Cheap Flights, $50 Gift Card For Two Hotel Stays And Southwest Getting Sued By Their Pilots

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.

Learn To Maximize Miles At The Next Frequent Traveler University

Tickets are on sale for a new type of Frequent Traveler University, the first Signature Event.  I’ve been speaking at FTU for quite a few years and I’m always meeting people who are learning new things.  The great part is that I always learn something new myself!  This time, the folks at FTU have put together a hybrid event that offers a combination of beginner and advanced sessions. The dates are April 29th to May 1st in Las Vegas, NV. Here’s a peek at what’s already on the docket: — Award […]

AAdvantage and Dividend Miles Scheduled To Combine This Weekend

Things are starting to really move along with the merger between American Airlines and US Airways, and now some of the bigger starting to come together. Here are the high-level details you need to know now: 11:59pm on March 25th is your last chance to ticket US Airways awards prior to the merge of the two programs.  There are a few sweet spots in the US Airways program that you might want to take advantage of.  Even held reservations will need to be ticketed prior to the deadline or they’ll […]

American Airlines to Combine AAdvantage and Dividend Miles In 30 Days

American Airlines is sending out some more news about the upcoming transition to one loyalty program.  They had originally predicted that the transition would happen in the 2nd quarter of 2015, and that appears likely.  Today’s announcement says this transition is less than 30 days away, which I view as a good thing. So, what else is happening with this change? All Dividend Miles accounts that have been linked will have their balances transferred to the corresponding AAdvantage account. Elite-qualifying miles from 2014 will be combined to determine your 2015 […]

American and US Airways Rolling Out Interim Reciprocal Upgrades For Elite Members, Effective June 11th

American Airlines and US Airways are rolling out an interim policy to provide reciprocal upgrades for elite members of both programs. This was rumored not too long ago and will be rolling out June 11th.  American Airlines elites definitely seem to get the better end of the deal here versus US Airways elites. Details on American Airlines operated flights: For American Airlines operated flights, the interim process will use the existing framework for load-factor based upgrades.  This means that US Airways elites will be eligible for upgrades, but only in those […]

Solid Rumors On A Date For Reciprocal Elite Upgrades On American Airlines And US Airways

View From The Wing had a piece yesterday detailing convincing rumors about the date for reciprocal upgrades for elite members between American Airlines and US Airways. The rumored date is June 11th and it comes from a traditionally reliable source for American Airlines info, JonNYC of Traveling Better.  This isn’t terribly surprising given recent comments by an American Airlines spokesperson in a Wall Street Journal article. Why is this important?  Even though it’s logical to think that the two large airlines will take a long time to merge their operations, […]