February 17, 2013 |
In the wake of the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, many business travelers are asking themselves the same question: What does this mean for me? The only certain answer is change. And change, according to some airline experts, is not welcomed by business travelers who have grown accustomed to their regular airline routes, connecting hubs and frequent flier programs. “What I can see is 900 pitfalls,” said Joe Brancatelli, a business travel expert who writes a regular online column on the subject.
November 15, 2012 |
Travelers with questions about the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program can get answers at three information sessions planned this month at John Wayne Airport (SNA). The agency announced Wednesday that it would roll out the expedited security screening program at the Santa Ana airport in December. Prior to the start of the program at John Wayne, the TSA will conduct sessions at a temporary information center in Terminal A from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday (today)
April 8, 2012 |
Would you fly more often if your reward was a regular supply of socks or a leather vest autographed by George Clooney? With demand for air travel on the rise, the competition for passengers is heating up. One way airlines are trying to lure passengers is with tantalizing rewards offered through frequent flier programs. And many of those rewards are, well, weird, according to a study by IdeaWorks, a Shorewood, Wis., airline consulting firm that studied more than 150 airline rewards programs.
June 10, 2011 |
Forget about beverage selections. The flight attendant on a recent US Airways flight to Denver was peddling credit. Any passenger willing to sign up for the airline's frequent flier reward credit card would get 30,000 bonus miles — enough for a domestic flight — plus a litany of perks longer than the drink menu. But you had to act fast. The flight attendant said you'd get the promised perks only if you signed up while still in the air. But limited-time offers almost always come with a catch, and this one had two: The card had an $89 annual fee, and US Airways has the worst record of reward seat availability among 24 major carriers, according to the recently released ezRez Reward Seat Availability Survey.
May 23, 2011 |
The nation's first frequent flier program launched 30 years ago this month and, by most accounts, the programs have only gotten more complicated with age. When American Airlines introduced its frequent flier program in 1981, the concept was simple: Passengers received free tickets or upgrades based on how many miles they had flown. Today the programs are more complicated, with some airline passengers getting reward points for flying, staying at hotels, renting cars and using certain credit cards.
March 8, 2011 |
Here's good news for Delta 's frequent fliers: Delta SkyMiles no longer expire. The change came at the first of the year, but so far, no other carrier has followed Delta’s lead. Here’s a look at activity deadlines set by nine U.S. frequent flier programs, followed by a summary of the perks that elite -- that is, the most frequent -- fliers receive from airlines that track miles rather than points. Many carriers say miles or points never expire if you have activity in your frequent-flier account at least once in a certain period.