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Priority Club Tightens Restrictions on Which Points Count Towards Elite Status; Upgrades Elite Benefits

December 3, 2012 by Brian Cohen

There is good news and bad news pertaining to the InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club Rewards frequent guest loyalty program. First, the bad news: Starting January 1, 2013, Priority Club Rewards frequent guest loyalty program points will...

What is a “Mileage Run”, and When Should You Consider Taking One?

November 30, 2012 by Brian Cohen

If you watched the piece which was aired on The TODAY Show this morning and wondered what is a mileage run, it is the process of flying as a passenger on flights specifically for the purpose of earning elite status for the following year, accruing enough frequent flier loyalty program miles to redeem for a coveted award trip — or perhaps both. If you are wondering why anyone would even consider going on a mileage run, it is because...

£6 Waiver Eliminated from Ryanair Cash Passport; 2% Surcharge Added to Credit Card Usage

November 29, 2012 by Brian Cohen

As of tomorrow, November 30, 2012, you will no longer able to avoid an administrative fee of six British pounds per transaction when using the Ryanair Cash Passport to book your reservation on Ryanair and — in addition — if you use either American Express, Visa or MasterCard to pay for your airfare, you will be charged an extra two percent per person per transaction. As first reported by The Gate, Ryanair introduced its new pre-paid Ryanair Cash Passport MasterCard in October of 2011. The elimination of the waiver of the administrative fee of six British pounds is being blamed on...

100% Bonus on Purchased or Gifted US Airways Dividend Miles Has Been Extended Through December 7, 2012

December 2, 2012 by Brian Cohen

If you missed out on the latest iteration of receiving a 100 percent bonus on the amount of Dividend Miles purchased or gifted with the latest promotion by US Airways — which was set to have expired on November 30, 2012 — you are in luck, as US Airways extended the promotion until December 7, 2012. In fact, I received my e-mail message earlier this morning announcing the extension of this promotion. As with...

High Fuel Prices Boost Propeller Planes

November 30, 2012 by Gerry Wingenbach

Like it or not, fuel-efficient turboprop aircraft are making a comeback. Sky-high-fuel prices make propellers an appealing option for airlines operating regional flights, which is just about all of them.

Free Night When You Stay Two Consecutive Nights at Holiday Inn Resort Properties

November 29, 2012 by Brian Cohen

Escape the cold weather this winter. Stay at any Holiday Inn Resort property at a qualifying room rate for two consecutive nights during the Winter Break promotion between now and February 28, 2013, and you will receive a free night — valid for one year from award registration — to be used on a future stay at any Holiday Inn Resort property in North America. Additionally, if you book your reservation using the...

Qualifications Quietly Increase for Hilton HHonors Diamond and Gold VIP Elite Status for 2013

December 2, 2012 by Brian Cohen

If you are a loyal elite member of the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program, qualifying for Diamond and Gold VIP elite status will become somewhat more difficult starting next year. The following are the new requirements to qualify for Hilton HHonors Diamond VIP elite status as of January 1, 2013...

Catch Rick and I on The Today Show on NBC Tomorrow Morning, November 30

November 29, 2012 by Brian Cohen

Rick Ingersoll — also known as the Frugal Travel Guy — and I were interviewed by a reporter from The Today Show in Chicago last month. I received word not too long ago that our segment will be broadcast on NBC tomorrow morning sometime at approximately 7:45 in the morning Eastern Standard Time, Friday, November 30, 2012 — assuming that...

JAL to Serve KFC on Select Flights

November 28, 2012 by Brian Cohen

Fast food meets fast travel. In a fowl move to keep abreast of changing tastes of passengers, Japan Airlines has announced that — starting on December 1, 2012 — Kentucky Fried Chicken meals will be served on select flights from Tokyo to...

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