Airline Wants More Travel Hackers and How to Leverage Social Media on Your Trips

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Brazil is considering allowing foreign ownership of majority stakes in airlines. Consumers who care about competition should want the US to allow the same.

  • Delta expanding its ‘West Coast Shuttle’ to Seattle

  • Passengers over 60 years old get free Virgin Australia lounge access on tickets purchased by May 16 for travel June 1 through August 31 with promo code SNR60 for ‘off-peak’ domestic coach departures Monday through Thursday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

    Virgin Australia Lounge, Cairns

  • The Wall Street Journal offers a Traveler’s Guide to Social Media (“Social networks [are] an indispensable tool to planning and making the most of your trip—even if you don’t know a hashtag from a hashbrown”).

    According to Gary Leff, frequent-flier expert and author of the travel blog, airlines don’t typically share deals exclusively on Twitter. “But following people who know about deals—like @FareDealAlert and @SecretFlying—is a great way to be in the know yourself,” he said.

    …Twitter can also help resolve travel snafus, especially of the airline variety. ”Twitter teams [on some airlines] are usually more empowered than phone agents,” said Mr. Leff. “You can avoid hold times and get through to someone quickly. A seatmate on a recent flight tweeted @AmericanAir that he was going to miss his flight, and they rebooked him before we landed.”

  • Alaska Airlines is offering 1000 bonus miles for each partner airline you fly internationally between June 1 and September 15 (tickets purchased by September 1). Registration required. (HT: One Mile at a Time)

  • So this is weird. American Express is advertising to travel hackers. (HT: Milelion)

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Maybe Brasil can tackle it’s entry visa issue before the airline investment restrictions.

  2. No entry visa required from June – September for citizens of USA, Canada & Japan.
    Attendance to the Olympics not required. We are going in early July saving $320.00.

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