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Latest Episodes

UPGRD 97: Finally a Change We're Gonna Like

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast Welcome to another episode of the UPGRD podcast. In this travel podcast we discuss the recent change in management at United with Jeff Smisek's departure and a new CEO appointment. Are you a past United customer who left for greener pastures? Is this a change for the good, might you return?

27 MIN2015 SEP 13
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UPGRD 97: Finally a Change We're Gonna Like

UPGRD 96: Travel Credit Cards

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast We revisit a popular topic in this week's frequent traveler podcast: some of the better travel credit cards and your credit score. We're joined by Stefan to talk about: How your credit score is calculated What effect inquiries have on your score Whether to apply for multiple cards on the same day, and We discuss some of the current best offers for cards for frequent travelers We only scratched the surface of many common credit card questions. What questions do you have for a future episode?

33 MIN2015 JUN 7
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UPGRD 96: Travel Credit Cards

Upgrd 95: Seven AAighty Seven

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast We're back! And this week our miles and points experts discuss the inaugural American Airlines 787 flight from Dallas to Chicago. We talk about the best business class seats, the airplane and the events on the day. In addition we mourn the loss of RedBird for manufactured spend and (re)introduce you to the current UPGRD crew.

-1 s2015 MAY 15
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Upgrd 95: Seven AAighty Seven

Upgrd 94: Captain Denny

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast In this frequent flyer podcast we are joined by Captain Denny to discuss customer service, the Captain Jason Dahl scholarship and frequent flyer news. Disclaimer: The views expressed are the personal opinions of the participants only and do not reflect the views of their employers.

40 MIN2012 OCT 14
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Upgrd 94: Captain Denny

Upgrd 93: Airline Predictions 2012

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast Our frequent flyers review our airline predictions from last year and prognosticate on upcoming airline and hotel promotions and changes in 2012. Although our crystal balls were somewhat clouded in 2011 a little bit of glass cleaner helped clarify everything for this year.

27 MIN2012 FEB 24
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Upgrd 93: Airline Predictions 2012

Upgrd 92: Adiós SpanAir

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast Join our frequent flyers as we discuss the closure of SpanAir, the bankruptcy proceedings of American Airlines, and recent hotel and airline promotions including: Delta may make run at US Airways US Airways evaluates merger with AA TheendofSpanAir American Airlines restoresfree wine and beer in international economy New Hilton Benefits New Hyatt PromoEarn up to 44,000 points(enough for two free nights) Starwood Platinum Benefit Changes Starting March 1 Gold welcome gift choice of extra starpoints or wifi or complimentary beverage Platinum: bonus star points, continental breakfast, or "local amenities" (soft toy, small bottle of liquor, bottle of wine, mineral water, fruit basket, etc) After 50 nights receive 10 suite upgrades After 75 nights earn four points per dollar instead of three and Your24 benefit AA Double EQM for CA/IL/TX residents between SFO/LAX and DFW/ORD still running through March 31st.

25 MIN2012 FEB 3
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Upgrd 92: Adiós SpanAir

Upgrd 91: Airline Mileage Devaluation

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast In this week's frequent flyer travel podcast we discuss the recent airline news and changes many airline mileage programs including: US Airways 100% mile bonus is back United and Continental get single operating certicate Delta selling MQM British Airways miles devaluation More fuel surcharges for Aeroplan US Airways raises price on purchased miles again Ben summarized the devaluation of American Express rewards points As an alternative mileage card the Ink Boldand Chase Sapphire Preferred are good options instead of American Express

18 MIN2011 DEC 3
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Upgrd 91: Airline Mileage Devaluation

Upgrd 90: End of Year Mileage Planning

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast In this frequent flyer podcast we discuss Matthew's secret connecting city, some special offers, and then answer listeners questions. Topics include: Sale on Delta Club Passes and United Club Passes Hilton's reward booking "problem" Damian's upcoming business class mileage run Listener questions on mileage running, segment qualification and more

-1 s2011 OCT 27
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Upgrd 90: End of Year Mileage Planning

Upgrd 89: Method to the Madness

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast In this week's frequent flyer podcast, we are joined by Nicholas Kralev to discuss his new book Decoding Air Travel. We discuss how you can construct your own airfare by looking at the airline tariffs and inventory buckets and why you should be loyal to one airline alliance to maximize your benefits. In addition we cover some current promotions: 40% discount on Lufthansa business class upgrades US Airways 100% bonus on purchased miles is back Do you have any tips for finding the lowest airfare? Let us know in the comments below.

53 MIN2011 AUG 15
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Upgrd 89: Method to the Madness

Upgrd 88: Credit Card Churning

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast In this week's frequent flyer podcast we are joined by Rick, frugal travel guy, to discuss churning credit cards for the most frequent flyer and hotel points. Listen as we discuss: How you can apply for up multiple credit cards at once and apply again several times per year to get the most miles. Why you should check your credit score against multiple agencies Learning which credit agencies pull your score through other sites like creditboards.com (see their credit pulls database once you are a member) or Rick's Flyertalk thread that is a mini database of credit card pulls. A FICO credit score above 700 is recommended for credit card churning A VantageScore of at least 800 (B or good) Keep track of your promotions with copies of your application, promotion details, and first card charges (if required to fulfill the promo) Don't cancel your card until it's going to cost you money. If it doesn't cost you anything, hang on to the credit card until they ...

