Routehappy Knows What Makes a Good Flight

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There are many ways to compare flights: the cheapest price, the most direct, or the one that earns the most frequent flyer miles. But sometimes you just want to make sure you experience as little hassle as possible, reducing the inevitable stress of travel. Routehappy solves this problem by evaluating every flight on multiple criteria like seat pitch, on-board WiFi, entertainment options, and … [Read more...]

Which Rewards Credit Card Offers the Best Value?

Credit to author Jay Sorenson and editor Eric Lucas.

There's an interesting report, written by IdeaWorks, sponsored by Switchfly, reported by Tnooz, and linked to on Flyertalk by luv2ctheworld (...sigh...) that claims to have performed a thorough comparison of the financial return of several travel rewards credit cards. I applaud the report for assigning higher values than I usually see, but there are still some glaring errors. Wrong: Southwest … [Read more...]

PointsHound to Offer Double Dip for Hotel Bookings

Up to three ways to earn.

Today I'm reviewing PointsHound, another of the companies featured in the ConcourseZ Shark Tank at the Los Angeles FTU in November/December, but I'm also announcing a new development in their service that could revolutionize the way you book hotels: allowing you to earn airline miles, hotel points, AND hotel elite status at the same time! PointsHound works like many other online travel agencies … [Read more...]

MileWise: An Innovative Way to Maximize Your Miles and Points


MileWise is one of several travel startups that presented at the LAX Frequent Travelers University as part of a new MilePoint investment program. I had heard about MileWise several times through a few of its employees, and it’s about time I sit down and write this review because they really have some amazing potential! Basically, MileWise tracks award space, searches traditional revenue … [Read more...]

Review: Museum of Flight


Megan and I went to visit the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in December when my dad and his girlfriend were in town. I’d been in Seattle for five years and had never seen it, so it was a fun experience. The best comparison is to the Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington-Dulles airport, which I’ve reviewed previously. Although the Museum of Flight is not an official Boeing … [Read more...]

United Runs a Great Business but Social Media Is Lacking


The United portion of the recent Star MegaDO was branded as a separate “UnitedDO,” given that so much happened near a major hub at Chicago O’Hare and their headquarters in Chicago. I and a few others have pointed out that we don’t really like the idea of a UnitedDO. It co-opts the MegaDO and in a way dilutes the specialness of those who paid for the charter flight. That said, I still got what I … [Read more...]

Using Routing Language with ITA Fare Matrix


Today I'm going to show you the true power of the ITA Fare Matrix search engine. Some of this routing language has been incorporated into Hipmunk, although it's not widely publicized. (Read my reviews to learn more; there are links in yesterday's Hipmunk Giveaway post.) How to Use ITA Yesterday I introduced how to use ITA for a basic round trip flight from Seattle to Washington, DC. Among other … [Read more...]