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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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Flight Review: United Airlines BusinessFirst, San Francisco to Seoul

[This is the second part of my Million-Mile Trip Report. You can read the introductory post by clicking here.] My inbound flight from Reno arrived about four hours prior to boarding for the Seoul flight, so I had plenty of time to set up shop and get some work done in the international terminal United…

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Sharing Your Premier Status as a United Million-Miler

One of the perks of holding million-miler status on United Airlines is the ability to share your current Premier status with a spouse or companion. And having just achieved the one million mile mark, I went through the remarkably simple process to do just that. To further clarify, MileagePlus allows you to share your status…

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Targeted? Up to 30% Off Purchased United MileagePlus Miles

I received the following email from United MileagePlus this morning, offering up to 30% off purchased award miles. While there’s no language stating this offer is exclusive to the email recipient, it does provide a special link that is hard-coded with my MileagePlus information. And since there’s no ability to change the populated MileagePlus number…

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United Airlines Million-Mile Trip Report: Introduction and Background

Last month, I (finally) crossed one million lifetime miles in United’s MileagePlus program. It’s been a long time coming, quite honestly, as I’m certain that I crossed the actual flown amount on United metal years ago. As did most members, I received a nice bump in lifetime miles when Continental OnePass merged with United MileagePlus,…

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United Airlines Debuts New Seat Design for Domestic, Express Aircraft

United today officially introduced its new signature seat design that will be seen on domestically configured mainline and regional aircraft. A United Express CRJ-700 is the first to sport the new look, which features leather seat covers, double-stitch patterns and a United-branded tag. United will deploy the new seats on more than 500 aircraft that…

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I Won a United ’30 Days of Friendly’ Giveaway… Can You Use It?

In case you haven’t heard, United Airlines is running a daily Twitter promotion highlighting its new “Flyer Friendly” ad campaign that resurrects the “Fly the Friendly Skies” slogan. I posted about it last week when it was introduced, and it’s basically 30 days of random giveaways mostly focused on prizes redeemable in hub cities (at…

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Enter to Win a Free In-Flight Gogo Wi-Fi Pass

Earlier today, I tweeted out an article from the United Hub about the nine-day process necessary to install satellite Wi-Fi on a single aircraft. It’s an interesting read and it reminded me that I won a Gogo in-flight Internet pass last month during the weekly #TravelSkills chat on Twitter hosted by @cjmcginnis and @johnnyjet. I’m…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: September 25, 2013

A brief sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: For the sixth straight year, Virgin America was named “Best Premium Class” airline here in the U.S. by business travelers in Conde Nast Traveler‘s annual poll. Sun Country, Hawaiian, Alaska and Allegiant (??!!) rounded out the top five. United’s new Cleveland-Austin nonstop flight began today.…

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Quick Poll: Would You Have Upgraded to United Global First for This Offer?

I’ve returned from a relatively quick trip to Seoul and will have a full trip report coming soon, but I’d like to quickly put this poll out there to see if any of you would have jumped on this upgrade offer. As background, I booked an upgradable coach W-fare and applied two Global Premier Upgrades…

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