Travel Rewards Credit Cards

February 2015 archive

Feb 27

La Guardia considering elimination of perimeter restrictions; does it matter?

La Guardia (LGA) airport, one of the two major airports with perimeter restrictions, is considering ditching those limits.  More specifically, the Port Authority, which operates the airport, is examining the issue.  There’s no guarantee that any changes will be made, but it could have some interesting effects on flights into and out of New York. …

Continue reading »

Feb 25

A sort of Hilton promo and sort of free Hilton points; Starwood teams with Uber

When it comes to pulling defeat from the jaws of victory, Hilton is near, if not, at the top of the list.  Their ability to tick off customers has virtually no rivals, a fact that they are highlighting with a couple of new promotions.  Note that both are worth signing up for, but they each …

Continue reading »

Feb 23

Lower airfares and a couple of free hotel nights

For those of you who have gotten tired of high fares, they’re not exactly going away, but January saw something we haven’t seen in a while: declining airfares in 2015 versus January, 2014.  Prices are measured using a metric called RASM, which stands for “Revenue per Available Seat Mile.”  In “plane” English (get it?), that …

Continue reading »

Feb 21

Why are our airports so bad, anyway?

Traveling is not a fun experience.  Sure, the vacation part of it is fun, but actually getting to where you are going, even under the best of circumstances, is a chore.  Under the worst, well, we’ve all been there. One of the under-discussed parts of that misery is the airport experience.  From the surly staff …

Continue reading »

Feb 19

Delta initiates luggage guarantee through March 31

Delta and Alaska Air continue to battle over Seattle, but passengers nationwide will benefit.  They’ve already waived first bag fees and given bonus miles.  Now, Delta is matching a unique Alaska feature, a baggage delivery guarantee. It’s pretty simple: On Alaska Air, if your bags aren’t at the carousel within 20 minutes, you get your …

Continue reading »

Feb 19

Back to basics…

When I created this blog, it was set up to be for novices and intermediate flyers.  There are a lot of excellent blogs out there for those who know the systems cold, but there was nothing available to get people to that point.  With that in mind, here’s a few of the most important things …

Continue reading »

Feb 17

A bad week for American Express

I’m on the road this week, so posts may not be as timely as usual. Stick with me, we’ll get there. Last week, American Express announced that it is ending its relationship with Costco on March 31, 2016. Your first thought might be “big deal.” Turns out it is a big deal. A whopping 10% …

Continue reading »

Feb 15

JetBlue’s flight status is down; here’s a workaround:

For those of you flying JetBlue in the next 24 hours (including myself), you’re going to want to keep an eye on your flight if you live in or are traveling to a weather-affected area.  But there’s a problem: the flight status links on their site are down, and nobody feels like waiting on the …

Continue reading »

Feb 15

Telephone tip for calling your airline

Obviously, airline phone lines are going to be tied up today, but if you absolutely have to call, meaning you have a flight in the next 48 hours, be prepared for a wait.  Some airlines will allow you to request a call back when an agent becomes available. If you must speak to someone immediately, …

Continue reading »

Feb 14

An open letter to Citibank…

Dear Citibank: I just got a Citibank Prestige card.  It’s a nice card.  I’m not a particularly prestigious person, but when it comes to travel benefits, they are incredible and more than offset the hefty annual fee.  I only have one problem with the card: I can’t use it.  Why not, you ask?  Because whatever …

Continue reading »