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No Change Fees: Which Airline Has the Most Generous Policy?

Late yesterday, United Airlines made some serious waves in the brave new world of 2020 air travel. The airline announced that it was eliminating change fees. United previously charged non-elite passengers who wanted to change their flights to another date or time a whopping $200 per ticket over and above any difference in fare. Just …

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Complete Guide to Airline Change Policies During Coronavirus Travel Disruptions

The novel coronavirus that emerged at the end of 2019 in Wuhan, China has now spread around the world. When I first published this post on March 2, 2012, most of us weren’t taking COVID-19 that seriously. When I updated it again less than two weeks later, America had radically shifted to shelter-in-place. Air travel …

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10 Mistakes You Might be Making with Frequent Flyer Miles

Frequent flyer miles can be a great tool to help families travel on the cheap. My own family saves thousands of dollars on flights and other travel costs every year thanks to miles and points. The frequent flyer programs of most major airlines, however, have gotten increasingly complex. The good news is that some of …

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Which Southwest Credit Card is Right for You?

If you want to earn points towards free flights aboard Southwest Airlines, one of the easiest ways to do that is with a Southwest co-branded credit card. Chase currently offers three Southwest personal credit cards (in addition to two business cards) that are an excellent way to load up your Southwest Rapid Rewards account balance. …

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3 Little-Known Airline Rules All Traveling Parents Need to Know

Flying with kids can be a challenge. But sometimes airlines can make it harder by throwing a curveball your way with a unique rule or requirement that you weren’t expecting on your travel day. My family has flown on pretty much every US airline and quite a few international carriers over the years. While the basics …

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Southwest Hawaii Flights: Everything You Need to Know

In the fall of 2017, Southwest Airlines first announced its plans to fly to Hawaii. Finally in March 2019, Hawaii planes took flight! I’ve been tracking all the developments, updates, and occasional bumps in the road with Southwest’s Hawaii flights in this post for over two years. There have been some curveballs, but I’m happy …

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How to Make the Most of a Southwest Fare Sale

Are you making the most of Southwest Airlines fare sales? Major Southwest flight sales only happen a couple of times a year (with more minor ones in the mix regularly), so it’s really important for travelers to know how to take full advantage of the savings when they pop up. Whenever a Southwest sale is …

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7 Totally Free Things on Southwest Airlines (That Will Cost You on Other Airlines)

I’ve shared often why my husband and I have made Southwest Airlines’s our family’s airline of choice the past several years. Kind and funny employees, a growing route map, and policies that work especially well for family travelers have helped earn our loyalty. What I also love is that the airline doesn’t nickel and dime me …

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