Mike

Author's details

Name: Mike
Date registered: September 26, 2013
URL: http://www.frequentflyermiles101.com

Biography

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

Latest posts

  1. Another Strong Promotion From Club Carlson — June 28, 2017
  2. You’ll Never Get What You Don’t Ask For… — June 27, 2017
  3. Hilton Shopping Bonus (Better Than Nothing) — June 26, 2017
  4. Airport Lounge Access: An Affordable Luxury — June 22, 2017
  5. Airlines: The Way We Were — June 21, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. Welcome to The Boston Globe readers! An introduction to the site… — 10 comments
  2. Using the Bluebird card for Manufactured Spending — 9 comments
  3. Foreign transaction fees on credit cards… — 5 comments
  4. A request for my readers… — 5 comments
  5. The best everyday cards: Forget the 1%, be part of the 2% — 3 comments

Author's posts listings

Jun 28

Another Strong Promotion From Club Carlson

Club Carlson

Club Carlson, one of the best unknown hotel programs, has another strong promotion in the market. The owner of brands such as Radisson and Country Inn doesn’t have a lot of flashy properties, but does tend to run excellent promotions. Free Night Or Free Points From July 1 until September 30, Club Carlson is giving …

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Jun 27

You’ll Never Get What You Don’t Ask For…

hilton

Compensation when a travel provider does something wrong is always a touchy subject. While managers may have some guidelines about what they can or can’t do, there is rarely an absolute answer. Companies have tried to create guidelines, such as the Sheraton Promise from last decade*, but it’s simply impossible to get any sort of …

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Jun 26

Hilton Shopping Bonus (Better Than Nothing)

online shopping

One thing about travel companies: They never miss an opportunity to make a buck. One of the areas that they tend to do so is through shopping affiliates.* 500 Points from Hilton Hilton just sent out an email: Be one of the first 2,500 new shoppers to sign up for their Shop-to-Earn Mall and pick …

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Jun 22

Airport Lounge Access: An Affordable Luxury

airport lounge

I spoke to a cruise executive several months ago who told me that one of her frustrations was that the general public still viewed cruises as a luxury item. Not that it’s a bad thing once you get on the ship, but the image kept people from even exploring the option, since they feared it …

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Jun 21

Airlines: The Way We Were

Joe Nocera just published an interesting article on Bloomberg about how the airline business has gotten to where it is, describing it as “Airline Hell.” The basic message is “you get what you pay for” and, while it’s not pleasant, he would likely agree with former Continental Airlines CEO Gordon Bethune, who told a reporter …

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Jun 20

Free Companion Ticket On Alaska Air Or Virgin America

alaska air

I have a confession to make: This blog is influenced by geography. The fact that I live on the east coast means that the Big 3 carriers, as well as JetBlue, get the most mindshare. Which is too bad, because Alaska Airlines does not get the attention it deserves.* Flights are comfortable, service is great …

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Jun 19

Going, Going, Gone? Using Your Miles For Auctions.

miles auction

Airlines have a problem. It’s a good problem, but still a problem: Frequent flyer programs have become too popular. The carriers are making so much money selling miles to their partners* that  they can’t stop, leading to overwhelming demand from the customers who own the miles and have nothing to do with them. One thing …

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Jun 16

A Couple Of Security Updates

tsa

It’s fair to say that I’m not a fan of the TSA. I’ve always considered much of what they do to be security theater*, which can create as many problems as it solves. It’s rare that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does anything to improve efficiency at the checkpoints, since it has no incentive …

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Jun 13

JetBlue (Possibly) Improves Boarding (Slightly)

jetblue

I’ve never really understood the concept of a “premium boarding lane.” Yup, it’s just what it sounds like: There is a special rope line for people that the airline wants to make feel special. It costs them nothing and allows the chosen passengers to get on the plane without mingling with the commoners. Frankly, I …

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Jun 11

Quick Hilton Canada Bonus (Stay Required)

hilton honors

Oh, Canada… If you’ve signed up for the Points and Miles option at Hilton*, you’re in luck (and if you haven’t, you can change whenever you like). Register here and stay at a participating property in Canada, and you’ll receive an additional 1,500 points per night. It’s not a huge number and many properties aren’t …

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