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Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants are Being Searched to Prevent Theft of Ice Cream and Pens

Cathay Pacific is now cracking down on flight attendants stealing from their aircraft and the list of items they’re interested in — from pens to ice cream — is surprising. Several flight attendants have been ‘caught red handed’ in searches of employees on arrival in Hong Kong. Continue reading Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants are Being Searched to Prevent Theft of Ice Cream and Pens...
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Why is Chase’s Sapphire Preferred Offering a 60,000 Point Initial Bonus?

The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card was the ‘it’ card several years ago and it remains just as good. It had a generous initial bonus, earned double points on travel and dining, came with primary collision coverage when you rent cards, and points transfer to a variety of airline and hotel points programs. So why the need to increase the bonus to 60,000 points after $4000 spend in the first 3 months of cardmembership? Continue reading Why is Chase’s Sapphire Preferred Offering a 60,000 Point Initia...
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My First ‘Design Hotel’: Chicago’s The Robey in the Trendy Bucktown/Wicker Park Neighborhood

My wife and I spent our first night together alone since our daughter was born. We escaped to Chicago and made plans to revisit Kyoten, an absolute favorite restaurant of ours and certainly one of the most acclaimed openings in Chicago over the past year. The restaurant in Logan Square and I decided to stay at The Robey, a Design Hotel in the Wicker Park-Bucktown area about a mile away. We didn't have a need to be downtown in the Loop area, this is an interesting trendy neighborhood, and it ...
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You’re Pronouncing Marriott Wrong and American to Improve Domestic First Class Seats

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading You’re Pronouncing Marriott Wrong and American to Improve Domestic First Class Seats...
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Keeping Miles from Expiring With Newspaper and Magazine Subscriptions

When your miles are expiring there are plenty of ways to extend them, depending on the program. In general programs let you extend your miles by earning miles in an account or by redeeming miles. I frequently use Magazines for Miles to keep family member accounts alive without spending any money. I had forgotten there's a newspaper redemption option, too. And there are some options I'm finding useful on their own merits, not just to deal with expiring miles. Continue reading Keeping Miles from ...
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Why Do Card Issuers Put Up With Frequent Flyer Program Devaluation?

Credit card companies are the largest buyer of miles from the big US airlines. By extension they're the largest customer for air travel, too. They're paying billions of dollars and they care what they're getting in return because they need those miles to be valued by cardmembers in order to incentivize spending on their products. So why don't card companies raise a stink when airlines devalue their miles? After all the card companies are getting something worth less for their money. Banks ar...
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American Airlines Charcuterie Plate: A Great Pre-Order Option You Should Consider on Your Next Flight

Regular readers know that it's almost always a good idea to pre-order your meal in American Airlines domestic first class, if you're in the cabin at least 24 hours prior to departure. They have special meals you can order in addition to the two choices that'll otherwise be on board. For lunch I'll often take the kosher meal or the muslim meal (I do not like the kosher meal at breakfast). Since launching a partnership with Zoës Kitchen American Airlines has introduced a pre-order charcuterie pl...
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Should You Date Or Marry Your Astro-Twin?

Dear Elsa, I am dating a man who’s birthday is the same day, same month and same year as mine. Is this a good match? How often does this happen? Cancer Woman Dear Woman, This does not happen very often … Read More... Continue reading Should You Date Or Marry Your Astro-Twin? at ElsaElsa .
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The Best Rewards Card for Each Kind of Spending

If you want to earn the most points for your spending -- beyond just earning a big signup bonus -- you need to pay attention to what you spend the most money on and which cards give you the best juice for that specific spending. If you drive a ton you want a card that maximizes gas spend. If you eat out a lot, there are cards that bonus restaurant spend. Since I travel a lot it's air, hotel, and dining. Some cards are great for multiple categories. Continue reading The Best Rewards Card ...
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American Airlines First Class Cheeseburger Gets a C+

In November American Airlines revamped their first class meal lineup and included a cheeseburger option at lunch. My initial reaction was that it looked very similar to United's cheeseburger, right down to the Sir Kensington condiments, however it appeared to have a proper bun rather than United's pretzel bun. On Tuesday I finally got to try the cheeseburger. Continue reading American Airlines First Class Cheeseburger Gets a C+...
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The World’s Most Secretive 737 and a Neat Trick for Old Hotel Key Cards

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading The World’s Most Secretive 737 and a Neat Trick for Old Hotel Key Cards...
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13 Ways to Make Flying Economy More Enjoyable

How about a little real talk about staying comfortable on a long flight, when your class of service isn’t going to do it for you? Continue reading 13 Ways to Make Flying Economy More Enjoyable...
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Airline Goes Out of Their Way to Help Ungrateful Family (The Perils of Basic Economy)

What obligation does a passenger have to understand their fare, and how what they're buying will meet their needs (or not)? And while It's fair to blame airlines for a lot of how we experience travel, don't we also have to take some responsibility for ourselves? The whole experience would be better for everyone, all around, if we'd practice gratefulness. Continue reading Airline Goes Out of Their Way to Help Ungrateful Family (The Perils of Basic Economy)...
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Marriott Resort Says They Don’t Upgrade Elites “Due to Small Size of Hotel”

Marriott's Autograph Collection Waterline Marina Resort has followed the lead of the JW Marrriott Guanacaste and declared that they do not upgrade Platinums. And they've brashly done so at Marriott.com: Continue reading Marriott Resort Says They Don’t Upgrade Elites “Due to Small Size of Hotel”...
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12 Reasons to Get the Chase Ink Business Preferred Card

