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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Out of Office Notice

Hi all, I’m going to be spending a week or so away, so posts will be few, far between or non-existent. Have a great week! Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the box above (and to the right) and click on the confirmation. GMailers, check your Social or Promotions boxes! Follow me on …

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Getting Free Money From The Airlines For Volunteering

This morning, I packed up my family of four to go from Boston to Orlando, by way of Atlanta (As the old saying goes, it doesn’t matter whether you’re going to heaven or hell. You still have to change planes in Atlanta.). And, to my utter delight, there are only three of us on the …

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Airline Lounges: Your Airport Escape

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Let’s face it: Airports, particularly American airports, are not fun places to hang out. There are rude people, little comfort and exorbitant prices. But having access to a lounge can make the time fly by. Airport Lounges There are two types of airport lounges. First, you have those run by the airlines themselves. Usually, you …

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Discover Deals Are Dead

I’ll end the week with some sad news, although it really isn’t news, since it happened six months ago. Discover Deals are dead.* Discover Deals Have Ended At the end of October, Discover folded its “Discover Deals (DD)” program. DD was a cash-back shopping portal that gave you money back for making purchases at participating …

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Finding The Best Seat On Your Flight

One of the most common questions that I see about flights is regarding which seat to book. Nobody wants to get stuck in the middle seat in front of the lavatory, of course, but how do you know which one has less legroom or limited seat recline. Several months ago, I wrote an article about …

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Wow Airlines Shuts Down Operations

Last week, the inevitable happened, as Wow Airlines announced that it was ceasing operations. It happened overnight, as passengers woke up to a notice on the website. Over 1,000 passengers were stranded and advised to ask for “rescue fares” from other carriers. Here’s what we know: Wow Airlines Wow was an “ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC),” …

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More Fun In The World Of Travel…

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I haven’t been posting as frequently, as I make some changes to the site, but that doesn’t stop the world of travel from going on. Here are a few of the fun things that I have missed. Wrong Way BA, ftw… A British Airways flight caused a little extra Umweltverschmutzung when it flew to Edinburgh …

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Should You Buy Miles From United?


Well, maybe. Selling miles is an easy way for airlines to make some quick cash. Since there is no governor on mileage inflation, if too many miles get sold, they’ll simply raise amount of miles that a ticket costs. Apparently, it’s that time of year, since United is winding down a mileage sale,* as well. …

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Should You Buy Miles Directly From American?


If you don’t have enough miles for your next great trip, the airlines are always happy to sell you the difference. Usually, the amount that they charge you per mile is punitive. In other words, the cost of the miles greatly exceeds their value. Sometimes, though, they’ll offer a discount. And while I don’t normally …

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Starbucks “Enhances” Rewards Program

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Uh oh. Today, I got an email from Starbucks about the rewards program. The headline, of course, is a positive one. More choices for rewards, starting April 16. And what could be bad about more choices? More Rewards, Less Value The problem with these “enhancements” are that they are anything but. Because while you now …

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