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Throwback Thursday: The First Airline Lounge Opened 75 Years Ago

November 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

This week we got a little restless and hopped down to Dallas for the day, with the express purpose of wandering around AA's C.R. Smith Museum, about a 10-minute drive from DFW Airport. We'll have more on it later since it is a very worthwhile diversion, but allow us to highlight their small exhibit on the history of airline lounges.

You see, American Airlines originated the ideas of airport lounges way, way back when commercial aviation was still in its infancy. 2014 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Admirals Club, the first of which debuted in December 1939 as the "Flagship Club" at what is now New York's LaGuardia Airport.

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Why You Should Check Your Frequent Flyer Accounts Right Now

November 6, 2014 at 4:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Among frequent flyers, the months of November and December are lovingly known as Mileage Run season. What's a Mileage Run, you might ask? Simply put, it's a trip booked and flown with the sole goal of adding more miles or points to the traveler's frequent flyer account. A Mileage Run can be a very circuitous route (such as JFK-DFW-ORD-DEN-LAX instead of flying nonstop JFK-LAX) or an expensive one (such as flying in Business or First rather than Economy, for the extra points or qualifying dollars).

While most statuses are good through February of the next year, the way to earn status depends on the miles you fly/money you spend in a calendar year. Under this rule, travelers have until December 31, 2014 to ensure they've either flown or spent enough to earn or retain status for 2015.

Now's the time to:

· Log in to your frequent flyer accounts and check the balances for your flying in 2014, then cross reference with the requirements for status on that airline. You could be on the edge of status and not realize it!
· Organize your frequent flyer account information—email addresses used for account, member numbers, passwords—for smoother travel miles tracking.
· Consider any last-minute 2014 flights to hit desired status.

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Hotelied Promises Deals for Frequent Flying 'Influencers,' But Numbers Don't Add Up

October 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

So there's this new thing called Hotelied. Underneath the lovely retro-chic logo and glossy images of designer hotels, the service purports to connect socially influential travelers with deals on some of the world's most stylish hotels (slogan: "It pays to be you").

Destinations for these deals are limited while the site is still in Beta, but there's New York and LA of course, and also Miami, Palm Springs, Portland, San Antonio, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Porto Feliz (Brazil), Punta del Este (Uruguay), and Tel Aviv.

The premise is simple. The site utilizes your social media and travel profiles to gauge your influencer worth and deliver a discount. Sync up your social media—Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn—hotel loyalty accounts—SPG, IHG, Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, Accor—and your airline frequent flyer accounts—British Airways Executive Club, Lufthansa Miles & More, Virgin America EleVAte, JetBlue TrueBlue. Hotelied then generates hotel discounts, typically at an average of 20% off.

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New Details of the American and US Airways Frequent Flyer Program Merger

October 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've known for a long time that American and US Airways were planning on merging their frequent flier programs. This week, new details were released regarding how the programs will be integrated. Here's what AAdvantage and US Dividend Miles members need to know going forward:

· The two frequent flier programs will merge in the second quarter of 2015. You can see a full timeline here.

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Virgin Hotels Has an Opening Date, and a Possible Plan for Frequent Flyers

October 9, 2014 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

It feels like forever ago that the future existence of Virgin Hotels was teased. In reality it was only 2010, and finally there's a solid opening date. The first Virgin Hotel will open in Chicago in January 2015, and rooms—excuse us, "Chambers"—just went on sale from $209 per night.

For everything we know about Virgin Hotels to this minute, you'll want to check out the HotelChatter story, because right now we're pretty distracted by the tasty news that hotel stays will work with flights towards your frequent flying totals. The NY Times tucked this tidbit into the very end of their story:

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Why Today is Such a Big Deal for the American Airlines and US Airways Merger

January 7, 2014 at 3:57 PM | by | Comment (1)

The merger of American Airlines and US Airways to create the largest airline the world may have officially taken place on December 9, 2013, but today is almost more of a big deal for frequent flyers of either airline.

January 7, 2014 will go down in the new merged airline's history for two reasons:

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How You Can Benefit from Qatar Airways Joining Oneworld Alliance

November 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM | by | Comment (1)

Just over a year ago, we reported on the news that Qatar Airways was about to do something no other Middle Eastern airline had done before: join an alliance. More specifically, it accepted the invitation to cozy up to the likes of American Airlines and British Airways to become part of Oneworld. Such an integration process doesn’t happen overnight, but on October 30 - last week - the process was finally complete.

