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July 2014 archive

Jul 31

Thursday Tidbits: Delta in-flight improvements, Citi Thank You redemptions

In-flight entertainment is about to get better on Delta, as it begins to roll out streaming Wi-Fi on all two-class products and seat-back entertainment on domestic narrow-body aircraft.  The former is available on planes that have Gogo Wi-Fi and will be completed by the end of 2015, allowing you to stream to your personal devices.  The latter …

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Jul 30

A treatise on American Express’s Membership Rewards

I should state up front that I love Amex.  Their service is excellent and they offer a number of partnerships that produce excellent credit cards.  In addition, their sign-up bonuses tend to be very high. But there’s a dark side to American Express, which is their proprietary rewards program, Membership Rewards.  Note that I am …

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Jul 29

How the USA became such a hot destination for Venezuelans

On American Airlines’s quarterly conference call, CEO Doug Parker made a curious comment about airline demand.  He noted that revenues per seat mile flown (RASM), the unit of measurement for airline sales, would not be as high as expected because of weakness in Venezuela.  Venezuela?  I mean, I know the country isn’t tiny, but these …

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Jul 28

Weekend tidbits: St. Regis specials, taxation of miles, Citi Thank You Points

For those of you who like to stay at luxury properties but don’t like paying full price, Starwood is offering a couple of promotions at its high-end St. Regis properties.  First, at participating properties, book a suite for the first night at regular price and get the second night at $4.  Of course, the term …

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Jul 28

JetBlue points for taking surveys

There are a number of companies out there that will pay you cash, miles, etc. to take surveys, such as e-Rewards.  They range from productive to downright annoying. I recently got an email from Points For Surveys that offers 500 JetBlue points for taking your first survey and then various other rewards for taking further …

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Jul 24

What do airline earnings say about passenger experiences?

Once per quarter, airlines comment on their earnings for the previous quarter and give projections for the following quarter.  Anyone can listen to these reports through a webcast on the airlines’ websites.  There is normally a lot of technical language around the income statement, as well as updates on the airlines’ plans.  The call ends …

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Jul 23

Path to a decision: Should I renew my Delta Silver Elite status

In the summer, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of miles.  With the sounds of the Delta third-quarter conference call in the background, it’s time for me to make my decision on whether I will make an attempt to renew my Delta elite status at the Silver level, the lowest of the four.  To earn …

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Jul 22

Hilton Honors launches Q3 promo: Double or Triple points

Hilton’s Q3 promo, which oddly runs from August 1 through October 31, offers double base points for stays Monday-Thursday night and triple points on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night stays.  Base points are those that you get just for the night (based on how much you spend) and do not include any bonuses.  Note that …

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Jul 21

9/11 Security fee increase goes into effect today

As mentioned in June, the 9/11 security fee increase goes into effect today.  The new fees will be flat, with a one-way fee of $5.60 and round-trip fee of $11.20, versus the previous regime of fees per leg of the trip. I typically keep politics out of this blog, but there’s one point worth noticing: …

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