American Airlines Tried to Overcharge Me $47 After Making It So Much Harder to Book Tickets

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American Airlines used to offer confirmable upgrade space on nearly all domestic flights (other than premium New York JFK – Los Angeles and San Francisco flights). That completely changed at the beginning of January and now using miles or...

Was Spirit Airlines Hacked?

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According to Krebs on Security, something is up at Spirit Airlines. Here, apparently, is the message that was sent: That’s quite a test email. (HT: Ryan C.)

A Crazy Strategy to Get Approved for Chase Sapphire Reserve Despite 5/24

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The Wall Street Journal carries a piece on millenials signing up for credit cards. The thrust of the piece is that there’s an escalating rewards war between banks, and they’re offering ever more lucrative cards. Millenials are most likely...

Chase’s Big Marketing Strategy Shift and the Craziest Rental Car Fees You’ve Ever Heard

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News and notes from around the interweb: Chase used to advertise on 400,000 websites, now they’re down to 5000 and performance hasn’t suffered (though it’s early to say). JPMorgan started looking into preapproving sites, a strategy known as whitelisting,...

PROMO AWARDS ARE UP FOR APRIL: Big Discounts in Business and Economy to Europe/Israel

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What Are the Best Shows to Watch on a Plane, and How Should You Handle Explicit Scenes?

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American Airlines won’t be putting seat back video screens into their new fleet of Boeing 737MAX aircraft. Everyone carries their own devices nowadays, so the argument goes they can save on cost and fuel (because those systems are heavy)...

Final Week (Maybe Ever) for Best Ever 35,000 Starwood Amex Signup Bonuses

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Confession: The Miles I Missed and Mistakes I’ve Made

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I failed to earn miles when I was younger, even failed to have an account when I first flew enough to earn elite status. I’ve let miles expire. And I broke some program rules two decades ago without even...

Free Domestic Lounge Access for United Gold Elites and Higher

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One of the great secrets frequent flyers know is that Star Alliance Gold members get access to lounges operated by Star Alliance member airlines when departing on a Star Alliance flight, regardless of class of service traveled. The only...

Amex Increases Platinum Card Signup Bonus By 50%, Adds New Card Benefits

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Surfing Costa Rica: Nicoya Peninsula 4×4 Road Trip

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Surfing Costa Rica: Nicoya Peninsula 4×4 Road Trip Matthew Karsten0 Costa Rica Surfing Road Trip Nicoya Penninsula, Costa Rica Surfing is unpredictable, and forces you out of your comfort zone. You only have a few seconds to decide if...

Way Way Too Cheap Travel Auction and New Gorgeous Boeing Skyview Windows

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News and notes from around the interweb: This could easily go way, way too cheap. Dreamy, at a deep deep discount. Boeing will begin installing Skyview windows next year – sadly only in business jets. Manufactured by Fokker, these...

GOOD DEAL: 1000 Delta Miles Per New Partner With No Limit Through June 30

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Delta has a generous partner promotion, earn miles with a new participating SkyMiles partner between March 24 and June 30 and earn 1000 bonus miles for each one. Registration required. I’m not a huge fan of SkyMiles but in...

New Metal Platinum Cards Available and Act Quickly for $15 Uber Credit This Month (Good for Food Too)

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What Travelers Want

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OAG has interesting data on how people say they go about searching for flights, what information they want (and thus what information might shift their booking behavior to another platform), and what the biggest frustrations in travel are. The...

New York LaGuardia TSA Agents Hospitalized After Being Exposed to Hazardous.. Food

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Even for perhaps the least competent agency in the federal government — over 20,000 TSA employees have been accused of misconduct, half of them multiple times — the New York area’s agents are a special lot. When passengers clapping...

Alaska Airlines Reveals Timeline for the End of Virgin America — and the Elevate Program

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Edward Russell did a fantastic job tweeting real time information being shared on Alaska Airlines plans as they integrate Virgin America at the airline’s investor day. They expect to end Virgin America Elevate at the close of 2017. They...

7 Reasons to Get the Marriott Visa Right Now

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Uber Dishes on What People are Losing Inside Cars

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Uber has released a Lost and Found Index and they’re sharing details on what customers report having lost inside rideshare vehicles. And since they’re into big data they drill down into where people are losing things, and when things...

Earn Chinese Airline Status and Sell Risky Credit Card Balances

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News and notes from around the interweb: WSJ: Barclaycard Sells $1.6 Billion in Risky Credit-Card Balances hat tip to Doctor of Credit who points out “They didn’t sell any co-branded balances and in total sold 6% of the balances...