News, opinion, and minor notes from around the interweb:
- Via the Points Guy, American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 30% bonus on points transfers to Virgin America through September 2. Transferring to Virgin America is almost never a good idea, poor value per Amex point, and this bonus doesn’t change that calculation. This is really only useful is moving over a small number of points to top off towards a specific award level.
- According to this Milepoint discussion, Avis has removed blackout dates for redeeming AvisFirst two-day free rental day certificates.
- Via Merginal Revolution, another reason that Singapore fascinates me, garages in the sky that allow you to keep your car next to your living room in a high rise condo (subscription required).
- Hertz has made a deal to acquire Dollar and Thrifty car rental companies, while also offloading Advantage Rent a Car in a move to help ease regulatory approval for the deal.
- Christopher Elliott says wireless phone protection plans are a bad deal and even though I cracked the screen on my new phone, I agree — you pay a monthly fee, there’s still a deductible of about $100, and you have to navigate the bureaucracy of the outsourced company whose bottom-line is made better by not paying in hopes they’ll come through. You’d expect that only people likely to need the insurance would buy it (adverse selection) when in fact it’s cautious, conservative types who are buying ‘peace of mind’ more than likelihood of reimbursement.