American Has Started Offering Free and Paid Upgrades to Premium Economy at Check-in

Sep 20 2017

American offers premium economy on Boeing 787-9s and is rapidly retrofitting its Boeing 777-200 fleet to add premium economy seating.

Today American has rolled out a formal day of departure upgrade program for going from coach to premium economy seats. They’re using the ‘Load Factor Based Upgrade’ (sometimes referred to as LFBU) system to offer upgrades at check-in if seats are available.

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Citi is Considering More Changes to the Prestige Card

Sep 20 2017

Citibank is surveying some Prestige cardholders about new benefits and earning structure.

The card lost many of its best benefits, and they added some new features that are hardly replacements at a time when other bank’s premium cards have gotten better. Now they’re surveying cardmembers about ways to change the product.

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Why Do American Airlines Frequent Flyers Complain the Most?

Sep 19 2017

It’s hard to remember the last broadly positive thing any major US airline has done for frequent flyers.

Why do you think American AAdvantage members are the loudest about recent frequent flyer program changes? There’s not a ton of difference between the programs anymore. Delta is less trustworthy. American has worse award space. United doesn’t offer top tier elites international upgrades on any fare. So there are differences, but not nearly as much as there used to be.

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Seriously People Don’t Put Cash In Your Checked Luggage (But Don’t Carry It On Either)

Sep 19 2017

It’s never a good idea to take a lot of cash with you through the airport. The government can take the cash by saying your bag smells like pot (or saying that a dog thinks it smells like pot). No charges need every be filed.

Since you can’t just carry money on you through the airport you might think you’re better off checking it in your luggage. That’s a bad idea too

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You Won’t Have to Go to Jail for Using Your Smartphone in Airplane Mode on Chinese Airlines

Sep 19 2017

Chinese civil aviation regulations forbid the use of mobile phones inflight – even in airplane mode – but they do not forbid the use of tablets.

I know this but out of habit had my phone out and was scolded for it by a flight attendant on China Eastern last year. I was perplexed for a moment, trying to explain that the phone was in airplane mode.

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