Day: August 7, 2020

Guide to United Airlines Premier Elite Status

If you’ve experienced the perks of elite status (i.e., free upgrades, extra baggage allowance, lounge access), you’ll understand why it’s so valuable. United Airlines’ elite status program is called MileagePlus Premier, and it can be very rewarding not just for United flyers but also for those who travel on Star Alliance partner airlines.

Follow along as we discuss the perks that come with each elite tier, show you how to attain it and help you decide if it’s right for you — whether you’re a United Airlines loyalist or just a travel credit card novice. We will also cover the positive changes United announced to help elites due to the travel changes related to COVID-19.

In this guide

On April 5, 2020, United announced positive changes to help its loyalists, including:

  • Elite status for members extended by one year to Jan. 31, 2022.

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Here are 8 summery SoCal day trips to take when you are ready



a group of people riding on the back of a horse: Head trail guide Cole Wade, right, leads a group of riders near the Los Angeles Horseback Riding ranch in Topanga Canyon. Photo taken in July 2019. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)


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Head trail guide Cole Wade, right, leads a group of riders near the Los Angeles Horseback Riding ranch in Topanga Canyon. Photo taken in July 2019. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)

One day, you will be ready to roam again — maybe not far, but in familiar territory. Here are eight places to start, all within a day’s drive of Los Angeles, some with overnight options, a few with beaches and one with that small-town feel.

Qualms? Just because they’re open now doesn’t mean you have to go today. In fact, state officials are still urging Californians to avoid nonessential trips.

For that day when you do feel comfortable heading out, these destinations await.

No matter where you go, health experts urge you to wear a mask unless you’re eating or in the water. (And if you’re eating or in the water, try to keep distance

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Free bike repair stations, a new RV adventure company, and comfortable face masks

Visit this rural NH distillery

Take a road trip to New Hampshire for a tour of Tamworth Distilling, situated on sprawling grounds beneath Mount Whiteface in the Waterville Valley region. The distillery uses house-milled grain, White Mountain water, and herbs and botanicals from the property’s woods and garden. It also incorporates other wilderness-to-table ingredients including wheat, rye, apples, corn, and malt all harvested within a 150-mile radius, to create its unique spirits. Enjoy tastings by the river Sundays through Fridays noon to 4 p.m. or organize a private cocktail class, when staff offer a hands-on workshop and guide you through creating three unique cocktails. The distillery also hosts a Garden Infusions Cocktail Workshop Aug. 14, 6-7 p.m., and an Outdoor Cocktail Class Sept. 18, 6-7 p.m. $30 per person for classes/workshops. 603-323-7196, www.tamworthdistilling.com.

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Mountain bike the Grand Canyon

Bring your family to Nevada and enjoy pedaling along the

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