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October 2017 archive

Oct 30

Using Your Friends For Points And Miles

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Because why should bloggers have all the fun? Refer a friend for a Delta SkyMiles  card and they will reward you.* 10,000 Delta Miles for The Platinum Card The most recent referral offer I got was for the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card. It’s not the only product that current cardholders can refer their friends …

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Oct 27

Tidbits From Around The Industry

As we head into Friday, here are a few non-Earth shattering pieces from around the travel industry. Enjoy your weekend. Delta Is Hiring Airlines are growing again. Delta is in need of over 1,000 flight attendants for a job that appears harder to get than admission to a top university. For a job that seems to …

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Oct 26

How Much Is A Point Worth? First, Weigh Your Opportunity Cost.

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One of the most frequent questions that I get is about whether a customer should use points or cash to “buy” an airline ticket, hotel room, etc. It’s usually along the lines of, “This ticket on Delta/American/United from New York to Los Angeles will cost $800 or 60,000 miles. At that rate, the miles are …

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Oct 25

Club Carlson: Your Best Bet For A Hotel Program

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Before we start: I’ve gotten some questions by email recently. I’m happy to send a personal answer if you want one, but you MUST include your email in the body of the message. The Contact form does not automatically send it to me. Thanks! And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming. Whenever I write …

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Oct 23

Check Your Emails For This Delta Promotion

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If you’re anything like me, you probably send most of your emails from airlines right to the “Deleted” folder without opening them. And, truthfully, that’s what most correspondence from the carriers deserves. But every once in a while, something good slips through. Delta’s 25,000 Mile Partner Promotion Late last week, I got an email from …

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Oct 21

IHG/Kimpton: When Bad Things Happen To Good Programs

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The single best hotel program that you’ve never heard of may have been Kimpton Karma Rewards, the loyalty program for Kimpton Hotels. Kimpton was a network of boutique hotels known for their funky properties and dedication to customer service. If you’ve ever heard one of those stories about a hotel fulfilling outrageous requests (Read this …

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Oct 19

United Airlines: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

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United Airlines’ Operational “Improvements” This one is going to be quick, because it’s more a matter of something that tickled my funny bone than anything else. United Airlines has its quarterly analyst conference call this morning and, of course, it started off with some unintentional humor. Management started off by bragging about its employees’ “new …

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Oct 18

JetBlue Moves Into Minneapolis As The Industry Further Segments Itself

When Southwest Airlines started, it represented a new type of airline. As a Texas-only carrier, it was not subject to the same regulations that many of its competitors were.* Thus, as a more nimble company, it could operate more efficiently and charge less, making it the first “low cost carrier (LCC).” Over time, that model …

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Oct 17

Around The Industry: Tuesday Tidbits

JetBlue Is Enhancing Boarding Finding the fastest way to board an aircraft has proven to be the Gordian Knot of the airline industry. Just about every method has been tried, with every attempt generating roughly the same level of success (or failure, as the case may be). The airlines could take a big step toward …

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Oct 15

Aria Sky Suites: Luxury At The Right Price

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Vegas week on the blog is coming to an end, but I wanted to write a review of the hotel we stayed at, because it’s worth the price if you stay in Sin City. It’ll be a bit longer than my usual post, but I think it’s a fun read. Aria Sky Suites  Once each …

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