Category: Frequent Flyer Programs

Good and bad ways to redeem airline miles

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Things used to be simpler: you’d earn miles, find availability for a ticket to Hawaii or Key West, book it an enjoy free flights starting at 25,000 miles roundtrip inside the U.S. As technology continues to improve our lives and make things simpler, airlines have chosen the opposite path, making their loyalty programs so complex that experts like me are needed to make the most of them.

A classic case in point is using your miles for flights. (more…)

British Airways devalues Executive Club

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There’s a trend among airline frequent flyer programs, and it’s not to the benefit of most travelers. Last year we saw major changes at Delta and United as they greatly reduced mileage earning on discount economy tickets.

American has not joined that club, and won’t in 2015. But the devaluation trend has now spread across the pond to AA’s Oneworld partner, British Airways. (more…)

The 2015 American Airlines AAdvantage program

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2014 saw substantive (and mostly negative) changes to the frequent flyer programs of two of American’s main competitors: Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. These changes took two primary forms: (more…)

Premium passenger wars

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Happy 2015 frequent flyers!

Less than two weeks in, 2015 is shaping up to be a very interesting year for attentive frequent flyers. First, let’s do a brief recap of the seismic changes in 2014: (more…)