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December 2013 archive

Dec 26

JetBlue: Frequent Flyer miles based on dollars spent

When frequent flyer miles were first created, nobody imagined how popular they would become.  Sure, they’d be an interesting program for travelers, but that’s all they’d be. Oops, got that wrong.  Frequent flyer miles are everywhere, which is a major bonus for the airlines, given the profitability of selling them.  But there’s a problem: There …

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Dec 12

Out of office notice: Through 12/21

It’s been a very busy week and I apologize for not being here, but there was a family emergency and other issues that popped up. In the meantime, I”m putting in an out of office notice until 12/21.  I hope that you will come back then. Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the …

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Dec 09

An editorial thank you

I recently hit an all-time high for visitors in a day: four.  Hey, nobody said blogging is easy. 🙂 But for those of you who have subscribed and take the time to stop in, I thank you.  It’s always nice to see my google analytics show a few hits, no matter what the number. So …

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Dec 09

American and US Airways complete merger; No near-term changes

On a good day, airline mergers are confusing.  On a bad day, well, you don’t want to be within 20 miles of an airport.  Employees have to be trained on each others’ systems, customer service rules and, for our purposes, frequent flyer programs.  For our sake, there are a couple of important items to note. …

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Dec 06

Should I buy miles?

It’s that time of year, when everyone is looking for the perfect holiday gift.  So the airlines are helping you out with your shopping by offering to sell you miles.  Should you take them up on it? The answer, usually, is no.  That shouldn’t surprise anyone; the airlines aren’t going to sell miles unless they …

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Dec 03

Turf wars: Bonus miles when an airline invades another’s territory…

Background info.  You can skip down a few paragraphs if all you want to know about is the mileage opportunity: As you may know, most major airlines operate on the “hub and spoke” system.  In other words, if you want to fly to A to B, just about any major airline will be able to get …

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Dec 03

Earning miles with credit cards

First, I should note that earning miles with credit cards is one of the easiest ways to rack up a lot of miles quickly.  I’m also going to point out that the amount of information regarding credit card miles is so vast that it would be a blog in and of itself, so I’m going …

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