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We’re getting close to the cutoff date for mileage devaluation on United (February 1) and the end of the calendar year for most elite flyers (February 28). Now’s a good time to start thinking about taking advantage of those elite benefits if you’re losing them — ideally by spending your miles. Gary Leff over at View from the Wing has a nice summary of the upcoming ruckus, but let’s look at things more practically: it’s terribly cold in the Midwest and the East. You deserve a break. Get the heck out of town (if you can).
JetBlue can’t get a break. With nonstop misearable weather along the east coast the airline, which has a major hub in New York City, has been cancelling flights left and right, and passengers are furious. During the last storm, the airline caught major flak for effectively resetting its east coast network and cancelling a 1,800 flights, and this week nearly 500 flights were disrupted.
Such is the cost of operating out of a busy east coast hub in the winter, I suppose, but JetBlue really has some karma to make up after this week.
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