United has launched basic economy fares on domestic flight that don’t allow you to bring large carry-ons aboard and will only allow boarding in the final boarding group. However if you have a United credit card you’ll be able to board in the priority boarding group for cardholders and you’ll still be able to bring a carry-on bag for free, even on a basic economy fare! United cardholders and their companions can check a free bag on domestic routes when using their card to pay for the flight. The card also offers double miles for United flights. The United card offers primary rental car CDW insurance in every country. Many other cards only have secondary coverage when you rent a car in your home country. This means that if you damage your rental vehicle you must file the claim with your own personal insurance policy first, and only if they won’t cover the damage will the credit card cover the damage. Even additional cardholders get primary … [Read more...] about Advanced Level Mileage Post: All About Expert Mode, How To “Hack” United’s Award Bug, And Get The Space You Were Promised
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-Brian was asked about the cancellation of the Houston Intercontinental (IAH)-Auckland 787 launch route. If the route was forecast to be profitable than why yank it? United cancelled this route in response to the city of Houston granting Southwest the right to fly internationally out of Houston Hobby (HOU) airport. United said they welcomed Southwest to compete out of IAH but that flying internationally out of HOU would be harmful to Houston. He insists that this was not a matter of retaliation but rather simple math. There would only be a few people a day flying from Houston to Auckland so the vast majority of the flight would be connecting from other cities. IAH has thrived as a hub airport and was in a virtuous cycle as more flights fed into other flights and the airport kept growing. United believes this is because there is only 1 international airport in Houston. Once Houston is split into 2 international airports that will spin IAH into a vicious cycle of fewer routes that will … [Read more...] about Trip Report: United DO 2012 In Chicago
My Aunt Tova was the inspiration for making a seminar in Chicago and she made all the connections to make it happen. Zev Jacobs of the Kehilla Jewish Education Fund is a consummate professional and made sure everything was run smoothly, it was really smooth sailing thanks to him. Srulie of Srulies Essen Delicatessen, which is also located in the Wi-Fi building, was instrumental in getting everything set up perfectly. Unfortunately I didn’t get to try out the food from his place, but from what I hear I’ll definitely have to try it the next time I’m in town. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: Chicago Seminar Edition
While on other airlines the flight attendants will often refuse or be quite hesitant to heat up your own personal food on Singapore I had heard that was not that case and was counting on that. Indeed our flight attendant was overjoyed that we had our own food and was only too happy to heat up the food we brought from Carlos & Gabby’s. She even proactively offered to put the leftover food in the refrigerator for the remainder of the flight. That turned out to be great as we ate the same food on the airplane on the way home! On Cathay the flight attendants will very likely not be willing to heat up or refrigerate your food for you. Don’t get me wrong, Cathay service is very good, but they just have so many rules and regulations and they seem completely unwilling to bend any of them, even to accommodate a pregnant woman or a baby. The Singapore service is just something really special, it felt very warm and natural as opposed to the more robotic … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: Singapore A380 Suites And 46 Hours In Paris
Then I asked for her to give us PR-1 status on the upgrade list as displaced business class passengers for the flight to Palau, for which we were currently seated in coach as business class was full. She seemed flabbergasted that I knew their jargon, but insisted that she would have to remove us from our bulkhead seats in order to waitlist us for first class. Which is of course utter nonsense. After some back and forth consisting of me walking her through the process we did get our PR-1 status, though for some reason AJK was listed as #1 despite the fact that he doesn’t have United status and I was listed as #2 with my 1K status. Go figure. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 2: It’s Time To Hop!
Towards the end of the tour you are supposed to walk through the Sistine Chapel, which is halachikly questionable. As I didn’t ask the question I wanted to avoid it, but the guards insisted that you had to exit through the chapel. David called over a manager for us and got rather animated, but in the end they allowed us to bypass and wait to meet up with the end of the tour. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes Rome: Veni, Vidi, Vici In 48 Hours; United Polaris First Class And Polaris Lounge Review