Southwest Airlines Offering a Companion Pass after Three Trips

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Southwest Airlines is attempting to grow quickly in the Atlanta area after completing its integration of AirTran Airways. AirTran had -- and Delta still has -- a large hub in Atlanta, so Southwest is making it clear that it intends to capture a larger share of that business. Customers with an Atlanta-area ZIP code who register at Southwest.com/Atlanta and complete three round-trip flights by … [Read more...]

Southwest Rapid Rewards Devaluation: Worst of Both Worlds?

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Travel Summary alerted me to a coming devaluation by Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards. While I'm not a frequent Southwest customer these days, I once was and can appreciate their business model. They're cheap, friendly, and easy to understand -- there are no crazy rules like Spirit has to truly get the lowest fare. Part of that service model has been a revenue-based loyalty program. Points are … [Read more...]

Are Loyalty Programs Without Blackout Dates Always Better?

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Why don't airlines like Southwest and JetBlue have award charts that spell out the cost of their frequent flier awards? Charts make it easier to determine the cost of an award redemption: for example, knowing that you'll need 60,000 miles for a roundtrip economy ticket from the U.S. to Europe. The reason is Southwest and JetBlue, along with a few other airlines, operate what are commonly known … [Read more...]

Get a Refund When Your Fare Drops

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Saving money on travel involves two key challenges: finding a deal in the first place and keeping tabs on your reservations even after you've booked. Hotels and car rentals are great opportunities to save money because they tend to have extremely flexible cancellation policies -- as long as you didn't pre-pay. That enables you to cancel and rebook at a lower rate. I've saved hundreds of dollars on … [Read more...]

Me and Jimmy Down By The “Wanna Get Away” Fares

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A few weeks ago when I wrote about high annual fee premium credit cards (see "The First Step To Recovery Is Admitting You Pay High Annual Fees"), I talked a little bit about Jimmy, a good buddy of mine. Jimmy (whose name has not been changed to protect his anonymity because his name is already Jimmy and what could I possibly change it to that would make him more anonymous?) is not a miles junkie … [Read more...]

A Revenue Model for Alaska’s Mileage Plan Could Be Good

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I first heard rumors from One Mile at a Time that Alaska Airlines is sending out a survey with questions that suggest it plans to implement a new revenue-based loyalty program instead of the traditional model that awards miles and status based on distance flown. The Points Guy took this one step further and compared it to Delta's changes to SkyMiles -- changes that most people seem to despise if … [Read more...]

Is Chase Ultimate Rewards Still the Best Rewards Currency?

I'm certainly not the first person to re-evaluate Ultimate Rewards in light of recent devaluations by several of its transfer partners, but I will try to put my own spin on the topic as always. By far one of the best uses of Ultimate Rewards points is to transfer them to other loyalty programs such as United's MileagePlus, Southwest's Rapid Rewards, Hyatt's Gold Passport, and British Airways' … [Read more...]