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 accumulating elite qualifying miles or redeemable airline miles. Our contributors discuss tools they use to plan mileage runs and the different variations on how mileage runs are defined.

The podcast is closed out with two news articles on recent United airlines changes including

  • The ability to purchase elite checkin, security line access, and preboarding
  • Blocking of award availability on Star Alliance partner airlines

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