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Final Day 50,000 American Miles Offer for Citi AAdvantage Platinum Card

Oct 15 2018

Today is the last day that Citibank’s 50,000 mile initial bonus mile offer will be available for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®.

That offer is 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after making $2,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. There’s a $0 annual fee the first year, then $99. Cardmembers receive one free checked bag and preferred boarding on American Airlines flights.

This isn’t an uncommon offer for the card, I don’t expect this to be the lone chance to get it with these miles. However it is a good offer and apparently ending.

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Air India Flight Attendant Fell Off a Boeing 777

Oct 15 2018

This doesn’t happen often, but it does happen, usually when departing from a remote stand when air stairs have been removed before the door closes. Falling onto concrete from a Boeing 777 is more severe than doing so from a 737, though both carry real risk.

This doesn’t come close, though, to the flight attendant who fell 33,000 feet from the sky and lived for forty four more years.

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7 Surprising Facts About Airlines in Asia

Oct 15 2018

This week’s issue of Airline Weekly (subscription) contains charts on the largest airlines in each of the largest country markets in East Asia, based on Diio Mi data on scheduled seats in 2018.

The biggest takeaways are the growth of Chinese carriers and the declining importance in Southeast Asia of national carriers relative to low cost carriers which are overtaking them, especially on short haul and domestic routes.

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The 4 Best Rewards Credit Cards Overall

Oct 15 2018

There are (3) kinds of value you can get from a credit card, beyond just making it easy to buy stuff.

I often list the best signup bonuses, or lists of which card is best for which category of spending. But what are the best cards overall that hit it out of the park, the triple threats that deliver value across all three dimensions?

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Bob Crandall Says Deregulation Gives Us Cramped Seating. Here’s What Will Give Us a Better Product.

Oct 15 2018

Airline deregulation was opposed by nearly all US airlines in 1978. It was championed by Senator Ted Kennedy (and his aide now Justice Stephen Breyer) and by consumer advocate Ralph Nader and signed into law by Jimmy Carter.

Bob Crandall was against deregulation then, and he’s against it now in retirement. And he’s blaming it for cramped airline seating. He also calls codesharing a ‘fraud’ to fool people.

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American Airlines: Our Burger Can Compete Against the Nation’s Best, And We’ll Prove It

Oct 14 2018

A really great burger starts with quality beef. It should have processed cheese that melts well. And it should be inside of a potato bun, sesame seed if you must.

Don’t use ciabatta bread or a kaiser roll. As good as brioche can be, it’s not well-matched to a burger. The bun is a delivery vehicle for the burger. It needs to be big enough to contain the burger, but shouldn’t be so large that it overwhelms the contents – especially the meat.

Everything you put on the burger needs to fit inside of the bun. You don’t want the burger to fall apart when you eat it, and it shouldn’t be overstuffed. The goal is a balance of flavors inside, getting a combination of everything with each bite rather than winding up with pieces of meat or pieces of bun leftover at the end.

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