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Um, About Those Elite Upgrades…

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For those of you with elite status with an airline, particularly those at the top of the pyramid, you’ve probably gotten used to at least the occasional upgrade to First Class or whatever version of “Economy Plus” your airline has. I have some bad news: The airlines are working hard to make those upgrades go …

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Maintenance Ahead…

Due to some maintenance issues, the site will be down for an undetermined period of time. I’m hoping that it’s not long. Thank you. 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 Twitter …

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Fly Across The Atlantic In Business For Less

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I’ll start by saying this: International business class is almost never cheap. Please don’t equate “for less” with “cheap.”   One of the best uses of frequent flyer miles is international travel, particularly in premium classes of service. Airlines have made changes to their redemption policies that have made it more expensive, sometimes prohibitively so, …

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Boeing Continues To Win The Long-Haul Game

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If it seems like somebody’s always announcing an order for a new plane or fleet type, there’s a reason: Somebody’s always announcing an order for a new plane or fleet type. While there are countless  numbers of planes, two manufacturers dominate the market, Boeing and Airbus. And for now, Boeing is winning the war. Of …

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NYC Times Square Marriott Marquis Review

I don’t tend to write a lot of individual hotel reviews, given their limited audience, but when I have the chance to write about one of Marriott’s highest profile hotels in a high profile location, I figure that it’s worth a few minutes. And I was surprised by something: I liked it. The room product …

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Marriott Rolls Out New Credit Cards; Premier Plus Looks Interesting

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As Marriott moves to combine the Starwood and Marriott Rewards programs, it is taking a necessary first step and rolling out its credit cards. Initial bonuses are often the best you’ll see for a while, so it’s worth taking a look. Marriott Rewards Premier Plus The new card that caught my attention was the Marriott …

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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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Devastating News From Marriott, Plus Potential Changes To Elite Status

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Before we get started on some truly horrendous news from Marriott, here are some Mark Zuckerberg memes to make you laugh. Enjoy them before scrolling down. Changes Coming to Status Tiers? Marriott and Starwood aren’t supposed to combine their programs until next year, but there was a leak regarding the combination of their elite status …

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