Save Miles with Short-Haul Awards on Four Major Airlines

Yesterday I discussed the importance of utility: What can you do with your frequent flyer miles? In addition to flexible routing rules and one-way awards, another useful feature of some loyalty programs is discounted award prices for shorter routes. This … [Read more...]

The Best Airline Loyalty Programs in 2015

As I did earlier this week for the best hotel loyalty programs, it's now time for the third annual comparison of airline loyalty programs! A lot has changed since last year's edition, and I put off this project for many reasons. It's intimidating. I'm sure I … [Read more...]

Southwest Airlines Offering a Companion Pass after Three Trips

Southwest Airlines is attempting to grow quickly in the Atlanta area after completing its integration of AirTran Airways. AirTran had -- and Delta still has -- a large hub in Atlanta, so Southwest is making it clear that it intends to capture a larger share of … [Read more...]

Hertz Providing Status to Delta SkyMiles Elite Members

Several weeks ago I described a new partnership between United Airlines and Hertz, in which some United elite members would get complimentary elite status with Hertz and Hertz would become the only car rental agency to offer discounts to United customers. They … [Read more...]

American Offers More Bonus Miles to Elite Members on Expensive Fares

American Airlines just announced plans to join Alaska Airlines in emphasizing the value of its distance-based loyalty program as competitors United Airlines and Delta Air Lines move to a revenue-based program. The majority of travelers will earn fewer miles … [Read more...]

Will Delta Create a New Mileage Currency to Restrict Access to Business Class?

With all the miles being printed by the banks, it’s only a matter of time until we hear about an airline experimenting with yet another currency targeted at only their elite passengers. And that will be the only way to redeem for a seat in front. My … [Read more...]