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Monthly Archive: October 2014

Oct 31

JetBlue doesn’t extend schedule! Until Sunday, anyway…

Trick or treat? Trick. Much as I love JetBlue, they do make the occasional rookie mistake. JetBlue extends its schedule every quarter or so, unlike the major airlines, who do it on a 330-day rolling basis.  Earlier today, I got an email that said the following: Cool! So I can now go ahead and book …

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Oct 30

A few mileage tidbits and earning opportunities…

Hyatt is one of my two favorite hotel programs, along with Starwood, and they’ve thrown in a little sweetener for those booking hotels before the end of the year.  Book a room between now and 12/31 on your mobile phone or their mobile website and you’ll get an extra 1,000 points per stay.  Free nights …

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Oct 28

American and US Airways announce program integration; No real surprises

Today, American Airlines and US Airways announced the timeline for the integration of the two programs and there were no real surprises.  Actually, there was one surprise, and that was that there are no real surprises.  Congratulations, American (and US Airways): Your miles just became a little more valuable. Truthfully, I was expecting the program …

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Oct 27

Earn Las Vegas comps for free before you even get there!

I’m going on a bit of a tangent here, but enough people go to Las Vegas that covering a free (and fun, actually) way to get some comps online is worth a post. Casinos got into the frequent player clubs reluctantly.  They prefer the big players who can drop thousands, hundreds of thousands or even …

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Oct 24

Rule #1 in frequent flyer land: Always sign up for the free program

It’s been one of those weeks, so today’s post is going to be short… On the subway home today, I ran into a friend that I hadn’t seen for a few months.  While catching up, she mentioned that she had just come home from a business trip to China.  Most normal people would ask her …

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Oct 24

Great intro fares to Europe, Bad news for Int’l travelers and some sad news…

Wow Air (almost as good a name as Wizz Air) is an Icelandic low-cost carrier that, until a few days ago, I had never heard of.  And then they announced what Ryan Air has been trying to do forever: ridiculously cheap fares over the Atlantic, such as Boston or Baltimore to London for 99 British …

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Oct 23

Foreign transaction fees and how to avoid them

Good news!  I was reunited with my trusty laptop today.  Bad news: They ended up charging me shipping fees, even though they said they wouldn’t.  Another reason to keep an eye on your computer. I was asked the other day about foreign transaction fees on credit cards.  Personally, I consider them one of the most …

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Oct 21

United Airlines teams up with Hertz; Is travel going to a partnership structure?

Today, United Airlines announced a partnership with Hertz Car Rentals to provide extra benefits to United travelers who rent their car from Hertz.  This deal is on top of its partnership with Marriott, and tends to give the best offers to members who have United Airlines elite status, while still reserving some points for the …

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Oct 20

Kimpton: The best hotel you’ve never heard of

Very few hotel chains do “boutique” properties well.  A boutique property is an individualized, usually smaller, hotel that often reflects the characteristics of the city or neighborhood.  They’re generally a little more upscale, but they don’t have to be.  A large chain, such as Hilton or Marriott, may do one or two hotels well, but …

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