I wrote yesterday about changes to Mileage Plus that were not good for flyers and just when I thought that United had finished their devaluation along come two more Cash-Is-King changes. GLOBAL ENTRY FEE PAYMENT REMOVED I was lucky enough to secure GE last year and United paid the fee for me as a 1K…. Read full article

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I wrote a few days ago about why I was leaving United, or rather why I thought they had left me. Over the past couple of days United has made a series of announcement that will have impact on its remaining frequent flyers. 1. NO STATUS TRANSFER ON AWARD TICKETS GIFTED TO OTHERS United’s system… Read full article

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In quite a canny marketing ploy BA has updated its web site so that when you log in and look at your account, apart from your recent search history you now see your most frequent trips, with prices and dates the are offered display: And yes that is what a return from London City to… Read full article

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I wrote in October about my experience being turned away from the Flagship Check-in at JFK, despite being travelling in First on a three-class transcontinental aircraft. When in the lounge at JFK the staff indicated that this was because I was not on a full-fare ticket. The AA web site says that the following people… Read full article

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American Express in the UK are offering a number of statement credits for customers spending specific amounts. These work by you spending the prescribed amount by the given date and then a credit appearing on your next statement. These work pretty reliably in my experience. Register your card through your online account SHOPS – by… Read full article

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I have written before about my decision to leave United as my primary carrier and after yesterday’s post I remain convinced that this was the right decision. United’s twitter account, for those that missed it, confirmed that its change in spending levels for US members is a plan to thin the herd of elites. Some… Read full article

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This twitter exchange between the official @United twitter account and an unhappy small business owner tells you everything about what United are trying to do with their change to spend levels for US members of MileagePlus. Elite members at United have been called ‘over-entitled’ by their CFO and are now being told that low spending… Read full article

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One my defining hotel stays of 2014 was at the Park Hyatt, New York. A superb upgrade and great service from everyone I met has made this aspirational property somewhere I want to go back as and when I can afford it. It really is THE place to stay in New York.

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Having booked a trip several months ago I have come to realise that schedule changes can work to your advantage. All you need is a plan, and an agent that doesn’t quite know all the rules. The rule that should have prevented me securing the three class First cabin on my flight from LA to… Read full article

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Although I have had two bad stays with Radisson this year I have registered for this promo. The deal is fairly good if you happen to have stays planned between 4 November and 30 December. The full terms and conditions are: Terms and Conditions You must be a Club CarlsonSM member to participate in the… Read full article

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As Germany celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall I am sharing my memories and some very old photos from my visits before the wall came down. This was the East German transit visa required to travel from West to West, via East Germany. Images across the wall: There was no… Read full article

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