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September 2017 archive

Sep 29

American Airlines: “We’ll Never Lose Money Again”

It’s been a quiet week around here, so a lot of my recent posts have been around the airline industry itself. Today is no different. Can American Be Profitable Forever? Yesterday, American Airlines held its first investor day in I don’t know how many years. And while there were a lot of tidbits for Wall …

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Sep 28

WestJet Launches Swoop (There It Is)

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If you’re not from Canada, you may never have heard of WestJet. And that’s too bad, since WestJet is not only Canada’s second largest domestic carrier but it also has a number of really cheap fares in and out of the US and Mexico, as well as over the Atlantic. WestJet is a traditional low-cost …

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Sep 27

New Hotels For Millennials: “Hostels On Steroids”

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Part of the joy of dealing with corporate America is watching managers twist themselves into pretzels trying to justify decisions by claiming “our customers wanted the product.” No, they don’t want the product, they want the price. Because Who Wants A Suite, Anyway? Having realized that Airbnb probably isn’t going away isn’t going away anytime …

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Sep 26

It’s Time To Consider A Cruise…

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Most of my writing is about points and miles, but that doesn’t mean that airplanes and hotels are the only way to take a vacation. Consider A Cruise If you’ve never taken a cruise, now is the time. You’ve heard it all before. You’ve seen those Lust for Life” Royal Caribbean commercials. You even watched …

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Sep 24

Bonus Miles For Conversions From SPG To AA

One way to get miles quickly is to convert them from hotel points. You don’t get the best value for your points, but it’s an easy way to pick up some miles if you need them quickly for a reward. Converting from Starwood Starwood points are particularly useful for converting to all airlines except United …

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Sep 22

Is Next Year The Big One For Mileage Devaluation?

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First, I’d like to wish a happy new year to everyone who is celebrating it. And if you aren’t celebrating a new year, let me assure you that apples and honey makes an excellent combination. Could Redemptions Go Dollar-Based? I got to thinking a lot about what to expect over the next year and, as …

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Sep 20

Earning Elite Status With No Stays Or Flights?

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Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about elite status, which gives you extra perks and points at hotels and airlines, based on your past business.* Certain benefits, such as extra points, are generally valuable, while others, like a special check-in desk (which is never manned at hotels) or free local phone calls, have almost no …

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Sep 19

Club Carlson Offering Double Points!

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I’ve often referred to Club Carlson as the little program that could. It’s not the biggest loyalty program in the world but it offers excellent redemptions and promotions at a wide range of hotels, including Radisson and Park Plaza, among others. Before any elite status bonuses, you earn 20 points per dollar spent and room …

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Sep 18

Increased Airline Elite Status Through The Starwood/Marriott Merger (Or Vice Versa)

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Mergers are generally not viewed as favorable for consumers. By concentrating power in fewer, rather than more, suppliers, the merged companies are often able to increase pricing, since there are fewer competitors. Sometimes, though, combining benefits can work in your favor. Such is the case when it comes from earning airline elite status* through your …

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Sep 16

American AAdvantage eShopping Contest

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A light promotion for the weekend relating to American Airlines eShopping, and it’s another “you have nothing to lose” type promo. Yes, the world of mileage is quiet. AA Getaway Giveaway A few days ago, I wrote a piece on a potentially targeted United deal that would give you miles for participating in their eShopping …

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