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How 12,150 Cups Of Chocolate Pudding Turned Into A Million Frequent Flyer Miles

How 12,150 Cups Of Chocolate Pudding Turned Into A Million Frequent Flyer Miles Sep 19th, 2013 at 2:00PM: While you may try to rack up frequent flyer miles from travel, airline-branded credit cards or online shopping, have you ever thought about pudding? One clever traveler turned a Healthy Choice promotion into enough miles to fly the world multiple times. In 1999, Civil Engineer David Phillips noticed a promotion from Healthy Choice offering 500 American Airlines miles for every 10 product bar...

How to Win Free Travel (Hint: You'll Have to Get Creative)

Aug 23rd, 2013 at 10:21AM: Like free travel? Of course you do. There are a few contests you should enter, especially if you are a seasoned business traveler or a bubbly sociable traveler. Like most online contests, they will require social media savvy and some old-fashioned popularity contest-winning charm, but hey, you could win free travel! -Jauntaroo's Best Job Around the World: The vacation matchmaker site is...

Tom Stuker Flew Over 1 Million Miles This Year - Why?

Tom Stuker Flew Over 1 Million Miles This Year - Why? Dec 31st, 2012 at 11:00AM: Tom Stuker took the term "frequent flyer" to new heights this year, logging just over 1,000,000 miles in 2012 all on United, all in first class. The 59-year-old Chicago native and New Jersey resident says he's flown a total of 13 million miles, much of that in his capacity as an independent consultant and sales trainer for automobile dealerships around the world. This year, Stuker says that...

Airline Fees: You Get What You Pay For Or Weapons In Travel Class Warfare?

Airline Fees: You Get What You Pay For Or Weapons In Travel Class Warfare? Jun 29th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Last month, the media was abuzz over increased airline fees for pre-assigned seating, with many concerned that it would especially affect families who want to sit together for no additional cost. Even New York Senator Chuck Schumer got involved, asking airlines to waive fees for families traveling with children. Rather than look for victims or call airlines "anti-family," however, look at the...

Babies and first class: why is this an issue?

Babies and first class: why is this an issue? Mar 12th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Earlier this week, I saw a story about babies and first class air travel posted on Facebook. The Facebook poster asked our own Heather Poole (flight attendant, mother, and new book author!) for her thoughts on the story, and she replied, "I'm fine with babies in first class. Usually they just sleep." Columnist Brett Snyder is a frequent flier and new dad wondering if he should use miles to upgrade...

'Mile Runners' are in it for the long haul

'Mile Runners' are in it for the long haul Oct 16th, 2011 at 11:00AM: A group of frequent flier hustlers is so obsessed with wracking up miles they are willing to do absurd acts such as flying around the world in 48 hours or going through Detroit five times on a single trip just to earn freebies. For $320, Randy Petersen accrued a marathon of 35,000 miles for the following flight sequence:...

MilePoint opens to the public - and gives away one free iPad 2 a day for a month

MilePoint opens to the public - and gives away one free iPad 2 a day for a month Mar 8th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Last month, we mentioned the (beta) opening of new frequent flier forum MilePoint. Now all the bugs have been fixed, the board has finally opened for anyone to join. The forum has been chugging along nicely for well over a month, and has already attracted over 8000 members who have posted over 200,000 articles - not a bad start for a brand new site. Of course, new sites like this pop up...

Video: I need an upgrade. Give me an upgrade. I am an elite member.

Feb 25th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Looking for the perfect video for the lazy Friday afternoon? Check out this animated clip showing an average business traveler demand an upgrade from the poor ticketing agent. As funny as this may seem, this is actually based off real passengers and real interactions with airline employees. Obviously, the whole thing looks funnier in an animated clip, which is what makes it perfect for...

Five business travel challenges for small companies to overcome

Five business travel challenges for small companies to overcome Feb 17th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Regardless of economic conditions, owning and running a small business isn't easy. It's always tough to find clients, allocate your funds effectively and maximize your bang for the buck. And, business travel is a big part of this. When you go out on the road, you know you're committing some serious cash to the endeavor, and you want to make sure you get as much value out of it as possible. Part...

Five good reasons to screw up your frequent flier mile strategy

Five good reasons to screw up your frequent flier mile strategy Feb 2nd, 2011 at 11:00AM: There isn't much that's precious to a business traveler (except time off the road) - at least not that you can touch. Maybe that's why road warriors find frequent flier miles to be so important. They are at once a visible reward for suffering the slings and arrows of business travel, an indicator of class in an implicitly hierarchical community and a ticket to leisure travel later. If they...

