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Mike

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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  1. Welcome to The Boston Globe readers! An introduction to the site… — 10 comments
  2. Using the Bluebird card for Manufactured Spending — 9 comments
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  5. Southwest Airlines and how to get the greatest airline perk ever — 3 comments

Author's posts

Oct 21

IHG/Kimpton: When Bad Things Happen To Good Programs

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The single best hotel program that you’ve never heard of may have been Kimpton Karma Rewards, the loyalty program for Kimpton Hotels. Kimpton was a network of boutique hotels known for their funky properties and dedication to customer service. If you’ve ever heard one of those stories about a hotel fulfilling outrageous requests (Read this …

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Oct 19

United Airlines: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

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United Airlines’ Operational “Improvements” This one is going to be quick, because it’s more a matter of something that tickled my funny bone than anything else. United Airlines has its quarterly analyst conference call this morning and, of course, it started off with some unintentional humor. Management started off by bragging about its employees’ “new …

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Oct 18

JetBlue Moves Into Minneapolis As The Industry Further Segments Itself

When Southwest Airlines started, it represented a new type of airline. As a Texas-only carrier, it was not subject to the same regulations that many of its competitors were.* Thus, as a more nimble company, it could operate more efficiently and charge less, making it the first “low cost carrier (LCC).” Over time, that model …

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Oct 17

Around The Industry: Tuesday Tidbits

JetBlue Is Enhancing Boarding Finding the fastest way to board an aircraft has proven to be the Gordian Knot of the airline industry. Just about every method has been tried, with every attempt generating roughly the same level of success (or failure, as the case may be). The airlines could take a big step toward …

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Oct 15

Aria Sky Suites: Luxury At The Right Price

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Vegas week on the blog is coming to an end, but I wanted to write a review of the hotel we stayed at, because it’s worth the price if you stay in Sin City. It’ll be a bit longer than my usual post, but I think it’s a fun read. Aria Sky Suites  Once each …

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Oct 12

Marriott And The Cosmpolitan: An Unusual Las Vegas Winner

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I feel like it’s Las Vegas week on Wheel of Fortune, but the mileage version. But it’s my last day here in the sun, so the very cool tie-up between Marriott and The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas (CLV, for space purposes) makes the papers today. As loyalty programs have expanded, they have started to encourage cross-industry …

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Oct 10

Bits And Pieces…

I’m out of the office and on the west coast, so I have no idea what time it is, which is kind of a nice feeling. Here are a few bits and pieces from the last few days… Las Vegas Is Back (Hint: It Never Left) We arrived in Las Vegas Sunday night and life …

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Oct 10

United MileagePlus X

This is part 2 of the instant rebate apps post. United MileagePlus X This one has been around a while, but I spend less time on United than I do most of the other airlines so, well, my bad. United offers the MileagePlus X app, which gives you United miles for making purchases. You don’t …

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Oct 07

Subtotal: Instant Payments Add Another “Stack” To Rewards

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Save Money Or Get Miles Instantly Occasionally, I’ll run across a tip (well-known or not; this one is) that I want to post but can’t think of a way to do it without making a simple concept seem complicated (For further reference, see: Rebates, Shopping & Travel.). So bear with me, because it’s actually pretty …

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Oct 05

For Beginners Only: Are Miles Cheap, Quick And Good?

Last night, some friends invited us over for dinner (good) and one of them asked me about the best way to earn miles (bad for those who like stimulating conversation).  We discussed credit cards and online shopping to the point where their heads were spinning, but afterward, I realized that I had forgotten to mention …

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