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Re: United's Award Chart: Premium Award Cost Goes UP

DrFumblefinger ·
I've seen a lot of "award creep" in my days, and I think there's more to come. A "mile" is worth less and less all the time. It's clear that airline miles aren't worth banking for any period of time. Use them when it's logical to do so. They likely will be worth less in the near future. Thanks for the link, PHeymont.
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Re: United's Award Chart: Premium Award Cost Goes UP

PHeymont ·
Not sure I agree with the "burn 'em" philosophy. At the premium class end, there's certainly been a lot of creep, but not so much in coach, which is more price-sensitive, even for awards. True, summer awards to Europe have generally gone from 50K to 60K, but on the other hand, off-season at American went DOWN to 40K--and with the flexibility of taking one-way awards and combining them in interesting ways...it's actually a better situation. Also, there are some card-linked sales on flight...
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Re: United's Award Chart: Premium Award Cost Goes UP

DrFumblefinger ·
I think you'll find reward trips from the Western USA are harder to get for European travel than from the East coast. But if your schedule is flexible, you could be lucky.
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Re: United's Award Chart: Premium Award Cost Goes UP

JohnT ·
I think for premium travel,it makes sense. It has always surprised me that premium travel is so much cheaper from a frequent flier perspective (2:1) vs economy than when you actually buy the ticket. Just as a side note, aeroplan has recently reduced miles required on some of their reward charts as well.
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Re: United's Award Chart: Premium Award Cost Goes UP

PHeymont ·
John's point about the ratio between the two tiers is interesting (we looked at that a little in a forum post this week on value of miles). My guess--and it's just that--is that the same kind of yield-management used to set prices has taken a look at this and is carefully balancing loyalty vs. burn... I can't really compare East vs West availability personally; my school schedules have defined when I can travel well enough that I'm able to start hunting tickets 330 days out, when the...
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Re: Up, Up and Away: Airline miles cards with big bonuses

PortMoresby ·
I LOVE my airline credit card, but it's great to have all this information in one place to see if I could do better. Probably not without some whopping fees, but whopping bonuses, too. Thank you sir, for showing us all these choices!
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Re: Up, Up and Away: Airline miles cards with big bonuses

rbciao ·
I have a Delta American Express Platinum card that has served us well. The fee is higher than the gold card, but we can check two bags free, priority boarding, and a free companion pass yearly. We fly two or three times a year and the value of the waived baggage fee and the companion pass far exceed the $150 annual fee. The card also accrues one mile for each dollar spent and lately has offered cash back incentives. For example: spend $15 at Panera's using the card and receive $5 credit on...
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

GarryRF ·
Fine houses in their pristinely manicured gardens. Don't think I could even afford the taxes. I do like the areas that remain untouched by golf and the hand of fortune. I prefer the untouched to the "candy box tin" painting of nature. I've been to many places where the presence of paupers - like myself - detract from the ambiance of opulence. Even today I had a note attached to my car, that parking in a non-designated zone was being selfish. Even though they were full !
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

DrFumblefinger ·
Far be it for anyone to say you are selfish, Garry! It is one of the most expensive places to live in California, but I suspect all those drivers going through help subsidize the neighborhood more than that homeowners might want to let on. And I'm not sure most of us could afford the taxes, even if we wanted to. Being an average guy, this is just not my scene.
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

Mac ·
Breathtakingly expensive if I recall. I'm surprised that you are allowed to take photos without paying into the local coffers! :-)
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm also surprised there's no per photo toll imposed on the great unwashed masses visiting the shores of the drive, Mac!
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

Mac ·
Well, the unwashed mass did enjoy his time there.... :-)
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

GutterPup ·
The views are really pretty, but no motorcycles??
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

DrFumblefinger ·
Cars and bikes are fine, JP, but hogs aren't. The road is good enough so I suspect the home owners (much of the drive is through residential areas) don't want the noise of a big pack of motorcycles passing their gates and fine-trimmed lawns.
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Re: American, USAir loyalty programs will merge Q2 2015

PortMoresby ·
Finally! I've been hanging on to my measly 5,000 USAir miles by buying something through their site every 18 months and must again by January to keep them. It's ok as I only buy things I would anyway. The problem is remembering to go through the USAir site to do it. Last time, whew!
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Re: AA/USAir miles programs merge starting Saturday

PortMoresby ·
All my miles in one pile this morning, enough to go anywhere, and I still can't decide, a truly terrible problem.
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Re: AA/USAir miles programs merge starting Saturday

PHeymont ·
Yes, the transfer seems to have gone very smoothly...too bad, in a way; I was hoping for an accidental bonus as I once got from Delta (which added an extra zero, back in 1999).
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Re: AA/USAir miles programs merge starting Saturday

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by PortMoresby: All my miles in one pile this morning, enough to go anywhere, and I still can't decide, a truly terrible problem. But an enviable problem, PM. If it's the worst thing you have to deal with this week, you're having a pretty fine week.
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Re: AA/USAir miles programs merge starting Saturday

