A Revenue Model for Alaska’s Mileage Plan Could Be Good

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I first heard rumors from One Mile at a Time that Alaska Airlines is sending out a survey with questions that suggest it plans to implement a new revenue-based loyalty program instead of the traditional model that awards miles and status based on distance flown. The Points Guy took this … [Continue]

New Delta Sky Club Guest Fee for Alaska Board Room Members

New Delta Alaska lounge policy

Last month I wrote about reciprocal lounge access policies for people flying on Alaska Airlines or who have an Alaska Airlines Board Room membership. I mentioned that Board Room membership is a cost effective alternative to purchasing a membership with Delta Sky Clubs even if you never fly … [Continue]

Win Free Admission to FTU Seattle

Amol has been asked to speak at Frequent Traveler University in Seattle and no longer needs his ticket, so it's up for grabs to a lucky reader who can make it to the event. It will be held April 25-27 at the Seattle Airport Marriott. To enter the giveaway, please leave one comment … [Continue]

How Credit Cards Affect the Cost of a Free Night

Award Cost - Status vs Card

During an on-going analysis of hotel loyalty programs, I decided to take a look at the credit card bonuses each offered. There is an opportunity cost when you use a co-branded card rather than some other credit card. For example, you may give up 2.14 Ultimate Rewards points you could have … [Continue]

Two Services Help You Lock in a Good Deal on Airfare

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Regulations in the United States require that a carrier provide either the option to cancel an itinerary within 24 hours after booking for a full refund or to place that itinerary on a free 24-hour hold before booking. United Airlines has also created a service called FareLock that lets … [Continue]

Free Club Carlson Gold Elite Status from American Express

Amex Club Carlson Gold

American Express has a targeted promotion for its European cardholders that includes free Club Carlson Gold Elite status through February 28, 2015, but it appears that anyone can register as long as they have a European address. Be sure to use your real name. (HT Points, Miles, & … [Continue]