March 2018 archive

Out Of Office Notice

I’m taking a few days off for the holidays and look forward to being back next week. If you are traveling, I hope that your flights are on-time and that all of your upgrades clear.   Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the box above (and to the right) and click on the …

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Delta: Double Miles With Partners, Potential Extra Credit Card MQMs

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When airlines first launched frequent flyer programs, they only intended for the miles to serve as a device to influence your future flying behavior. I don’t think anyone imagined the extent to which miles would become such an integral part of travel, nor how profitable the venture could be. Over the past few decades, airlines …

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Rack Up Big Points With e-Rewards

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Last night, I crossed a milestone with a company that you may never have heard of. In the past three years, I have now earned 30,000 JetBlue points with e-Rewards, worth $450 in spending.* And I haven’t tried very hard. e-Rewards: Surveys for Fun And Profit e-Rewards is a company that rewards you for taking …

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Southwest Chase Card Offering 50,000 Points (Still)

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Southwest is offering a 50,000 signup bonus with its credit card if you spend $2,000 in the first three months. It comes with a $69 annual fee, but the return is more than tenfold. The standard bonus for this card is 30,000 points, but they run the 50K promotion so frequently that there’s no reason …

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American Airlines Selling Miles. Should You Buy?

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The airline business is a competitive one. Planes, fuel and salaries are not cheap, and you can’t get away with charging more than your least expensive competitor. So airlines have been forced to come up with other ways to make a buck. One of those ways is selling you frequent flyer miles. Truthfully, the idea …

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Double Miles On AA For Flying In First Or Biz; Possibly Targeted

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Every once in a while, a company will throw out a “targeted” promotion. It’s just what it sounds like: It’s a promotion that only some people have access to but not others. Often, the promotions are sent to either “lapsed” users (formerly frequent customers who have dropped off) or those who only do a little …

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Using Points Or Miles To Bid For Experiences

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Got a few extra hundred thousand points or so that you don’t know what to do with? No problem, travel providers have found a way to help you out. Auctions with Points Or Miles Sure, anyone can save up miles (or money, for that matter) to fly First Class around the world. But how many …

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Norwegian Raises The Stakes In Chicago

And now it gets interesting. In the past, I’ve written about ultra-low cost carriers (ULCCs) and why they matter. ULCCs sell you a seat (unassigned), and that’s it. If you want anything else, you pay for it. For the backpacker who doesn’t care where they sit and keeps their luggage to a minimum, it’s a …

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Southwest Fare Sales Shows The Beauty Of Rapid Rewards

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This morning, Southwest Airlines launched a flash fare sale, with one-way prices as low as $49 each. The Fare Sale Basics Fare sales are nothing unusual for the airline and they often come with conditions, such as blackouts and advance purchase requirements. This one is no different but, for $100 round-trip, it’s really difficult for …

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Tidbits From The World Of Travel

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One thing about the travel industry: It’s never boring. So let’s look at some of the more interesting stories that are floating around. United Airlines Screw up with A Pet, Again Also known as the keystone cops of the airline industry, United has a habit of not only messing things up in the worst way …

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