Today Only: Up to 50% Off United Awards to Mumbai, India

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Aug 20 2019

With the closure of Pakistani airspace, United suspended its India flying. They extended cancellation through late October right before the airspace re-opened. United added India flights back into their schedule. It doesn’t surprise me to see certain flights lightly booked.

As a result they’re using the mileage program to unload seats at a discount. United is running a flash sale – today only – with 50% off awards to Mumbai.

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Truth in Advertising, American Airlines Catering Edition

Aug 20 2019

Short premium cabin flights in Europe usually come with lounge access and a decent meal but don’t give you more legroom. In contrast U.S. airlines sell lounge access separately, give you a bigger seat and a bit more room, but the food is often wretched.

I date the beginning of real cuts to domestic premium cabin meal service to early 2001.

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Big Bang Theory Actress Stars in New HBO Series ‘Flight Attendant’

Aug 19 2019

There’s something about Big Bang Theory actresses and aviation. Earlier this year Mayim Bialik had a run-in with United Airlines, accusing the airline of slamming the boarding door of a Houston – Los Angeles flight in her face.

Now her co-star Kaley Cuoco is preparing for a new role in a series called “The Flight Attendant.” And she’s deeply-researched the position.

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Marriott’s Twitter Team Can’t Fathom Anyone Complimenting Bonvoy on Social Media

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Aug 19 2019

Twitter used to be the “go-to” way of getting personalized customer service, and with some brands it still is. Many companies assign super competent agents to deal with twitter, and empower them to cut through bureaucracy to solve problems.

Not all do however. And some just follow the ‘first rule of social media’ which is to try to get customers to stop blasting the company as quickly as possible. The easiest way to do that is to get the customer to ‘take it to DM’.

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How to Earn a Southwest Airlines Companion Pass Quickly Without Getting a Credit Card (or Flying)

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Aug 19 2019

The best deal in travel has to be the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass.

There’s no question that a rewards card with big initial bonus offer is the easiest and fastest way to earn a Companion Pass (in addition to being really big on its own towards reward travel). However there are other fast ways to earn a Companion Pass even without a Southwest Airlines co-brand credit card.

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Are Flight Attendants Significantly Overpaid?

Aug 19 2019

Flight attendants respond to emergencies, bear the brunt of passenger frustrations and poor behavior, and staffing levels on some flights have been cut leading to more work. Maybe they’re underpaid.

I want to try out a very unpopular argument: that airlines pay too much for the flight attendants they’re hiring today, but that they should be paying more to attract flight attendants who will provide better service.

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