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    When is the best time to book a United award?

    I will always be the first to admit when I don’t know something — especially in this business. Like anything else, it takes time, experience, and a lot of of time on the internet to truly master something. So while I am not the expert on this matter, I think I’ve got a good grasp on redeeming United awards — at least when you may find the best price. The back story So to start out, I haven’t booked a ton of United awards. While I have decided to try and give them more business, I am learning their system, trying to understand the quirks of their system, and ultimately trying to understand where…

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    I Finally got a United Targeted Promotion

    I logged on to my United app to check the status of an upcoming flight and was surprised to find the following targeted promotion sitting in my account. The rules of the promotion seem to be pretty straightforward: Book and take a trip on United or United Express® before March 11, 2018, spending at least $275 per trip. This definitely looks like a targeted promotion as the “1” looks like it can be interchanged for different members, and the 6,900 miles does not seem like a benchmark number. This is pretty exciting for me as I’ve never truly been targeted for any promotion. This may be the norm, but as…

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    I’m considering giving some of my business to United

    Disclaimer: I began this post the night before my fiasco with United and Marriott started. The issue was never resolved, so I ended up flying without my status, but I will be following up on the issue directly with United. For the purposes of this post, I am removing that hiccup from my memory. I want to start off saying that I won’t ever talk ill of Delta. I have not only traveled with Delta the most over the past year, but I have had the least amount of issues with them. On a weekly basis, I firmly believe Delta is the best airline to travel with. From the people…

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    Marriott and United are on my s*it list right now

    One of the best travel programs out there right now is RewardsPlus — the joint venture between United and Marriott that allow their elite members to enjoy benefits across both programs. The basics of the program are: If you are a Marriott Rewards Platinum member, you get complimentary United MileagePlus Premier Silver.  If you are Mileage Plus Premier Gold, you get complimentary Marriott Rewards Gold.  I have written extensively before about how awesome I think this program is. Due to Marriott’s merger with SPG,  SPG’s Crossover Rewards program with Delta, and Marriott’s RewardsPlus program with United you basically get 4 statuses with one. An incredibly beneficial offer if you can…