Got an AAdvantage credit card issued by Citibank or Barclays? Then you may be entitled to book award flights for fewer miles.
Holders of the various AAdvantage-affiliated credit cards can book awards to selected U.S. and Canadian destinations at discounted prices. The discount varies, according to the card type.
For the higher-annual-fee Platinum, World Elite, Select, and other cards, first-class award prices are reduced from 25,000 miles to 21,250 miles each way; and coach awards are discounted from 12,500 to 8,750 miles each way. That's a 15 percent discount for first-class and a hefty 30 percent discount for coach. ... read more»
If it feels like you're paying more to fly, you're right.
Average domestic airfares are the highest they've been since 1995, when the DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics started monitoring them.
According to the Bureau's latest report, which includes data through the 4th quarter of 2014, the average domestic fare during 2014 was $391, an increase of 2.5 percent over the previous all-time high, $382, recorded in 2013.
Air fares are rising, no doubt.
But when the fares are adjusted for inflation, the picture changes. ... read more»
Many people, myself included, travel for the love of food.
My culinary adventures include eating yak eyeballs in Tibet, bamboo grubs in Thailand, fried crickets in Myanmar, and Rocky Mountain oysters (cow balls) in Wyoming.
Eating is a huge part of the discovery and pleasure of travel, but if it makes you sick, it can also cause some of your worst memories. Here's how to avoid the potentially detrimental consequences of eating on the road. ... read more»
JetBlue already boasts industry-leading comfort in coach class, with relatively roomy seats and an inflight entertainment system that includes free Internet access. For Amazon Prime members, it's about to get even better.
Beginning "later this year" (no specific dates disclosed), flyers who subscribe to Amazon's $99-a-year Prime service will be able to stream for free tens of thousands of movies and TV shows to their laptops and mobile devices when linked to JetBlue's complimentary Fly-Fi inflight Internet service. ... read more»
Help visitors to your hometown know what not to do (or just vent your annoyance). We want to know: What is the most annoying thing that tourists do in your city? Tell us in the comments.
Be sure to keep an eye out for our round-up of the best answers in the next few weeks! ... read more»
Of the major hotel chains, Carlson has boasted some of the most lucrative loyalty-program promotions in recent years, featuring triple points, a free night after three paid nights, and so on.
But even as Club Carlson has been especially free in awarding points, the program been chipping away at the value of those points.
Last year, the company added a new top tier to its award chart, increased award prices at many properties, reduced elite bonuses, and discontinued its online booking bonus. And more recently, they stripped the Club Carlson credit card of one of its signature benefits: a second free night for every award night booked with points. ... read more»
Enter the Diageo Chateau and Estate's "Napa Valley Getaway" sweepstakes by June 30, 2015, for a chance to win one of four grand prizes: each a trip for two to the Napa Valley, including air, two nights' hotel accommodations, and a $500 gift card.
To enter, provide the requested contact information (name, email, etc.) on the sweepstakes landing page and press "Submit." Done! Time required to participate: less than 15 seconds. ... read more»
Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.
If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.
A study of award availability from the five largest U.S. airlines has yielded a winner. Guesses?
Beginning with its facilities in Phoenix and Sao Paulo, American has begun renovating its network of more than 50 Admirals Club lounges at airports worldwide.
If there were a best loyalty program, there's probably no better indicator than the results of the latest Freddie Awards. Here's what the voters say ... ... read more»