Cheap Flights To Japan, Free Admirals Club Passes And The United Miles Shop

Today’s Best of the Rest includes cheap flights to Japan, a potential strategy for Hilton suite upgrades, United’s new “Miles Shop” and more in the world of miles and points.

US Airways Domestic Upgrades Clearing Early? Way Early!

Many things with the American Airlines/US Airways merger have gone better than planned/feared.  Given the debacle that was the United/Continental merger (and residual effects today), it was fair to think that this one could be equally as bad.  But, things have gone really well. About the only “complaint” was the complimentary domestic upgrade procedures on both codeshare flights and for elites of one airline flying on the other airline.  Domestic upgrades were almost a sure thing for me over the last 7+ years as an Executive Platinum member.  Even though […]

AAdvantage Systemwide Upgrades Now Usable On US Airways Flights

The most valuable SWUs just got more valuable. American Airlines has topped the list for as long as I can remember, awarding systemwide upgrades to their Executive Platinum members (and for million mile thresholds) that can be redeemed to upgrade to the next class of service in any flight operated by American Airlines, regardless of fare class.   I first saw View From The Wing reporting this over the weekend, and I was a little surprised. I thought this step was more likely to come when the reservations and passenger […]

How Long Can It Take For British Airways To Ticket A Reservation?

Answer:  It took 24 days in my recent example. Admittedly, I don’t have a ton of experience flying British Airways.  I probably have less than a dozen total flights on BA in my lifetime of flying. I purchased a ticket to Dublin a few months ago for travel late this year.  For those that don’t know, British Airways has a really strong program for upgrades using their loyalty currency (miles) called Avios.  If inventory is available, you can generally upgrade to the next class of service for 10,000 Avios. For […]

Time To Vote For The Best Domestic Upgrades! $50 Amazon Cards Still Up For Grabs!

It’s been an interesting debate so far.  First, Jeanne from Heels First Travel spelled out why she thought US Airways had the best domestic upgrade process. Then, I laid out all the reasons American why American had to be the clear winner. While it wasn’t clear who was winning from the comments posted, it’s pretty obvious Jeanne thought she might be losing. See, Jeanne’s a bit of a Beltway insider, and she’s using political dirty tricks to sway voters. She’s trying to paint me as unpatriotic: His very first headline […]