Booking Reduced Mileage Awards on American, Flying Less On United and More Travel News on Thursday, February 5th, 2015

EU residents will now be able to apply for a “mini-passport” that can be used to travel through most of the EU.  Smart that they’re planning to make it the same size as a credit card. HT: uggboy on Milepoint.

Hotel credit cards that earn you elite status.

Has the Open Skies policy between various nations outlived its usefulness?  Passionate arguments on both sides.  As Seth notes, US airlines were much more in favor of Open Skies when it benefitted their expansion.  Now that other airlines are making a run at routes the legacy US carriers see profitable, they’re not as fond of it.  Everyone is working to protect their business interests here.

Matthew Klint discusses his “trial separation” with United.  He’s not necessarily dating another airline, but he’s relying less on United now that he’s achieved lifetime status.  It’s an interesting perspective (I really enjoyed reading it) from someone who’s reached his lifetime status but doesn’t feel the need to keep flying to maintain higher status.  I’d argue that’s due at least partially to a degradation in the quality of their product, along with his change in travel patterns.  I’m a lifetime Platinum member of American Airlines and still plan to keep my top-tier status there for the foreseeable future.

Top 10 Ways To Spend AAdvantage Miles?  I really like #1 (as long as we’re talking Business SAAver)  and #10.

While we’re on the subject, Mommy Points has a good breakdown on how to book reduced price awards with American Airlines.

Marshall Jackson’s great thoughts on whether you should apply for a bunch of credit cards or not.

Man Walks Across America.  And, boy, were his legs tired.  Thank you, try the veal.

 


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