By Gregory Karp/NerdWallet For those with caviar travel aspirations and a fishsticks budget, jetting to exotic destinations may be possible only by accumulating airline miles rather than laying out cash. But you can pad your frequent flyer account with your feet on the ground and no extra spending — sometimes in unusual ways. All you need to get started is a frequent flyer account with your favorite airline, which is free. Aside from flying the airline and spending big bucks on premium seats, the most obvious way to painlessly add miles to your account is to use a travel credit card, whether a specific airline co-branded card or a general travel card that allows you to transfer points to airline mile programs. Spend enough to earn the sign-up bonus — which will typically buy a free domestic flight — and then use the card for everyday spending, earning miles along the way. American Airlines and United Airlines recently added bonus categories … [Read more...] about 9 easy ways to earn airline miles for free
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Anyone who hates unsolicited sales pitches might find a flight on United Airlines to be a bit irksome. The Chicago-based airline is requiring its flight attendants beginning Sept. 1 to pitch passengers on every domestic and international flight to sign up for a co-branded credit card to boost revenue. In the past, flight attendants had the option of pitching the credit cards and were rewarded with financial incentives for every passenger who signed up. The sales pitches, however, are now required. “We are introducing a new training program for our co-branded credit card that is especially designed for flight attendants, as this work group has the most engagement with our customers,” the airline said in a statement. “Our inflight crew are effective ambassadors, who can best communicate to our customers in the moment the benefits of the United Explorer card.” Flight attendants on American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, also hawk credit cards during … [Read more...] about United Airlines to peddle credit cards to passengers
DALLAS -- Rising fuel prices are cutting into profit at United Airlines, although strong travel demand is helping the airline cope by pushing travelers' prices higher as the summer travel season hits full speed. United reported Tuesday that second-quarter profit was $684 million, down 17 percent from a year ago. But that was higher than analysts expected, and United raised its earnings forecast for the rest of 2018. Planes are full for much of the day, and that is helping airline push prices higher. United said that passenger revenue per seat and per mile - a stand-in for fares and fees - rose 3 percent over a year earlier.Passengers should brace for more price increases.United predicted that the stand-in figure for average prices will rise by between 4 percent and 6 percent through September.In another move that could push fares higher, United slightly reduced its planned growth for the rest of the year in response to rising fuel prices. That seemed to signal United's willingness … [Read more...] about Jet fuel spike sends 2Q profit lower at United Airlines
Gregory Karp NerdWallet Published 7:00 p.m. UTC Jun 13, 2018 For those with caviar travel aspirations and a fishsticks budget, jetting to exotic destinations may be possible only by accumulating airline miles rather than laying out cash. But you can pad your frequent flyer account with your feet on the ground and no extra spending — sometimes in unusual ways. All you need to get started is a frequent flyer account with your favorite airline, which is free. Aside from flying the airline and spending big bucks on premium seats, the most obvious way to painlessly add miles to your account is to use a travel credit card, whether a specific airline co-branded card or a general travel card that allows you to transfer points to airline mile programs. Spend enough to earn the sign-up bonus — which will typically buy a free domestic flight — and then use the card for everyday spending, earning miles along the way. American Airlines and United Airlines recently added … [Read more...] about Looking to earn more air miles? Here are 9 lesser-known ways to qualify for free flights
New York - United Airlines is getting tough on passengers with oversized carry-on bags, even sending some of them back to the ticket counter to check their luggage for a fee. The Chicago-based airline has started a push to better enforce rules restricting the size of carry-on bags -- an effort that will include instructing workers at security checkpoint entrances to eyeball passengers for bags that are too big. In recent weeks, United has rolled out new bag-sizing boxes at most airports and sent an email to frequent fliers, reminding them of the rules. An internal employee newsletter called the program a "renewed focus on carry-on compliance." The size limits on carry-on bags have been in place for years, but airlines have enforced them inconsistently, rarely conducting anything beyond occasional spot checks. United says its new approach will ensure that bags are reliably reviewed at the security checkpoint, in addition to the bag checks already done at gates prior to boarding. … [Read more...] about United Airlines launches a carry-on crackdown
