LATAM First Class Upgrade

Over the Christmas holiday I flew a domestic flight on LATAM Brazil from Fortaleza to Rio de Janeiro.  The flight was very full and upon checkin I discovered my seats had been moved from row 40 to row 2.  Not being very familiar with LATAM equipment I quickly checked my Seat Guru app to see if this had landed me in first class (the board pass was still saying Y class).  In fact Seat Guru was showing this... Read More

by Marc CainDecember 30, 2017     

Flight Miles App Updated

For those trying to earn the last minute EQM, MQM, and PQM the app Flight Miles is a simple little tool that can help you plan and optimize the best routes to squeeze out those last few need miles to hit your status.  The app supports American, Delta, and United Frequent flyer programs.  Easily search by city code or airport.  Enter your current elite status and ticket fare code along with the ticket price to determine your elite... Read More

by Marc CainNovember 9, 2016     

Get 500 Free Miles at Marriott

Marriott Rewards is giving anyone 500 free miles just for following them on Instagram before June 21st.  Search for @marriottrewards and follow the link at  Enter your email address associated with your Marriott Rewards account on that page to receive the miles.

by Marc CainJune 14, 2016     

American Airlines Guts the AAdvantage Program

From the best elite mileage program to the least valuable program in less that 6 months.  That has to be a new record.  With American’s announcement of upcoming changes to their Advantage Program there is a strong response from fellow flyers.  And it’s not good!  The blogs are all buzzing and the vitriolic comments are pretty strong.  American has a lot of loyal customers really unhappy.  Here are a few of the policies that changed this week: Starting August... Read More

by Marc CainJune 8, 2016     

Earn those miles

This blog was created by hobbyists and business travelers with the frequent traveler in mind.  We have no paid advertising on our site and we are not sponsored by anyone.  It just our own honest jaded opinions.  No Agenda except to share some of the tricks a secrets we have learned over the years. Right now their are two voices  on this site.  Marc, a 25 year road warrior veteran, and Chris, one of the entitled millennials working... Read More

by Marc CainMay 8, 2016     

Elite Program Comparisons

First Tier (Silver/Gold) AAdvantage Gold MilePlus Premier Silver SkyMiles Silver Qualifications  25k EQMs or 30 EQSs + $3000 EQDs  25k PQMs or 30 PQSs + $3000 PQDs  25k MQMs or 30 MQSs + $3000 MQDs Benefits Complimentary auto-requested upgrades on flights 500 miles or less* 24-hour upgrade window 25% elite mileage bonus 50% off Main Cabin Extra Seats (complimentary at check-in)* Complimentary Preferred Seats* Priority through the airport  Priority boarding Complimentary same-day standby Discounted Admirals Club 1 free... Read More

by Marc CainApril 10, 2016