Newark Shutting Down Airport Monorail

The AirTrain at Newark-Liberty International Airport will halt operations on May 1 for 75 days while maintenance is underway (HT to EWR764 on FlyerTalk). Comments on FlyerTalk are not kind, though it seems the net conclusion is an already despised transit system is merely going from bad to … [Continue]

Alaska Offering Double Miles for Seattle through December

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In a press release this morning, Alaska Airlines said it will be adding another double miles offer for select flights to and from Seattle between now and December 31: Anchorage Las Vegas Los Angeles Oakland San Diego San Francisco San Jose Vancouver, BC Furthermore, it … [Continue]

Using My Alaska Airlines Companion Fare for Hawaii

Not all companion fares work the same, which is why I summarized the most popular companion fares with their pros and cons. Among the better options is the $99 companion fare (plus taxes and fees) provided each year to those who carry the Alaska Airlines credit card from Bank of America. … [Continue]

Comparing Hotel Elite Status in 2014


I've finally found time to finish creating my comparison tables of hotel elite status in 2014. These things always get ripped to shreds in the first draft, so I won't do much analysis in this post; I'll wait until later this week. But do feel free to comment. I will try to get a corrected … [Continue]

US Airways Devalues Award Chart & A Sweet Spot Is Lost

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Hot off the heels of American Airlines AAnytime award devaluation, US Airways has joined the club with no advanced notice given as well. If you take a look at their award chart today, you'll see that North America to North Asia is now 110,000 miles roundtrip in Business Class. This award … [Continue]

Free checked bag with US Airways Mastercard

First Checked Bag Free with US Airways Mastercard

I just got an e-mail from Barclays stating that beginning April 30th, each US Airways Mastercard cardmember can check 1 bag for free for themselves and up to 4 companions.  This will only be available on US Airways operated flights, so until the merger is complete, you won’t get a free … [Continue]