Monthly Archive: March 2016

Mar 30

VirginBlue? It Could Have Happened…

Over the past couple of decades, I’ve had the good fortune to meet some of the senior leaders in the airline industry. Their backgrounds are all different but, to a person, they’ve all had one thing in common: They are extraordinarily intelligent. You really have to be in this industry, given how tough it is …

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Mar 29

Buying Miles and Merger Mania

Buying Miles As many of you know, airlines are happy to sell you miles directly. Occasionally, they will run promotions, which I have seen go as high as a 100% bonus (i.e., buy XXX,XXX miles, get XXX,XXX free). I’ve tried to make it clear over the years that I am not a fan of these …

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Mar 28

A Few Details on The New Citibank Costco Anywhere Card

Costco and Citibank finally released the details of the new Costco Anywhere card and they look great. The card is not available yet, but will be mailed to current American Express customers in May. June 19th is the last day you will be able to use your American Express card, with the change taking place …

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Mar 26

Huge Hotel Credit Card Bonuses Ending Soon

I’m traveling this weekend, checking out the cherry blossoms, so I’m keeping posts short, but one thing worth noting is that there is a limit to the banks’ generosity when it comes to credit card bonuses, and we are approaching the end. We have “excess” bonus offers at three of the major hotel companies and …

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Mar 25

United Miles: Free 1,000 Miles

One of my favorite ways to earn miles is a Dining for Miles program. You simply link your frequent flyer program to a credit card and then use that card at a participating restaurant. You’ll get miles based on how much you spend. It’s free to join. Normally, you have to dine out at least …

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Mar 24

Around the Industry…

Hyatt Stay More Play More Promotion Hyatt announced what I would call an adequate promotion for the second quarter, called Stay More Play More. SMPM is the same for everyone and gives you bonus points based on how nights you stay from April 1 through June 30.   All other factors being equal, Hyatt is one …

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Mar 23

Is Virgin America for Sale?

This morning, Virgin America disclosed that it had been approached about a takeover bid and is working with investment banks for a sale of part or all of the company. While Virgin America was backed by Virgin Airlines founder Richard Branson, the majority interest is actually held by shareholders, after the company’s 2014 IPO. Somebody …

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Mar 21

News on Cuba; The JetBlue Card

Cuba A few days ago, President Obama announced that he would be visiting Cuba, the first president in 88 years to do so. In terms of travel, this trip is a big deal. While he has been normalizing relations with the country for several months now, actually visiting is a very clear sign that it …

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Mar 18

Is The In-Flight Experience Actually Getting Better? Well, Maybe…

For whatever reason, there has been an onslaught of articles recently about the in-flight product and the potential to make it better (or cheaper). I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what’s going on in the business. So is the airplane experience actually improving? The answer, as is so often the …

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Mar 17

Who Will Starwood’s New Owner Be?

On Tuesday, a Chinese company called “Anbang Insurance Group” announced that it was making an unsolicited bid for Starwood Hotels, owner of Westin, Sheraton and several other brands. This bid, for just over $81, trumps an offer from Marriott, which is not only valued at about $70 per share but is also to be paid …

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