3 Things That Will Happen Now That American Airlines Has Raised Checked Bag Fees

Sep 20 2018

American Airlines just announced what should surprise literally no one, that they’re raising first and second checked bag fees by $5 as well, from $25 to $30 and $35 to $40 respectively. When United followed JetBlue, it was clear American would have to — they’re under real pressure from Wall Street over revenues and would have a difficult time explaining why they’d be “leaving money on the table.”

Once Delta made the move, American was never going to stand alone. And besides, Delta did it. Delta is smart, everything they do must be right.

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Offer Ending: Earn Up to 105,000 Points With Biggest-Ever IHG Rewards Club Card Offer

Sep 20 2018

Last month Chase launched a 100,000 point initial offer for the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card. That’s the most points they’ve ever offered for an IHG card, but it brings attention to their new version of the product.

This offer was never going to last long, and Chase shares with me that it will only be available through October 4.

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Emirates in Talks to Buy Etihad, Create World’s Largest Airline

Sep 20 2018

Emirates is in negotiations to acquire Etihad, forming the world’s largest airline by number of passengers carried.

Etihad has been cutting costs and slashing routes after a $1.5 billion loss last year and a $2 billion loss the year before. They’ve been expected to walk away from some aircraft orders. I’ve read much of the changes at Emirates as cleaning up the balance sheet before getting acquired.

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Up to 43% Off Singapore Airlines Awards From the U.S. on New Non-Stop Flights

Sep 20 2018

Singapore Airlines offers much better award availability to people using their own KrisFlyer miles than to people using miles from partner frequent flyer programs like United.

Right now Singapore Airlines is offering discounts on awards for their non-stop flights between the US and Singapore: business for the price of premium economy, and premium economy for the price of coach, which means up to 43% off.

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Delta Lost Woman’s Bag, Called Police on Her for Recording Poor Customer Service

Sep 19 2018

Ever since David Dao was dragged off a United Express flight by police and beaten last April it’s been clear to most people that we have a problem in the airline industry. Customer service problems are turned into law enforcement problems.

Delta called the police on a woman who began taping her interaction in the baggage service office at Boston Logan airport. No law was being broken and no one was in physical danger.

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Limited-Time Bonus for the Single Most Rewarding Card for Everyday Spending Ends in a Week

Sep 19 2018

When the The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express was first launched a little over a year ago it offered an initial bonus. That was for a brief time.

Mostly there’s been no initial bonus because earning on the card is so powerful: two Membership Rewards points per dollar (on the first $50,000 in purchases each year, one point after that). This is the best most rewarding card for otherwise-unbonused spend.

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