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.
This morning both Point Me to the Plane and One Mile at a Time expressed some shock that Uber lost $1.2 billion in the first half of the year.
They’re spending a lot to subsidize drivers as they grow aggressively into markets. They keep prices low, but guarantee income. They want to onboard drivers so there’s always a car available when customers pull up the Uber app — otherwise customers in a new city will get frustrated, and not use them again.
Bill payment service Plastiq lets you pay people by check and they charge your credit card. You earn miles, and if you use you a BankDirect checking account then it’s a good way to also earn American Airlines miles ‘on the float’ because the money stays in your checking account longer.
Plastiq has a promotion where instead of their normal 2.5% fee for processing payments, they’ll charge you just 1.75% for rent or mortgage payments.
Mickey H., who shared this with me on Facebook, wrote But officer… “You don’t understand, I have only 1 day left to get my mileage spend in to get my big bonus.”
There used to be an American Airlines Admirals Club on the “E” concourse of the Miami airport. Nearly all of American’s flights out of Miami depart from D these days, so the Admirals Club closed in E. There are still some American flights out of E, and some oneworld partner flights, so the lounge was re-opened several years ago as a shared oneworld lounge though officially it’s designated the “premium lounge.”
However, the American Airlines club newsletter reminded of a recent change to this policy. Admirals Club members can now access this premium lounge which has ample seating as well as better food and liquor.
There’s truly fantastic Virgin Atlantic business class award space between Seattle and London.
Virgin Atlantic takes over the route from Delta on March 26, and will operate it with a Boeing 787-9. Flights are timed wonderfully for connecting from other West Coast cities to Seattle; for spending the full day in Seattle before departure; for connecting beyond London; as well as connecting down the West Coast on arrival back in the States.
A couple of weeks ago rent paying service Radpad announced they would facilitate paying your rent for free with a credit card through end of year using AndroidPay.
What I didn’t realize at the time was that Chase cards didn’t support AndroidPay. So it was great for some other issuers (although Amex cards seem not to be working), but not Chase products.
And just as Chase is about to start working… RadPad pulls the plug.
Marriott announced today that they have a new partnership to allow mileage earning with and points transfers to Korean Air SKYPASS.
This is fantastic on many levels. Hopefully adding partners and features of Starwood Preferred Guest into Marriott Rewards will continue because the merger remains likely to close.
The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® has had a standard offer for some time of 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. The limited-time offer for the card is 10,000 miles better — but expires in only a week.
Even pre-Snowden we knew that the government was collecting and storing our cell phone geolocation data. And data mining grocery store discount cards. And using license plate readers on traffic cameras to track our movements.
How would you feel about giving that information to corporations, too, for marketing purposes?
What if they threw you a few miles to do it?