Monthly Archive: February 2014

Feb 28

Why are Delta’s changes important?

In a previous post I noted the big changes that Delta made to its program, with the main change being that miles will now be given based on frequent flyer elite status and dollars paid, instead of based on distance.  The question, why does it matter, has some interesting answers. First, I do not believe that …

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Feb 26

Delta makes enormous change to frequent flyer program; Others likely to follow

For many moons, I’ve been advocating the notion that airlines will eventually turn to revenue-based mileage accrual instead of distance.  In other words, you will start to earn miles based on how many dollars you spend, not how far you fly.  The program goes into effect on 1/1/15 and elite status qualification will be unaffected. …

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Feb 24

And I’m back!

Hi folks.  I’m back from hiatus and will be posting again within a day. Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the box above (and to the right) and click on the confirmation. GMailers, check your Social or Promotions boxes! Note: This post may contain credit card affiliate links. All credit card proceeds are …

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Feb 18

Jet Blue: 25% off points redemptions, with lots and lots of conditions

Airlines frequently offer bonus miles for certain actions, but they rarely offer discounts when redeeming points.  Jet Blue has come through, in that respect. But the offer comes with conditions.  You have to book by tomorrow.  For travel 3/4-4/19 (sorry, spring breakers).  You can only fly Mon-Thur or Sunday.  Sorry weekenders.  Fares will not be …

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Feb 14

Out of office notice: Until 2/24

I’ll be out of the office for the next ten days.  I’ll try to keep some updates running but may not catch everything.  Looking forward to going more full-time when I return. Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the box above (and to the right) and click on the confirmation. GMailers, check your …

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Feb 11

Does it make sense to buy miles from the airlines?

My inbox is filled with offers from airlines offering to sell me miles directly.  No need to get on a plane and earn them, I can have more reward opportunities with the swipe of a credit card. That last sentence should be the clue that these deals are almost always bad.  They want you to …

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Feb 10

American Airlines and US Airways continue to integrate

American Airlines just announced that it would be adding “more room” seats on US Airways planes.  “More room” seats have more legroom than coach but less than first class.  They are a way to reward customers with elite status or allow others to pay a little more for a better experience. So why is this …

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Feb 07

Cash back for Valentine’s Day flowers; where to buy for your loved one

Really, you can get cash back at any time of the year for buying flowers, but there’s always some good specials around Valentine’s Day.  The trick, of course, is to use a cash-back shopping site. Big Crumbs has merchants offering anywhere from 6% to 12% back on your purchases.  But be sure to scroll down to …

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Feb 05

Miles for Valentine’s Day love; bonus codes for extra miles

Note: When it comes to big holidays, the best offers for online shopping often aren’t on the carrier’s website.  Frequently, they offer bonuses that aren’t listed.  Here’s a few codes for February 14: American’s website is offering 15 miles per dollar at FTD and 1-800-flowers.com, as well as 1,000 miles per order at Telaflora.  But …

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Feb 04

FTD and Delta: Up to 35 miles per dollar spent

So I’m starting with the Valentine’s day posts, given the mileage earnings opportunities out there.  For Delta, you can earn as much as 35 miles per dollar spent, with an additional 500 just for placing the order.  The standard pricing is 20 miles per dollar spent, but there is a special elite code that gets you …

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