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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: August 23, 2013

It’s been a relatively quiet Friday in the industry, but here’s a brief summary of a few articles and other items that caught my attention today: The Wall Street Journal wrote up a piece about United Airlines’ “Secret Club for Top Fliers,” or Global Services members to the rest of us “in the know.” This…

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New United Airlines Baggage Handle Wraps for 1K and Global Services Elites

A surprise arrived in the mail yesterday from the United MileagePlus Service Center. When I first pulled the envelope out of my mailbox, I immediately had the irrational thought that United had downgraded me mid-year from Premier 1K to a General Member. The envelope looks like a standard membership kit: But my mind was immediately…

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Love It or Hate It, Airlines and Travel Writers Do April Fools Right

There’s just no escaping April Fools’ Day, especially if you’re engaged in monitoring social media all day. And while I’m not an enormous fan of it, there are some good ones today in the airline and travel world. Here are my favorites: Exclusive: Memo Details New United Airlines ‘Super Elite’ Level by Christopher Elliott: Did…

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The evolution of elite level qualification in airline frequent flyer programs

Qualifying for elite status with an airline requires meeting a certain threshold the carrier has published, whether it be point, mile or segment based. Those thresholds have been periodically raised, lowered and adjusted even to the point of birthing new tiers. Delta’s fairly recent addition of the Diamond level at 125,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles is…

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Baseball fever airline style, award fee changes, suing Orbitz, ATC shakeup & fortune cookie miles

Here’s a summary of other news that caught my attention this week: United Airlines brings close-in award ticketing fees back for trips booked less than 21 days before departure, and modifies fees to change or cancel award tickets. Global Services and 1K members still enjoy a no fee policy across all changes. Premier Executives and…

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