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Re: United's Award Chart: Premium Award Cost Goes UP

DrFumblefinger ·
I've seen a lot of "award creep" in my days, and I think there's more to come. A "mile" is worth less and less all the time. It's clear that airline miles aren't worth banking for any period of time. Use them when it's logical to do so. They likely will be worth less in the near future. Thanks for the link, PHeymont.
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Re: United's Award Chart: Premium Award Cost Goes UP

PHeymont ·
Not sure I agree with the "burn 'em" philosophy. At the premium class end, there's certainly been a lot of creep, but not so much in coach, which is more price-sensitive, even for awards. True, summer awards to Europe have generally gone from 50K to 60K, but on the other hand, off-season at American went DOWN to 40K--and with the flexibility of taking one-way awards and combining them in interesting ways...it's actually a better situation. Also, there are some card-linked sales on flight...
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Re: United's Award Chart: Premium Award Cost Goes UP

DrFumblefinger ·
I think you'll find reward trips from the Western USA are harder to get for European travel than from the East coast. But if your schedule is flexible, you could be lucky.
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Re: United's Award Chart: Premium Award Cost Goes UP

JohnT ·
I think for premium travel,it makes sense. It has always surprised me that premium travel is so much cheaper from a frequent flier perspective (2:1) vs economy than when you actually buy the ticket. Just as a side note, aeroplan has recently reduced miles required on some of their reward charts as well.
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Re: United's Award Chart: Premium Award Cost Goes UP

PHeymont ·
John's point about the ratio between the two tiers is interesting (we looked at that a little in a forum post this week on value of miles). My guess--and it's just that--is that the same kind of yield-management used to set prices has taken a look at this and is carefully balancing loyalty vs. burn... I can't really compare East vs West availability personally; my school schedules have defined when I can travel well enough that I'm able to start hunting tickets 330 days out, when the...
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Re: Star Wars World Premiere: Now boarding at gate...

DrFumblefinger ·
Good promotional idea for Air France, and there will surely be some people who get on those flights just to see the premier. But the idea of seeing a Star Wars movie on a 6 inch screen does little to excite me. I'll wait for big screen release, thanks!
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Re: Star Wars World Premiere: Now boarding at gate...

PHeymont ·
I'm sure that for only a few thousand more, you can get upgraded to a first-class screen....
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Re: United, Air China sign up new codeshares

Travel Rob ·
Good to hear. I just took an Air China flight and the airline has some good points for the longf distance budget traveler, like free meals and free video options.
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Re: "New AA" Details Dates for Alliance, Loyalty Change-overs

PortMoresby ·
Thanks for the update. It's already been useful. I have a few thousand USAir miles, not a lot but still enough to not let lapse. I've been making the occasional purchase of gifts through their site to keep them alive. After reading the article and the miles merge date I just bought my mother's gift through the AA site instead, the better to see them added to the bigger pile sooner. Thanks!
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Gold and Silver Emporium, Las Vegas

DrFumblefinger ·
Gold and Silver Emporium, Las Vegas
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Gold and Silver Emporium, Las Vegas

DrFumblefinger ·
Gold and Silver Emporium, Las Vegas
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United's Award Chart: Premium Award Cost Goes UP

PHeymont ·
United Airlines has released a new award chart that bumps up the miles required for nearly all business and first-class awards, and (for the first time) makes flights on its Star Alliance partner airlines cost more miles than on United. Details HERE
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"New AA" Details Dates for Alliance, Loyalty Change-overs

PHeymont ·
Now the American Airlines and USAir have closed their merger, they've begun rolling out more details of the merger planning. Scott Kirby, who was USAir president and is now president of AA, announced dates for joint operations, for aligning loyalty...
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United Feels Mideast Heat, May Buy 777x

PHeymont ·
United has said it's thinking about the Boeing 777x, a 400+ seat version of Boeing's biggest 2-engine plane to compete with Mideast-based airlines that just ordered 225 of them. United's Star Alliance partner, Lufthansa, is also buying some. ...
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Air India Joins Star Alliance

PHeymont ·
Air India has become the first airline in India to join one of the global alliances, giving it connections to many more cities and routes through partners such as Lufthansa and United. That's good news for Air India, which has been criticized recently...
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Gold Country, California: The North Star Saturday Market

PortMoresby ·
  Every Saturday morning, from April to November, residents of Grass Valley and nearby communities make their way to North Star House where the largest of the 3 terrific Nevada County Grower’s Markets is held on spacious grounds adjacent...
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Star Alliance: Round-the-World in a Fare Daze

PHeymont ·
Well, not really, but Star Alliance (includes United, Lufthansa and more) has revised its pricing for round-the-world fares so that there are now 14 different categories, spread over three classes. The big news is that for economy (7 fares) there are...
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Panama's Copa adds SFO, links to 55 Latin America cities

