American Airlines recently announced a new year-long promotion in which premium travelers will earn bonus rewards as part of the company’s AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs.
According to a report from BusinessTraveller.com, in 2015, American Airlines will reconfigure its frequent flyer program to reward members travelling in first and business class.
The promotion will see AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles members earn miles based on a combination of distance flown, the fare purchased and elite status level. This is the first time that American has taken ticket price into consideration and hasn’t awarded miles based solely on distance flown.
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In a recent post on Forbes.com, it’s reported that more than ever before, travelers are flying in style — first class, that is — with their beloved pooches.
According to the article, quite a few elite companies are offering first class services for jet pets including one with a concierge service provided by Sit N Stay. JetBlue also offers a program called JetPaws, designed to give owners all the tips and tools they need for a smooth trip with their pet.
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It’s difficult to fathom these numbers, but according to research compiled by onlineaccountingdegrees.com, travel and tourism generates about 266 million jobs globally, and the total economic output generated by the U.S. travel and tourism industry equals $1.5 trillion.
See the infographic below for the full statistical analysis.
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A recent USA Today article cites the Wednesday before and the Sunday following Thanksgiving as the worst US travel days of the year. Simply by moving your travel itinerary up one day so you depart on a Tuesday and return on a Saturday can save you as much as 30-50%.
That’s all well and good, but what are the best days and times to book a trip and what are the best resources for doing so? According to America’s Digital Goddess, Kim Komando, airlines often announce deals on Monday evenings, so by noon on Tuesday, competitors are scrambling to match those deals.
Kim says, Tuesday afternoons are the best time to hunt for reduced airfare. However, for leisure travelers, a study by Texas A&M University found that weekends are actually the best time to book airline tickets. That’s because airlines are more likely to lower their fares on Saturday and Sunday to attract leisure travelers.
So, what should you do? According to Kim, if you see one airline offering a deal on Monday, make plans to buy your tickets on Tuesday. If there are no deals going on, buy on the weekend. To read Kim’s full post, click here.
FareCompare.com CEO, Rick Seaney, calls out four over the top airline fees and how to avoid them:
1. The $100 carry-on fee
2. The $200 change fee
3. Overweight fee
4. Phone fee
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