May 2018 archive

Fly Across The Atlantic In Business For Less

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I’ll start by saying this: International business class is almost never cheap. Please don’t equate “for less” with “cheap.”   One of the best uses of frequent flyer miles is international travel, particularly in premium classes of service. Airlines have made changes to their redemption policies that have made it more expensive, sometimes prohibitively so, …

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Spirit Airlines Adding Wi-Fi Onboard

I got an email from Spirit Airlines telling me that they had a “big announcement.” Okay, it wasn’t that big, but it was nice to know that, by next summer, Spirit will be joining the 21st century and adding Wi-Fi onboard. Is Spirit Getting Better? Spirit Airlines, an ultra-low cost carrier,* is never going to …

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Boeing Continues To Win The Long-Haul Game

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If it seems like somebody’s always announcing an order for a new plane or fleet type, there’s a reason: Somebody’s always announcing an order for a new plane or fleet type. While there are countless  numbers of planes, two manufacturers dominate the market, Boeing and Airbus. And for now, Boeing is winning the war. Of …

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NYC Times Square Marriott Marquis Review

I don’t tend to write a lot of individual hotel reviews, given their limited audience, but when I have the chance to write about one of Marriott’s highest profile hotels in a high profile location, I figure that it’s worth a few minutes. And I was surprised by something: I liked it. The room product …

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Marriott Rolls Out New Credit Cards; Premier Plus Looks Interesting

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As Marriott moves to combine the Starwood and Marriott Rewards programs, it is taking a necessary first step and rolling out its credit cards. Initial bonuses are often the best you’ll see for a while, so it’s worth taking a look. Marriott Rewards Premier Plus The new card that caught my attention was the Marriott …

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Ridesharing Programs 101

Today’s 101 topic is only tangentially related to frequent flyer programs. It’s about ride-sharing services (RSS), such as Uber and Lyft. If you’ve never used one, they may seem intimidating at first, but can save you time and money. The concept behind RSS is a relatively simple one. Instead of buying or renting a taxi …

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Hilton Double Points (Link)

Forgot about this one but, if you haven’t signed up for the Hilton double points promo, now is a good time to do so. Hilton Honors Double Points A few weeks ago, I mentioned that this quarter’s Hilton promotion would be returning to double points. I’m all for that, since the bonus is one of …

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