The Psychology of Getting Someone Started With Miles and Points

Jan 16 2018

I was e-mailing with Stephen M. about his son’s credit card strategy, credit score, and options. He observed that he’s been focused on getting the most from rewards ‘for at least 8 years’ but “it is kind of funny, I tell people who travel a lot about it, but very few do it seriously.”

When frequent flyer programs began in the U.S. programs would give you 5000 miles if you spent all your points. That’s because they were afraid you would no longer be locked into an airline if you spent all your miles, you’d get off the treadmill and become a free agent. They stopped doing that. And the reason why is telling.

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Marriott Removes Banned Book From Chinese Hotel

Jan 16 2018

Marriott had to take down their website and mobile app after Shanghai authorities were notified the hotel company listed Tibet and Taiwan as separate countries on a survey.

Then after a Marriott employee working the Marriott Rewards twitter account ‘liked’ a tweet by Friends of Tibet the company was letting everyone know that employee was being fired rather than the usual corporate response of not commenting on personnel matters.

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Cathay Pacific Credit Card Increases Bonus, Adds First Year Fee Waiver for Limited Time

Jan 16 2018

Cathay Pacific launched its new US credit card back in February. It’s issued by Synchrony Bank.

Initially the signup bonus on the card was 25,000 points after $2500 spend within 90 days for this $95 annual fee card. In late summer they ran a 50,000 point signup offer.

Today they launched a new offer for the card which bonuses all foreign transaction spend: 35,000 miles after $2500 spend within 90 days and a $0 annual fee the first year.

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Avianca LifeMiles Will Expire in 12 Months, Only Accrual (Not Redemption) Will Extend

Jan 16 2018

Star Alliance member Avianca’s LifeMiles program is useful for frequently reasonable redemptions, no fuel surcharges, and regularly selling miles on the cheap.

Miles have expired after 24 months of account inactivity, and until now any activity has been enough to reset the clock. Starting April 15th they’re revising the rules to say miles expire after 12 months and only earning more miles resets the clock, not redeeming miles.

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5 Things I Love About the Hyatt Visa

Jan 16 2018

I’ve been a Hyatt Visa cardholder almost since the product first launched. I’m a top tier Hyatt frequent guest, and I keep the card because each year it gives me a free night that’s worth far more than the cost of the card.

Here are 5 things I love about the product:

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British Airways Plane Taken Out of Service for Bed Bugs When Crew Refuse to Fly

Jan 15 2018

It was only just Saturday when I wrote about a British Airways business class passenger discovering bed bugs on his London – Cape Town flight. I wrote about bed bugs on a BA flight back in October too.

Now there’s a new story out about British Airways having to cancel a flight from London Heathrow to Accra, Ghana because cabin crew refused to work the aircraft due to the presence of bed bugs.

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