Worn Out Airplane Power Outlets

You are running on empty – down to single digits of battery life hoping you will have enough when you land to still request an Uber.  You would also love to power that laptop and get a few final slides done on that presentation. I always make sure my flights have power outlets, but what I am finding more and more is an outlet that is so old it won’t stay plugged in unless you hold it the... Read More

by Marc CainDecember 10, 2017     

Elite Status Match On United

Shorty after American Airlines announced the huge devaluation of their frequent flyer program I made the decision that keeping all my eggs (miles) in one basket wasn’t going to provide any real benefit in the future. Maybe I was just feeling a little rejected after showing all my loyalty to American.  In any case I decided to explore other programs via their status matching programs. Being based in Chicago and traveling more than 250,000 miles a year my next... Read More

by Marc CainSeptember 6, 2016     

Air Passenger Rights

Knowing your rights as an Air Passenger and  what you are entitled to when flights are cancelled or delayed can mean the difference between a nightmare trip and an inconvenienced trip.  Flights cancel and are delayed – it is just part of traveling.  Spending 12 hours sleeping in an airport is never fun – and I have done it enough times to know.  But was that delay or cancellation really due to weather? Weather has become the airline... Read More

by Marc CainJune 20, 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 marriottrewards.com/instagram.  Enter your email address associated with your Marriott Rewards account on that page to receive the miles.

by Marc CainJune 14, 2016     

Alliance Partners

Here is a chart of the three major airline alliances and their partner airlines. One World Star Alliance Sky Team airberlin airberlin American Airlines British Airways Cathay Pacific Finnair Iberia JAL LAN TAM Malaysia Airlines Quantas Qatar Royal Jordanian S7 Airlines SriLankan Airlines Mexicana Adria Aegean Air Canada Air China Air India Air New Zealand ANA Asiana Airlines Austrian Avianca brussels airlines Copa Airlines Croatia Airlines Egyptair Ethopian Eva Air LOT Lufthansa Scandinavian Singapore Airlines South African Airways... Read More

by Marc CainJune 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