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It Seems Crazy, But Sometimes a Genuinely Nice Person Does a Nice Thing at an Airport

March 18, 2014 at 2:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Let’s face it. When you’re at an airport you hate and are annoyed by everyone else. In such a tense environment, it's rare for someone to be courteous, even if that means a simple smile.

Personally, we love being at airports. Everyone is coming and going all over the world and they rarely come together and interact during this transition. It's all so serendipitous, if it weren't for the stress.

Recently while flying American Airlines from New York-JFK to Miami, our first plane suffered from some Navigational Equipment problems, so we were held an additional 50 minutes which inevitably got us there in time to watch our connecting flight push back from the gate with no representatives in sight. The next flight (from MIA to EYW) was 3 hours later. That meant 3 hours stolen from our Key West beach time. AA did end up compensating me 500 miles and a food voucher.

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Delta's Change to its Frequent Flyer Policy is the Latest Attack on the Budget Traveler

February 27, 2014 at 2:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we first heard the news that Delta would be changing its frequent flyer program to reduce the value of discount fares, we said aloud, "Do airlines ever make decisions with the good of the customer in mind?" From the other side of the room, someone said, "Yup... the high-paying ones!"

No truer words have ever been spoken. We've been very critical of airports who seem to forget about the budget traveler when they redevelop and add amenities, but this takes things to a whole new level. Delta's announcement is heard loud and clear: It doesn't want no stinkin', cheap-o travelers.

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The Best Flight Tracking Websites, Ranked and Reviewed

January 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM | by | Comment (1)

How many miles did you fly last year? What about different airlines? Total number of hours spent in the air? If you can't answer any of these questions, listen up because there's a slew of ways to easily track all these fun travel statistics with only a few clicks of the mouse.

Right now is the ideal time to begin logging your flights for this fresh year so that, come December, you'll have all sorts of fun stats to share at holiday parties and on social networks. "I flew 70,000 miles and visited 32 different airports in 9 countries this year" sure beats, "Yeah, I traveled a lot."

With this is mind, we put flight tracking websites to the test:

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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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Delta Disappoints With a No-Notice Change to Its SkyMiles Program

November 11, 2013 at 8:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

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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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 to Fly an A380 without Any Pilot Training Whatsoever

Where: Australia
October 18, 2013 at 11:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Travel 101: Knowing the Difference Between 'Non-stop' and 'Direct' Flights

October 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

"Direct" and "non-stop" mean the same thing, right? Wrong—which 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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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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Check Those Balances: Some Frequent Flyer Accounts Hacked

August 12, 2013 at 8:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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United Joins the Ranks of Airlines Who Drive Elite Flyers Straight to the Plane

July 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Would You Take a $100 Bribe to Switch Seats?

July 15, 2013 at 6:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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