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May 07

Bumps and IDBs: What to do when your flight is oversold

We’ve all been there.  Shortly before boarding, the gate agent announces, “Attention folks, we’re in an oversold situation…,” and then attempt to bribe passengers to take a late flight.  An announcement from the gate at this point is about as encouraging as when a pilot gets on the intercom and says, “Well, folks…,” after which, he …

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May 04

The near-term future of frequent flyer miles: Part Three (the winners and losers)

One thing is for sure: the airlines would not be moving toward a revenue-based model if they didn’t think it was going to help their bottom line.  Airlines are famous for a lot of things, but “generosity for the heck of it” is not one of them. The Winners Obviously, the airlines.  Airlines will better …

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May 03

The near-term future of frequent flyer miles: Part Two (the solution)

My apologies for the late start today, but a new Wegmans opened nearby and, well, there’s only so long a guy can hold out.  It’s still crowded, but looks nice in every other way.  Added bonus: A few credit cards, including one issued by Citizen’s Bank, pay 5% cash back for spend at supermarkets for …

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May 02

The near-term future of frequent flyer miles: Part One (the problem)

When American Airlines launched the modern (but not very first) frequent flyer program, called “Aadvantage”, it had no idea of how popular the program would become, nor all of the potential applications.  It was simply looking for a way to win more customers in an increasingly competitive environment following the industry’s 1978 deregulation (the primary reason …

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May 01

Welcome to The Boston Globe readers! An introduction to the site…

A hearty welcome to all the readers who found this site because of the Boston Globe (Not to mention the two or three other readers I had previously.  Thanks Mom and Dad.).  I’m going to ask you to bear with me while I run through this introduction, since the average post is generally relatively short.  Here’s …

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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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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 07

Out of office notice

It’s my silly season for travel, so I’ll be out the next week.  I’ll try to keep up but can’t make promises.  See you in a week or so! 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 …

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Feb 24

And I’m back!

Hi folks.  I’m back from hiatus and will be posting again within a day. 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 @FFMiles101 or share with the Facebook button below. And finally, …

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