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If you follow the wild and wacky world of frequent flyer points, miles, and redemptions, it’s been a little bit frustrating this year. Some major hotel chains—cough, Hilton—have pretty much dropped the bottom out of their programs, and airlines have also been tweaking and trimming things to their own business benefit. The latest to screw things up are the suits over at Delta, as they just announced—with no notice—changes to the redemption levels with the SkyMiles program.
The funny thing is that just a few months ago Delta changed things up for the worst, but apparently they couldn’t wait until the summer of 2014 for things to take effect—so they made some new changes starting immediately. Those looking to redeem an award ticket for travel before February 1 will still be under the old rules, but trips in the spring, summer, fall, and future will be subject to the new charts.
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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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If you're one of those frequent flyers who hoard miles for the ultimate trip, now is your chance to burn some of them for a once in a lifetime experience, even though you won't even leave the ground. Kinda.
Qantas is opening up something typically only reserved for their own pilots, and giving members of its frequent flyer program the opportunity to play in one of their A380 flight simulators in exchange for a substantial chunk of earned points. For those jetsetters who have at least 275,000 points, the super-jumbo simulator could be yours (and you can bring a friend).
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"Direct" and "non-stop" mean the same thing, right? Wrongwhich is why we're taking today to do some travel 101 with a refresher on these terms. Why is knowing the difference so important? Well, you can clearly state your flight preferences to airline reservations and gate staff when making bookings or changing plans, and you'll also just generally sound like the clued-in traveler you are.
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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 upgradefrom "World Traveller" to "World Traveller Plus" on British Airwayscame about after I shed some honest-to-goodness tears in full view of the check-in desk at Detroit-Metro Airport.
Better check those frequent flyer balances this morning, as it looks like some troublemakers might have hacked their way into your account. It looks to be a problem for US Airways and their Dividend Miles members, as the airline released a statement explaining the details.
In total just shy of 8,000 accounts might have been compromised, so not really that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. However, we’re sure you are less than pleased if you fall into that group. The original breach was figured out around the middle of July, and since then all the sketchy accounts have been deactivated.
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If you’re a frequent flyer you're probably used to some of the benefits that come along with elite status. Dedicated check-in lines at the airport, access to faster security checkpoints, and of course the potential to be bumped up to business class on occasion are all just part of the fun. Well that’s just the beginning for United flyers, as it looks like there’s even a new way to get around the airport.
The carrier just received a fresh order of vehicles, and now they’re starting to pick up passengers—with a Mercedes-Benz or two—right at the airport. Travelers heading through George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston now have the chance to get picked up right from their plane and chauffeured over to their connecting flight.
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Picture this: you're all settled into your Business Class seat on what will be a 9-hour transatlantic flight when a man approaches to ask if you'd move to the bulkhead/front row so that he may take your seat in order to sit next to his colleague. You decline, and the man sweetens the deal by offering a $100 cash bribe. Do you take the money and move? Or stay put?
This was recently the case on a Stockholm to Newark flight (either United or SAS) for a traveler, who was approached by internet entrepreneur and Fab.com founder Jason Goldberg. Goldberg, rebuffed even after the $100 offer, was so miffed about the whole interaction that he took to venting on Facebook, and it naturally became a Valleywag story.
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Earlier this year, we delved into the world of pet travel fees on airlines, a topic not much discussed but a frequent cause of concern for travelers with animals.
In the US, there are a few airlines that stand out when it comes to pet travel; Virgin America has a "pet liaison" named Boo and JetBlue awards 300 frequent flyer miles for every one-way flown with your fuzzy friend.
Abroad, any perks of pet travel are nearly non-existant, with the exception of what Air New Zealand is now calling "Australia's first Pet Frequent Flyer Program."
One million miles. What a magical number, and one which can possibly earn you lifetime status, depending on the airline and a few other details. It's a definite goal for many frequent flyers, and we even recently daydreamed about how we'd spend 1,000,000 Delta SkyMiles.
Thanks to a new contest from Delta, however, all that daydreaming may become reality. The airline has partnered up with Tourism Queensland to give away one grand prize of one million miles, plus 14 second prizes of 250,000 miles each, awarded over the weeks leading up to the grand prize announcement. The idea is that you'll hopefully use some of those miles to fly yourself to Australia and enjoy the delights of Queensland, like the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands and more.
How to enter:
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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WHEN I’M FORCED TO PAY $9 FOR A SANDWICH IN ECONOMY
Tumblr is good for two things: porn and GIF blogs. Oh, wait. This week we can add a third thing to that list; Tumblr is also very good at being worth over $1 billion (to Yahoo, who just purchased the microblogging platform).
Since even mentioning porn twice in this post may get us blocked from your lunchtime reading, let's talk about GIF blogs. In particular we'd like to draw your attention to one, frequentflyerlife, started over a year ago by Star Alliance frequent flyer, @melissaiscool.