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These 7 Credit Cards Offer TSA PreCheck or Global Entry Statement Credits Travel Tip: Book Travel Before Elite Status Benefits Expire

Last year was unique. I switched jobs and temporarily decided to switch airline loyalty. Like the rest of American AAdvantage members, I was fed up with all of the “enhancements” to the AAdvantage program. I also realized my travel pattern changed with my new job. My travel became much more Midwest focused. So, I decided…
American Airlines Basic Economy Fares

American Airlines is the most recent US airline to announce “basic economy” fares. Legacy domestic airlines continue to cite increased competition from low cost competitors as the reason behind these basic economy fares. American Airlines basic economy fares mirror those offered by United and Delta, which offer reduced benefits and increased restrictions. These basic economy fares…
United Airlines Issues Ground Stop Due To System Outage

Update: Per United Airlines (@United) the United Airlines Ground Stop has been lifted as of 8:09 PM CST. Today, January 22, 2017, just after 7:00pm CST United Airlines issued a ground stop for all domestic flights due to a system outage. This is one of several system meltdowns which has caused service disruptions in recent months.…
American Airlines Boarding Order Update

American Airlines boarding procedures are among the most confusing of any domestic airline. Rather than using just group numbers, American first boards passengers based on class of service and elite status. The airline often lacks consistency among gate agents due to the complex boarding procedure. In early 2017, the boarding process became even more complicated…
Travel Tech: JetBlue Free Wifi (FlyFi)

Recently JetBlue further shook up the domestic airline industry by announcing from yesterday forward the airline is offering free, gate to gate, high speed wifi on every one of its 925 daily flights. Now JetBlue Free Wifi or Fly-Fi is offered to all passengers regardless cabin or fare paid. It is a welcomed improvement of a world…
Qatar Airways Travel Festival Fares January 2017

Each year Qatar Airways holds a massive fare sale for various routes in their network. Unlike other fare sales, this one is typically not matched by other OneWorld carriers which means you must purchase flights on Qatar to qualify for the sale. The annual Qatar Airways Travel Festival sale went live earlier today (Jan 8)…
Travel Tip: Manage Existing Travel Reservations

It’s early in 2017 and many are already planning summer trips to far off lands. Also, traditionally Q1 is the best time to purchase airfare as prices tend to drop considerably, but it is important to manage existing reservations in the months leading up to traveling to make sure that you don’t end up in…
American Airlines Mileage Running Is NOT Dead!

Forgive me if this turns into a bit of a ramble, but I’ve recently come to the realization that earning American Airlines Elite Status by Mileage Running is not dead, it is just different now that AA has implemented a revenue requirement to the AAdvantage program. Pre-2017 Mileage Running Prior to American Airlines implementing a revenue…
Act Fast: Southwest Airlines Extends Counting Points Transfers Toward Companion Pass

We’re only a few days into 2017 and it seems to already be rough year for Points & Miles hobbyists. Thanks to a very generous loophole in the Southwest Rapid Rewards program, Southwest Airlines counts points transfers from hotel or rental car loyalty programs as elite qualifying activity toward earning Companion Pass. Although this loophole has existed…