Tag: frequent flyer miles

Travel tips for the holidays

We’re approaching one of the most stressful times of the year, the holiday travel period. If you’re travelling during this time, here are a few reminders that will help things go much more smoothly: Ahead of Time Verify now that you have seat assignments for your flight. Remember, you may have confirmed tickets, but that …

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Shopping for charity at Amazon Smile

With only five shopping days left until Christmas, we’re getting into crunch time.  As you know, I’m a big fan of using online shopping malls for any of my purchases, getting either miles or cash back.  But there’s one major retailer that does not participate in the shopping rebates for the majority of its products: …

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Starwood announces free internet for guests: Let the war begin!

Technically, Intercontinental was the first of the Big 4 hotels to offer internet to everyone (as long as you are a member of the rewards program), but Starwood made the biggest splash when it announced free internet for guests who book at spg.com, the hotel’s website (or on the app).  Previously, gold members could choose …

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Intercontinental: One big promotion (good) and one big purchase (bad)

I’ll hit the good stuff first.  Intercontinental just launched its “set your sights” promotion, which is almost exactly the same as the Into the Nights promotion earlier this year.  In fact, the promotion is so similar that they have the same glitch on their website that makes it difficult to sign up.  Keep trying, you’ll …

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American/US Airways offers 2015 bonuses for business, first class tickets; first step to revenue-based miles

Here it comes.  American announced a new bonus today for first class and business class ticket purchases (Sorry, upgrades don’t count.).  How could a bonus be bad? It isn’t the bonus itself which is bad, but rather, what it signifies.  Earlier this year, Delta and United announced that their frequent flyer miles will be based …

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Some baggage fee tips and what lower fuel means to ticket prices (nothing)

Marketwatch put out an interesting article about ways to get around baggage fees.  Most of the items are pretty standard, including flying airlines without baggage fees, getting an airline’s credit card, carrying on (or wearing) more stuff, etc.  But a couple of items stood out to me: I’ve never heard of the Pack-It Specter Compression …

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Mistake fares and what not to do; Update on US Airways CC

“Mistake fares” are just what they sound like.  They occur when an airline, hotel, etc. puts out the wrong fare/rate and consumers end up with a huge bargain (No consumer would book a fare when the mistake went the other way.).  Whether it’s a $25 fare on Delta or a $30 luxury hotel, the prices …

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Free points at Starwood and an annual adjustment at Hyatt

Hotel day today. Starwood Hotels is offering 1,500 points, at 500 points per stay for the first three stays, if you book and complete a stay on its mobile app with an American Express card.  Free nights start at 2,000 points (Admittedly, there aren’t a lot of those, but you get the point.), so those …

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100,000 American Airlines miles for $89

(Full disclosure: I may receive compensation if you use one of my links.  Thank you in advance if you choose to do so, but thanks for reading my blog, regardless!) Had a wonderful weekend at my brother’s wedding and was fortunate to meet some very interesting people.  Travel is definitely an eye-opening experience. Every so …

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Buying elite status on AA & Delta

Found myself with a little free time, so I thought it might be fun to check in on the mileage world. Every year, at least one of the airlines allows you to pay for elite qualifying miles if you missed out on qualifying or requalifying for your elite level.  It’s easier than a mileage run, …

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