• American Airlines Boeing 777

    Booking cheap domestic awards through British Airways

    While many believe that the end goal of miles and points enthusiasts like myself  is something along the lines of the Etihad Apartment, or Qatar Q-suite. And to a certain extent, yes, that is absolutely true. Just look it up! But there is also a ton of value in the not-so-glamorous redemptions. Finding your value It all comes down to the fact that everyone gets value out of their points in different ways. Maybe you spend money on shorter domestic flights all year to save up for that fancy business class redemption overseas. Or maybe, you just don’t need that (I mean do any of us, really) — so redeeming miles for…

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    How to upgrade in economy on US airlines?

    As a frequent business traveler, one of the things that I admire most about the big 3 US airlines is the ability to “upgrade” to either first class or [what I call] “enhanced” economy. Since the names are not synonymous across brands, it’s easier to just make my own up. In this post I’ll focus on the big 3 US airlines and their versions of this product Delta – Delta Comfort+ American – Main Cabin Extra United – Economy Plus Even though I remain a strong Delta truther, I now try to fly direct whenever possible. And with my recent move, came an unfortunate transition away from Delta. I decided to sacrifice the…

  • American Airlines Boeing 777

    Let’s drink: free drinks on American Main Cabin Extra are here!

    If you are at all involved in the world of miles and points, and more importantly, if you have any interest in flying American Airlines you’ve probably heard about their recent in-flight upgrades. Specifically, American announced late last year that they would be adding complimentary beer, wine, and spirits to their Main Cabin Extra (MCE) seats.  While the process of rolling this out has been confusingly drawn out, it was recently confirmed that on July 5, 2018 this new feature would be available. And here we are, July 5 — should I fly today just to make sure they followed through? While that won’t happen, I did have to book some travel on…

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    The terms to American’s status match are…stupid

    Over the coming weeks I will talk a lot about my upcoming move. In short, I have relocated with my work to the Washington DC area, a long time dream of mine, and what that means here is that a lot of my travel changes. I will still be traveling with the same frequency, but obviously out of a different airport. So the biggest thing I have to decide is where I want to keep, or shift, my loyalty. I alluded to this point earlier with my thought that maybe I’d transfer my loyalty from Delta to United.  That was with the thought that I’d be flying from Washington Dulles,…