When Sharon and I fly, we’re usually sitting somewhere in the back half of the airplane because I’m too cheap to pay for a better seat and we have no status to allow us to get the better seat assignments. There was the one exception this year when I paid way too many miles for a last-minute seat on a Delta flight and ended up getting upgraded to a Comfort Plus seat, but that was just a lucky break. However there was one flight this year where I knew we were going to get a better seat, unless it was taken away from us. The flight home from New York on the Monday after Thanksgiving on American Airlines.
There are many things you can do to earn points and miles. When you fly on a plane, stay at a hotel or rent a car, it’s up to you to make sure you get credit for all of these activities. Following these tips below will help make sure that you get all the miles and points you deserve:
You should always sign up for airline frequent flyer programs. First of all, it’s free. In addition, having your information on file with the airline saves time when making a reservation. You can also put your Known Traveler Number (KTN) into your profile, if you have enrolled for TSA Pre✓® or Global Entry, which you should do if you travel even somewhat regularly.
Here are links to the major US airlines loyalty programs along with how long the miles you earn are good for. Note that while many plans will claim your miles will “never expire,” they will deactivate your account, thereby causing you to lose any miles earned, if you don’t have a qualifying activity within a certain time frame.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting that much from our first trip with Frontier Airlines. Sharon and I will avoid ULCC (Ultra Low Cost Carriers) whenever possible. However for our trip to Knoxville, the stars aligned and our options were a 10 hour drive each way or taking a 90 minute flight on Frontier. I figured out contingency plans for flights (what could we do if our outbound or return flight was cancelled) and since we’d always have options available, I was allowed (Note from Sharon – yes, really…”allowed.” I would never let him book on Frontier before this trip LOL!) to go ahead and book the flights. I’ve already posted about the booking experience, so here’s what it’s like to fly on Frontier. Continue reading “Why Flying With Frontier Is Better Than Basic Economy On A Major Airline”
Hooray for the weekend! Hi y’all! Here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:
This week Joe wrote about:
- The three types of insurance rental car companies try to sell you – why you should or should not purchase them.
- We had access to a hotel club lounge (it doesn’t happen often) and what it was like.
- Why we had to find a new VPN for our travel computer.
- The credit card bonus that’s based on U.S. Olympic wins.
- How to get free upgrades on hotels.
And Sharon wrote about:
- Her suggestion of how NOT to earn 30,000 frequent flyer miles.
- The battery packs Disney parks sell, FuelRods, and if they’re worth the money they cost.
- How to get a tour of the camp where Friday the 13th was filmed.
- We’re so excited about our new addition!
- Plane travel for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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