Tag: frequent flyer miles

Cruise Lines: Learning From The Airlines (And It’s Not A Good Lesson)

I’m a big fan of cruising and tend to write a lot about them. They’re an excellent value and can be a good way to see multiple locations on the same trip. But one of the trends in the industry, particularly in the mass market, is troubling: fees. Cruise Lines: Not The New Airlines, But… …

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Tuesday Travel Tidbits: Bathroom Beauty, Boutique Airlines, DC Shutdown

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Another week, another Tuesday. Or something like that. Here are a few tidbits that struck my fancy this week. La Guardia’s Fancy Bathrooms Every week, Wall Street Journal author Scott McCartney writes a column called “The Middle Seat.” It tends to take a look at some of the more neglected areas of travel. And traditionally, …

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RIP, Herb Kelleher

The airline industry lost a titan yesterday, with the passing of Southwest’s founder, Herb Kelleher. It would not be an exaggeration to state that, if there were a Mount Rushmore of modern aviation, he’d surely be on it. Herb was 87 (going on 18). I only met Herb a few times at industry events, and …

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WSJ: Credit Card Companies Cutting Back Bonuses

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal introduced the new year with an article that may be unwelcome to some members of the points community. Turns out that banks have made a resolution to go on a diet, as well. Problem is, their diet means cutting back on points that they are giving away, not taking in. …

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A Few More Helpful Hints For A Cruise…

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Sadly, every vacation must come to an end. We recently got off the Celebrity Reflection and, while I’ve done over two dozen cruises in my lifetime, I rarely come off the ship without a few thoughts of “I’m glad I did it this way” or “I wish I had done it that way.” In the …

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Check Your Accounts For Expiration

This will be my last post (probably) before 2019, but in the meantime, I have a homework assignment for you. It’s time to make sure that your points aren’t going to expire. Are Your Points Still There? As you may know, most loyalty programs demand, well, actual loyalty from you. Whether they give it back …

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WOW Air Plane Sales Show The Danger Of ULCCs

Well, this isn’t good. It’s been a turbulent year for WOW Air, the Icelandic ultra-low cost carrier carrier. After the losses got too big to handle, it announced that Iceland Air would be buying it. And when that didn’t work out, Indigo Partners, led by airline veteran Bill Franke, stepped in. Now, the airline is …

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Discover 5% Categories Jan-Mar: Grocery Stores

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Note: Yesterday’s post reminder appears to have gotten stuck in the upside-down. You can read the post here. Every calendar quarter, Discover It and Discover More cards offer 5% cash back on the first $1,500 in spending in various categories. First Quarter 2019 Here’s an easy one. From January through March, earn 5% back on …

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Capital One Savor: Now In My Wallet

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There are competing philosophies around credit card rewards portfolios. For those who want the “set it and forget it” method, the Citi Double Cash Card is probably the best solution. You get 2% on every purchase. No bonus multipliers or quarterly promotions to worry about. You may not always get the single best reward available, …

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What Delta’s New Boarding Zones Mean

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Once again, Delta has announced a change to the way it will board planes and, as usual, the new process will be more complicated than the old one. The meaning is simple. Delta is giving up any pretense that it is trying to find the most efficient way to board a plane. Rather, your boarding …

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