Using United’s “Expert Mode” to Find Upgrades

United SFO-HKG W fare with Upgrade Space

I've had several people ask me recently how to search for upgrades on United Airlines. It's not immediately obvious because United no longer allows tools like Expert Flyer to access its inventory. However, United does have an in-house tool called "Expert Mode" that will display inventory … [Read more...]

Redeem 85 Miles to Keep Your United Account Active

United Digital Media Store

Most airline loyalty programs require you to have some kind of account activity every 12-24 months or else you'll lose your miles. I'll provide a more thorough breakdown of your options in a future post, but I want to call out what I think may be one of the cheapest options available for … [Read more...]

How to Plan Your Itinerary

Award Nexus Route Builder

My guess is 99% of people plan their trip by doing a search from A to B. Not me. I like to know my options before I run my search so I can exclude bad connections or force especially good ones. Relying on a dumb computer to tell you how to get to your destination can overlook a lot of good … [Read more...]

United and Delta’s Revenue-Based Programs Are Bad News for Corporate Travel

I was in New York last year with a day to spare and decided to look for some new travel startups. One of them was Rocketrip, and I had a nice chat with its CEO, Daniel Ruch. The basic concept behind Rocketrip is that it helps companies incentivize their workers to reduce corporate travel … [Read more...]

Two United Airlines Cards You Might Want to Keep

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I wrote a post yesterday describing several reasons NOT to get a United Airlines credit card -- although there may still be reasons for some people to get one based on their individual travel situations and predilection for manufactured spend. (If you’re going through $20,000 a week, then … [Read more...]

Why You Shouldn’t Use a United Airlines Credit Card

Compare United Explorer to other cards

Now that United's MileagePlus program has decided to reduce the number of miles it awards to almost all its customers, the fastest way for many to earn more miles will be through a credit card. Today's question: Does it have to be one of United's? Before we answer that, let's start with … [Read more...]