It’s December, which means that the window to earn or maintain airline and hotel elite status is closing soon. U.S.-based programs work on a calendar year for status qualification. That means your elite status is based on the flights you take or the hotel stays you complete between January 1 and December 31.
We recently covered the concept of mileage runs, taking flights just to earn elite qualifying miles for airline status. The hotel equivalent is mattress runs, stays you complete just for the qualifying nights to earn or maintain elite status with a hotel loyalty program. (more…)
Posted on December 10, 2013
Canceling an airline ticket is a fairly straightforward process, right? You simply go online or call the airline and cancel the booking. If your fare is nonrefundable (as the least expensive tickets are) you will have to pay a change fee later in order to apply the value of your original ticket to a new reservation. It’s not rocket science, and this is exactly the process airlines want you to follow.
But what if there were a better way, where you could avoid paying the change fee, or maybe even get a full refund? (more…)
Posted on November 19, 2013
The federal government has given final approval to the proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways, which is now expected to close in December 2013. This will create the largest airline in the world, larger even than the combined Delta/Northwest and United/Continental mergers. Because of its size, the feds extracted a toll for the merger in the form of the new American giving up slots at key airports. But how will the merger affect frequent flyers? (more…)
Posted on November 13, 2013