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Monthly Archive: July 2015

Jul 31

Lifetime elite status: for those who travel too much

For those who fly more than 25,000 miles in a year on a particular carrier, airlines reward you with extra benefits through their elite status programs for a year. But if you’ve had the unique “privilege” of having flown a million miles (not all in a year, obviously), airlines give you (punish you with?) lifetime …

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Jul 30

What price declines? Hotel rates continue to move up

Yesterday, I talked about some of the “struggles” the airlines are having as pricing declines year over year. Granted, record earnings are nothing to cry about, but not as much as they could have made if prices had been higher. Yeah, I’d be crying, too. Sure. Hotels don’t seem to be having such issues, as …

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Jul 29

Airline sales and internet haters…

It’s that time of the year, when airlines start to put out fare sales for the fall promotions, filling seats that might otherwise go unsold. This week was the discount carriers, including JetBlue, Virgin America and Southwest, with the network carriers likely to follow in the next few weeks. It’s always nice to think that you’re …

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Jul 28

The contest for “best elite perk” is over, and Delta just won

I spend a lot of time picking on Delta, mostly because they have devalued their program faster than any other company. But even I have to admit that their most recently announced perk for high-value customers (HVC) is pretty cool. Starting as early as tomorrow, Delta is going to allow certain HVCs to pay a …

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Jul 27

The best cash shopping credit card is…

I may receive compensation if you get a credit card through my link. Thank you very much in advance! Most of my posts focus on either acquiring or using miles and/or points. In fact, there is no such thing as a program with zero value, and Rule #1 is “Always sign up for a free program, …

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Jul 26

July 25 has come and gone…

And it’s a sad, sad time for many of us. You see, yesterday, SunTrust bank ended one of the great mileage deals in existence (and really, one of the greatest deals of all time) by devaluing its Delta debit card. A little background: Several years ago, SunTrust launched the Delta debit card, which gave one …

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Jul 24

It’s been a bad week to be a tourist in the UK…

Think you’ve had it rough? Taken a two-hour delay and then gotten stuck in the middle seat directly in front of the rear lav? Be glad you’re not one of these people (Thanks to Flyertalk and Yahoo for providing some entertainment): EasyJet traveler Sean Reilly, who was denied boarding on a flight after being told …

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Jul 23

750 free United Airlines miles (I think.)

An offer went out to United Airlines credit card holders as seen here, but I see nothing in here to indicate that not everyone is eligible. Worst case scenario, you get the base 500 miles. It’s rare that you get free miles just to sign up for something, but MyPoints, an online shopping and affiliate …

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Jul 22

You may still be able to get a 50K miles Citi Aadvantage card (the potential back door)

A few days ago, I had a post about a Citibank card that had a nice sign-up bonus but wasn’t worth the fee for most people. But what if you could get most of the sign-up bonus at no cost? Now, it becomes interesting… While doing some research for a friend, I stumbled across a …

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Jul 21

Delta is bad at math, a New York airport strike and free credit reports

A few tidbits from around the industry: An interesting irony regarding the recent Delta changes to its program: Upgrades from the least expensive domestic coach tickets to first class are 30,000 miles, one-way. A round-trip first class ticket starts at 50,000 miles. Which means that if you want to sit up front, it costs you more …

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