45 MIN2011 JUL 28
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Upgrd 88: Credit Card Churning

Latest Episodes

UPGRD 97: Finally a Change We're Gonna Like

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast Welcome to another episode of the UPGRD podcast. In this travel podcast we discuss the recent change in management at United with Jeff Smisek's departure and a new CEO appointment. Are you a past United customer who left for greener pastures? Is this a change for the good, might you return?

27 MIN2015 SEP 13
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UPGRD 97: Finally a Change We're Gonna Like

UPGRD 96: Travel Credit Cards

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast We revisit a popular topic in this week's frequent traveler podcast: some of the better travel credit cards and your credit score. We're joined by Stefan to talk about: How your credit score is calculated What effect inquiries have on your score Whether to apply for multiple cards on the same day, and We discuss some of the current best offers for cards for frequent travelers We only scratched the surface of many common credit card questions. What questions do you have for a future episode?

33 MIN2015 JUN 7
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UPGRD 96: Travel Credit Cards

Upgrd 95: Seven AAighty Seven

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast We're back! And this week our miles and points experts discuss the inaugural American Airlines 787 flight from Dallas to Chicago. We talk about the best business class seats, the airplane and the events on the day. In addition we mourn the loss of RedBird for manufactured spend and (re)introduce you to the current UPGRD crew.

-1 s2015 MAY 15
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Upgrd 95: Seven AAighty Seven

Upgrd 94: Captain Denny

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast In this frequent flyer podcast we are joined by Captain Denny to discuss customer service, the Captain Jason Dahl scholarship and frequent flyer news. Disclaimer: The views expressed are the personal opinions of the participants only and do not reflect the views of their employers.

40 MIN2012 OCT 14
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Upgrd 94: Captain Denny

Upgrd 93: Airline Predictions 2012

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast Our frequent flyers review our airline predictions from last year and prognosticate on upcoming airline and hotel promotions and changes in 2012. Although our crystal balls were somewhat clouded in 2011 a little bit of glass cleaner helped clarify everything for this year.

27 MIN2012 FEB 24
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Upgrd 93: Airline Predictions 2012

Upgrd 92: Adiós SpanAir

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast Join our frequent flyers as we discuss the closure of SpanAir, the bankruptcy proceedings of American Airlines, and recent hotel and airline promotions including: Delta may make run at US Airways US Airways evaluates merger with AA TheendofSpanAir American Airlines restoresfree wine and beer in international economy New Hilton Benefits New Hyatt PromoEarn up to 44,000 points(enough for two free nights) Starwood Platinum Benefit Changes Starting March 1 Gold welcome gift choice of extra starpoints or wifi or complimentary beverage Platinum: bonus star points, continental breakfast, or "local amenities" (soft toy, small bottle of liquor, bottle of wine, mineral water, fruit basket, etc) After 50 nights receive 10 suite upgrades After 75 nights earn four points per dollar instead of three and Your24 benefit AA Double EQM for CA/IL/TX residents between SFO/LAX and DFW/ORD still running through March 31st.

25 MIN2012 FEB 3
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Upgrd 92: Adiós SpanAir

Upgrd 91: Airline Mileage Devaluation

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast In this week's frequent flyer travel podcast we discuss the recent airline news and changes many airline mileage programs including: US Airways 100% mile bonus is back United and Continental get single operating certicate Delta selling MQM British Airways miles devaluation More fuel surcharges for Aeroplan US Airways raises price on purchased miles again Ben summarized the devaluation of American Express rewards points As an alternative mileage card the Ink Boldand Chase Sapphire Preferred are good options instead of American Express

18 MIN2011 DEC 3
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Upgrd 91: Airline Mileage Devaluation

Upgrd 90: End of Year Mileage Planning

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast In this frequent flyer podcast we discuss Matthew's secret connecting city, some special offers, and then answer listeners questions. Topics include: Sale on Delta Club Passes and United Club Passes Hilton's reward booking "problem" Damian's upcoming business class mileage run Listener questions on mileage running, segment qualification and more

-1 s2011 OCT 27
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Upgrd 90: End of Year Mileage Planning

Upgrd 89: Method to the Madness

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast In this week's frequent flyer podcast, we are joined by Nicholas Kralev to discuss his new book Decoding Air Travel. We discuss how you can construct your own airfare by looking at the airline tariffs and inventory buckets and why you should be loyal to one airline alliance to maximize your benefits. In addition we cover some current promotions: 40% discount on Lufthansa business class upgrades US Airways 100% bonus on purchased miles is back Do you have any tips for finding the lowest airfare? Let us know in the comments below.

53 MIN2011 AUG 15
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Upgrd 89: Method to the Madness

Upgrd 88: Credit Card Churning

By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd Podcast In this week's frequent flyer podcast we are joined by Rick, frugal travel guy, to discuss churning credit cards for the most frequent flyer and hotel points. Listen as we discuss: How you can apply for up multiple credit cards at once and apply again several times per year to get the most miles. Why you should check your credit score against multiple agencies Learning which credit agencies pull your score through other sites like creditboards.com (see their credit pulls database once you are a member) or Rick's Flyertalk thread that is a mini database of credit card pulls. A FICO credit score above 700 is recommended for credit card churning A VantageScore of at least 800 (B or good) Keep track of your promotions with copies of your application, promotion details, and first card charges (if required to fulfill the promo) Don't cancel your card until it's going to cost you money. If it doesn't cost you anything, hang on to the credit card until they ...

45 MIN2011 JUL 28
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Upgrd 88: Credit Card Churning