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...]

United Prevents Premier Members from Sharing Benefits

In the past couple years, United Airlines has been hacking away at its MileagePlus loyalty program a little bit at a time. They made it harder to earn elite status, adding a new requirement to earn Premier Qualifying Dollars and spend a certain amount with the … [Read more...]

Giving Up on Top-Tier Status, and Lessons for Next Year

For the first time in many years I will begin the new year without top-tier elite status in an airline loyalty program. I haven't gone insane. I just realized I had most of the benefits I needed at a price I could afford, measured in both dollars and time. I … [Read more...]

How to Find a W Fare to Redeem a United Global Premier Upgrade

I'm providing some step-by-step examples of real scenarios to help people learn to use ITA Matrix based on feedback from this blog and my Chicago Seminars presentation. Let's imagine you want to book a flight on United Airlines and apply a Global Premier … [Read more...]

Ominous Signs from New United and Hertz Partnership

It was big news on several blogs last week that United and Hertz are enhancing their partnership by offering more miles for Hertz rentals and giving some United frequent flyers matching elite status with Hertz. What I didn't see anyone mention (and my … [Read more...]