The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. On a daily basis, I try to keep track of roughly 100 different blogs (try being the operative word) that have interesting things for you and I to learn from. Some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.
Also, if you read my wife’s first post and are wondering when those travel health tips are coming, we’re going to try to do a “Feel Good Friday” sort of thing. I’m trying to help her finish up a post for tomorrow.
Here’s what I’m reading about today:
Cheap Flight Of The Day: $193 on United from New York to the West Coast (Burbank, just a stone’s throw from Los Angeles, or seven hours if you hit traffic at the wrong time).
Are you one of those people who think there’s no way to redeem your miles? If you live on the West coast, here’s plenty of proof that you can put those miles to use.
In case you missed it, Seth has updated his United Expert Mode+ with new features for the new United website.
The union at Republic Airways has decided that they’re not even going to send out the “last, best, final offer” from management. I guess they’re betting there will be another offer. But, it seems like some pretty unnecessary gamesmanship with a company that’s already said it doesn’t have enough pilots to fulfill all their existing contracts.
If you’re flying on Emirates to the US with a layover, you can buy connecting flights to a bunch of cities for a low flat rate. I’ll have to do some more reading, but I’m wondering if you can add one of these on to the end of a trip that originates and ends in the US with a stop in Dubai. I’m guessing no, but if so they would have a lot more value. HT: jonspencer on Milepoint.
Amtrak is making big changes to their loyalty program. Here’s what you need to know.
Hyatt’s having a really good sale for a long list of properties in the Americas. Check out the full list of discounts here.
United Airlines is eliminating first class service to Australia, just as American is adding it. I disagree with Matthew here that United could win the battle for first class customers with American. I just don’t see much in the way of motivation by United to up their game right now.