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Could Britons Have to Sell Their Stakes in British Airways for the Airline to Survive?

Nov 24 2017

British Airways has been the favored instrument of the UK government, the remaining instrument reminiscent of empire, stretching beyond its borders around the world and in many cases disproportionately to former colonial destinations.

Yet British Airways could be forced to make the radical move of becoming very un-British to survive.

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The 4 Best Rewards Credit Cards Overall

Nov 24 2017

There are (3) kinds of value you can get from a credit card, beyond just making it easy to buy stuff.

I often list the best signup bonuses, or lists of which card is best for which category of spending. But what are the best cards overall that hit it out of the park, the triple threats that deliver value across all three dimensions?

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The American-US Airways Merger is Creating the Opposite of Synergies

Nov 24 2017

Adding flight attendants to planes to make flight attendants happy temporarily as a ‘make good’ so they can fly cool places is the very definition of crazy.

When mergers are consummated they promise ‘synergies’ which mean cost reductions as a result of reduced staffing. Adding a flight attendant to A330 routes to make flight attendants happy because they haven’t yet finished the merger four years in is an example of how this merger is creating whatever the opposite of synergies are.

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American Airlines Offers Miles at ‘Regular Price’ for Black Friday

Nov 24 2017

After the merger with US Airways they took the Dividend Miles approach of putting miles on sale three fourths of the year. The only purpose that ‘regular price’ serves is to be a reference point that allows them to announce a huge (always on) sale.

For Black Friday they’re selling miles at 1.77 cents apiece. They’ve sold miles for less in the past.

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