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Out Today: Nomadic Matt’s Ten Years on the Road

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Jul 16 2019

In the end I’m not sure I learned anything about life that will change me forever but I enjoyed Matt’s stories, I related to some and lived vicariously through his very different travel style than mine at other times. The book is thoroughly enjoyable and more real than most of what you read about travel and for that Matt’s book deserves to be read, if only to encourage that honesty and humility.

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Star Alliance Miles on Sale for 1.35 Cents Each, Then Redeem Up to 31% Off Awards

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Jul 16 2019

Yesterday I wrote about the Avianca LifeMiles credit card‘s exceptional offer for a 50% bigger initial bonus than usual using a promo code. There’s also a bank transfer bonus to LifeMiles. And a 145% bonus buying LifeMiles.

Now is a great time to have LifeMiles because they are discounting some Star Alliance business and first class awards up to 31% if you book by August 14.

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American Airlines Knows Their Lifetime Status is Weak, Considers How to Fix It

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Jul 16 2019

American AAdvantage used to have one of the most generous lifetime elite status programs, but three changes to the program have made it less valuable. Meanwhile Delta and United have improved their offerings over the years. Both airlines are now more generous with lifetime loyalty than American, and when a program is less generous than Delta that’s saying something.

One well-regarded source, however, suggests that the airline recognizes this and is considering solutions to improve lifetime status.

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American Airlines is Right, Passengers Don’t Deserve Seat Back Entertainment

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Jul 16 2019

Many customers think that American is wrong, watching entertainment on their phones isn’t the same as a seat back screen if they even know they have to download the American Airlines app prior to takeoff in order to do so. Planes with seat back video look newer and fresher, while even brand new aircraft without screens look old and cheap — there’s a reverse halo effect that can drag down premium revenue too.

However I’ve finally been convinced that American was right. Passengers don’t deserve seat back entertainment. And all it took was one short video going viral on twitter to show me that was the case.

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