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Here's Why United Is Handing Out Frequent Flyer Miles To Hackers

July 20, 2015 at 8:41 AM | by | ()

There are a lot of ways to earn frequent flyer miles: through credit cards, shopping portals, or just the old-fashioned way of, well, frequently flying. Now United has introduced a new opportunity to score them — but you're going to need to be very familiar with navigating your way around computer systems.

As NBC News, reports, United is awarding millions of frequent flyer miles to hackers that uncover potential security problems and other issues in the airline's web systems. Basically, if you can discover hiccups across their web security, you will be handsomely awarded. We can feel the sand between our toes already!

United launched the program shortly before the recent tech glitch that grounded thousands of flights, so apparently it came too late to help on that front. But the carrier recently confirmed that it has paid out a pair of awards worth one million miles. (Unfortunately they did not release the identities of these folks, so no chance of buddying up to them in hopes of tagging along on some of their travels. Or getting some IT help.) These were just two big time miles distributions; it sounds like a bunch of smaller rewards were handed out as well.

As of now United seems to be one of the few carriers officially recognizing this type of program (others wouldn't comment to NBC News), but we can bet that this may become a way in which airlines make themselves aware of web vulnerabilities. As for us? We’re off to Barnes and Noble in hopes of picking up Hacking for Dummies. And some Fodor's guides, just in case.

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Here's How Your Unused Miles Can Make a Wish Come True for the Terminally Ill

March 20, 2015 at 2:30 PM | by | ()

We know all too well how hard it is to part with those precious airline miles, but donating miles is actually a great way to do good, without spending a fortune.

Dream Foundation is one of the many charitable organizations that accepts miles from a number of airlines, including Southwest and Alaska Airlines, the latter which donates 50 round trip flight vouchers to the charity every year.

The organization also uses donated miles from frequent fliers to fulfill the dreams for adults with life-threatening illnesses all across the country. As the only dream granting charity for adults, Dream Foundation helps those suffering pay medical bills, create family memories or meet their personal heroes.

The dreams are as diverse as the people they serve, so the foundation requires as much help as they can get to make each one come true.

To share your miles with the Dream Foundation, visit www.dreamfoundation.org/donate.

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It's the Final Countdown for US Airways Frequent Flyer Miles

March 16, 2015 at 10:58 AM | by | ()

US Airways' Twitter is done.

US Airways' 767-200s have finished flying.

And planes painted in US Airways' flag livery are taking turns in the paint shop, emerging with AA's shiny #newAmerican stripes.

Next up on the laundry list of to-dos before the merger completes is to close up US Airways' frequent flyer program, Dividend Miles. Think of it as "spring cleaning" for AA, as the process is in full swing right now.

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5 Ways to Spend United MileagePlus Miles and Get More Than a Glass of Wine

December 3, 2014 at 10:10 AM | by | ()

A few weeks ago, United began trialing a program at Newark Airport. It essentially allowed frequent flyers to redeem those hard-earned MileagePlus miles for food in some restaurants in the terminal. While it might be cool to just swipe your boarding pass and pay from your account, at about 1,000 miles for a glass of wine, the conversion rates aren't the most favorable.

This got us thinking that there are plenty of other United products better worth the miles than an overpriced meal in an overpriced airport restaurant...

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Why You Should Check Your Frequent Flyer Accounts Right Now

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

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 | ()

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 | ()

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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'I Flew 9,500 Miles and Did Not Catch Ebola'

October 20, 2014 at 4:34 PM | by | ()

In the midst of the "Ebola in America" panic, Jaunted's editor flew around the world and has this to say for her experience:

In the course of about 30 hours last week, I flew through 5 major international airports and did not catch Ebola. I flew in Economy, surrounded by other passengers, for four of the five segments, and did not catch Ebola.

The routing: Hong Kong - Los Angeles (LAX) - Las Vegas - Dallas (DFW) - Detroit

Between Dallas and Detroit I used upgrade credits to go from the back of the plane to the front, for the perks of a little extra recline and a hot meal after a long day of travel. People onboard each flight coughed, sneezed, ate snacks, drank beverages, used the restroom, and snored. I did not wear a face mask, I didn't use antibacterial lotion (like Purell) any more than normal, I did spend one night sleeping on the floor at Las Vegas Airport, and yet I did not catch Ebola.

To reiterate: I flew 9500 miles and did not catch Ebola, nor did I ever fear I would, despite being unaware of my seatmate's travel itineraries and health levels. I am going to fly just as intensely next week as well, and I do not fear contracting Ebola on that journey either.

If you're traveling soon (to anywhere except Western Africa) and are even the littlest bit worried, we highly recommend having a read of this Vox.com article, "Can you get Ebola on a plane?"

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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 | ()

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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New Flight History Tool Thinks It Can Make Sense of All Your Globetrotting

October 8, 2014 at 1:35 PM | by | ()

Last year we reviewed a handful of flight tracking tools, and hopefully helped you clean out that folder/drawer/bag pocket where you keep old boarding passes. Tracking sites are a great way to keep your flight history in one place, not to mention easy to reference (for those dinner parties that escalate into stats oneupmanship between frequent flyers).

This time around we're talking about Jet It Up, the newest flight diary to the scene, as it might be the easiest we've seen yet. First off, you have to be organizing your itineraries with the TripIt app. Jet It Up then imports directly from TripIt, and fills in the details you might not have remembered. Otherwise, you can do it the hard way and manually enter the incidentals, which include date, flight number, aircraft and airline from each journey.

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What's the Trick to Being Fastest Through Airport Security?

September 16, 2014 at 12:33 PM | by | ()

In the 2009 movie “Up in the Air,” George Clooney plays an ultra-frequent flyer experiencing a crisis of self as he nears the 10-million-mile mark. Towards the beginning, when his travels are still very much upbeat, there’s a memorable scene as he passes through airport security and leaves in his dust the discombobulated casual travelers around him. The key to that slickness is his polished routine of ultimate efficiency in the security line.

Shoes, belt, jacket, carry-on—not a hair is out of place on Clooney despite the best efforts of the TSA. He comes across as truly the master of frequent flying.

But does his routine actually work?

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Why United's Frequent Flyer Program Changes Favor Only Big Spenders

June 10, 2014 at 3:11 PM | by | ()

United Airlines announced today that it will begin awarding frequent flyer miles based on ticket price rather than distant flown on March 1st, 2015. The idea behind this system rests in the desire to reward the travelers that spend the most and prevent customers who paid significantly less for a ticket from earning the same amount of miles.

You might remember a similar move was made by Delta earlier this year, one which we were very, very critical of for its impacts on the budget traveler. We don't have a problem with wanting to reward big spenders, but we do take offense to the industry's definition of a loyal traveler, punishing customers who book far in advance at a lower price.

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