December 2018 archive

A Few More Helpful Hints For A Cruise…

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Sadly, every vacation must come to an end. We recently got off the Celebrity Reflection and, while I’ve done over two dozen cruises in my lifetime, I rarely come off the ship without a few thoughts of “I’m glad I did it this way” or “I wish I had done it that way.” In the …

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Hilton Honors Points Unlimited Promotion

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Remember those math questions that you got in high school, which started off with, “Two trains were heading in opposite direction.” You were then required to factor in speed, distance, etc. and determine when one of the would reach Utica? Well, I hope you were good at those, since that seems to be the model …

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Check Your Accounts For Expiration

This will be my last post (probably) before 2019, but in the meantime, I have a homework assignment for you. It’s time to make sure that your points aren’t going to expire. Are Your Points Still There? As you may know, most loyalty programs demand, well, actual loyalty from you. Whether they give it back …

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WOW Air Plane Sales Show The Danger Of ULCCs

Well, this isn’t good. It’s been a turbulent year for WOW Air, the Icelandic ultra-low cost carrier carrier. After the losses got too big to handle, it announced that Iceland Air would be buying it. And when that didn’t work out, Indigo Partners, led by airline veteran Bill Franke, stepped in. Now, the airline is …

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Discover 5% Categories Jan-Mar: Grocery Stores

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Note: Yesterday’s post reminder appears to have gotten stuck in the upside-down. You can read the post here. Every calendar quarter, Discover It and Discover More cards offer 5% cash back on the first $1,500 in spending in various categories. First Quarter 2019 Here’s an easy one. From January through March, earn 5% back on …

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Capital One Savor: Now In My Wallet

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There are competing philosophies around credit card rewards portfolios. For those who want the “set it and forget it” method, the Citi Double Cash Card is probably the best solution. You get 2% on every purchase. No bonus multipliers or quarterly promotions to worry about. You may not always get the single best reward available, …

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What Delta’s New Boarding Zones Mean

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Once again, Delta has announced a change to the way it will board planes and, as usual, the new process will be more complicated than the old one. The meaning is simple. Delta is giving up any pretense that it is trying to find the most efficient way to board a plane. Rather, your boarding …

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Delta To Offer “Pay With Miles” Upgrades

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A few years ago, Delta announced its intention to “sell” 75% of the seats in first class. The airline didn’t actually think that it would get cash for those seats, but it wanted to get something, such as a payment in the form of miles. So here we go. Delta Expands Upgrading with Miles Delta …

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Southwest Credit Card: 60,000 Points. But More Importantly, The Calendar…

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Southwest Rapid Rewards Card Southwest Airlines runs frequent promotions for its Rapid Rewards Credit Card, but now may be an optimal time to get it, given that we are at the end of the calendar year (More on that later.). I don’t offer Chase cards, but that link will take you directly to Southwest’s website. …

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Chunneling One Off The Bucket List

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For those who do not know, “the Chunnel” is the nickname for the tunnel that runs under the English Channel, ultimately connecting Paris and London in under 2.5 hours. And while the the experience wasn’t nearly as exciting as I hoped it would be, it’s clear that I’ll never be flying from London to Paris …

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