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Insider Tips to Reach Elite Status Sooner

Practice these Wing Tips exclusive strategies on becoming an elite flyer and see how fast you can get to the front of the plane. more >>

Tags: Domestic

The Smart Strategy That Avoids Airline Fees

Airline ticket prices are becoming complicated with added fees for almost everything it seems. Are bathroom fees the future? Ryanair thinks so. But, fear not. There is hope for becoming a fee-free flyer. more >>


Card Issuers Wage a 'WorldPerks War' for Your Business

When Delta acquired Northwest, SkyMiles credit card issuer American Express looked to add millions of former WorldPerks program members. But WorldPerks issuer U.S. Bank had other ideas. Here’s how their battle affects you. more >>


Shared "Inventory Code" Makes Booking First Class Upgrades and Discount Fares Easier

We've discovered something interesting and unique in one of American Airlines' "booking codes" or "inventory codes" for domestic First Class travel that helps identify flights with mileage upgrade availability. more >>


Mileage Purchase 50% Off With Delta’s SkyMiles

For first-time mileage buyers, Delta Airlines will double the miles you receive for purchases made though Aug. 30... more >>


Continental’s OnePass Mines Silver and Gold Elites for Fees

With most major airlines finding new ways to tax the loyalty of their mileage program members (of little value to economy class travelers nowadays), Continental had been unexpectedly quiet … until now. more >>


Delta's SkyMiles Program Expands Award Availability Search With Air France

SkyMiles members seeking Business Class and coach award seats to Europe have a reason to rejoice! Air France award availability has been added to the online search and booking calendar of SkyTeam partner Delta through its web site, more >>


British Airways' OpenSkies Lands L’Avion

British Airways today announced the acquisition of Paris-based airline L’Avion, to work in tandem with its own fledgling carrier OpenSkies on routes from New York to Paris Orly. more >>


Seven Carriers Launch 4th Fare Fireworks—More (and Better) Expected to Come

232 years ago, the United States declared independence from England. To show there are no hard feelings, British Airways invites travelers in the colonies to celebrate with round-trip discounted Business Class airfares to London from six US gateways for $1,776—quite a deal. But tarry not (after reading below) ... more >>


Holiday Business Class Fares Begin to Europe, But It’s Not Time to Bite

The backyard barbeque is barely warmed up, yet one airline is already trying to tempt you with some year-end holiday fares. Continental wins the 2008 award for early kickoff of turkey-season travel, with round-trip Business Class fares to Europe starting at just $1,020 (plus taxes) for November travel; $1,220 in December/January. more >>


United and Lufthansa Announce Corporate Mileage Plan Merger

United Airlines and Lufthansa have combined their corporate mileage plans for small and medium-sized businesses. Operating under United’s existing PerksPlus brand, the joint program works in addition to both airlines’ frequent flyer programs (United’s Mileage Plus and Lufthansa’s Miles & More)... more >>


Free Elite Status with United, In the Mail

While this is sure to upset those who’ve earned it the hard way, United Airlines has mailed a promotion to receive free Premier Executive elite status membership for 90 days. It’s a good reason to keep an eye out in your mailbox because... more >>


Elites Status Party Over at US Airways?

US Airways’ balance sheets are apparently showing so much red ink that the carrier is implementing a “new business model,” detailed in a recent press release today. more >>


Be Prepared: Warning Signs Point to Silverjet’s Demise

The all-Business Class segment has been anything but stable, with MaxJet and Eos succumbing to market pressures earlier this year. Today, niche-survivor Silverjet has suspending trading of its shares ... more >>

Tags: Europe

V Australia to Challenge Qantas and United in Battle over the Pacific

Australia’s Virgin Blue has announced that its new international wing, V Australia, will begin service in Dec. 2008 with a daily direct flight between Sydney and Los Angeles ... more >>


All-Business Class Carrier Eos Suspends Operations

Eos Airlines has declared bankruptcy and concluded its All-Business Class passenger service with a final flight April 27th... more >>

Tags: Europe

US Airways' Dividend Miles Program to Give Less Dividend, Fewer Miles

In a news release issued late last week, US Airways' Dividend Miles Program announced two policy changes: One will make it more difficult to accrue miles, the other will make it more costly to redeem them ... more >>


Eos Does Dubai; Adds Newark-London

All-Business Class airline Eos has announced new daily service between London and Dubai and a new route from Newark to London... more >>

Tags: Europe

Amex Membership Rewards and Eos Team for High-Yield Points Promotion

American Express Membership Rewards and All-Business Class carrier Eos have teamed up for a promotion that yields an ample 50,000 frequent flyer miles per round-trip flight for bookings made on unrestricted Business Class fares... more >>

Tags: Europe

Found: The Greatest British Airways Premium Economy Fare Ever ... and it’s Upgradeable to Business Class!

Sometimes, not often, we find discounts on top of already discounted fares ­- a convergence of savings that yields an irresistible deal. With a New York-London round-trip in Brithish Airways’ Premium Economy for $186, this is one of those times... more >>

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