TravelSkills’ 12 most popular posts over the last week… plus a few newsy nuggets we missed.
1. A TravelSkills exclusive and oh, what a view! First look: Inside SFO’s brand new control tower (photos)
2. Have you smelled it? Delta experiments with boarding & aromatherapy
3. Unless you are Muslim: The largest hotel you’ll likely never stay in
4. Special tags for right-size bags: Another carry-on crackdown coming?
5. Bay to ATL Southwest adds Oakland-Atlanta, other nonstops
6. Holdover from last week: Ugly Chinese worse than ugly Americans?
7. Bad news after huge build up at ATL, elsewhere: Frontier’s CEO dismissed as complaints soar
8. The dancing baby is back! Selected highlights of Delta’s clever new safety video
9. Get group discounts without being part of the group: Trip Report: A new kind of travel package
10. Airlines keep adding new flights: New routes: JetBlue + United + Delta + SAS + Air Canada + Southwest
11. Will all these new flights lead to lower fares? Don’t hold your breath Airfare war in the wings?
12. More evidence that there’s no single site that’s best for airfare shopping: Delta accused of blocking key data
TWO new 50,000 mile bonuses: United and Southwest. Click here or scroll down for details.
Juicy nuggets of news from other sources that we missed on TravelSkills this week:
Best view of the week: Big bright and beautiful Barcelona El Prat airport. Wow!
TWO 50,000 mile bonus offers to consider if you are in the market for a new credit card:
BEST FOR UNITED FLYERS The United Explorer Card is perfect for those who don’t fly or spend enough to earn elite status– that’s because the card provides some nice elite level perks like priority boarding, passes to United Clubs and free first checked bags. Other nice perks: no irritating foreign transaction fees, primary car rental collision coverage and double miles on tickets purchased from United. Right now you can get 50,000 bonus miles for signing up and spending $3,000 in the first three months. Plus, the $95 annual fee is waived for the first year. Details in our TravelSkills post about the card here.
BEST for travelers who love Southwest‘s no frills approach to travel: The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card offers 50,000 points (enough for TWO roundtrip flights) after spending just $2,000 in first three months, plus a 6,000 point bump every year on your cardmember anniversary. In addition, it does not charge foreign transaction fees, and offers two points per dollar spent on Southwest flights as well as its hotel and car rental partners. What’s nice about this offer is that the 50K bonus points get you almost half way toward Southwest’s coveted Companion Pass status, which requires 110,000 points. Details