Tag: frequent flyer miles

An Airline Versus The Government: Who Do I Root For?


The airlines and the government have a love-hate relationship, even more so than most companies and the politicians. On the one hand, they rely on the regulators to be somewhat kind to them. On the other hand, they have to deal with endless complaints from the public, usually around the same time a Congressman’s flight …

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Using Proprietary Card “Currency” For The Best Seats

Credit card rewards aren’t just points and miles. Most of the major card issuers can get you cash or travel rewards, but some pay in their own “proprietary” currency, as well. You’ve probably heard of them: American Express has Membership Rewards (MR) points; Citibank has ThankYou points (TYP); Chase has Ultimate Rewards (UR). The rationale …

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Southwest Airlines: Is Any Seat Worth $100?

There may be no airline craftier than Southwest. They’ve created a folksy image as an “Aw, shucks” airline and positioned themselves as the underdog but, over time, they’ve been nothing but a profit beast, outshining their larger competitors by leaps and bounds. One of the images that they portray is that of a fee-free carrier. …

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Weekend Deals: Club Carlson, JetBlue

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A few deals as we head into the weekend… 30% Off At Club Carlson If you do a lot of leisure travel and/or don’t want to pay the big bucks for a room, Club Carlson may be the perfect program for you. They have tons of hotels, don’t charge crazy rates and have lots of …

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JetBlue’s Mint Continues to Expand

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I got a reminder today from JetBlue that Mint Service, JetBlue’s premium product, is available for booking from Boston to Seattle. And the beat goes on. JetBlue As Industry Disruptor When JetBlue announced its Mint product several years ago, I anticipated an expensive failure. JetBlue was, at that time, a leisure carrier whose profitability was …

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When Does Paying An Annual Credit Card Fee Make Sense?

Earlier today, I got a question about the JetBlue credit card. The card is one of my favorites and has some unique benefits. Of course, if you never fly JetBlue, you’re probably not going to be interested. The question I got was about whether the writer should get the card, but there’s a second question …

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A New Hyatt Promotion

Apparently, I was the only person in the mileage world yesterday who didn’t write about the new Hyatt promotion so, I dunno, my bad, I guess. World Of Hyatt First Quarterish Promotion Hey, there’s a new Hyatt promotion! It’s actually straightforward, even if it’s not terribly rewarding. Register by March 31 and stay February 15 …

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Zorkfest: A Las Vegas Extravaganza

My friend Mike writes the blog Travelzork, a site that does for Las Vegas and gambling what I attempt to do for miles (although he generally does it much better). If you have any interest in gaming, his is a site worth visiting, since he knows all the tricks to earn points and freebies at …

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A He Said/She Flushed Story

Every once in a while, you get an airline story that is simply too strange to be true. And when you do, you can almost be certain that Spirit Airways was involved. Spirit Airlines And The Emotional Support Hamster There have been several recent reports that airlines, led by Delta and United, are starting to …

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Are Airlines About To Win Another Regulations Battle?

Scott McCartney writes a weekly column for the Wall Street Journal called “The Middle Seat,” which reviews current events in the world of airlines. The column alone is often worth the cost of the subscription, and yesterday’s piece was particularly interesting. Goodbye Red Tape Road, Or Consumer Protections? According to Mr. McCartney, the DOT and …

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