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February 2018 archive

Feb 18

When Does Paying An Annual Credit Card Fee Make Sense?

Earlier today, I got a question about the JetBlue credit card. The card is one of my favorites and has some unique benefits. Of course, if you never fly JetBlue, you’re probably not going to be interested. The question I got was about whether the writer should get the card, but there’s a second question …

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Feb 16

A New Hyatt Promotion

Apparently, I was the only person in the mileage world yesterday who didn’t write about the new Hyatt promotion so, I dunno, my bad, I guess. World Of Hyatt First Quarterish Promotion Hey, there’s a new Hyatt promotion! It’s actually straightforward, even if it’s not terribly rewarding. Register by March 31 and stay February 15 …

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Feb 15

Norwegian Air Lost A Lot Of Money This Quarter. Why You Should Care.

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I don’t spend a lot of time talking about either international airlines or airlines’ financials. They are two interesting subjects, but probably for another blog at another time. So why is today different from all other days? Norwegian Air Shuttle Lost A Lot Of Money Norwegian Air Shuttle is a European ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC),*¬†similar …

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Feb 14

10,000 Bonus IHG Points With A Kimpton Stay

So maybe acquisitions aren’t all that bad. Many moons ago, I lamented the InterContinental (IHG) acquisition of boutique chain (if there is such a thing) Kimpton. I had described Kimpton as the best hotel company that you had never heard of, and that wasn’t far from the truth. They offered high-touch service with hotels that …

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Feb 13

Hotels: Three Things That Need To Change

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Last week, I did a piece about three things that need to change with airlines. Hotels, of course, aren’t completely innocent, either. The scenes are generally more relaxed, since hotels don’t operate on the same touch-and-go schedules that airlines do, but there is still plenty of opportunity for improvement. Here are a few: Loyalty Programs …

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Feb 12

Zorkfest: A Las Vegas Extravaganza

My friend Mike writes the blog Travelzork, a site that does for Las Vegas and gambling what I attempt to do for miles (although he generally does it much better). If you have any interest in gaming, his is a site worth visiting, since he knows all the tricks to earn points and freebies at …

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Feb 09

A He Said/She Flushed Story

Every once in a while, you get an airline story that is simply too strange to be true. And when you do, you can almost be certain that Spirit Airways was involved. Spirit Airlines And The Emotional Support Hamster There have been several recent reports that airlines, led by Delta and United, are starting to …

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Feb 08

Are Airlines About To Win Another Regulations Battle?

Scott McCartney writes a weekly column for the Wall Street Journal called “The Middle Seat,” which reviews current events in the world of airlines. The column alone is often worth the cost of the subscription, and yesterday’s piece was particularly interesting. Goodbye Red Tape Road, Or Consumer Protections? According to Mr. McCartney, the DOT and …

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Feb 07

Three Airline Policies That Need To Change

Airlines are complex beasts and, because of that, have regulations books roughly the size of a small elephant. As passengers, we accept those complications and learn to live with them. But what about policies, rules and regulations that make no sense, or are never enforced? Most people can deal with unusual approaches, as long as …

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Feb 06

You Can Get Miles For Valentine’s Day (But Do You Want Them?)

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Well, it’s that time of year, when you look at your calendar and realize that Valentine’s Day is only a week away. And since flowers always do the trick, you head to your favorite shopping site and see that they are shoveling out miles to buy online. But is this one of those occasions when …

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