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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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American Airlines Selling Miles. Should You Buy?

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The airline business is a competitive one. Planes, fuel and salaries are not cheap, and you can’t get away with charging more than your least expensive competitor. So airlines have been forced to come up with other ways to make a buck. One of those ways is selling you frequent flyer miles. Truthfully, the idea …

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Double Miles On AA For Flying In First Or Biz; Possibly Targeted

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Every once in a while, a company will throw out a “targeted” promotion. It’s just what it sounds like: It’s a promotion that only some people have access to but not others. Often, the promotions are sent to either “lapsed” users (formerly frequent customers who have dropped off) or those who only do a little …

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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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Three Ways To Earn Big American Miles

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American Airlines miles are among the most useful in the industry. The company is a member of the oneworld alliance and your miles can get you anywhere in the world. It’s taking more and more miles, though, to get that business class ticket to Asia (There’s usually great availability on Cathay.) or Europe (Be careful, …

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Three Airline Policies That Need To Change

Airlines are complex beasts and, because of that, have regulations books roughly the size of a small elephant. As passengers, we accept those complications and learn to live with them. But what about policies, rules and regulations that make no sense, or are never enforced? Most people can deal with unusual approaches, as long as …

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Is BankDirect Still Worth Your Bucks?

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One of my favorite ways to earn American Airlines miles is through BankDirect, which pays you in miles instead of money. BankDirect offers 100 miles per month for every $1,000 you have in your account, e.g., if you have $25,000 with them, you receive 2,500 American Aadvantage miles per month ($25,000/$1,000=25 and 25*100=2,500). That ratio …

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Is Next Year The Big One For Mileage Devaluation?

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First, I’d like to wish a happy new year to everyone who is celebrating it. And if you aren’t celebrating a new year, let me assure you that apples and honey makes an excellent combination. Could Redemptions Go Dollar-Based? I got to thinking a lot about what to expect over the next year and, as …

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Credit Cards That Let You Fly With A Friend For Free

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There’s nothing better than using miles for free but companion tickets, which allow you to bring a friend along for free (or almost free), are almost as good. Naturally, there’s a credit card for that. The Usual Disclosure: This post will discuss credit cards. You can get many of these and other cards through the …

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Travel Card Mania

Last night, I was reading a piece that talked about incrementality and tolerance levels. In particular, it discussed the fact that, as a person becomes more exposed to stimuli, they need increasing amounts of it to generate the same “high,” whether it’s gambling, alcohol or iPads. Credit Card Bonuses While my discussion last night was actually …

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