Cheap Flights To Tahoe, Disabled United Passenger Forced To Crawl Off Plane

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.  Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, 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.

Here’s what I’m reading about today:

Cheap Flights of The Day: NYC to Reno for $138 RT on both JetBlue and United.  A bit early for ski season I think, but we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Tahoe last year right after Christmas.

InsideFlyer Thread of the Day:  If you have MLife status (likely from a Hyatt status match if you read my blog), here’s a way to leverage that into more casino status.

If you booked one of those American Airlines Beijing mistake fares but didn’t get a chance to ticket it, Daniel from Friendly Skies outlines a potential silver lining.  While I don’t love the premise that a 24-hour hold by AA is anything less than a guarantee to ticket a fare for 24 hours, I also don’t think AA needed to offer compensation here.  But, it’s certainly a gray area.  The offer to fly to China for free (plus taxes and fees) is, IMO, a fair one.  The fact that the tickets don’t earn miles or qualify for elite status is a bummer, but I still think most people aren’t as rabid about the mileage aspects here as I might be.

10% off eBay gift cards.

From Frequent Flyer Bonuses, a 96-hour Etihad sale with double miles.

A disabled United Airlines passenger was forced to crawl up the aisle to get off a plane.  Really.

What to do (or not do) when you get the dreaded SSSS on your boarding pass.

Free SPG points!


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