April 2018 archive

Weekend wrapup: 100K BA Miles, Amazon Prime, Manufactured Spending Getting More Expensive

It was a moderately busy weekend in the world of miles. Here are a few of the things that are going on: 100,000 British Airways Miles  In an attempt to sound even more pretentious and offset their declining service, BA calls its miles Avios, but they do the same thing. Don’t let the terminology confuse …

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American: Double Trouble Will Lead To Higher Ticket Prices

American Airlines had their quarterly earnings call with the Wall Street types and it was more eventful than their typical announcement. But one thing stood out: fuel prices. The $2 Billion Problem You probably don’t pay much attention to the daily fluctuations in the price of oil, but the airlines do. It’s their second-largest cost, …

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Summer’s Coming: Be Prepared

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Hard as it may be to believe, particularly for those of us living in the northeast, summer is around the corner and, with a change in seasons comes a change in leisure travel. Be Like The Boy Scouts Every season has its own challenges, but the ones in summer turn mainly to those of congestion. …

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Tuesday Tidbits: Extra Hotel Points, Illegal Apples

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A few bits and pieces to get you started today… Bonus AA Miles from Hotel Points Airlines and hotels often partner together to allow you to convert points. The rate is rarely advantageous, but it can be a good way to get those last few miles for your next flight. American is making it just …

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Silvercar Review: Renting Cars As It Should Be

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Silvercar has been around for a few years but, because of geographic restrictions, I haven’t had a chance to use it. I was finally able to do so this week and was quite pleased. Here’s the review. Silvercar: What Is It? The word “disruptor” is overused, but I’ll use it anyway. Silvercar is a rental …

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The New Marriott Elite Status: Where Does It Get Good?

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Last year, I wrote about the various hotel elite programs and the benefits that you get with each status. Specifically, I asked the question, “What status level do I need to achieve to get the majority of the best benefits, even if I can’t reach the top tier?” Well, throw out that chart for Marriott …

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Marriott And Starwood Merge Programs. It’s Not Terrible.

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A few days ago, Marriott and Starwood announced what the new combined program will look like and, for the most part, it’s not terrible. I know that’s not a ringing endorsement but, compared to what they could have done, they kept many of the best attributes of each. That’s not to stop them from decimating …

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IHG Shows Why Loyalty Programs Are Anything But That

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I love the term “loyalty program.” Kind of makes you seem like the merchant is giving you something for having done lots of business with them. It isn’t, but it sounds a lot better than “trying to influence your future behavior” program.* IHG Accelerate No company makes the point better than IHG, the parent of …

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Hilton Brings Back Double HHonors Points Promotion

For a while, it seemed that Hilton always had a double points promotion going. If I remember correctly, and I probably don’t, Hilton ran some version of the promo for eight consecutive quarters. And after taking a slightly different term with Points Unlimited last time around, Hilton has brought back the old favorite. Hilton Honors …

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Delta Airlines: What We Learned Today

Delta Airlines released earnings today and gave us a little color on what is going on in the industry. It was a quiet quarter, but there are a few tidbits worth noting. Your Ticket Costs Are Going Up… Delta noted that ticket price growth accelerated through the quarter and estimated that the second quarter would …

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