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. Foreign transaction fees on credit cards… — 5 comments
  4. A request for my readers… — 5 comments
  5. Delta To End Frequent Flyer Program July 1; Others Likely To Follow — 4 comments

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What’s in my wallet? A credit card that comes with free upscale hotel nights

And you thought only airlines offered great credit cards?  Here’s one that will get you major brownie points (as well as hotel points) for date night. The InterContinental Hotels Group (ICH) may not sound familiar, but many of its brands are.  In addition to the upscale InterContinental hotels, the group includes brands such as Holiday …

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Using the Bluebird card for Manufactured Spending

Note: In response to a few readers’ questions, I’m going to spend a couple of days talking about manufactured spending.  Today, I will discuss the Bluebird card, but turn to other (and possibly easier) methods tomorrow. A couple of days ago, a reader asked about the best way to manufacture spend using the Bluebird cards. …

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Some weekend tidbits…

I’d like to wish everyone a happy Friday.  Here’s a few things I’ve seen over the past few days that may be of interest: A day after United modified its frequent flyer program, it decided to rub salt into the wounds by sending out an email offering to sell you miles for “up to 40%” …

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A request for my readers…

The past few days have been full of frequent flyer news, but that’s not always the case.  Likewise, I want to make sure that I’m giving you what you want to hear.  Thus, I have a favor to ask: Please tell me what you’d like to hear about.  It helps if you are as specific …

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Delta introduces “Upgrade with Miles”

Yesterday, Delta formally introduced “Upgrade with Miles (UwM),” a program that allows you to use miles to upgrade a ticket.  UwM is different from its existing program, “Mileage Upgrade Awards (MUA),” which allows you to, um, use miles to upgrade a ticket.  Confused yet? After reading, rereading and re-rereading the press release, I think I’ve …

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United follows Delta, miles earned to be based on dollars spent, elite status

And another one has fallen.  As of March 1, 2015, redeemable miles will be based on the cost of your ticket and your elite status, as opposed to the number of miles you fly.  Note that Star Alliance partners or other partners (ticket numbers that don’t start with “016”) will still earn based on distance. …

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Update on American and US Airways frequent flyer programs

American Airlines sent out an email to elite members today as an update on the frequent flyer program integration.  Since we’re still in the early stages, AA can concentrate on the “warm and fuzzy” parts of the merger, in preparation from the ceremonial “dropping of the other shoe” that will likely occur in 2015 and …

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“Hello, Richard Branson? I’m Pro Moe.”

Every industry has its cast of characters, and the “mileage-accumulation” business is no different.  Among the characters that I know, Pro Moe is one of my favorites. Pro Moe is one of the nicest guys that you could hope to meet.  He’s the guy you want as a neighbor, who will come help shovel out your walkway …

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How airline credit cards may save you money and time (even with an annual fee)

As fees continue to mount in the airline industry, it is becoming increasingly advantageous to have one of their credit cards. While each airline has its own cards and its own advantages, I’ll talk about “the Big 3,” since the benefits even at the smaller airlines will be similar. Even with an annual fee, a …

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SunTrust Bank Delta SkyMiles card still accessible (but hurry)

A reader was kind enough to write in and notify me about a conversation he had with SunTrust regarding the fate of the Delta SkyMiles card.  For those not familiar with the card, it is a debit card linked to your SunTrust bank account that offers one mile per dollar spent.  The card is particularly …

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