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Ridesharing Programs 101

Today’s 101 topic is only tangentially related to frequent flyer programs. It’s about ride-sharing services (RSS), such as Uber and Lyft. If you’ve never used one, they may seem intimidating at first, but can save you time and money. The concept behind RSS is a relatively simple one. Instead of buying or renting a taxi …

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Hilton Double Points (Link)

Forgot about this one but, if you haven’t signed up for the Hilton double points promo, now is a good time to do so. Hilton Honors Double Points A few weeks ago, I mentioned that this quarter’s Hilton promotion would be returning to double points. I’m all for that, since the bonus is one of …

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Weekend wrapup: 100K BA Miles, Amazon Prime, Manufactured Spending Getting More Expensive

It was a moderately busy weekend in the world of miles. Here are a few of the things that are going on: 100,000 British Airways Miles  In an attempt to sound even more pretentious and offset their declining service, BA calls its miles Avios, but they do the same thing. Don’t let the terminology confuse …

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American: Double Trouble Will Lead To Higher Ticket Prices

American Airlines had their quarterly earnings call with the Wall Street types and it was more eventful than their typical announcement. But one thing stood out: fuel prices. The $2 Billion Problem You probably don’t pay much attention to the daily fluctuations in the price of oil, but the airlines do. It’s their second-largest cost, …

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Summer’s Coming: Be Prepared

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Hard as it may be to believe, particularly for those of us living in the northeast, summer is around the corner and, with a change in seasons comes a change in leisure travel. Be Like The Boy Scouts Every season has its own challenges, but the ones in summer turn mainly to those of congestion. …

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Tuesday Tidbits: Extra Hotel Points, Illegal Apples


A few bits and pieces to get you started today… Bonus AA Miles from Hotel Points Airlines and hotels often partner together to allow you to convert points. The rate is rarely advantageous, but it can be a good way to get those last few miles for your next flight. American is making it just …

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Silvercar Review: Renting Cars As It Should Be


Silvercar has been around for a few years but, because of geographic restrictions, I haven’t had a chance to use it. I was finally able to do so this week and was quite pleased. Here’s the review. Silvercar: What Is It? The word “disruptor” is overused, but I’ll use it anyway. Silvercar is a rental …

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The New Marriott Elite Status: Where Does It Get Good?

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Last year, I wrote about the various hotel elite programs and the benefits that you get with each status. Specifically, I asked the question, “What status level do I need to achieve to get the majority of the best benefits, even if I can’t reach the top tier?” Well, throw out that chart for Marriott …

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Marriott And Starwood Merge Programs. It’s Not Terrible.


A few days ago, Marriott and Starwood announced what the new combined program will look like and, for the most part, it’s not terrible. I know that’s not a ringing endorsement but, compared to what they could have done, they kept many of the best attributes of each. That’s not to stop them from decimating …

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IHG Shows Why Loyalty Programs Are Anything But That

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I love the term “loyalty program.” Kind of makes you seem like the merchant is giving you something for having done lots of business with them. It isn’t, but it sounds a lot better than “trying to influence your future behavior” program.* IHG Accelerate No company makes the point better than IHG, the parent of …

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