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Happy: Lunar New Year; Valentines Day; and President’s Day!

by on Feb.14, 2010, under Business Travel, Vacation

The Triangle Trip Gang would like to wish their readers and fans a very Prosperous Lunar New Year; Happy Valentines Day; and Great President’s Day!

For those visiting Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics, you may want to check out our previous post on where the locals eat. We have Vancouver restaurant recommendations for the following cuisines:  Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French and other great seafood restaurants. Vancouver is one of the best places to visit to eat!

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Triangle Trip’s one year anniversary!

by on Dec.21, 2009, under Business Travel

It has been a year since Triangle Trip’s inaugural post. Looking back at the past 12 months, we have shared all sorts of valuable information on

Highlights from the past 12 months’ posts include:  multiple EQM and MQM bonuses, bonus hotel offers, airport reviews, free golf clubs, iPhone apps, dining experiences, rental car perks, driving tips and short cuts, where to stay in different places, etc. We will continue to provide more insight in the years ahead.

The Triangle Trip team wants to thank our readers.  We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday, and a prosperous new year.

Best wishes from Big A, Captain G, Statusmonger, Terminal D, the Coach, and Ace

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Better use your United 500-mile upgrades in light of 2010 Mileage Plus program changes

by on Dec.02, 2009, under Airlines

United Airlines (UAL) has announced 2010 Mileage Plus program changes that will end of 500 mile certificates a few weeks ago. Starting in the second quarter (probably July) of 2010, United Premier members would get upgrades to first or business class based on availability – similar to Continental, Delta and USAir. This leaves American Airlines to be the only major carrier still requiring certificates for upgrades.

This is a positive move by UAL. However they didn’t tell you the following:

1.  United complimentary upgrades are not available for P.S. (Premium Service) flights. United P.S. are flights between New York and San Francisco and Los Angeles. This means your coast-to-coast travel cost would go up as economy seats generally fills up the fastest (see previous post regarding best coast-to-coast travel option). This forces united customers to buy business class tickets.  You can however use redeem miles to upgrade on these flights, and if you are 1K you will still receive Confirmed Regional and Systemwide Upgrades and may use them on these flights as well.

2.  Your United 500-mile certificates would be useless if you don’t use them. UAL used to convert the 500-mile certificates into miles and put them in your Mileage Plus account. With the devaluation of airline miles and airline cut backs, UAL does not endorse expiring 500 mile certificates nor do they convert the miles for flight redemption.

3.  Complimentary upgrades are limited to flights within Region 1 only, which includes the continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico. Also, award flights are not eligible for the complimentary upgrades. Not much different than the 500-mile certificate model.

United Premier and Premier Executive statuses become absolutely worthless.  Good luck trying to get upgraded with all the people that made Premier Exec and 1K (us included) in 2009 for 2010 thanks to the 2 double EQM (and one EQS) promotions.

Another collaboration post from Statusmonger & Captain G

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