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May 2015 archive

May 31

Marriott: One unmatched advantage at this program

Among the largest of the programs, Marriott Rewards is not one of my favorites.  Its elite status is weak and it can be difficult to earn points, although their expiration policy, now set at two years of inactivity, has become one of the better ones. But sometimes there are advantages that come with certain programs …

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May 29

Hilton extends double points promo, with a big bonus

Hilton has been offering a double point bonus for the last three months and just announced that it will extend that bonus through August 31 (You need to register here.).  But there’s a bonus, and it’s a big one: Every hotel is participating.  No long list of excluded properties, which can be as much as …

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May 28

Should I be paying for first class? Maybe (according to the Wall Street Journal)

Today’s Wall Street Journal features an article about first class. Unlike many pieces, however (including mine), that talk about cheap ways to upgrade from coach, this article says that sometimes you might want to, um, er, actually pay for first class, a policy commonly known as WFBF (want first, buy first). If you buy it …

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May 27

International “stuff:” BA buying Aer Lingus (maybe) and free Aeroflot miles (Yes, that Aeroflot)

I don’t spend too much time on international programs, since most of my readers are in the US, but every once in a while, there are a few noteworthy bits to share.  Today: There has been speculation that British Airways would be buying Aer Lingus and last night, they announced an agreement.  BA would take …

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May 26

Priority Club PointBreaks: Book a hotel for 5,000 points

And we’re back! I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend. Priority Club (IHG Rewards) just announced its list of PointBreaks opportunities, bookable from now until the end of May. These hotels, mostly within the Holiday Inn brand, are bookable for only 5,000 points per night. There aren’t a ton of them, but a …

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May 23

This is not a good way to protest an oversold flight

I’m actually away this weekend, so I had planned to take a few days off from blogging, when I saw a story about a passenger who chose a rather unusual way to protest an overbooked flight.  After being told that he would not be traveling to Jamaica that day due to an oversell, a passenger …

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May 21

Prepare for summer flights, it won’t be pretty…

Today, the Wall Street Journal’s Scott McCartney wrote a piece for the newspaper (Sorry, it’s behind a paywall.) that said, “Travel this summer is going to be a horrible, horrible experience.”  Granted, he wasn’t so concise, but I don’t get paid by the word.  Unfortunately, he’s right.  There are 104 days of summer vacation and …

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May 20

Las Vegas: The country’s cheapest and most expensive vacation city

There’s no city in the country or, for that matter, the world, quite like Las Vegas. I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing, but one does get the job done. And Las Vegas can be either a bargain or a nightmare. I go there about once per year for vacation, and …

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May 19

Earning points and miles for taking surveys

The most common question I get is “How can I easily earn XXX,000 miles by next week so that I can book a first class trip to YYY?  Fortunately, that’s also the easiest question to answer: Sadly, you can’t.  While there are numerous alternatives to flying as a way to earn miles, I have yet …

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May 16

Southwest brings back the big card bonus, and the best airline perk out there

I don’t have the opportunity to fly Southwest a lot, but the airline generally does a good job.  Service is above average, the planes get to where they need to go on time and fares are, well, fair. But there’s one perk that Southwest offers that other airlines can’t come close to: a companion pass.  …

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