Since 1988 these awards have recognized the best in loyalty. The Freddie Awards are the most coveted award for airline, hotel, and credit card loyalty programs because they’re voted on by the members who earn and redeem their currency and interact with the program all year long.
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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 kind of 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.
A passenger revenge story from a Delta Diamond medallion flying from Los Angeles to Tokyo yesterday is making the rounds.
Comedian and sports columnist Steve Hofstetter was flying business class on Delta flight 7. On the way to his gate he passed a woman whose doing was “doing its business” on the concourse.
We’ve seen reports of passengers not quite finding the lavatory on planes, whether Air India or Vietnam Airlines or on JetBlue or American Airlines. When that happens there’s not much you can do.
It’s usually the passengers, though, not the crew — unless, that is, you’re talking about British Airways baggage handlers.
Amazon will give you $8.62 off any order of $50 or more today only.
Last week Harrison Ford piloted his plane… badly. He landed on a taxiway at Orange County airport instead of the runway.
The 737 was American Airlines flight AA1456 to Dallas. There’s now video of the incident.
While I’ve long used Starwood points for hotel stays — the Starwood program has more top-end properties that I’d want to stay at than any other chain — often the best value can be obtained through airline mileage transfers.
I’ve carried the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express since 2001 because they have the most full value airline mileage transfer partners and because when you transfer points into 20,000 airline miles, you get 5000 additional bonus miles. Since most airline partners transfer at a 1:1 ratio, that’s like earning 1.25 miles per dollar spent on the card for all spend.
Starwood has a huge array of points transfer options. The value here is being able to move points to wherever you need them, when you need them.
Basic Economy fares take the lowest fare being offered by an airline, and work to give customers less. Delta started by restricting changes and seat assignments. United and American doubled down by saying that whereas you can even pay for a carry on bag flying Spirit Airlines, they won’t let you bring one on at all.
On the same day that American Airlines went live selling Basic Economy fares on ten routes, United has also announced the sale of Basic Economy between Minneapolis St. Paul and United hubs.