Continental aircraft tail close up (Photo: Continental)

Continental's move from SkyTeam to the Star Alliance reshuffles the deck for frequent flyers. Among the new benefits: OnePass miles on United and US Airways, and more awards....read more»

Airplane silhouette against sunset (Photo: iStockPhoto/Dan Barnes)

For the seventh time this year, United is cutting award prices. But as in the past, Mileage Plus members will have to act fast to take advantage of the discounts....read more»

Question mark sign (Photo: Index Open)

Earn 25,000 frequent flyer miles (which might or might not be enough for a free ticket) after staying six nights with Red Lion hotels at a premium room rate. Deal or no deal?...read more»

First-class travelers watching videos (Photo: Stewart Cohen/Index Open)

Think you're a bona fide frequent flyer mile junkie? If you identify with the characters in this new documentary, you probably are....read more»

Traveler walking in the rain (Photo: IndexOpen)

Beginning next year, members of Hilton's HHonors program will pay more points for award nights that are worth less....read more»

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A new card from American Express is aimed at big-spending frequent flyers. If you fit that profile, the $175 annual fee may be worth paying....read more»

Airplane in pink sky (Photo: iStockPhoto/Linda & Colin McKie)

This month, we feature promotions from American, Continental, Southwest, United, US Airways, and 10 hotel chains. Among the offers: more miles and points, and faster elite perks....read more»

Dollar bills on a line (Photo: Index Open)

Everyone's favorite airline plans to add fees when it launches its revised mileage program next year. Where's the love, Southwest?!...read more»

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United is discounting its most popular frequent flyer award, the domestic coach ticket. But you'll have to book quickly to get one at the discounted rate....read more»

<H2>The View From Coach</h2>

This is the view most people will have aboard a Virgin flight, and it's not a bad one. The seats are comfortable and roomy, despite an unspectacular <a href="http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Virgin_America/Virgin_America_Airbus_A319.php" target="_blank">32 inches of legroom</a> (12 Cabin Select seats have 35 inches). The seats are designed to be lower to the ground, which pulls your knees away from the seat in front of you. The onboard entertainment system is robust and fun to use, ordering meals from your seat is convenient, and the mood lighting (if that's your thing) lends a unique and soothing atmosphere to the stylish cabin. 

Still, I couldn't help but think that all these bells and whistles were merely distractions from the fact that hardly anything onboard is complimentary. Meals, snacks, and drinks cost between $3 and $10, movies are a hefty $8, and in-flight Wi-Fi sets you back $9.95 for flights under three hours and $12.95 for longer trips. Of course, how much you want to purchase is up to you, and the cabin <i>is</i> really cool.

(Photo: SeatGuru/Erin Liszewski)

To qualify for Virgin America's new bonus, Elevate members must book flights by October 18. A one-week window to commit to flights as far as three months out? Huh?...read more»

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