:

  • Continued discussion of the double elite qualifying promotion and our current progress
  • We start discussing how we can rate our flights. What criteria do you think we should use?
  • Price comparison of the major airline lounges
  • Amenity differences between carrier lounges
  • Are they worth it? We chime in, but what do you think?

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Upgrd Podcast 14: Unimerican vs Deltinental

Catchy title, eh?

In this week's podcast we discuss the two major frequent flyer program structures between the big four airlines. Both United and American have similar programs, as do Delta and Continental. In addition to the frequent flyer comparison we cover:

  • Ben's taunting of the air marshalls
  • Comparison of the pros and cons of using stickers/coupons to upgrade versus free upgrades
  • Difference in mileage requirements for top status
  • International upgrade coupons and their limited fare classes on some airlines
  • And, shockingly, Ben and Hunter disagree about some things..

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Upgrd Podcast 13: Grounded

In this week's frequent flyer podcast we discuss first and business class amenities while on the ground. In addition we discuss:

  • Delta's report card on delayed and stranded passengers
  • Ben's joins us from Manila to discuss his OneWorld award including first class flying on Cathay Pacific
  • Service on American makes Ben consider jumping ship
  • Credit card churning for miles
  • Arrival lounges for first and business class passengers
  • and more...

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Upgrd Podcast 12: People up here are getting cookies!

In this week's podcast, Hunter joins us to provide first hand experience with Delta airlines. We continue our "food up front" discussion, from episode 9, and discuss first class meals including:

  • Meal times and flight distance requirements for first class
  • How meal choices are taken and (perhaps) sorted for first class passengers
  • Delta Airlines Royal Crown room changes
  • Delta's inflight coach food menu and cocktails
  • Snack boxes
  • Delta's international upgrade program (or lack thereof)
  • and, of course, more talk about hot nuts!

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Upgrd Podcast 11: Lucky 11

After a long week of traveling, podcast number 11 is finally edited and ready to go. We met in Las Vegas for a meeting of Flyertalk members and recorded this podcast "live" at the Encore hotel on the strip. We discussed:

  • Las vegas (of course!)
  • Sky kits
  • The TSA's new ridiculous policies
  • Ben's note to the Captain
  • Ben and Matt's upcoming walk-off challange
  • Listener mail - Go for Global Services on United, or continue to split premium travel between United and Cathay Pacific to Asia?
  • Show and tell - Please tell us how you keep cables organized in the comments below.

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Upgrd Podcast 10: Doo Wop

In this week's travel podcast we discuss the Continental Airlines Do (meetup event) that just took place. Ben discusses the events and activities that occurred including a mystery flight around the state of Texas.

Since this is episode 10, we are taking a few extra Dear Ted listener questions this week including

upgrd.com member portishead's question on the relative value of miles in other programs Nate from Orlando's question about which airline program to use now ...

Upgrd Podcast 9: Hot Nuts

In this week's podcast we begin to look at services provided in the premium cabin, starting with pre-departure drinks and hot nuts on take off. In addition we discuss:

  • Ben's Priority Club bonus mile bonanza
  • The newly released air traffic control recording from US 1549
  • US Airways double elite qualifying mile promotion
  • Pre departure drink service
  • Hot nuts after take off - does it make or break a flight? see poll.
  • Our Ask Ted reader mail asks whether to book upcoming overseas hotels through Priceline for a discount or through one hotel chain for status

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Upgrd Podcast 8: Bag Man

In this week's podcast we look at what we travel with both in our bags and the bags themselves. In addition:

Ben reviews his experience on Northwest and some of the changes to Delta's frequent flyer program Mike and Matt discuss the GoGo internet on American airlines Should mistake fares be honored? American's current issue with the number of life rafts on their 767-300 series aircraft The bags we carry and the equipment in them including noise canceling ...
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Upgrd Podcast 7: With Aplomb

Sorry for the delay in releasing this week's podcast, let's just say there were some technical difficulties. This week's Upgrd podcast continues our main topic discussion of hotel programs. In addition we discuss:

When/If will airlines offer double elite qualifying miles (DEQM) and will they charge for it this year? Will new flat beds decrease your upgrade success? (see poll) US Airways continues to handle the flight 1549 incident with aplomb, Spirit airlines - not so ...

Upgrd Podcast 6: Hotels, Motels, and Air Beds

In this week's upgrd podcast we start our discussion of hotel loyalty programs. Topics include:

How ready are you for a US Airways 1549 type of incident? US Airways bizarre status buy up program http://www.usairways.com/awa/content/dividendmiles/preferred/buy-up-to-preferred.aspx Where do you stay when traveling? One hotel chain, or just the cheapest? (see poll for your favorite hotel chain) An introduction to hotel programs with the discussion of Hilton's program ...

Upgrd Podcast 5: Zero Niner

Welcome to the first podcast recorded in 2009! As it is the start of the year, we provide a wrap up of 2008 with a review of our most memorable flying and start afresh with predictions for 2009. We review Josh's decision from last week's poll and discuss other topics.

In our predictions we mention some major carriers that might finally buckle under the current economy. We want to know which of the major carriers will have the biggest downward change in 2009? From selling off major routes, to being bought out, to declaring bankruptcy. Which of the big guys will have the biggest change?

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Upgrd Podcast 4: The 29 Hour Transcon

Happy New Year and welcome to episode 4 of The Upgrd Podcast. This week we discuss some of the trouble's of traveling during bad weather this year and in the past. In addition we answer listener mail, discuss the Swiss sale fare, and touch on mileage running. Topics include:

Mike's ordeal traveling through the Northeast on Christmas eve Past weather related travel issues during the Denver storm of 2006 Bumps and Voluntary Denied Boarding (VDB's) when traveling during ...
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Upgrd Podcast 3: New York City!

This week's podcast is now online (finally!). We discuss:

Listener mail in our "Dear Ted" section: a frequent flyer in San Francisco can't decide whether to stay with American, or switch to United Delta Airlines introducing wi-fi on their shuttle flights What's your choice in First class breakfast? Omlette or fruit plate? Vote now on the right hand side of the website. Public transportation options in and out of the three major New York airports (JFK, EWR, ...

Upgrd Podcast 2: Intro to Alliances and Mileage Runs

In this week's episode, we start off with a couple of "secret" pieces of information followed by a debate about the best (US)airport. After listening, please vote in our poll to the right.

Our main feature this week is an introduction to airline alliances and mileage runs. We discussed:

Airlines Alliances: including OneWorld, Star Alliance, and SkyTeam. We covered their composition, strengths, and differences.

Mileage Runs: flying for the sole purpose of ...

Upgrd Podcast 1: Your Ticket To Listen

Welcome to the Upgrd Podcast, which will cover everything related to airlines, hotel, and other travel upgrades and elite programs. In this first episode, we introduce our contributors, cover some recent news, and give a brief intro for listeners new to upgrading.

News includes:

  • US Airways recent reinstatement of elite benefits
  • OneWorld appointment of Gerald Arpey as CEO
  • Delta and their confusing MaxMiles promo
  • The Delta and Northwest program merger

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Please leave a comment below with questions, comments, or questions for our next episode.