February 17, 2012 |
If you got a stack of gift cards for the holidays, United Airlines now has a deal to turn those cards into miles. Frequent-flier members with United, which will soon merge with Continental Airlines, can exchange gift cards from 60 major retailers for frequent-flier miles in United's MileagePlus program. The program is unusual because most airline mileage programs convert accumulated frequent-flier miles into credit toward hotel room stays, car rentals or meals. The new United program flips that concept around.
October 5, 2011 |
What is it about Oct. 5? A year ago on that date, the Lake Tahoe region received an early 4-5 inches of snow. A similar early snow on that same date this year (Wednesday) has triggered hopes of another record-setting La Niña. A recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study found signs of the extreme weather pattern again this year. NOAA will release its official winter outlook later this month . . . . What will the financial turmoil at AMR Corp. - parent company of American Airlines - mean to those with frequent flier miles?
October 30, 2013 |
Airlines still make most of their money flying you from point A to point B. But a bigger share of that revenue now comes from selling you food, drinks and entertainment during the trip. Airlines worldwide are expected to collect $42.6 billion from passenger fees, the sale of frequent flier miles and other sources in 2013, an 18% increase from last year. The forecast by Wisconsin-based IdeaWorksCompany , a consultant to the airline industry, also shows that such fees and commissions have become a bigger part of the airline industry's revenue stream.
September 27, 2013 |
Now that Alex Ovechkin has been named the first official torch bearer for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, he can look forward to a whirlwind trip. And a lot of frequent-flier miles. The Washington Capitals captain was selected by Russian officials to take part in a ceremony lighting the flame at the Temple of Hera in Greece on Sunday. "I'm extremely humbled and honored to be the first Russian to carry the Olympic torch," he told reporters. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and something I will never forget.
April 2, 2006
Your frequent-flier miles can be worth from a tenth of a cent apiece to 5 to 10 cents. To get the most for your miles, you must determine the true value of the award item, then divide that price by the number of miles. Here are some approximate valuations. Remember that fares are always changing and that merchandise prices vary among stores and websites. *--* Ticket/merchandise Price Miles cost Value per mile L.A. to N.Y. restricted round-trip $250 25,000 0.010 coach L.A. to N.Y.
August 5, 2001 |
After six years working for one company, I had accumulated quite a nest egg. It was worth as much as $25,000 by one measure, as little as $5,300 by another. The nest egg was not my retirement savings but the 380,000 United Airlines Mileage Plus frequent-flier miles I had collected from business and personal travel. The difference in value goes directly to the question you need to ask yourself before you spend your precious miles.
January 19, 1995 |
Airlines may become more cautious about changing frequent-flier programs after Wednesday's Supreme Court decision that gives travelers who feel awards have been unfairly restricted a greater opportunity to sue. But thrifty air passengers who have been saving up their frequent-flier miles should not expect the high court's ruling to increase the value of their miles for years--if ever.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, had been scheduled to be on the Asiana Airlines plane that crashed at San Francisco International Airport but switched flights at the last moment. Sandberg said on her Facebook page that she was originally scheduled to fly on Asiana Airlines from Seoul to San Francisco, but decided to change flights to United Airlines so she could use frequent-flier miles for the tickets for her family, who were accompanying her. “Taking a minute to be thankful,” Sandberg wrote.
March 3, 2013 |
You keep hearing about people who take these fabulous trips (see story) and they don't pay a penny - or very many pennies. You have miles, but you don't seem to be getting much, well, mileage out of them. For the last seven years, my life has been all about points. I quit my recruiting job on Wall Street, for which I traveled more than 150,000 miles a year (and collected numerous corporate credit card points), and founded ThePointsGuy.com , a website that's all about maximizing frequent-flier miles and credit card points.
January 1, 2012
A great city for any season I enjoyed the story about Bethlehem, Pa. [" ' Christmas City' Filled With Holiday Tradition," by Karl Zimmermann, Dec. 25]. It's an amazing place any time, and especially at this time of year. I live near there and know the Historic Bethlehem area well both at Christmas and at other seasons of the year. The Moravians have a marvelous, continuing tradition. Donald S. Heintzelman Zionsville, Pa. His own trip globetrotting I howled with glee when I read David Lamb's Dec. 18 story, "A Gift of the World.