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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
  3. A request for my readers… — 5 comments
  4. Foreign transaction fees on credit cards… — 5 comments
  5. Southwest Airlines and how to get the greatest airline perk ever — 3 comments

Author's posts

Apr 17

Yesterday’s outage

My apologies for yesterday’s outage.  It appears that it was a server-wide outage with my host, hostgator, and we are obviously now back on-line. Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the box above (and to the right) and click on the confirmation. GMailers, check your Social or Promotions boxes! Follow me on Twitter …

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Apr 15

Spirit Air: A program so bad that it’s not worth joining?

I don’t know if there’s such a thing as a program that you shouldn’t join, but Free Spirit, the loyalty program for Spirit Airlines, comes close.  If it weren’t absolutely free, I’d skip it. The program is simple enough to join, but the number or rules, regulations and exceptions is truly horrendous.  Let’s look at …

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Apr 10

Ouch! US Airways shows what’s coming with my favorite use of miles

In a previous post, I mentioned that my favorite use of miles is a domestic upgrade for 15,000 miles and $75.  US Airways has a similar program, but the distance of the flight affects the copay.  At US, for example, that transcon flight costs fewer miles (10,000) but a lot more cash ($150 vs. $75). …

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Apr 10

And we’re back! American makes changes to Aadvantage program…

It’s never good when a program makes announcements without changes.  It’s also never good when they try as hard as AA did to hide the changes.  Overall?  It’s just not good. Change comes at different rates.  Some airlines make wholesale changes to their programs all at once, like Delta.  Others, like AA, do what I …

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Apr 03

Living Social bonus at Delta

I don’t tend to post every shopping offer that I get, since it would take up 99% of my time, but I did think that today’s offer from Delta stood out.  For those who use Living Social, similar to Groupon, Delta is offering six miles per dollar plus a today-only deal of 15% off, making …

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Apr 02

US Airways: Up to 25,000 miles bonus to fly a bunch of airlines

With US Airways’s move into the oneworld alliance, they are playing nice with their partners by announcing a deal: Fly with a certain number of partners and get miles.  The more partners you fly with, the more miles you get.  You can register here (and you must register to be eligible) and have until June 30 …

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Apr 02

US Airways moves to oneworld alliance: Let the status matches begin!

Congratulations, US Airways, you’ve taken another step toward the merger’s culmination by switching alliances, in particular, moving from Star to oneworld.  Now, US Airways members will have a completely different list of carriers on which they can use their miles. One of the big benefits of alliance changes is that previous alliance members start offering status …

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Mar 27

Cleaning up errors

You may be getting an error message if you click on a post from a previous page and try to continue reading.  I am working on the error and hope to have it sorted out shortly. Thank you for your patience. Note: We appear to be fixed for now.  Thanks again. Want to subscribe? Just …

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Mar 25

My favorite use of miles on American Airlines (domestic)

Here’s why small amounts of miles can add up.  My favorite use of miles is domestic upgrades.  A one-way upgrade from coach to first on a two-class plane costs only 15,000 miles and $75.  15,000 miles may seem like a lot, but considering that they will give you as many as 100,000 for signing up …

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Mar 24

American Airlines: 1,050 free miles (free and easy)

GIMME ALERT! American Airlines is giving you 1,050 miles for a few clicks.  You do need a Facebook account (Read here if you hate FB and don’t want to give up your personal info.) to play, but you simply answer a few trivia questions and earn your points.  It goes through May and can be found …

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