Mike

Hi, I'm Mike and I've been collecting and burning frequent flyer miles for two decades now. Come join in the fun!

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Delta Sky Club Changes: Eliminating Day Passes, Raising Prices

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Delta announced two changes at its Sky Club lounges yesterday, one good and one potentially bad. Here’s a quick peek: Goodbye, Day Passes Most people know that major airlines offer lounges, which are generally membership-based and charge a fee. What a lot of travelers don’t know, though, is that some airlines will sell non-members a …

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Cash And Miles Back From Holiday Shopping

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With Thanksgiving coming up in a week, it’s about to be that time of year, when advertisements turn from politics to shopping. One of my major rules for shopping on the internet is never to buy anything without getting something back for it, although that rule is increasingly beginning to apply to brick and mortar …

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Why JetBlue Between Boston And New York Is unbeatable

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Regular readers know that I’m a big fan of JetBlue. Their service is excellent, the onboard product is the best in the industry and they truly value their loyal customers. And my flight yesterday was just another example of the airline simply doing what they do well. The Boston-New York market is known as the …

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Are We Saying Goodbye To Cheap Flights To Europe?

It was good while it lasted, as cheap flights between the US and Europe could soon be a thing of the past due to airline consolidation. First, at its investor day last week, British Airways announced that it was still interested in purchasing Norwegian Air. BA already holds 4.6% of their stock. And yesterday, we …

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Suing An Airline, A Scenic View And An Attack On Root Beer

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Another week in the world of travel (and I still don’t have access to my Delta account)… Taking The Airlines to Court Feel like suing an airline? Okay, that’s a stupid question. Everyone has wanted to sue an airline at one time or another. Well congratulations, since somebody has done that for you. According to …

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Keeping An Eye On Your Online Accounts (Delta Hack)

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On Tuesday, I got the dreaded “We have frozen your account due to potential fraud” email from Delta. At first, I thought that it was simply spam but, after trying to log on, I realized that it was the genuine thing. No problem. Most companies would send a password reset to the address on file …

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Basic Economy: Demand Continues To Increase

Airlines are emphasizing their “hourglass” structure more than ever. For those who want luxury, the companies are spending more in business class enhancements. For those who want the cheapest flight possible, airlines are making those available, as well. And the demand for basic economy is increasing, so airlines are responding.* JetBlue, Alaska Adding Basic Economy …

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Hyatt Making Changes To Points Redemptions

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I’ve always been a little weak on Hyatt, since I don’t spend a lot of time at their hotels. Since I’m changing my loyalty to them from Marriott, however, it’s probably worth following now. We’ll start with a couple of changes that they made last week, and what they could mean for you. Free Nights, …

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Weird Weekend Travel Stuff

I usually like to keep my posts light on Fridays, mostly because we all need something to ease us into the weekend. Naturally, the travel industry never fails to disappoint. Travel Leading to Love For those of you who always dread what the seat next to you on a plane could bring, this story will …

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Citibank Adjusts High-End Prestige Card. Again.

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There’s a continuing battle in the credit card business of benefits versus rewards. Some card companies, like American Express, offer you great benefits for having the card, but not as much in the way of rewards when you actually use the card. Chase, on the other hand, focuses more on offering great rewards when you …

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