News and notes from around the interweb:
- Great guide for beginners in the hobby: My friend Mommy Points has launched an introductory series of e-books. I previewed Hawaii for Nearly Free in the draft stage and think it’s a really good place for beginners to start — it’s a clear explanation of many of the concepts of miles and points, and shows you how to think about putting together a trip to a real world destination, how to earn the miles and how to use them. If you’re new to miles and points, check them out.
- How average age of accounts is calculated and affects your credit score. I also offer a fairly in-depth discussion of how your credit score works when you apply for credit cards (and why applying for cards can sometimes even increase your score).
- One way to earn plenty of miles is buying merchandise through a shopping portal to earn miles, then selling off the merchandise to recoup your cash. Here’s a Beginner’s Guide: Reselling on Amazon. This requires being able to front cash for merchandise, and knowing what items you’ll be able to recoup your full purchase price on when you re-sell (including transaction costs). Not for the feint of heart.
- The first trip report I’ve seen of the new Air France first class. It’s an attractive stylish cabin, but to me the seats are way too open and exposed. I’d expect more privacy from a top – and newly re-designed – first.
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