5 Reasons to Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card — Over Sapphire Reserve

Jun 16 2018

In 2016 Chase introduced the Sapphire Reserve card which was such a hit Chase filed an SEC 8-K advising of materially higher costs from new cardmember acquisition. It’s a $450 annual fee card that offers a $300 travel credit, a Global Entry credit, provides a Priority Pass for airport lounge access and 3 points per dollar on travel and dining.

That’s great but many people are now considering – more than a year later – whether it’s worth keeping the card after the excitement has worn off and without the signup bonus.

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What Are the Least Racist Airports to Go Through US Immigration?

Jun 16 2018

There’s no question that immigration and customs develops a different culture and reputation at different airports in the U.S. While you’d hope they would apply standards and procedures from their handbook uniformly, there’s a difference between de facto practice and de jure rules.

People learn procedures by watching other people, and by discussing how to go about doing their jobs with colleagues. In other words, customs and immigration procedures are carried out by people.

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Report: Sick Passengers Refused Water, Threatened With Arrest During 4 Hour Delay on Singapore Flight

Jun 16 2018

On Friday’s Singapore Airlines flight SQ516 from Singapore to Kolkata, India was delayed four hours due to non-working air conditioning onboard. But apparently crew didn’t keep passengers informed about what was wrong or what it looked like to fix the aircraft.

There weren’t any refreshments served during the delay that stretched as long as the block time for this four-times weekly Airbus A330. Allegedly sick passengers were refused water.

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American Will Pay $45 Million to Settle Claim They Illegally Colluded With Other Airlines

Jun 15 2018

Three years ago the Department of Justice announced that they were investigating the US airlines for unlawful collusion to limit capacity and increase airfares.

DOJ walking away from its case didn’t end matters. There’s still a private lawsuit. It argues that the major US airlines colluded to restrict capacity through their public statements calling for capacity discipline.

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Offers I Don’t Think Will Be Around for Long, If You’re Interested Act Now

Jun 15 2018

There are several offers right now that I don’t think are going to last. Some we know won’t. Others banks have hinted they won’t. And in some cases we can make that bet based on past experience.

Usually there aren’t this many heightened offers at once, it’s an embarassment of riches, largely I think because it’s getting harder and harder to get consumer attention, banks need to spend more to acquire customers and it’s a highly competitive environment, when one product increases its offer others respond in kind.

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675 American Airlines Regional Flights Cancelled, Here’s What American is Telling Employees

Jun 15 2018

This has gotten some coverage but since it’s an outage at regional carrier PSA — a wholly owned subsidiary that operates as American Eagle — rather than at mainline American it’s relatively undercovered considering the magnitude of travel disruption.

PSA operates over 100 Bombardier CRJ regional jets. Their largest operation centers around American’s Charlotte hub.

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