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December 2017 archive

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

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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Dec 02

Weekend Contests Around The Industry

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Hey, want a chance to win a few experiences? Okay, you probably won’t, but just in case… Virgin Hotels Holiday Escape Want a couple of nights in San Francisco? Heck, they’ll even throw in the airfare. Simply follow them on Instagram and DM (direct message) them the answer to the puzzle (Hint: The answer is …

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Dec 01

Is BankDirect Still Worth Your Bucks?

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One of my favorite ways to earn American Airlines miles is through BankDirect, which pays you in miles instead of money. BankDirect offers 100 miles per month for every $1,000 you have in your account, e.g., if you have $25,000 with them, you receive 2,500 American Aadvantage miles per month ($25,000/$1,000=25 and 25*100=2,500). That ratio …

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