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Big Changes for Hilton’s Honors Program

Nope, that’s not a misspelling in the headline. Hilton no longer has an HHonors program; it’s now called Hilton Honors after the company axed the extra H. Also, the hotel giant’s name is now just “Hilton” instead of “Hilton Worldwide.” And with that new name, the company unveiled the following enhancements to its loyalty program:…


Will New Planes Eliminate Jet Lag?

Even though air travel is safer than ever and in many cases cheaper than 10 or 20 years ago, travelers love to complain about its agonies. Cramped and narrow seats, crying babies, chatty seat mates and armrest wars are common gripes. But other factors contribute much more to feelings of distress, especially on longer flights.…


Big Jets Fall Out of Favor

United Airlines will retire its final Boeing 747-400 by year-end — roughly a year sooner than planned — because the iconic aircraft is no longer cost effective to operate, the carrier said on Wednesday. United currently operates 20 of the hump-backed jets, using them on routes from San Francisco to Europe and Asia. As recently…


Airlines Accept Plan to Fix Overhead Panels

Despite the nearly $27 million price tag, airlines aren’t fighting a federal proposal to improve the safety of overhead equipment panels in Boeing 737 aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration proposed the regulation in October because of reports that passengers were hit in the face and head by the panels of equipment that typically hold reading…


Don’t Let This Unexpected Cost Blow Your Travel Budget

Expense management is a critical component of corporate travel, especially if you travel for business frequently and on a global scale. With careful planning and a consideration for budgets, it’s simple to keep the costs of airfare, hotel, and transportation in check. One area where unintended costs can creep up without notice, however, is in international…


Achieve Medallion Status on Delta

Are you still trying to reach Diamond, Platinum, Gold, or Silver Medallion status for 2017? Teplis Travel is pleased to share the newest promotion from our Preferred Airline Partner, Delta Airlines: Through February 15th, 2017, you have the opportunity to elevate your status by buying a bundle of Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs…


5 Ways Travel for Frequent Flyers Got Worse in 2016

2016 was a banner year for disruptive changes to airline loyalty programs. Fueled by pressure to increase revenue and protected by swollen loyalty program ranks, U.S. carriers tightened the financial screws on consumers, exploring new types of fare structures and cabin designs to boost profits. As a result, many of the luxuries once enjoyed by…


United: No Carry-On Bags for Basic Economy Passengers

On Tuesday, United Airlines announced the introduction of its new “Basic Economy” service designed to take on growing competition from low-cost carriers. While the prospect of cheaper flights with United is certainly enticing, the low cost comes with a price. Basic Economy ticket holders will not be allowed to bring aboard a carry-on bag unless…


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American Admits It Has Secretive Elite Tier

American Airlines is about to officially transition to its revenue-based loyalty program, and as January 1st start date approaches, members of AAdvantage will be required to earn EQDs in addition to Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) to earn status, effectively limiting elite perks to the highest spenders. As part of this announcement American also acknowledged that…