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Recap of United’s Downgrades: Award Charts, ExpertFlyer and Meals

I’ve taken a temporary break from hunting for premium cabin Star Alliance award space to recap the major downgrades United Airlines announced this week. In case you missed them: Massive Changes to United MileagePlus Award Charts Effective Feb. 1 In the wee hours of Friday morning, United published new award charts for tickets issued on/after…

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Flyer Unfriendly: United Pulls Upgrade, Elite Award Availability From ExpertFlyer

If you’re an ExpertFlyer subscriber and haven’t already received an email from them this morning, brace for unwelcome news if you use the service for certain United Airlines searches. United has decided to deny ExpertFlyer access to upgrade and elite award inventory effective November 1. This will remove the ability to search and create alerts…

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Friday Musings: Chicago Seminars and Milepoint Premium Membership

I’m kicking myself this morning for not booking a trip to the Chicago Seminars after seeing all the Tweets and build-up from attendees this week. If you’re unfamiliar, the annual event brings together the brightest minds in the travel hacking community to discuss all things miles and points. From introductory lectures to advanced credit card…

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Jumping the Upgrade Queue on United Airlines

As I mentioned earlier this week, I flew a mileage run on United this past Saturday from Reno to Washington Dulles and back. Having a couple of Regional Premier Upgrades (RPUs) that would otherwise have gone unused the remainder of the year, I decided to apply them when I booked the ticket last month. The…

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Save Time Using Hipmunk for Multi-Segment Mileage Run Bookings

I’m a creature of habit and when I find a tried and true method to book multi-segment mileage runs, I stick with it. Too much so that when it doesn’t work, I fluster around with it far longer than I need to. Having recently moved from Los Angeles and accepted my fate that I’ll no…

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How to Find Mileage Runs – 2013 Edition

It’s been exactly one year since the go-to method to find mileage runs died – the FareCompare Flyertalk tool. The folks at FareCompare claimed it would return and even had a “coming soon” notation earlier this year. That has since totally disappeared and repeated requests for information from them fell on silent ears. I have…

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United Airlines to Remove Fare Class Information Online

In an absolutely horrid and lack-of-transparency move, United Airlines is disabling the “expert mode” feature tonight on their website. It allows anyone to see inventory allocations in every fare class and “bucket” on a given United flight, such as: If this type of display is alphabet soup and meaningless to you, tonight’s change won’t be…

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Singapore Airlines Trip Report: Introduction and Itinerary

Singapore Airlines Trip Report: Introduction and Itinerary Singapore Airlines Trip Report: UA 534 Business Class LAX-JFK Singapore Airlines Trip Report: Swiss & Oasis Lounges JFK Singapore Airlines Trip Report: SQ 25 Business Class JFK-FRA Singapore Airlines Trip Report: Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport Singapore Airlines Trip Report: Lufthansa Senator Lounge FRA (B43) Singapore Airlines Trip…

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ExpertFlyer upgrade & award alerts for United-Continental flights post system conversion

If you haven’t already guessed by reading several of my recent posts, I’m closely monitoring my reservations and other ticketing concerns as the United Airlines system conversion creeps closer. I’m a big fan of ExpertFlyer and have several “Flight & Seat Alerts” saved that are monitoring upgrade and award space on future itineraries beyond the…

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Finding mileage runs without the FareCompare Flyertalk tool

I hate change. This week, two of my favorite airfare searching tools either went away or previous versions were disabled. I’m of course referring to the trusty FareCompare Flyertalk page being taken down and ITA Software’s Classic “Matrix 1” being totally removed. I feel sort of naked without them. The FareCompare site was bar none…

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