Upgrd Podcast

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, Your Airline" where we recommend an airline mileage program based on a particular city. This week we discuss the best airline programs for flyers in Boston.
  • Mark describes US Airways elite levels, elite requirements, and benefits of elite status
  • What not to do when taking photos on an airplane

Got any US Airways stories or program information that we missed? What do you think of the Hometown Airline segment - keeper? Leave a comment below.

Also please take our survey on airline clubs.


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Todd October 25, 2009 at 01:15 am

Uhm What? Mark needs to explain his Photography "Weird Incident" ALOT MORE!

What did the "over-zealous" flight attendant say to him when she saw him taking pictures? How did the siutuation escalate? Does he have a super duper Lens that makes his camera look like a gun, or something rediculous?

Am I the only one who was totally lost about his "incident" wondering WTF?

Sam October 26, 2009 at 12:49 am

I enjoyed the new segment, can I suggest Toronto for you next city.

Kevin October 26, 2009 at 09:29 am

I agree with all that was said about Boston with being a Boston flyer.

Boston now has a nice assortment of discount and legacy airlines that has brought me back to Boston after many years flying out of Providence (PVD) right after 9/11. I agree that there is no clear cut winner, but each airline has its niches.

kd5mdk October 30, 2009 at 12:42 am

I liked the discussion of Boston. Personally, I'm a bit frustrated because as an American flyer AA seems to think their great BOS service means they don't need to fly to PWM or MHT, which are a lot better when flying to Maine.

As for what city to do next, how about you just go down http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_cities_by_population skipping the ones that are a hub for an airline? By my count, that puts the schedule as: 7) San Antonio 9) San Diego 10) San Jose 13) Jacksonville 14) Indianapolis 15) Austin

Alternately, you could use: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_United_States_Metropolitan_Statistical_Areas which gives a more expected order. The top non-hubs I see are:

14) Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA MSA (or is this just LAX again) 15) Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA MSA (or is Alaska the obvious choice?) 17) San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA MSA 19) Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA 20) Baltimore-Towson, MD MSA 23) Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA MSA

How about it?

kd5mdk December 2, 2009 at 12:33 am

Just wanted to follow up and remind you I'm interested in hearing more about airline choices at non-hub cities.

@kd5mdk: Stay tuned! ;)

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