Delta’s miles for money

USA Today reported that “Delta will become the first major network carrier in the U.S. to have passengers earn award miles based on the fare they pay, rather than how far they fly.”  If you are nearing the number of miles you need for a free flight, it may be interesting to look at how they award miles versus how much it costs to buy miles.  Would it ever make sense to pay a little more for a flight in order to reach a free flight award rather than to buy the extra miles needed?

Maps and Flights

You don’t always know where you want to go, but you probably know how much you’d like to spend to get there.  At least one airline, Southwest, provides an interactive map (on their website, under “Air”, select “Search by Map”) that shows you the cost of flights from one U.S. location to another.  In the video below, Fareboom shows off a search feature for international fares.

Twitter trend setters and followers

According to MIT Technology Review blog researchers at Indiana University using Twitter data “…have examined the way trends emerge in cities across the US…The top five sources of trends are: Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Washington, Seattle and New York…  See the article to find out which cities have the most trend followers.

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Some airline holiday deals for late 2013

Many of the fares below have to be booked by October 10, 2013, but some can be booked later.  These are the websites I found for searching on the fares.  I cannot guarantee that they all work, and many of the fares will probably be gone soon.

American Airlines discount deals for December 2013 and January 2014

Allegiant Airlines deals for the holidays (late 2013).

United Airlines holiday deals 2013 (for some reason when you click on ‘View Fares’ it puts in 2012, so you’ll need to change that in the form to search on fares).

Delta Airlines holiday deals 2013.

Southwest Airlines holiday deals 2013.

Virgin Galactic: World’s first spaceline?

CNet recently suggested that Virgin Galactic is “in the running for the title of world’s first spaceline.”  SpaceShip Two flew to 69,000 feet and approximately 1,090 mph.  Virgin Galactic’s goal is 364,000 feet and 2,500 mph.  So whether they achieve the NEWWorthy status of “first spaceline” or not is an open issue.  Celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Beiber, reported to be on the early list of future passengers, will have to wait a bit longer before their first flight into space.