Elite Status

Talking Travel With Summer Hull And Richard Kerr!

Summer Hull and Richard Kerr are two of my favorite people in travel.  They’re both family travelers, like me.  But, they’re also wickedly smart about so much in the world of travel.  And, they both said they had some time to podcast this week.  That usually means comedy, great advice and trouble all rolled into one.  This episode was no exception! There’s talk about year-end status runs, both in airline and hotels. And, there’s all the normal travel craziness to discuss, including a hotel program you’re probably not paying attention […]

United Airlines Making Bold Changes To How You Earn Status

United Airlines is going all-in on money, as in you’ll earn elite status based almost entirely on how much you pay the airline. The amount you’ll need to spend is going up again. And, if you can’t hit the minimum number of flights, you’ll have to spend even more. There is some good news for international travelers. For everyone else, this is going to be a tough pill to swallow.

This Week’s Travel News With God Save The Points!

We’ve been working on some format changes for my NowBoarding podcast the past couple of months.  One of the formats we’re trying is a weekly news format.  That’s what we had on tap this week.  I invited Gilbert from God Save The Points to do a quick recap of the best stories in travel from the past week.  We talked for about 15 minutes, just long enough to give you a taste of what we think you should be reading.  Whether you download the episode on iTunes or listen to […]

United Airlines Makes Elite Status Harder To Achieve, Less Rewarding For Their Best Customers

Is a swap in upgrade types for very frequent travelers reward enough to spend thousands of dollars more with United Airlines? Is the fact that Delta requires $15,000 in spending from their top elites a good enough reason to make this change for United? Will United actually make more upgrades available to top-tier 1K members?