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SPG And Marriott: Worst. Promos. Ever.

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Well, that was disappointing. Marriott and Starwood have announced their promotions for the next quarter and, well, they aren’t good. (A Few) More Points Per Night Both companies are now owned by Marriott, so they’re putting out essentially the same promotion. And although you earn 250 extra points per night at Starwood (starting with your …

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Delta To End Frequent Flyer Program July 1; Others Likely To Follow

This morning, Delta CEO Ed Bastian made a shocking announcement: As of July 1, the company will no longer offer a frequent flyer program. All miles will expire that day, so you’ll need to book a trip by the end of June. According to Mr. Bastian: “We appreciate our customers’ loyalty and their love of …

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Out Of Office Notice

I’m taking a few days off for the holidays and look forward to being back next week. If you are traveling, I hope that your flights are on-time and that all of your upgrades clear.   Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the box above (and to the right) and click on the …

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Delta: Double Miles With Partners, Potential Extra Credit Card MQMs

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When airlines first launched frequent flyer programs, they only intended for the miles to serve as a device to influence your future flying behavior. I don’t think anyone imagined the extent to which miles would become such an integral part of travel, nor how profitable the venture could be. Over the past few decades, airlines …

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Rack Up Big Points With e-Rewards

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Last night, I crossed a milestone with a company that you may never have heard of. In the past three years, I have now earned 30,000 JetBlue points with e-Rewards, worth $450 in spending.* And I haven’t tried very hard. e-Rewards: Surveys for Fun And Profit e-Rewards is a company that rewards you for taking …

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Norwegian Raises The Stakes In Chicago

And now it gets interesting. In the past, I’ve written about ultra-low cost carriers (ULCCs) and why they matter. ULCCs sell you a seat (unassigned), and that’s it. If you want anything else, you pay for it. For the backpacker who doesn’t care where they sit and keeps their luggage to a minimum, it’s a …

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Southwest Fare Sales Shows The Beauty Of Rapid Rewards

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This morning, Southwest Airlines launched a flash fare sale, with one-way prices as low as $49 each. The Fare Sale Basics Fare sales are nothing unusual for the airline and they often come with conditions, such as blackouts and advance purchase requirements. This one is no different but, for $100 round-trip, it’s really difficult for …

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Tidbits From The World Of Travel

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One thing about the travel industry: It’s never boring. So let’s look at some of the more interesting stories that are floating around. United Airlines Screw up with A Pet, Again Also known as the keystone cops of the airline industry, United has a habit of not only messing things up in the worst way …

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Delta And Alaska: Earning Miles From Delayed Baggage

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Nobody likes to check their bags when flying. It guarantees waiting at the carousel for an undetermined period of time when all you want to do is get out of the airport. But if you wait long enough and fly the right airline, it could be a profitable venture. Miles Or Money For Delayed Baggage …

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A Few Hints For Surviving A Weather Delay

Airline delays are never fun, but I find weather delays to be the most frustrating at all. Maybe it has to do with assessing culpability. Unlike a mechanical issue, which is on the airlines, there’s simply no one to blame and your rights are few and far between. You can’t insist on flying on another …

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