Paying It Forward This Holiday Season, Gifting Upgraded Seats to Those It Means the Most

Dec 08 2018

People don’t think about the little niceties they can do for others when they fly. For instance how often does an airline club member guest someone in need into the lounge? My guess is that when we travel we don’t take the time to get to know what’s going on with fellow passengers.

It can be awkward or stilted to try. I know I’d hate to seem creepy approaching a stranger, even if it’s to do something nice for them.

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3 Clever American Airlines Flight Numbers

Dec 07 2018

Flight numbers frequently have meaning. Three years ago the final US Airways flight was US1939. It was given that number for the year the airline commenced operations.

Today American Airlines has at least two flight numbers which remind us just how American the airline is. And there’s at least one more flight number that’s just fun. Do you know of any other flight numbers like this at American?

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Taxiway Landing Disasters Are Preventable But FAA Bureaucrats Haven’t Done It

Dec 07 2018

Last year’s Air Canada Toronto – San Francisco flight AC759 that lined up to land on taxiway C could have been the worst aviation disaster in history.

Four planes were waiting on the taxiway to take off. Air Canada descended to as low as 59 feet — just three above the height of a United 787. Just after was a Philippine Airlines Airbus A340.

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I Used Chase “Pay With Points” and Then Needed a Partial Refund. Here’s What Happened.

Dec 07 2018

Normally I like to transfer my Chase Ultimate Rewards points to airline frequent flyer miles or to Hyatt points. However I recently had an interesting use case to spend Ultimate Rewards points for paid travel.

I booked a domestic first class ticket using a combination of points and cash. I was downgraded from first to coach, and the airline was willing to refund the fare difference — to the agency that issued the ticket. And Chase just changed agencies!

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

Dec 07 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 embarrassment 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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