More news and notes from around the interweb:
- The Real Problem With American’s Change to its Frequent Flier and Bag Fee Policies (my piece for Conde Nast Traveler
- Wandering Aramean analyzes American’s new AAnytime award levels. He finds that the three levels are not based on ‘fare buckets’ or ticket price but instead calendar days.
Of the 278 days he looks at, 51% are at tier 1 (so sometimes lower priced than before), 42% at tier 2, and 7% at tier 3 (as I reported yesterday, tying to the old US Airways blackout dates).
- Q&A on changes to the Qantas frequent flyer program
- The segment on bundling airline perks I was filmed for continues to make the rounds.
- An earlier interview I did with Christian Science Monitor got folded into a piece published yesterday tied to the American AAdvantage frequent flyer program changes. I mention getting a Fidelity Investment Rewards American Express 2% cash back card in lieu of an airline co-brand card.
- An Associate Press piece has me offering that recent program changes are driven by overall economic trends.
- The keys to international travel: press credentials, name dropping, and cash.
- Alaska Airlines is offering double miles on eight routes through the end of the year plus two more cities in Alaska from June 1 through September 1. They’re fighting off Delta by leveraging the huge loyalty they have in their local Seattle market. But if they print too many miles in the process then when this is all over we’ll probably see a devaluation.