Big Three Airlines: American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines
Overview: The major American ‘legacy’ airlines have revamped their Frequent Flyer Programs in 2015. The main change is how members earn miles. Instead of earning miles for miles flown, members now earn miles based on money spent. For example, if one passenger spends $300 for the same flight another passenger spent $600 for, the higher priced ticket would earn double the mileage.
The amount of miles earned per dollar spent also depend on which level of membership you belong to. For example, at Delta Airlines, general members earn 5 miles / per dollar spent while their highest level, Diamond Medallion members earn 11 miles / per dollar spent.
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American- American AAdvantage
United- United Mileage Plus
Delta- Delta Skymiles
How should the average traveler optimize on this situation?
– Choose an airline with hubs located near their home and have destinations they’re interested in.
– Sign up for an airline rewards credit card which awards bonus miles for signing up, making everyday purchases (e.g. like the American Express Delta Sky Miles Credit Card, which gives you 30,000 bonus miles after $1000 purchases in your first 3 months aka a free ticket) and also and use partner companies such as rental car companies, hotels, and restaurants!
– Get your significant other to sign up as well to earn double points
– Card’s such as the American Express Platinum, typically have an annual fee but you can often get it waived for the first year by taking advantage of a online deals.
– Get ahead of the game and Download Apps like MileBlaster (which tracks your miles and alerting you whenever your points are about to expire) or Trip It.
What changes do we see in the future?
– Airlines have promised to make redeeming miles easier, reserving more seating for frequent flyer passengers, and loosening restrictions on when and where miles can be redeemed.
August may be the best time to book cheap flights for travel between November and January. Skyscanner found that last year, holiday-related flights booked in the 33rd week of the year were the most affordable. So booking flights the week of August 10th could save you the most money. So where do you need to look and what should you do to get the best bang for your travel buck on travel deals?
Hi there its me again, Miss Travel Guru. Fresh from the beach and newly engaged! Here to bring you some tips on one major travel topic – the honeymoon.
The joy of engagement quickly turns to panic for many of us prepping for that special day. But before you know it, it’ll be free time, beach time, him-and-you honeymoon time!
1. Decide how much activity you want in your honeymoon. Do you want to see a million museums or lie on by the pool for a week? Even if you are planning a cultural tour of Europe, start with some R&R at a comfortable spot before booking in all the site seeing.
2. Set your budget. Seasons have a big impact on honeymoon travel choices. Postponing the honeymoon to a less expensive season and booking as far in advance as possible could save you more than a few bucks!
3. Research weather. While summer is a popular time for weddings, summertime varies according to geography… and comes with a wack of humidity in many places as South America. You don’t want to be arguing over the broken A/C unit in your hotel all week.
4. Consider travel time. If you only have a week off of work, don’t spend two days on an airplane. You should also consider jet-lag. If it’s a hike to your ideal destination, see if you can’t find a happier compromise closer to home, to maximize your honeymoon happiness.
5. Talk to a travel agent. If you’re already overwhelmed with wedding planning, it could help to have someone else manage the honeymoon details!