Bits ‘n Pieces for September 16, 2013

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Why I Love Airline Food (HT: Joel G.)
  • Double or even triple points… Southwest is running various targeted promotions, such as 50%, 100%, and 200% flight bonuses. Log into your account and look under promotions to see whether any are available to you. Offers appear to apply only to forward bookings (not to flights booked before today but for travel during the promotion period) for travel through November 21. (HT: Reader Jay R. pointing to a discussion started by frequent commenter toomanybooks)
  • For bookings made by September 20 and travel through December 30, promotion code COSSW may get Costco members 25% off on Hyatt stays in the Southwest U.S. (HT: Lucky)
  • American’s new pimped out A319s take flight today with initial service to Charlotte, Cleveland, Memphis and Wichita. While originally the narrative was that they would replace aging MD80s (with only half the number of first class seats!), they are now being described as set to replace 757s as well. Great planes in back, but a very tough upgrade indeed!
  • Promo code Treat31 will take 31% off of a Southwest flight on October 31 (“Wanna Get Away fares” only). Roundtrip travel is required — if you fly both outbound and return on October 31 then 31% off applies to the full ticket. If your outbound or return is on the 31st then the discount applies to the flights flown on that day only. Must book by the end of the day tomorrow.


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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 InsideFlyer.com, 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. Now several posters (including me) are reporting on FT that the bonus points promo has vanished from their accounts, even after they registered.

    WN’s IT sucks so much it cannot be believed until you experience it.

  2. Kudos to Slate for printing an article that gets it right, mostly. I expected the usual “the corporations are screwing us” drivel and was pleasantly surprised to see the shout-out to deregulation. Nice find, Gary.

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