In early July I wrote a post about the most useful and interesting developments in miles and points over the previous month>
It turns out, surprisingly, that the feature was really popular, at least judging by the emails I got — people that don’t read the blog every day really appeciated the recap and not having to dig through all of the posts to find the most enduring ones.
I didn’t do a similar feature in August, but I thought I’d revisit the 170 posts I wrote in August. I hope you were happy with some of the posts and got something out of them. These are some that were my favorites from August.
- Always enter car rental confirmation numbers into AutoSlash for free and easy savings.
- Get instant free status from Avis and National. (Avis has since stopped offering this, I think they were surprised by the demand..)
- Free 2-day weekend rental from Avis (if you already signed up for status from one of my posts, you may have free rental days already).
- The biggest new cash back card has launched
- Why won’t credit card companies let you upgrade to a more expensive card (within your first 12 months)?
- 90,000 bonus mile offer for the Virgin Atlantic MasterCard sadly no longer available.
- The 2.6% cash rebate card.
- Which frequent flyer program should you ditch United for?
- Earning hundreds of thousands of miles with TV signups
- A bigger credit card bonus for a frequent flyer program you should know more about
- Google Wallet eliminates fees on debit card transactions
- How to Book Star Alliance Awards Using American Express Points – Without Fuel Surcharges (Aeroplan awards on partner airlines that don’t incur fuel surcharges.)
- Malaysia Airlines first class awards available
- Business class award availability for the whole family to Australia
- What happens when there’s an impossible schedule change to your award ticket?
- The Singapore Suites route with the best availability
- Award space bonanza — take your whole family to Europe in business class
- When do hotels make their rooms available on points?
- How to put your American or US Airways frequent flyer number into a British Airways Avios award ticket
- Award space wide open – take your whole family to Asia in business or first class
- Here’s when you’re protected traveling on two separate tickets
Understanding the programs
- Hidden facts about American AAdvantage: how many members, how many miles, how many earned by partners, and how many redeemed?
- Secret rules of the Club Carlson program that only their hotels know
- Secrets Holiday Inn Express tells their hotel owners
- Court rules that bank account points redemptions are taxable
- How much US Airways pays for partner award tickets
- AAdvantage won’t go revenue-based any time soon
- American’s totally new approach to integrating with another airline during a merger
- What are the worst airports in the U.S.?
- The true ranking of the best first class airlines
- If your upgraded flight gets cancelled, here’s how to keep your business class seat
- Is US Airways charging taxes they shouldn’t, and even keeping the money?
- Here’s why US airlines charge for lounge membership
- American’s new airport lounge strategy
- How much do hotel toileteries cost and why it’s ok to take them
- First look inside the new American Express Centurion lounge at New York LaGuardia
- Why the bigger the hotel chain, the less rewarding it becomes
- Which frequent flyer program is best?
Travel News Stories
- Miami airport lounge staff steal millions of dollars.
- Do passengers have a right to recline their seats in coach?
- People Express teaches other airlines a customer service lesson
- Is the Airbus A380 a failure?
- An inflight cell phone ban is on the way — but that’s a bad thing