First let me thank you all for coming here to read the blog in 2014. I hope you will continue to enjoy it in 2015 and encourage your friends to come across here too. For many schemes it’s zero hour at 00:01 when they reset you stays and miles for the year, throwing down the… Read full article
As we come close to the end of 2014, and my rotation as a featured blogger also draws to a close, I wanted to share with new readers some of the worst of my travel experiences in 2014. (Tomorrow I’ll share the best, so that we can all go out on a high note.) New… Read full article
On 17 December it appears that United’s flight from London to Newark had a technical problem on take-off. Several hours later after dumping fuel over the English Channel it returned to Heathrow. The 767-400 left at 11am and returned back at 4pm. The Daily Mail has a number of reports from some of the 200… Read full article
By MilesFromBlighty. £1004 to Hawaii from the UK – but book quickly!
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
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
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
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
A review of my frequent flyer accounts and my Hyatt Gold Passport account show that I’m done in terms of qualification for elite status for 2015. At Hyatt I passed the 25 stays needed for Diamond status a little while ago. I suspect that we’ll see changes to their scheme soon which will make it… Read full article
Read about the changes that United are making at LAX. Gates, Lounges and check-in changes are coming in Autumn 2014.
At Houston the international to domestic connections doesn’t take you to a checkpoint with TSA Precheck. Pop outside however, and you can speed through security. Worth knowing.