United States

Just Another Reminder That Collecting Miles And Points Can Lead to More Happiness!

I consider myself very lucky.  I have a wife and two lovely children (who actually behave sometimes).  And, I’ve been lucky to travel the world in luxurious fashion for not much money. There were a number of reasons I started writing this blog again a few years ago.  Those that know me well are aware that I always have something to say, and this is a great avenue for that.  More and more, though, folks would ask me how we were able to afford all the travel, especially as we […]

American Airlines Destroys Their New Choice Plus and Choice Essential Fares

News from Milepoint this morning about disturbing changes from American Airlines.  They have gutted their year-old choice fare bundles in a fairly substantial way.  There’s been no official announcement, just a quiet change to the terms & conditions.  Here’s what we’re seeing so far: Choice Essential: American appears to have removed the change fee waiver from this offering, according to their website.  Now, $58 buys you a free checked bag, group 1 boarding and the ability to earn AAdvantage miles.  That last statement scares me a bit as it positions […]

2013 Flight Review & A Look Forward To 2014

zWith another travel year in the books, I took a few moments to see where I’ve been and consider where I’m going.  I started out the year thinking I would travel more on American and less on United.  While that happened, a number of things came together to lock up both Executive Platinum (American Airlines’ top-tier status) and 1K (United Airlines). Here’s some tidbits from the travel year, courtesy of my Flight Memory page:     This was my highest volume flight year to-date, though only by a few thousand […]

Virgin America Puts Thanksgiving On Sale, Others Matching

I guess Virgin America is having trouble filling seats around Thanksgiving.  They’ve got a reasonable fare sale in the market today covering November 23rd-30th.    $179 one-way from IAD to LAX, $149 one-way from Chicago to the West coast.  Maybe not rock bottom prices, but surely lower than I’ve seen around a holiday in the past.  Most folks already have Thanksgiving plans, I’m sure.  But, if you’re hunting for one more mileage run before the end of the year, I can see American offering similar fares in some markets like […]

Delta, American, United and JetBlue All Certified By FAA For Electronic Devices For Entire Flight

With announcements from United Airlines yesterday and American Airlines the day before, we now have a large amount of planes certified by the FAA to allow certain personal electronic devices in all facets of flight, including taxi, take-off and landing. I was discussing the FAA announcement with a friend just a few days ago while we were both sitting on a United Airlines flight.  I said I wasn’t surprised Delta was the first to certify their mainline fleet.  Delta may have a pitiful loyalty program but they do run a […]

A Picture Is Worth…A Free Airline Ticket

Pictures are such an easy thing to take nowadays.  Virtually everyone has a smartphone, and most smartphones take pictures as good (or sometimes better) than digital cameras.  For our family, that means lots more memories captured when we travel.  I was trying to think of a good contest to have this fall and  also happened to be reviewing some of our summer vacation pics.  And, that’s where I came up with the idea for the contest. First, I’m giving away one free coach ticket in for travel on American Airlines […]

81 Hours In Europe: My First Spin Through T5 At London Heathrow

Previous posts: 81 Hours In Europe: A Ride On The New 777-300ER From JFK To LHR 81 Hours In Europe: A Running Start At Oslo And Copenhagen Day 2 started with me getting off the plane in Terminal 3 at London’s Heathrow airport.  The last time I was here was the oneworld MegaDO last year.  During that visit we headed out to arrivals since London was our final destination.  Still a bit groggy from the flight I headed straight there again, where the room was packed beyond belief.  Even the […]