CHICAGO - United Airlines' (UAL) fourth-quarter profit fell 80 percent due to severance costs and contracts that lost value as oil prices tumbled. Without those one-time setbacks, however, the airline's adjusted profit soared. The split results show how falling oil prices are a boon and a burden to airlines. The price of fuel -- their biggest expense -- is lower, but so is the value of contracts that most airlines hold to hedge against rising energy costs. The paper losses generated by fuel-hedging contracts are obscuring how well the airlines are doing. Solid travel demand is translating into higher fares and more money from add-on fees for checked bags and other services. Excluding one-time charges for hedging, severance payments and other things, United Continental Holdings Inc. earned $2 billion in 2014, an 89 percent increase over the year before. The company appears to finally be putting things together after struggling to carry out the 2010 merger of United and Continental. … [Read more...] about United Airlines’ profit drops 80 percent
Skimpy reward & one important caveat Chris McGinnis Updated 3:59 pm, Wednesday, March 7, 2018 Photo: United / Youtube Earn United miles when filling up at BP stations Earn United miles when filling up at BP stations This promotion falls into the "better than nothing" category. But why not go ahead and sign up? United and BP rolled out a new plan to offer Mileage Plus miles for fuel purchases. It's a nice add-on but the standard reward is skimpy at just two miles per gallon purchased. That means you'll earn just 30 miles when filling up an average 15 gallon tank. But still, small amounts of miles can add up over time. Plus these transactions can help keep your account active if you are not flying as much as before. However, just signing up for the program and buying the first tank of gas gets 200 bonus miles. LATEST TRAVEL VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing United Airlines Suspends PetSafe … [Read more...] about New: Earn United miles for gasoline purchases
After starting 2018 on a strong note, airline stocks have plunged in the past week. It's no secret why: United Continental (NYSE: UAL) announced on Tuesday afternoon that it plans to boost capacity by 4%-6% this year -- with similar increases in 2019 and 2020 -- making a clean break from the capacity discipline of the past decade. United's aggressive growth plan caused its stock to plunge on Wednesday. Most other airline stocks moved lower as well, because of fears of an industry price war. Among United's rivals, Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) was one of the hardest hit. Spirit Airlines and United Continental weekly stock performance data by YCharts. However, while Spirit Airlines was hurt by a brutal price war with United in 2017, it might not be a major casualty of United Continental's 2018-2020 growth plans. Let's look at what derailed Spirit's turnaround effort last year -- and why this time might be different. Last year's fare war hurt Spirit a lot During early 2017, … [Read more...] about Should Spirit Airlines Investors Fear United Airlines’ Growth?
Back in October, shares of United Continental (NYSE: UAL) plunged after the company posted weak third-quarter earnings and released a downbeat outlook for the fourth quarter. Unit revenue declines highlighted the cost of an ongoing fare war with ultra-low-cost carriers such as Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) and Frontier Airlines. Additionally, management appeared to back away from United's earlier forecast that non-fuel unit costs would rise no more than 1% in 2018. Since then, United has raised its Q4 guidance twice. On Tuesday, the company indicated that unit revenue and unit costs both came in better than expected last quarter. This is a promising sign -- but investors should wait to see if performance continues to improve before considering an investment in United Continental. United Continental updates its fourth-quarter forecast United's initial Q4 forecast called for passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) to decline 1% to 3% year over year, with most of the … [Read more...] about United Continental Raises Guidance Again: Can It Keep Up the Momentum?
Tanza Loudenback, provided by Published 8:50 pm, Monday, January 1, 2018 Flickr/Delta News Hub We compared premium airline credit cards for the largest US carriers: Delta, United, and American. We looked at annual fees, spending bonuses, airline miles, and hotel and airport perks to see which card offered the best benefits. There were a lot of similarities, but Delta's airline credit card stood out above the rest. If you've ever walked past the first-class cabin on your way to a middle seat in coach and thought to yourself that there has to be a better way, well, maybe there is. JPMorgan Chase brought the allure of premium credit cards to a new level when it introduced the Chase Sapphire Reserve card last year, making a $450 annual fee seem reasonable — if not a downright steal — thanks to generous travel credits and a six-figure sign-on points bonus. But the popular credit card leaves one thing to be desired: airline-specific loyalty rewards. Though Chase's … [Read more...] about We compared 3 of the most popular premium airline credit cards — and the winner was clear