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Losing your airline elite status? Many carriers make offers to buy it back

Today I received an email from American Airlines offering the opportunity to continue my AAdvantage Platinum status through the end of next February for a modest fee. Last year I took the Platinum elite challenge with American in part to re-experience a carrier I hadn’t flown since 1998, and also to rack up some miles…

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United Airlines complimentary upgrade failure: How to avoid it

My next favorite United Airlines flight out of LAX after any of the premium service departures to JFK is the morning 777 to Washington Dulles. I’ve never missed an upgrade on it and the flight is perfectly timed for a great array of connection opportunities at IAD. I flew it again this past week, but…

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Status downgrades at United Airlines also impact its own retirees

The rollout of the new United Airlines MileagePlus program for 2012 saw several tiers of elites getting their benefits slashed – from a 50% cut in bonus redeemable miles for many Premier Executive flyers to the loss of Economy Plus at the time of booking for Premiers – and the carrier also downgraded travel benefits…

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United Airlines basically pays for my first class travel around the world

I thought I’d post an update as to where I am in re-qualifying for Mileage Plus 100,000-mile 1K status for 2012, and reveal just how much I’ve spent to get there & the end return-on-investment for my passionate hobby. As of this morning, here are my total elite qualifying miles (EQMs) and segments (EQSs): I’ll…

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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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