Star Alliance

Black Friday Is Truly Dark. United Decides Their “Friend”ship Costs More, Raises Many Award Prices

I woke up this morning to an announcement on Milepoint by United Airlines about award chart increases.  At first, I didn’t really think it was that bad.  But, the more I dug into it, more I realized this was a bit of a “Black Friday” event for mileage folks and not in a good way.  These changes don’t go into effect until February, so you have a bit of time to plan your next trips, but it’s pretty bad.  I don’t have a ton of time to summarize this morning, […]

This Is The Last Guaranteed Time To Get A 100% Bonus On Purchasing US Airways (Converted To American Airlines) Miles

US Airways has announced their 100% bonus again on purchased miles and it’s the last time we’re going to see a “non-targeted” offer of 100%.   I got some information today from someone “in the know” about such things.  They’ve said that this will be the last time US Airways offers a targeted offer like this prior to the American Airlines merger and that this offer was moved up on the schedule to get it in before both parties merge.  That’s not necessarily a sign that American won’t do the […]

50,000 Points for Lufthansa Mastercard: Stocking Up For Star Alliance Travel

The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard® Q:  I’m not a member of the Lufthansa Miles & More program.  Why do I want this card? A:  There are a few reasons, but the bottom line is Lufthansa is a member of the Star Alliance which means these points can be used for flights on any Star Alliance carrier. The offer: Earn 20,000 miles after your first purchase Earn an additional 30,000 miles after you spend $5,000 in the first 90 days after you open your account There’s a $79 […]

American Airlines Makes It Easier To Figure Out How To Use Your Miles

The most common complaint I get from people is, “I can never find a way to use my miles.”  I view this as a self-fulfilling prophecy. I think most people have an unrealistic opinion of how easy it will be to use those hard-earned miles.  The common request I get involves a very popular destination during peak season for that destination (oh, and usually a bunch of seats). That just doesn’t make sense for the airlines.  So, you have to get a bit creative.  Maybe a bit of flexibility in […]

Giveaway! StarMegaDO4 Goodies

Nothing like a bit of spring cleaning!  StarMegaDO4 has been in the books for months but I’m just getting around to clearing out the last of my SMD4 posts.  I’m cleaning out the goodie bag that I stocked up during SMD4, where there were tons of cool things given away. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and I’ll pick a winner next Friday, March 22nd. Feel free to enter as many times as you want. Here’s what’s in the bag: Lufthansa Frankfurt station REMOVE […]

LATAM Airlines Group States The Obvious: They’re Joining oneworld

LAN and TAM are two of the dominant airlines for travel to and within South America.  After their decision to merge, it was strongly believed that the combined airline would join the oneworld alliance along with American Airlines, British Airways and others. It’s official now and View From the Wing has some thoughts about how that affects the travel landscape. I’ve mentioned in the past that American is very strong to South America from the US.  They recently announced their desire to expand Sao Paolo service from pretty much all […]

Is The Founders Card Worth It?

Don’t forget to vote in my poll about the new American Airlines logo for a chance to win a free systemwide upgrade on a future flight. I generally don’t resort to what I would consider fringe programs that offer travel benefits.  I travel enough that I can earn most of the benefits I want and generate enough miles and points to redeem for all the vacations I want to take.  I’ve run across the Founders Card a few times in passing without giving it much thought. Through some random circumstances, […]

Lots Of Different Offers For The US Airways MasterCard

US Airways plays an integral part in pretty much every mileage strategy.  I can’t say I’ve ever had a overwhelmingly positive experience on a US Airways flight.  Their fleet isn’t really something to write home about.  Their international network isn’t something to write home about. But, they are a member of the Star Alliance.  That means you have access to United Airlines flights in the US and carriers like Lufthansa in Europe where you can redeem those miles for great seats to awesome places.  And, they’re miles are usually very […]

Why I’ll Be Switching Back To American Airlines As My Primary Carrier, And Why That Might Change

As I look forward to 2013 from a travel standpoint, I’m hoping to be in the air a bit less and home with the family a bit more.  I broke down my travel recently to see what I had accomplished from a flying standpoint in 2012.  But, as I thought about next year, I wanted to double-check my decision to bail on United Airlines as my primary carrier. I took a look back at my mid-year report on UA’s upgrade policy and some changes that happened in March when they […]

StarMegaDO4: Flying On The 787 From IAH to ORD

StarMegaDO4:  Getting Under Way StarMegaDO4: Sheraton Gateway LAX Review StarMegaDO4: Lufthansa LAX-FRA Departure And Star Alliance Lounge StarMegaDO4: LAX-FRA On a Lufthansa 747-400 StarMegaDO4:  Media Roundtable With Jeff Zidell and Other Hyatt Execs StarMegaDO4-Frankfurt Lufthansa Welcome Reception StarMegaDO4:  18 Hours in Zurich, Park Hyatt Zurich StarMegaDO4:  Walking Around Zurich StarMegaDO4:  ZRH-FRA-SFO, A Trip On The A380 StarMegaDO4:  Getting Things Started In The US, Hyatt Regency SFO StarMegaDO4:  Boarding The 787 From SFO to IAH Our stop in Houston was one of the shortest in MegaDO history.  The time at the […]