Chase even suggests that getting a small business card is one of the things you should do as you start your business, that it's often the first resource many business owners look to as they start to grow. A small business card allow yous to separate business from personal expenses and builds the credit history and identity of your business. Continue reading 12 Reasons to Get the Chase Ink Business Preferred Card...
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British Airways CEO: Biggest Threat to the Airline’s Future is its Employees

In a speech at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London British Airways CEO Alex Cruz declared that ‘the main threat to BA’s future’ is the airline’s employees. He’s been forced to walk that back and clarify his remarks on an internal website, Continue reading British Airways CEO: Biggest Threat to the Airline’s Future is its Employees...
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Why even smart people fall for scams

We live in an age where almost anything seems available and possible. Technology has brought forth many great developments on a daily basis that make living easier and better. And it’s also created instant, universal access to whatever we seek. Because of this, our mindsets are acclimated to believing that there is an answer for almost anything. If you couple this with one or more of these five factors, it places even the most intelligent people at risk for fraud. Why do smart people fall for sc...
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How Credit Will Be Approved in the Future and Which Airlines are the Largest in the World?

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading How Credit Will Be Approved in the Future and Which Airlines are the Largest in the World?...
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Women Who Verbally Abuse Men

I just has a consultation with a gal who is risking her marriage with her mouth.  I have natal Mars conjunct Mercury and I terrific problem with this myself.  If I don’t check myself, I can open my mouth and … Read More... Continue reading Women Who Verbally Abuse Men at ElsaElsa .
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Why Eliminating Award Charts is the Wrong Way to Do Revenue-Based Redemption

There's a real problem that programs are facing, how to deliver award seats in a world where planes are full and airlines aren't growing faster than the economy? If there aren't unsold seats on desirable flights the model breaks down. The answer though isn't to move towards low value redemptions where a mile is worth a penny. That's giving up. Fortunately it's not really an either-or proposition. In fact United's own experience with revenue-based redemptions shows that this new model can eas...
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Limited-Time Free Opportunity: 5% Rebate on Discounted Hotels, Airfare, and More

Despite marketing claims by the big chains, you can often get a better price on a hotel booking through third party websites. That's even more the case with independent hotels. What I've found is that the more expensive the hotel the greater likelihood you can find a deal through a small online travel agency website. You'll usually give up hotel loyalty points and elite status credit, but you may receive other perks. At a minimum it's worth checking before you book. Right now there's a new ...
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Why Starbucks Rewards Devalued Again and ‘Gate Lice’ Goes Mainstream

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading Why Starbucks Rewards Devalued Again and ‘Gate Lice’ Goes Mainstream...
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Holy smoke! Can you smoke cannabis at private events?

If you don’t want your work event to go up in smoke, there are some property rules you need to know when it comes to cannabis use. Now that lighting up includes smoking cannabis as well as cigarettes, do you need to be worried when you host a private event in your place of business? You normally consider this to be private property, and so you are only subject to the building rules (or your own rules if you own the building). So, is it OK to spark up anything besides the BBQ at the next company ...
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What’s in My Wallet and How I Use Each Rewards Card

Since I offer advice on earning frequent flyer miles, often with credit cards and sometimes other financial techniques, I think it's only fair to take an 'open kimono approach' with my own strategies. And the best way to do that is to share with you my wallet. Because that will shows you what I carry with me through my daily life, and is a great opportunity to explain my thinking about each choice I make -- a choice that's constrained by space and so reveals a lot about me. Continue reading What...
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United Revealed Plans For MileagePlus, Polaris, and Basic Economy in its Earnings Call

Plenty of reporters will be covering the United Airlines first quarter earnings call, but largely focusing on the airline's revenue performance and questions about the fleet - especially the 737 MAX. My interest is largely focused on customer experience - product, fares, and the loyalty program - and that's something that gets discussed but not nearly as widely picked up in the coverage. So these are the things that struck me as interesting during United's earnings call. Continue reading ...
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Air France Business Class Award Space to Tahiti Actually Exists

Award space between the US and Tahiti is as tough to get as any route in the world. Right now Air France business class has some availability for two passengers a few days each month. That’s better than I’ve seen it, whether searching in November or February or April. Continue reading Air France Business Class Award Space to Tahiti Actually Exists...
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United’s New Free Sandwich and American Dishes on its Charlotte Hub

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading United’s New Free Sandwich and American Dishes on its Charlotte Hub...
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CEOs of Delta, American and United Take Out Full Page Ad for Protectionism

Qatar Airways owns a 49% stake in Air Italy and is attempting to revive what was once Meridiana into the dominant airline in Italy. With Delta partner Alitalia struggling, that seems possible. Although given Alitalia's challenges, draining subsidies from Air France and then Etihad and the government of Italy the Italian aviation market isn't a place that's likely to produce profits. Delta sniffed around looking to invest in Alitalia, but no deal has been done. US airlines don't want to compet...
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Jet Airways May Have Stopped Flying, But the Frequent Flyer Program Continues!

The JetPrivilege program has value. Last summer investment group Blackstone looked at buying it outright. Indeed the frequent flyer program has been preparing to operate independently of Jet Airways . Continue reading Jet Airways May Have Stopped Flying, But the Frequent Flyer Program Continues!...
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American Airlines Dynamic Award Pricing is Here (Alongside Regular Awards)

When American Airlines launched their 'web specials' they were discounted awards, for less than the cost of a saver award. These awards allow no changes versus traditional awards which permit date changes free of charge and routing changes for a fee. Now though these non-changeable web specials appear to be offering fully dynamic pricing. Continue reading American Airlines Dynamic Award Pricing is Here (Alongside Regular Awards)...
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