LA Times Reporter swallows two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, … a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls

(With apologies to Hunter S. Thompson, but it’s the only way to explain the conclusions in this story.)

James Gilden looks at US domestic airline award availability and online booking and gives the highest marks to Continental.


Of course, Mr. Gilden (1) looks only at a single route, different for each airline (2) over a specific set of dates (3) booking only online (4) and choosing a form of redemption that’s generally low value anyway (domestic coach award).

There’s no way that Continental miles are better to have than United’s or American’s currency.

And all airline award websites are fairly limited in their functionality, even with marked improvements over the past few years. It’s still important to call when you don’t see what you want online.

And really it’s rare that you should be redeeming for domestic coach awards anyway. International business class upgrades is generally the most leveraged use of points, followed by international first class awards. Just try redeeming one of either of those with Continental NonePass miles!

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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