February 2019 archive

Interesting Article On Advantage Gambling

Today’s article isn’t about miles per se, but rather, an adjacency. My friend Mike writes the blog TravelZork, which is always a good read. It’s specialty is gambling. Mike knows the programs inside out and has a number of suggestions on what you should join and when. This morning, he linked to an interesting article. …

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Hollywood Bungalows, Speedy Flights And Gender Options

beverly hills hotel

I’m in a busy travel period, but that has never stopped interesting stories from hitting the press. Let’s see what we’ve got. Beverly Hills Hotel Bungalows Want to be Howard Hughes or Marilyn Monroe? Well, you can’t, but you can live like them for a day or two. For $8,500 dollars or more, you’ll get …

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World Of Hyatt Bonus Promo: Up To 1,500 Points Per Night

This year, I’m abandoning Marriott for Hyatt. Thus, I’m surprised that I missed this Hyatt promotion. It’s not terrible, although it comes with a few caveats. Up to 1,500 Points Per Night Hyatt’s newest promotion is offering you up to 1,500 points per night, depending on where you stay. These points are on top of …

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What To Do If Your Airline Strands You

Flying bankrupt airlines had long been considered normal. The airline business is so rough that many of the major US carriers have filed not just once but multiple times. Rarely does bankruptcy mean that the airline goes away entirely. It’s hard to kill an airline. There are too many jobs at risk, and aircraft owners …

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Weekly News: Delta Surveys, Marriott Dissatisfaction And Snow Monsters

snow monsters

It’s been a busy week for me IRL, so I’m still catching up on the news of the week. As usual, the travel world had its share of stories. Here are a few: Delta Survey Earlier this week, I received a survey from Delta regarding their SkyMiles frequent flyer program. These are not uncommon, and …

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Miles And Taxes: Is There Any Reason To Worry (Probably Not)

tax, frequent flyer mile

Note: I am not an accountant. Nothing that I write below should be taken as tax advice. And if you’re getting tax information from a guy on the internet, you should probably rethink your strategy.   I got a question from a reader the other day asking if taxes could spell the end of the …

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Why Air Travel Could Be A Mess Forever

Every week, Wall Street Journal author Scott McCartney does a piece called “The Middle Seat.” For lack of a better term, I’d describe it as a human interest story. Or maybe an airline interest story. I don’t know. But it’s usually an interesting and informative article. Last week, Mr. McCartney did a piece called “How …

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The Basics Of Miles Redemptions

delta

The other day, a coworker asked me, “How can I use miles to get to Paris?” Now, most people who know me well don’t ask me questions like that. They know that it’s going to take about a half hour for the answer. She must have been having an off day, though, since she asked …

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A Few Promotions Now Available

best western

There’s always a promotion for something in the travel industry, and they’re worth signing up for. If I catch 25% of them, I feel fortunate, since it’s simply impossible to keep up with everything on offer. Still, there are a few around now that may be worth looking at. Best Western: Stay Two, Get One …

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American Airlines Launches Premium Economy Awards

American Airlines Premium Award Chart

Many readers may have gotten an email recently from American telling them that Premium Economy awards are now available. I thought that it might be interesting to take a look at the segment. Premium Economy Premium economy¬†(PE) is a long-haul product that fills the space between traditional economy and business class. It’s not as spacious …

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