United Airlines

EXTREME? I Had Five Different Tickets Booked For Our Flight Home This Week

It still amazes me how much a seemingly small change during the pandemic has come to my rescue so many times.  Near the beginning of the pandemic virtually all US airlines eliminated change fees.  United went first, Delta and American quickly followed suit.  At the time it wasn’t something that moved the needle because nobody was traveling.  But, I had the sense then that this would be a big deal. One of the biggest benefit to elite status was the ability to reduce or waive some fees that airlines typically […]

2022 Airline Status Recap & 2023 Status Goals

I’m finally getting a moment to breathe and look back on my 2022 year in travel.  Let’s start with airline status.  If you want to hear more about my airline status goals we had a detailed discussion this week on the pod.  At a high level, 2022 was a year where I continued to choose whatever airline offered me the best itinerary to maximize my time.  A nod was paid to cheap first class fares since it’s virtually impossible to be at peak productivity.  It was also about trying to […]

Back To The Future: United Finally Implementing Higher Status Requirements, With Some New Twists

Back in 2019 the airlines were gearing up to thin their elite ranks.  Travel was booming, though not the unbelievable demand we’re seeing this year.  Late in 2019 United announced a pretty significant revamp of how customers would earn elite status.  Just a few months later, the reality of COVID-19 caused the airlines to rapidly change direction.  In essence, the tougher qualification requirements wouldn’t see the light of day in 2020.  Nor 2021 or 2022.  As we head into 2023, United has announced that they will be adopting the increased […]

Check To See If You’re Targeted For Chase Co-Brand Bonus Offers: 7X On United And Southwest Cards

Trying to get into a rhythm publishing more regularly.  A quick post on some credit card bonuses that showed up in my inbox yesterday seemed to fit the ticket.  I received two bonus offers on Chase co-brand credit cards via e-mail, both of them worth your time. Edited to add: you can check Chase.com/mybonus even if you didn’t get an email. For my United MileagePlus Select card, I received an offer of 7 miles per dollar on United purchases and 5 miles per dollar on all other travel purchases.  The […]

Bilt Rewards Adds United Airlines. Are They The Most Valuable Currency?

Bilt Rewards has been making a habit out of doing things others have been unable to.  They figured out how to reward renters on their largest monthly expense, rent.  And, they even launched a credit card so folks who own their home (or otherwise don’t have a rent expense) could still participate in the program.  Prior to Bilt Rewards, there were ways to earn rewards on rent payments.  They were clunky and expensive, mostly not worth the time. On top of that, they figured out how to get American Airlines […]

Elite Status: 2021 Recap And A Look Forward To 2022

Just when I thought 2020 was the weirdest travel year I’d ever see, 2021 did everything it could to rival it.  Our family took a sharp left-hand turn during the pandemic and bought an RV.  We spent a fair amount of 2020 camping, a completely different way to travel.  That bled into 2021, though as the year turned to spring and summer I got back on the road for work again. 2021 had moments of “normal” but they were mostly defined as the “new normal“.  Airline schedules were geared towards […]

TODAY ONLY: Book 8,000 Mile Round-Trip Award Flights On United Airlines Through End Of Summer 2021

If you’re still dreaming about where to travel this summer, you should definitely pay attention to the award sale United Airlines is having today.  There are some prices on award tickets here that I don’t ever recall seeing.  I did a bunch of searches for a recent story I published on The Points Guy and I wanted to make sure to share some of that data here as well.  A few notes before we dig into city pairs: You have to book round-trip flights. You need to include a Saturday […]

I Took My First Airplane Flight In 14 Months. Here’s What I Learned

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 Looks Like I’m Chasing Delta Diamond Status Without Getting On An Airplane

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.  […]

Finally! United’s Return To JFK Means Cheap Award Seats On Transcons

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 […]