How To Find The Airlines’ Promo Codes For Airfare Discounts

If you get a plane ticket with frequent flyer miles, your out-of-pocket costs are usually minimal. But if you’re paying for your tickets with money, you want to make sure you get the best rate possible.

Joe has written about how to find cheap airfare and everything he said is 100% true. But one thing he neglected to mention was airline promo codes.

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A Risk Of Booking Airline Awards With Partner Airlines

Most of the people who redeem frequent flyer miles for an airline ticket will do so to travel on the airline that sponsors the program. Skymiles members will book a flight on Delta,  AAdvantage members will book flights on American, and so on.

Once you start to learn more about using your miles and points, you soon find out that the best redemptions for your miles aren’t with the sponsor airline but with their alliance or non-alliance partners. At first, it’s a difficult concept to understand; I remember the first time I told my father he could use his Skymiles for a flight on Korean Air.

You first need to learn the basics of airline alliances. After that, you’ll need to get an idea of award charts, or at least what awards should cost for the airlines who no longer publish award charts. For those who don’t want to put in the time, there are always award booking services.

While the reward for booking an award with a partner airline can be great by either saving you thousands or ten-thousands of miles, creatively using transferrable credit card points on airlines not available otherwise or flying on an airline with a much better product, the process does involve additional risk.

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Amex Up To Its Old Tricks Again, Some Nice Disney Discounts, Should American Airlines Be Concerned?, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Aftermath of Delta Playing In-Flight Movies With The Same-Sex Love Scenes Cut Out (a.k.a. The Rest Of The Story)

Last week, Delta was under fire because it was playing versions of  “Booksmart” and “Rocketman” that had excluded the films’ respective same-sex love scenes.

The coming-of-age comedy “Booksmart” had a lesbian kissing scene removed, while kissing scenes between males and females remained. Coincidentally, the movie’s director, Olivia Wilde, saw the film on a Delta flight and said that the word “vagina” and genitals” were also edited out, while all curse words were left in.

Wilde took to Twitter with her disappointment – I won’t give screen shots because several of her tweets include adult language, but you can read them here.

Meanwhile, in Elton John’s biopic “Rocketman,” a gay sex scene and a kissing scene between two men (Taron Egerton and Richard Madden) were both taken out.

To be fair, the edits were not done by Delta; they were done by a third party. These contracted editing companies, or sometimes the studios themselves, regularly edit movies to remove, for example, references to plane crashes, brands of competitor airlines, and, apparently LGBTQ+ kissing scenes and appropriate terminology for “girl parts.”

However, after much backlash, this is Delta’s response about the removal of the LGBTQ+ kissing scenes and other things that had been cut…

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Mileage Expiration Policies Of US Airlines Have Changed. Here’s The Current List

It’s hard enough to earn airline miles so letting those miles expire can be a painful experience, depending on how many miles you have in your account. I was willing to let some of my Frontier Miles expire until someone told me it was possible to donate them to a charity. While I’m all for donating miles, I’d also like to keep them active and use them to pay for future travel.

Fortunately, two airlines have recently changed their mileage expiration policies so I thought it might be a good idea to go over how long you have until your miles expire for the major US airlines.

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