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December 2017 archive

Dec 15

Weekend Tidbits: Marriott, Ryanair, Fees

It’s Friday, so we’ll keep today rather light. Enjoy. Can Marriott Get Luxurious? Publicly traded hotel companies have had success in virtually every segment of the market, with one segment: the luxury end. They can certainly run high-end hotels, they just can’t do it as well as the independents. Let’s face it: When you’re running …

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Dec 14

Delta Airlines: Your Seat Is Branded

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Every year, Delta Airlines has a meeting for Wall Street analysts to talk about their financial situation and future strategy. That meeting took place today and, as it relates to miles and flying, I thought the most interesting part was their discussion on branded fares. Branded fares Hey, a plain old ticket isn’t good enough …

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Dec 13

End Of Year Thoughts And A Good Marriott-Starwood Article

Don’t Let Your Points Expire As you move into the new year, it’s time to make sure that your points don’t expire. Every program has different rules about how frequently you need to have activity in your accounts, and it can be as few as three months (I’m looking at you, Spirit.). Remember, you don’t …

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Dec 12

JetBlue Flash Sale: 15% Off (Sort Of)

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The winter is a slower time for airlines, particularly midweek, when kids are in school. Thus, many of them take advantage of the time to throw in a fare sale. JetBlue Flash Sale* This one’s good for only two days, so hurry. Book by tomorrow night for travel 1/10-2/14 and 2/26-3/14 and you’ll get 15% …

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Dec 11

How Delta Rescued Diamond Medallion Status

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As you know, this blog is tailored to novices in the frequent flyer world but, every so often, it’s fun to get a little deeper on a particular subject. Today, I’ll talk about Delta’s Medallion program and its top status, Diamond Medallion, in particular. If you need a quick review of what elite status is, …

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Dec 09

Weekend Tidbits

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Hope everyone’s weekend is off to a good start. Here are a few tidbits to mull over today: Updated Marriott Megabonus Well, that was anti-climactic. One of the most interesting things about this time period’s Megabonus offer was that, if you finished the two stays and earned your free night, they would give you an …

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Dec 08

IHG Brings Back Accelerate Promotion

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Another year, another Accelerate promotion from IHG, parent of several brands including InterContinental, the Holiday Inn themes and a few others. This one is for January 1 – April 30. Accelerate 1Q18 The Accelerate promo is the IHG bonus that we see every four months. The company gives you a list of “tasks” and, the …

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Dec 06

Update On The Marriott Credit Card

The Marriott/Starwood merger has been in the news recently. Yesterday, it issued a press release regarding the future of its credit card business. Multiple Marriott Credit Card Issuers The Marriott/Starwood merger meant that the new parent had a big decision to make regarding its credit card partner. Marriott had traditionally issued cards through Chase, while …

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Dec 05

United Miles For Sale At 1.8-1.9 Cents Per Mile

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I often see attempts at valuing miles. On an airline like Southwest or JetBlue, it’s easy to do, since the price of a ticket in points is based on the cash cost of the ticket. Higher cash cost equals more points, and it tends to be a pretty consistent ratio. It’s harder to do with …

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Dec 03

American Airlines Settles With Pilots, Will Fly Through Holidays

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Well, that was quick. According to several media reports, American Airlines, which created a potential public relations nightmare for itself by allowing an unlimited number of pilots to take the holidays off, has solved the problem doing what airlines do best: buying off labor. The APA (Allied Pilots Association, the pilots’ union) knew that it …

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