Category Archive: Value of a mile

Jun 24

JetBlue Will Match Your Virgin America Points Balance

Every once in a while, an airline or hotel decides to do something that makes absolutely no financial sense. Today was JetBlue’s turn. The Points Match Forget a status match. Today, JetBlue announced a points match. Got points with Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flyer program? Good. JetBlue will match them. At least they were smart …

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Jan 20

Reader Question: Switching Hotel Programs

Reader question: My primary hotel program is Starwood but, since Marriott is buying them, should I just switch now? Thanks for the question. Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer that applies to everyone, but here’s what you need to think about. First, I don’t think the integration of the two loyalty programs, Marriott Rewards (MR) and …

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Jan 16

Reader Question: Transferring Points between Airlines

Reader Question: Can I apply for the British Airways credit card, transfer the points to Alaska and use those points  to fly Emirates? Thanks for the question. The short answer is no, since it is very difficult to transfer points directly between airlines. But there are other options out there. There are a number of …

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Dec 23

Holiday Musings

I’m preparing for some holiday travel, which is always fun but stressful. Fortunately, we have a non-stop flight, so there are few chances for things to go absolutely wrong. On that happy note, here are a few things around the industry that I found interesting: Status Match at Hilton One of the “downsides” to elite …

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Dec 15

Around the Industry…

More Miles for Flowers… If you really want those miles for flowers, the holidays are a good time to do it. I talked about JetBlue last week. This week, both American and Delta are offering bonuses, with the former offering 30 miles per dollar spent and the latter offering 35 miles per dollar. So buy …

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Nov 17

A Hotel Merger; A $500+ Credit Card Sign-up Bonus; Booking Delta Comfort+

I’ll be traveling for the next few days. The time between posts may be longer than usual. There’s one benefit to airport lounges that is vastly underrated: Listening to all the business people holding “confidential” meetings, negotiations, etc. over their cell phones at the top of their voices. It never gets old. Marriott to Acquire …

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Nov 07

American Leaks Changes to Frequent Flyer Program

Last year, Delta and United announced changes to their frequent flyer programs which resulted in miles earned based on your elite status and how much you spend, rather than how far you fly. Given that there’s only minimal correlation between the distance you fly and how much a ticket costs you, that change makes sense. …

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Nov 04

Eating and Shopping for Fun and Miles

As we approach the holidays, you’ll get more and more offers to help separate you from your cash. Just remember Rule #1: Never shop without getting something back for it. Dining for Miles Crude but effective. Restaurants that have trouble generating traffic at a particular time of day (or at all) are willing to partner …

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Nov 02

Should I Pay an Annual Fee for a Credit Card?

Reader question: I’ve got a couple of cards with annual fees (AF), but I get similar benefits on no annual fees (NAF)? Thanks for the question! The answer is probably not. I find annual fees to be an anachronism, started in a period when having a credit card wasn’t as common and was more like …

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Oct 30

What Will Loyalty Programs Look Like in Five Years

I spend a lot of time talking about what loyalty programs are up to now, but there’s a long-term question that’s worth asking: five years from now, will any of it matter? Hey, when the frequent flyer program (as we know it today) was invented, a free ticket was 20,000 miles and didn’t have any …

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