When I think back to last March, flying home New Zealand with a brief pit stop for some work in Las Vegas definitely didn’t seem normal When I was on the tarmac in Auckland waiting to take-off, the United States closed the borders to anyone arriving from Europe. That seemed pretty serious at the time. Still, I told my wife I was coming home and would probably be off the road for four or five weeks. 14 months later and fully vaccinated, I got back on the road last week […]
It’s been another one of those whirlwind months where nothing happens the way I planned it. Plenty to catch you folks up on in the near future, but until then we’ve had something of an interesting development in the elite status world. First, a bit of background. My Road Warrior History, In Brief I started traveling for work back in 2000, with a lull for a few years, then in earnest starting in 2007. Since then, I regularly clocked 100,000 miles on airplanes each and every year, pandemic years excluded. […]
Throughout the pandemic, one thing that I noticed was a lack of truly affordable awards for domestic flights. Even in the face of an unprecedented drop in demand, cheap award seats were hard to come by. In the beginning of the pandemic, I wasn’t searching often. As COVID-19 has stretched on, I’ve started to search more frequently as friends have asked for help finding flights. Uniformly, I’ve not found nearly as many saver awards as I would have expected. Even on routes that consistently have some saver award availability, such as Washington-Dulles […]
United Airlines apparently started a trend on Sunday when they announced they were permanently eliminating change fees on tickets and making it easier to standby or same-day change to another flight. There’s no question this is a customer-friendly move. We can argue how long “permanently” will be since I’m pretty sure I’ll be writing about travel when change fees are once again a revenue source and a thorn in customer’s sides. But, there’s no argument this puts more money back in customers’ pockets. Delta and American were quick to match […]
United Airlines announced some significant changes today that will benefit customers. They call this a permanent move. Here are the changes: Effective immediately, United Airlines will no longer charge change fees on virtually all domestic tickets with the exception of Basic Economy. This is for all tickets, not just for elite members. On January 1, 2021 United will also eliminate standby fees for all passengers. United is also expanding free same-day changes. Now, Silver members will also be included in free same-day changes. You’ll still need to find the appropriate […]
From the outset, let me note that I don’t earn any affiliate income from this or any other credit card. These are just my thoughts as the travel world changes in the era of COVID-19. You guys know I don’t talk a ton about the nitty gritty of credit cards here, but work with me for just a few minutes. I’ve had the American Express Business Platinum in my wallet for a bit over a year now. I made a mistake when I applied for the card. I mixed up […]
A management employee at United Airlines reached out to me in regards to recent articles I published reflecting how United is reacting to the COVID-19 scare. Through those conversations, we agreed to have them provide their thoughts on the current state of the management culture. In light of the current bailout of the airlines and their performance over the past two decades, the thoughts shared here seem relevant for us, the taxpayer. These thoughts are not my own. I summarize my thoughts at the bottom of the article. The bailout has been […]
United has given us a bit more of the picture as it relates to elite status qualification requirements. They’ve made significant reductions for folks looking to qualify for a higher elite level and plan to make more changes for 2021. They also will be announcing a path to earn status easier through credit card spending.
United Airlines announced they were extending elite status for all elite members through January, 2022. They also announced extension of memberships and subscriptions like United Club and EconomyPlus.
United Airlines has a load factor of only 16% today with 40,000 passengers booked worldwide. This is according to a source at United with knowledge of the daily operations. There are tons of airlines who have grounded significant portions of their fleet due to the current crisis surrounding coronavirus. Some friends of mine are tracking cancelations around the world and you can view their work here. United currently appears to have 68% of their fleet of 786 airplanes grounded right now, spurred by lack of demand due to COVID-19. United […]