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Apr 02

Fidelity Investments (Finally) Kills Its Great Mileage Deal

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Fidelity Investments used to offer one of the best mileage bonuses in the business, offering you up to 50,000 miles for opening a new account or depositing money into an existing one. The offer would expire every year on March 31 but, like the swallows who supposedly returned to Capistrano every year, Fidelity would extend …

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Jan 26

Everything We Know about Valuing Points Is Wrong

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One of my favorite topics is discussing how much individual points are worth. I have X points in program Y and an award costs Z points. Find enough instances of Z and you can come up with a pretty good idea of how much points are worth in a system. If I find 10 hotel …

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Dec 07

Five Predictions for 2017

With 2017 right around the corner, it’s time to speculate on what will happen in the next year. Here are some items to look forward to (or not look forward to): There will be a dramatic change in the way you redeem for awards: Here’s the big one, and you’re not going to like it. For …

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Nov 01

Get Ready for An Unpleasant Surprise Next Year: Fare Increases

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The past two years has seen an almost unprecedented phenomenon in the airline industry: consecutive years of fare declines. I know, it doesn’t feel like fares have been dropping, but they have. As ultra-low cost carriers spread everywhere and airlines become more competitive with each other than ever, the airlines have been forced to lower prices. …

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Oct 13

Why Expedia (And Other OTAs) Is Not Your Friend

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It’s always a bummer when I have almost completed a post and then have to put it on hold as new information becomes available. But hey, the world of travel is busy. Don’t Book Your Hotel through An Online Travel Agent (OTA) OTAs such as Expedia are an excellent source to search for hotels. One …

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Oct 07

American Express Business Platinum Ups Its Game (And Bonus)

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American Express seems to be feeling some pressure from the Chase Sapphire Reserve card, which recently launched with a huge sign-up bonus. A few days ago, they announced that you would earn five Membership Rewards per dollar spent on travel with your American Express Platinum card. Now, the company has introduced a 100,000 point sign-up …

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Oct 06

You Can Earn Delta SkyMiles for Referring Your Friends to Amex

This is kind of nice. If you have a Delta American Express card, you can get miles for referring a friend. The normal bonus is 5,000 miles but, if you do so by February 1, Delta will double it to 10,000. You can get a maximum of 55,000 miles per year through referrals, so you …

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Oct 04

Hilton Goes from “Double Up” to “Triple Up”

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Hilton has taken its fourth quarter promotion from good to great, allowing you to earn triple points, instead of merely double points, simply by downloading the app and booking through the mobile technology. Triple Up It’s easy. Book and complete any stay on the Hilton HHonors app and you will earn triple points, not the …

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Sep 16

The Cruise Ships Just Keep Growing…

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A few days ago, Carnival Corporation (the parent of the Carnival, Princess and Holland America brands, among others) announced an order for three new ships. Nothing unusual, except for the size of the ships: 180,000 tons, 5,200 passengers. Size Matters With the new mega-ships, the largest in the brands’ fleet, Carnival Corp is making a …

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Sep 15

What Is “Manufactured Spending?”

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This is a topic that I’ve covered in the past, but it is worth repeating. There’s one overarching rule when it comes to earning points and miles: Nothing is free. Yes, you will see headlines saying things like, “How I flew First Class around the world for free!” Yes, it’s possible to do so – …

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