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...]

United’s Changes Are Bad for Everyone, and That’s Not News

United new fare multiplier

I'm not the first to break the news about the most recent devaluation (of many) for United Airlines' MileagePlus, nor am I the first to remark that United is simply copying Delta's changes to its own Sky Miles program. My feelings are on par with Wandering Aramean's, who believes it was … [Read more...]

Fly Business Class from Seattle to Europe for under $1,500

Europe summer calendar

There are business class fares to many European cities this summer for under $1,500 -- and unlike some past fare sales you can get these prices from the West Coast, too. The only catch is that major Star Alliance hubs like SFO and LAX don't seem to be eligible departure cities. Seattle, … [Read more...]

United Airlines Will Match Your US Airways Elite Status

United match requirements

Yesterday I listed a couple of opportunities to buy or match elite status within the Star Alliance after the departure of US Airways and TAM, including some offers from various Star Alliance carriers to match TAM elite status. Unfortunately Air Canada seemed to be the only carrier with a … [Read more...]

RewardsPlus Offers Reciprocal Benefits between Marriott and United

RewardsPlus Match

United Airlines sent me a reminder this week that I qualify for Marriott Rewards Gold status due to my Premier 1K status with MileagePlus. And while I still have yet to stay at a Marriott hotel -- ever -- the RewardsPlus program may be of interest to some of you. (FAQs and Terms and … [Read more...]

Booking a miles and points trip to Angkor Wat

My outbound trip, maximizing United miles best I could before the devaluation

In November, 2013, Asiana opened up award space in First Class on almost every flight possible.  Of interest was their new First Suite Class on their 77W (actually a 777-200), which only operated between New York-JFK and Seoul-Incheon. The United devaluation had just been announced … [Read more...]