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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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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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Airline Earnings, Norwegian’s Saga, Free Uber Rides For Rams Fans

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This week in the world of travel… Airline Earnings Four times per year, airlines report their quarterly earnings to shareholders. Earnings periods often cause volatility, and this time around was no different. Here’s what we learned: They’re still making lots of money. Not only did they generate billions of dollars in earnings in 2018 but …

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And Now, For Something Completely Different…

As you may know, when you get a credit card through this site, it generates a commission*.  Since that also creates a conflict of interest, I donate those commissions to charity. This year, readers helped to generate almost $3,000 for Cradles to Crayons. Cradles To Crayons Cradles to Crayons is a 4-Star Charity Navigator organization …

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Hyatt: King Of The Easy Points Upgrades

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Every hotel program has its advantages. Marriott has breadth and a quality luxury product. Hilton  has excellent promotions and an easy path to Diamond (top-tier) status. And Hyatt has the best elite program if you are going to achieve the highest status level. But what if your demands are simple, and you only want a …

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