PHeymont ·
Panama's Copa Airlines is adding San Francisco as its 12th U.S. destination, connecting California to its "Hub of the Americas" in Panama City. From there, Copa's 737s fly to 55 cities in Latin America.   San Francisco is a strategic move; Copa...
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United, Air China sign up new codeshares

PHeymont ·
Air China 747     Photo: Julian Herzog   United Airlines and Air China, both Star Alliance members, have expanded their codeshare agreement, opening up 22 new routes to codesharing.   Codesharing allows an airline to place its...
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Star Alliance creates themed Round-the-World fares

PHeymont ·
Star Alliance, whose members include United, Lufthansa, Air Canada and more, has created a series of themed Round-the-World fares.
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Win a ticket on a 'Star Wars Battlefront Bus'

Travel Rob ·
EA is giving away a return ticket Sydney to Melbourne on a Star Wars Battlefront Bus to the gaming festival PAX in Melbourne for 10 separate winners and their guests. The competition will run from September 10th- 9:00am to...
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Ice Star Wars Opens Tomorrow in Liège, Belgium

Travel Rob ·
                            Photo from Ice Star Wars Facebook Page   This year International Ice Sculpture...
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Viking: How to have snow on your summer cruise

PHeymont ·
Every year the cruise-ship companies find new ways to amuse and refresh passengers—mini-amusement parks, sky-diving, Broadway shows and more—but now Viking has trumped the others by adding snow to its new ocean cruisers, starting with...
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Best Travel Day ever for Star Wars fans!

DrFumblefinger ·
Disney cruises has inaugurated its first Star Wars Day at Sea -- the perfect escape for the Star Wars fan in your life!
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Star Wars Woodland fight scene to be tourist attraction

Travel Rob ·
Puzzlewood to become major tourist site after being featured in latest Star Wars.
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August 13, 2017: The Milky Way

Pierre Renault ·
A beautiful photograph of a prairie night sky is our featured Pic of the Day, from Pierre Renault.
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Cruise News: the biggest and the other biggest

PHeymont ·
There's news this week about two "biggest" ships. One is the Allure of the Seas, biggest cruise liner afloat, and the other is a ship under construction, but so far without a name that will be the largest square-rigger sailing ship ever built. Royal...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 3, 2015: The World's Fastest Indian

DrFumblefinger ·
  One of the world's most respected motorcycle brands is the Indian , produced in Springfield, Mass from 1901 to 1953.  While the company made popular and fast bikes, it went broke and shuttered its production line.  The brand was...
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Star Wars World Premiere: Now boarding at gate...

PHeymont ·
In a coup that's sure to excite envy among both frequent fliers and Star Wars fanatics, Air France has scored a coup: a deal to show the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens on four U.S.-to-Paris flights on Dec. 15, days before the theatre release.  ...
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Rome's new broom aims to sweep clean

PHeymont ·
Rome's new administration takes a leaf from the old administrator and promises to have the city cleaned up within a month.
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United, Azul link up for Brazil code shares

PHeymont ·
Azul's colorful livery stands out on the taxiway          Photo: JOcchialini   Azul, Brazil's #3 airline is #1 in news these days. The airline, controlled by founder David Neeleman, also the founder of JetBlue, has just...
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Stormtroopers (and Wookies and Jedis) invade Barcelona

PHeymont ·
  Barcelona loves parades and the world seems to love Star Wars−especially this year, with a new movie opening just before Christmas. Put that all together, and you've got Barcelona's annual Star Wars parade, bigger than ever.   This...
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Star Alliance adds junior partners to extend its network

PHeymont ·
Star Alliance has begun to extend its reach to more places by inviting a select group of smaller and low-cost carriers to its network as "Connecting Partners." First to join is South Africa's Mango Airlines. The carriers to be added are "friends of the family" that already work with Star Alliance's 28 existing members. In many cases, they may even be subsidiaries of Star carriers, such as Lufthansa's Germanwings. Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab's statement spoke of convergence between the...
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Want to binge on Star Wars? Fly Emirates

DrFumblefinger ·
All six Star Wars movies will be available inflight on Emirates, starting January 2016.
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Star Wars uses The Force on Airlines

PHeymont ·
This is the weekend that no one can escape news about Star Wars; it's all the media, social and otherwise—and TravelGumbo is no exception. Since we're a travel site, that's the focus of our round-up. Last month we reported on Air France's plan to premiere the new movie, The Force Awakens on Paris trans-Atlantic flights Thursday night, just as the film was opening in major cities. The special trip with the tiny-screen film included tickets to a giant-screen showing in Paris the next...
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Aquatic Creatures at the Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium

Samantha ·
Join Samantha on a deep dive into the underwater world at a great aquarium.
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