Delta is Launching a Flight to India — and Obi Wan Kenobi Tells You Why

May 24 2018

Delta announced that they will fly to Mumbai, India next year. They haven’t said where they’ll fly from, but presumably it’ll be Atlanta where they can muster plenty of connecting traffic. New York has competing flights already from United and Air India, great for non-stop traffic, but a less than ideal city for connections.

They’re doing it because they have a great new partner in Jet Airways and a more fuel efficient aircraft in the A350 but they want you to think it’s because of Donald Trump.

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Cathay Pacific Devalues Asia Miles With One Month’s Notice

May 24 2018

Effective June 22 they’re making changes to mileage earning and redemption. This matters to folks in the U.S. because Asia Miles is a oneworld frequent flyer program (earn and redeem on American, British Airways, Japan Airlines, etc.) and because it’s a points transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

To me the most important takeaway is that roundtrip premium cabin long haul awards are getting more expensive.

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Tons of Miles You’re Probably Missing Out On

May 23 2018

If you’re not signing up for small business credit cards you’re missing out on a lot of miles. And with many issuers the cards don’t report to your personal credit, don’t count towards the “5/24” total Chase calculates when deciding whether to approve you for some of their cards.

If you do any consulting work on the side, or you sell items on eBay or craigslist it can be a good idea to set up a business card.

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PayPal Shares How People are Committing Fraud – and What You Do That Looks Like Fraud

May 23 2018

I was in Wilmington, Delaware at an industry conference speaking about credit card rewards. There were several interesting speakers and some of it is worth sharing beyond inside baseball card issuer audiences.

One of those things was a talk by Steve Lenderman, Fraud Operations Lead for Paypal, who talked about how people commit fraud against financial institutions. It matters even for people who aren’t committing fraud because behaviors undertaken by bad actors look suspicious when they’re legitimately undertaken by the rest of us.

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China’s ‘Social Credit’ System Has Banned People From Taking 11 Million Flights

May 23 2018

China’s ‘social credit system’ monitors citizen behavior and punishes them with travel bans, bans from four and five star hotels, preventing them from sending children to expensive schools, and throttling internet speeds.

New data suggests that China has used this social credit system to block its citizens from taking 11.14 million airline flights and 4.25 million high speed train trips.

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