So what benefit is there for you? For starters, if you plan your travel right, you may find yourself in the luxurious environment of the business class cabin on Qatar’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner (flying between home base Doha and London for instance). More importantly, Oneworld alliance membership means more opportunity to both earn and burn miles for frequent travelers.

Now that the details have been published, we’ll have a quick look at what that means for those with American’s Advantage and British Airways Executive Club programs:

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How Crying at an Airport Got Me an Upgrade and More

September 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM | by | Comments (3)

So-called "hallelujah moments" often serve as inspiration to travelers, whether it's hearing a language for the first time and deciding to study it, or meeting someone on the other side who you know will be a friend for life. For Jaunted Editor Cynthia, one such moment was something as simple as her first bump up to a better seat on a flight.

I didn't pay for the upgrade.

There were no frequent flyer miles exchanged, as I had none.

It wasn't even a result of airline status, because I didn't have that either.

Instead, my first-ever upgrade—from "World Traveller" to "World Traveller Plus" on British Airways—came about after I shed some honest-to-goodness tears in full view of the check-in desk at Detroit-Metro Airport.

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Why You'll Need More Than Miles for Elite Status on United

June 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM | by | Comment (1)

Wow. Travelers on United Airlines flights have had it rough this week. First, there was the incident of the unruly passenger shouting "you've all been poisoned" to a plane full of fellow passengers, and then one of their Dreamliners flying between Denver and Tokyo made an emergency landing, and finally United went and raised their award ticket change fees, effective immediately.

What we're most concerned about, however, is the announcement made yesterday that United will begin requiring a minimum spend on flight tickets in order for travelers to qualify for elite status, a move they're totally copying from new SkyMiles rules laid down recently by Delta.

At time, it was widely believed Delta would remain both the first and only US airline to have such a stringent qualification, at least for a little while. But of course when an American airline smells blood in the water money to be made, all bets are off.

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Use Your TrueBlue Miles with a Limited-Time 30% Discount

April 26, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

As the week fades into the weekend, we’re always looking for something to do. Thanks to JetBlue our attention has been turned towards finding and planning a bit of a getaway, and that’s especially the case now that they’re throwing a little bit of a sale. We know you’ve been stashing away those TrueBlue points in your frequent flyer bank, but with a 30% discount—now’s the time to book.

You only have a few more hours to decide on where you want to go and when you want to takeoff, as the fun ends today—April 26. Travel is valid between May 2 and June 26, and there are some certain restrictions buried down in the fine print. It looks like eligible flights are only those doing their thing on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Your discount can be quite a savings, but discounts can’t take the total points total below 5,000 TrueBlue points, so just plan wisely.

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Use Those Miles Thanks to American Airlines' New Award Map

March 28, 2013 at 8:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Spending all those hard-earned frequent flyer miles is often just as painful as collecting them in the first place—especially if you earned them during a few transcontinental flights in a middle seat. American Airlines usually has pretty decent availability, and with their partners in the oneworld airline alliance it’s not too tricky to get to plenty of spots across the globe. Thankfully they’ve made redeeming your points a little bit easier, as they’ve just introduced a new search tool.

The computer nerds over at American Airlines just revealed their latest project, as they now have an award map for your searching and booking pleasure. Sure there are some shortcomings with the new tool, as sometimes partner awards are kind of limited. However, we’ve got to say it’s pretty darn unique and a step above what some of the other carriers are doing.

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Where Could You Fly with One Million Delta SkyMiles?

March 14, 2013 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

We often sit back and take a look at the balances on our frequent flyer accounts, all the while dreaming of more miles and more locations. Sometimes our imagination gets the best of us, and we’re thinking about where to go with this many miles or that many miles. At that point we might as well go all in, so we’ve started to think about where to go with one million miles:

We’ve flown with Delta more than we would like to admit, so we’ll start by dreaming up faux flights with them. One million miles will buy you, at the most basic level, 40 round-trip domestic flights in coach—that’s like pretty much one flight for every week of the year with a few leftover to head into the office to confirm your employment. At 40,000 miles per round-trip you can sit up front, but that’s going to limit you to just 25 round-trip flights in and around most of the United States and Canada.

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