Traxo: all-in-one mileage, points and status tracker

Traxo: all-in-one mileage, points and status tracker Nov 15th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Last week, we took a look at ten ways to prevent your hard earned miles and points from expiring. From that article, we received a tip to check out another new online mileage tracker - Traxo. Traxo describes itself as "an automatic, intelligent new system for organizing, managing and sharing all of your trip details". What this means to us travelers, is that the site automatically monitors...

Ten ways to prevent your frequent flier miles from disappearing

Ten ways to prevent your frequent flier miles from disappearing Nov 8th, 2010 at 9:30AM: After reading the story of Scott Kelby, you may be interested in some tips that can help keep your airline mileage account alive. Thankfully, not everything that earns miles has to involve taking a flight. Mileage expiration dates vary from airline to airline - some provide a relatively generous 18 months between activity, others only give you six months. So, here are ten tips that will...

Five United Airlines non-answers about the frequent-flier future

Five United Airlines non-answers about the frequent-flier future Nov 5th, 2010 at 12:00PM: United Airlines decided to dive into the weeds. Executives from the airline met with close to 200 members of the online forum FlyerTalkers to discuss some of the major issues they see with the carrier, according to USA Today. This may not seem like a bold move, but to put the company's top dogs out in front of some of the highest-value customers comes with plenty of risk, especially for an airline...

Frequent flier classes help you learn (and game?) the system

Frequent flier classes help you learn (and game?) the system Jun 12th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Who knew a seminar could turn you into Gadling top dog Grant Martin? That isn't the explicit promise of Grant-caliber savvy – nobody would be so bold – but two courses developed by Nicholas Kraley can bring you a little closer to maximizing your miles and taking that all important mileage run in December. Kraley is something of an expert, having picked up more than 1.5 million miles...

Whose frequent flyer miles are most useful?

Whose frequent flyer miles are most useful? May 23rd, 2010 at 2:00PM: Like airlines, hotels, rollaboards and car services, not all frequent flyer programs are created equal. Plenty goes into measuring the quality of a particular rewards program. How difficult is it to redeem the miles? Can one redeem said miles on a partner airline or for other travel tidbits like hotel stays or car rentals? How many miles are required to make a booking? It's difficult to...

Christopher Elliott on the reality of frequent flier programs

Christopher Elliott on the reality of frequent flier programs May 17th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Few people know the airline industry as well as Chris Elliott - he's a regular contributor on MSNBC, The Washington Post (and Gadling) - so when I came across one of his columns on frequent flier programs, I paid close attention to what he had to say. In his article, Elliott makes a very valid point that airline loyalty really only works one way. Millions of people work hard to earn airline...

United Airlines finds $64 million lying around - thanks to your expiring miles

United Airlines finds $64 million lying around - thanks to your expiring miles Apr 29th, 2010 at 3:30PM: Hands up if you have checked your mileage account, only to notice that you forgot to have any activity, and all your miles are gone. Well, thanks to you, United Airlines just managed to make an extra $64 million. The bonus bucks were earned thanks to a new accounting method and a huge stash of previously undiscovered expiring miles. So, yes - air miles are big, big business. So big in...

Southwest Airlines offers double Rapid Rewards credits

Southwest Airlines offers double Rapid Rewards credits Apr 8th, 2010 at 5:00PM: Southwest Airlines is offering "Double Credit Days" today through May 26. To be eligible, you must be a member of the airline's frequent flier program, called Rapid Rewards, but you can join today and still earn the extra credits. If you already belong to the Rapid Rewards program, you still have to register online to get in on the promotion. If you fly and don't register, you won't get the...

Spirit Airlines credit card comes with three free roundtrip tickets

Spirit Airlines credit card comes with three free roundtrip tickets Mar 28th, 2010 at 12:00PM: We don't always cover frequent flier promotions or airline credit card bonus perks - but when we run into generous ones, we'll always try to share the news. The newest promo from Spirit Airlines rewards you with three free roundtrip tickets, just for signing up and making one purchase on their card. Of course, the promotion isn't as impressive as the recent 100,000 mile bonus British Airways...

Airline secret societies

Airline secret societies Dec 6th, 2009 at 1:00PM: There's a special type of membership level, but the airlines don't want you to know about it ... unless you're dropping an easy $50,000 a year on full fare tickets with the same airline. The topic, which comes up from time to time, is in the headlines again thanks to the work of George Clooney and Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air. American Airlines is mentioned in the flick, but the carrier...

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