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My view is that you should only buy things in your purchase plan on major shopping days. Get a discount for what you’d buy anyway, don’t make impulse purchases of things you don’t need. I’ve mostly ignored Amazon Prime Day.
For many travelers though ‘stuff in your purchase plan’ may include noise cancelling headphones.
An Amazon Prime Air cargo jet landed in Baltimore last night filled with Prime Day packages and began smoking.
The Atlas Air Boeing 767-300, flight 5Y3521, had come in from Riverside, California.
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.
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.
It’s worth walking through the various benefits of small business cards, and also who is eligible to get them. because if you aren’t including them in your portfolio that’s a lot of points and benefits you’re missing out on. However, let’s start with what the best business cards are.
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.
British Airways is doing you no favors, letting you spend Avios at a low value to pay the taxes and fees they impose on award tickets. This isn’t a case of lowering fees, it’s just offering the option to spend points as cash (poorly) to cover the fees. And they’re focused on markets where those fees are barely an issue to begin with.
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.
Right now – through September 30 – you can earn an additional 20,000 miles after spending $1000 on the card within 90 days when you apply and add a promo code.