PortMoresby ·
I'm always aware, DrF, I've lived a charmed life (for a commoner).
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Re: AA/USAir miles programs merge starting Saturday

DrFumblefinger ·
Now I'm really confused. I just learned from your POD yesterday that you were a princess pretending to be a commoner....
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Re: AA/USAir miles programs merge starting Saturday

PortMoresby ·
No, DrF, you read it wrong. A commoner with delusions.
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Re: "New AA" Details Dates for Alliance, Loyalty Change-overs

PortMoresby ·
Thanks for the update. It's already been useful. I have a few thousand USAir miles, not a lot but still enough to not let lapse. I've been making the occasional purchase of gifts through their site to keep them alive. After reading the article and the miles merge date I just bought my mother's gift through the AA site instead, the better to see them added to the bigger pile sooner. Thanks!
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United's Award Chart: Premium Award Cost Goes UP

PHeymont ·
United Airlines has released a new award chart that bumps up the miles required for nearly all business and first-class awards, and (for the first time) makes flights on its Star Alliance partner airlines cost more miles than on United. Details HERE
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AA, USAir frequent fliers: the next step is here

PHeymont ·
Starting tonight (January 8), frequent fliers who are both AAdvantage members (AA) and Dividend Miles members (USAir) will be able to start the process of eventually merging their accounts into one. The step now is to match up the two accounts so that...
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AA/USAir miles programs merge starting Saturday

PHeymont ·
The time has come for the next step in the 15-month-old merger of American Airlines and USAir: merger of the USAir Dividend Miles program into American's AAdvantage. All USAir accounts will be frozen on Thursday, Mar. 26 for the transfer; anyone...
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American, USAir loyalty programs will merge Q2 2015

PHeymont ·
American and USAir have just notified their frequent flier program members (AAdvantage and Dividend Miles) of more detailed plans for merging the two plans, including a date: 2nd quarter of 2015, as well as details of the merger plan.   All USAir...
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Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

DrFumblefinger ·
  There are a lot of famous road trips in the USA, like California's Pacific Coast Highway and Montana's Going to the Sun Highway .  One of the best known drives in America is scenic 17-Mile Drive (actually distance depends on how you...
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June 23, 2020: The Lone Cypress, Monterey

DrFumblefinger ·
The Lone Cypress is one of the most photographed trees in the world. It's located on the beautiful Monterey peninsula, near famous Pebble Beach Golf Course.
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Craters Of The Moon National Monument, Arco, Idaho

Samantha ·
Samantha and her husband had a great time exploring Craters of the Moon National Monument until the rains came.
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United to hackers: earn miles by breaking in

PHeymont ·
Could he be on his way to a million MileagePlus miles?                Photo: Wikimedia / wwward0   United Airlines has launched a "bug bounty" program to reward computer-adept people who find security flaws...
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And then there were none: AAdvantage shifts to points-per-dollar

PHeymont ·
American Airlines' AAdvantage program, the last major U.S. holdout of the once-traditional one-point-per-mile-flown loyalty system has announced that starting midyear next year it will be shifting to a model that rewards those who spend the most, not...
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"New AA" Details Dates for Alliance, Loyalty Change-overs

PHeymont ·
Now the American Airlines and USAir have closed their merger, they've begun rolling out more details of the merger planning. Scott Kirby, who was USAir president and is now president of AA, announced dates for joint operations, for aligning loyalty...
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USAir Frequent Flyer Mile-Share Bonus: Up to 100%

PHeymont ·
Buying frequent flyer miles is usually not a great deal, since the airlines sell them at a premium and charge a fee for the transaction (usually only makes sense if you need that last couple of thousand to claim an award). But, through Dec. 6, USAir...
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Up, Up and Away: Airline miles cards with big bonuses

PHeymont ·
Up, up and away—quickly! That’s the goal for many frequent fliers, and a current round of cards for various airlines is offering some big bonuses to meet that goal…some of them enough for a round-trip to Europe in one shot. Right...
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AA/USAir: Start the Miles and Lounge Sharing

PHeymont ·
Now the frequent flier part of the AA/USAir merger begins. AA announced yesterday that members in both its AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs can earn miles in either program on all AA or USAir flights. In addition, elite members of either program...
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December 13, 2018: Miles Canyon, Whitehorse

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits an important site in the journey of many prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush, the then treacherous Miles Canyon of the Yukon River.
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Re: AA, USAir frequent fliers: the next step is here

PortMoresby ·
Well, that was easy! Log in on AA.com, window comes up, no searching for a link, enter Dividend Miles number, no additional password, done! I knew airlines could make it simple, if they wanted to. Well done AA & thanks, PHeymont.
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Re: And then there were none: AAdvantage shifts to points-per-dollar

DrFumblefinger ·
Alaska Airlines still offers credit for miles flown, although they admitted are mostly located in the Northwestern USA.
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Re: June 23, 2020: The Lone Cypress, Monterey

GarryRF ·
A beautiful example of Nature surviving in the most extreme conditions. I've not seen this tree before. At first glance I saw a well manicured Bonsai Tree. But I would resist the temptation to keep it trimmed.
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