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Hi, I'm Mike and I've been collecting and burning frequent flyer miles for two decades now. Come join in the fun!

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Feb 23

Weekend Deals: Club Carlson, JetBlue

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A few deals as we head into the weekend… 30% Off At Club Carlson If you do a lot of leisure travel and/or don’t want to pay the big bucks for a room, Club Carlson may be the perfect program for you. They have tons of hotels, don’t charge crazy rates and have lots of …

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Feb 22

Four Ways Not To Get Upgraded (And One Way Succeed)

Every once in a while, I’ll see an article titled something along the lines of “Five Secret Ways to Get An Upgrade.” They are always good for a laugh, since these methods are rarely secret and even more rarely effective. And while there might have been a time when people in suits got upgraded, those …

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Feb 21

JetBlue’s Mint Continues to Expand

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I got a reminder today from JetBlue that Mint Service, JetBlue’s premium product, is available for booking from Boston to Seattle. And the beat goes on. JetBlue As Industry Disruptor When JetBlue announced its Mint product several years ago, I anticipated an expensive failure. JetBlue was, at that time, a leisure carrier whose profitability was …

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Feb 20

How Technology Has Changed Hotels

Every year during February’s “ski week” school vacation, I have an industry conference that I attend (not the travel industry, fortunately). The hotel that hosts the conference can be charitably described as “classic.” Rooms are tiny, there’s not much in the way of technology and service is a bit stuffy. Still, I don’t spend a …

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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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