Friday Blog Roundup

The weekend is almost here. Time to see what the other bloggers are up to. I might make links to other blogs a Friday tradition… we’ll see. Lucky notes that Marriott has improved some of their breakfast benefits. Marriott customers might be interested in that. I’ll still stick with Starwood, thankyouverymuch. FrequentMiler has a post…

Weekend in Ann Arbor

Last weekend, I took a quick trip to Ann Arbor to see some friends and have dinner with the Ann Arbor bloggers. TravelBloggerBuzz showed up. I didn’t follow his blog before, but I like the idea of what he does: He tries to keep bloggers honest by drawing attention to bad blogging practices. One of the…

No more “soft landings” on American.

American Airlines has traditionally offered its elite members a “soft landing”, meaning that American would only drop your frequent flyer status one tier if you didn’t qualify for your current level of status during the year. For example, if you were an Executive Platinum in 2012 and only flew enough in 2012 to earn Gold…

I’m switching to American Airlines… for now.

If you’re a business traveler, the availability of direct flights from your home airport largely determines your airline preference. Being based in Minneapolis, I’m a natural Delta flyer. Like many, I’ve been frustrated with the progressive devaluation of the program, the difficulty in booking awards, and (to a lesser extent) the new revenue tiers. I had a…

Feecation: The great deal that isn’t.

Recently, a few friends have pointed out Feecation as a way to avoid fees (or even make money) while traveling. At first glance, Feecation promises a “vacation from your fees”. Sounds great, right? But the details are a bit onerous. First, you are only reimbursed $10 for each receipt you submit. Think that you’re going to…

How to use the ITA Software Matrix tool

The ITA Software Matrix tool is one of my favorite tools to find great airfares, because it is both more intuitive and more powerful than most airline websites or online travel agency websites. In this video, I show you how to use the tool to search for a simple round trip, a round-trip with flexible…