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The First Airline in 2013 Changing to a Revenue-Based Frequent Flier Program Is…

Well, it’s happened. The first frequent flier program to officially change to a revenue-based accrual model in 2013 is… Sun Country’s Ufly. Yeah, not earth-shattering at all for most readers. And in doing a little background on the program, it appears the previous incarnation of Ufly was more akin to the former Southwest system where…

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My thoughts on the United Airlines 2012 Mileage Plus program

United Airlines provided the details for the 2012 Mileage Plus program yesterday, as was widely reported and blogged. Many of the speculated changes did not actually come to pass, but there are some program details leaving many disappointed. All the specifics can be found here and I offer my comments on some of them below.…

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Analysis of American Airlines’ AAdvantage Elite Rewards program

Last week American Airlines launched elite rewards as part of the 30th anniversary of the AAdvantage frequent flyer program. It’s based on your elite status at the close of the year along with how many Elite Qualifying Points (EQPs) you’ve racked up to that point. Each tier has its own selection of rewards available once…

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Vintage Airline Seat Map: Midway Airlines DC-9-10

Midway Airlines was founded in 1976 but began operations in 1979 as one of the first low-cost airlines compliments of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. Based out of Chicago’s Midway Airport, the airline had a modest start with DC-9 aircraft purchased from TWA and served Cleveland, Detroit and Kansas City. During its heyday in…

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Australia’s ash, Qantas overhaul & strike and Virgin Australia & Qantas upgrade offers

There has been some interesting airline news the last week or so from Australia, and here’s a recap: The pesky ash cloud from the Chilean volcano made at least two passes over Australia & New Zealand in the past 10 days causing widespread flight cancellations and reroutings. From shutting down the major airports at Sydney…

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Frequently Flying is now on BoardingArea… hello & welcome!

Today, I am very honored to become part of the BoardingArea family of bloggers and look forward to writing airline, hotel & travel industry news, reviews & opinions for my regular & new readers. For those of you meeting me here for the first time, a proper introduction is in order. My name is Darren…

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Going for Gold AAdvantage elite status with American Airlines this summer

If you read my blog you know my airline loyalty lies with United Airlines. I’ve been a 1K since 2008 & all other elite levels during most years since I first became a Premier in 1990. This summer, I’ve decided to focus my flying on American Airlines and go for Gold elite status in the…

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American Airlines celebrates 30 years of the AAdvantage program with daily deals

As widely reported this week, American Airlines is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the AAdvantage frequent flyer program with 30 days of deals. If you’re not following me on Twitter, I had posted the link to the promo when it began on Monday, and today is a great day to “Follow” AAdvantage as they’re giving…

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The future of airline frequent flyer loyalty programs

This past February, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and likely others were in attendance at “Loyalty 2011,” an annual conference for all things loyalty programs. One of the main topics focused on the future of the now 30-year old marketing machines, noting specifically that the industry should evolve with the needs of those racking up the…

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United Airlines & Continental award chart changes effective June 15, 2011

Yesterday, United Airlines and Continental announced award chart changes to become effective June 15, 2011. The current & new award structure can be found here. Since the majority of travelers focus on pure round-trip travel at the Saver award level (lowest mileage amount required), I’ve reproduced the not so easy to read charts into a…

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