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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portishead February 9, 2009 at 07:24 pm
I thought Ben's comment about the relative value of US Air miles interesting. Could you talk about other potential reasons that may tip the scales towards other frequent flyer programs?
Lucky February 9, 2009 at 10:53 pm
Portishead, we'll get into that in more detail in a future episode, since it's probably easier that way than describing here. Thanks for listening.
Mike February 10, 2009 at 11:03 am

Hi Portishead,

Do you have a specific question about US Airways program, or another specific program? It might help Ben and the rest of us tailor some comments specific to your needs.  Who are you currently flying with? Are you thinking of changing?


portishead February 11, 2009 at 01:03 am
No specific questions about US Air. How do different programs compare with regards to international award redemption? Should I look towards getting miles in program X as opposed to program Y? Is inventory different, or even service and creativity during routing? I currently am a UA 1K, but was wondering if I am missing out by not having more currency in other programs. Is any Star Alliance program worth sacrificing the UA 100% RDM bonus?