Let’s talk about an airline for a minute. The core purpose of an airline is transportation between points on a map. The free Coke and pretzels, even the miles, are somewhat secondary. I look for three things in an airline – reliability, convenience, reasonable (not cheap) price. Everything else falls into something I call nice… Read full article

Commenter 194 is the winner of the Sony noise canceling earbuds. Thanks Christian!  

CONTEST CLOSED – WINNER TBA A few days ago I won a pair of Sony noise canceling headphones (earbuds) for participating in a Twitter chat. Since I already have my own, I thought it would be nice to give these away to a reader, so….. It’s time for another Reader Contest!!! WOOHOO! Like most things… Read full article

The only frequent flyer program merger I really remember is that of the Piedmont program (my first) into the then US Air program. They added a 7 in front of my Piedmont number, and everything kind of magically rolled together. Later, I got a new US Airways Dividend Miles number, no doubt related to that… Read full article

A recent news item at The Street.com piqued my interest. The story was about how well the airlines were doing in social media. Toronto based Engagement Labs measures the social presence of brands on “networks like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.” According to the article, American came out on top for Twitter and Facebook, while United… Read full article

According to NBC News, Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas is the latest ship to experience a “man overboard” event. From the article, “Rescuers were searching early Monday for a cruise-ship passenger who fell (emphasis mine) overboard near the Florida Keys, according to the Coast Guard.” First, my heart goes out to this individual’s family and friends…. Read full article

Gary is reporting tonight via Traveling Better that we are just 6 days away from a combined frequent flyer program at American Airlines. Apparently, March 28th is the target date, but like most things IT, that could change. Even if the date turns out to be a week or 2 later, I think it’s safe… Read full article

The Dividend Miles program’s days are numbered, and it will soon merge into the AAdvantage program. When the programs merge, the Citi AAdvantage cards will be the credit card partner for American Airlines, but US Airways MasterCard members can continue to keep their cards and accrue miles, and their cards will be converted to the… Read full article

The weekend is here, and it looks like a beautiful day outside in LA, aka Lovely Atlanta. The biggest news this week from my perspective was the smattering of blogs and news articles on the future of Alaska Airlines. Interesting times. Let’s take a look at this week’s posts. My Three Favorite First-Time Cruise Tips… Read full article

There has been a bit of news in the papers and the blogosphere about Alaska Airlines recently. Admittedly, I’m guilty of my own bit of pontification about Alaska. The articles in the local Seattle press have run the gamut culminating in a piece Thursday in the Puget Sound Business Journal on the possibility of Seattle losing… Read full article

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