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Filed Under:Travel / Air Travel
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Archived Since:November 17, 2009

Blog Post Archive

In the Future, Booking Corporate Travel Will Be as Good (sic) as Airline Websites

Companies use managed travel programs to get bulk discounts and limit the conflicts of interest inherent to having travelers make their own travel decisions. But many of those companies don’t do a very good job of it, and the tools provided to travelers are frequently not very good. Show More Summary

You’ll Want to Read These Seven Stories to Stay in the Know (Number 7 is for Real Aviation Geeks Only)

News and notes from around the interweb: The Citi Double Cash Card — which in my view is the strongest cash rebate card — is targeting some people with signup bonuses. There may be a brief window to get a whole lot of extra value from the Citi Prestige card. Show More Summary

The Qatar Airways A380 Doesn’t Belong to Them, and the Crazy Route it Took to the Gulf

This past week Lucky noted that the first Qatar Airways A380 was delivered. It’s been a bizarre, bumpy road getting there not least of which because of the Qatar Airways CEO’s truthiness problem. Interestingly, Qatar doesn’t actually own their A380, it’s leased through a UK leasing company. Show More Summary

How Your Wireless Internet Can Get You Arrested at the Airport

Not sure how I missed this story last week. A passenger was detained on a Southwest plane at Seattle-Tacoma Airport after using ominous names for his Wi-Fi hot spot, sources said. Passenger Alayna Keagle said people became concernedShow More Summary

Travel Loyalty Programs are All About Conflicts of Interest

I was recently engaged as an expert witness for a federal criminal trial. It’s a fascinating story that I plan to tell. But in order to explain how a program member got embroiled in what was seen as a conflict of interest, how this person...Show More Summary

Never Accept a Room That’s Unacceptable

I checked into Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas yesterday. Quickly up to my room and there was a strong smell of chlorine. Back down to the check-in desk. Now, it was noon (so not yet check-in time). The hotel was full. They had no rooms to offer. I could have waited for a room, something […] The post Never Accept a Room That’s Unacceptable appeared first on View from the Wing.

A New Signup Bonus for the Fidelity Investment Rewards 2% Rebate Amex

I’m liking the new Citi Double Cash product as the best cash rebate card but the Fidelity Investment Rewards American Express currently has a $50 signup bonus. I favor points over cash back. But I also recognized that if I’m doing any...Show More Summary

San Diego is Cracking Down on Cab Drivers Who Smell

The San Diego airport is requiring cab drivers not to smell bad. And the cab drivers are livid. For years, inspectors with the San Diego Regional Airport Authority have run down their checklist for each cabbie — proof of insurance, functioning windshield wipers, adequate tire treads, good brakes. Show More Summary

Earning Miles with Debit Cards That Have No PINs, Gaming Argentina’s Currency, and Drinking from a Plastic Bag

News and notes from around the interweb: PIN-less debit transactions. Use your phone to create postcards and then outsource mailing of them American Airlines is apparently limiting ticket sales in Argentina, because Argentina is limiting...Show More Summary

Airline Meals Now Offered for Home Delivery!

You can get airline meals delivered to your home — premium cabin meals from LSG Skychefs. “I wish I could eat what they serve on the plane all the time” Said no one, ever. But Air Food One thinks there is a business is distributing excess airline meals. Show More Summary

How to Get Your Hotel Stays for Free Using a Best Rate Guarantee Claim

Mommy Points yesterday has a post summarizing hotel ‘best rate guarantee’ policies. The idea is that each hotel chain wants to convince you to book directly through them. That’s because booking through a third party website like Expedia or Orbitz is expensive for them, commissions can exceed 20%. Show More Summary

The Very Strange Idea of the Frequent Flyer Weekend

Walking into a Westin lobby last night — Thursday — I was confronted with this projected onto the floor. To a frequent flyer business traveler this makes all the sense in the world. Thursday is done. The work week is, for all intents and purposes, done. Show More Summary

Does Boeing’s Pet Export-Import Bank Matter?

Pizza in Motion is happy to see some movement extending the Export-Import bank’s charter, even temporarily. I don’t think Ex-Im should go away. I say this narrowly from the perspective of someone who’s a Boeing supporter. Here’s a video my employer put out a month ago to explain Ex-Im winners and losers. Show More Summary

How’s the American Airlines Merger Doing?

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker gave good marks for merger progress so far with plenty of work to do. He cited progress implementing “the world’s largest code-sharing arrangement” between American and US Airways; US Airways joining...Show More Summary

Time to Register to Earn 5 Points Per Dollar at Amazon and More!

I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about...Show More Summary

This Actually Exists: the Saturday Night Live MasterCard (4x on Saturdays)

Via pfdigest, this actually exists: the Saturday Night Live credit card from Comenity Bank (which also issues the Virgin America card). The signup bonus? An “exclusive SNL™ leather wallet” after $500 in spend within 180 days. The card earns double points on entertainment and 4x on entertainment purchases on Saturdays. Show More Summary

The HONEST TSA Video For Kids!

Earlier this month I shared the TSA’s instructional cartoon for kids. Reid F. passes along the honest TSA kids video. Realistic? You tell me. You can join the 40,000+ people who see these deals and analysis every day — sign up to receive...Show More Summary

Free $600 Cell Phone Protection and 25,000 Bonus Miles: Today’s News You Need to Know

News and notes from around the interweb: Up to 25,000 bonus Cathay Pacific miles (HT: Frequent Flyer Bonuses) Wells Fargo will insure your phone up to $600 against damage or theft if you pay your monthly bill with one of their credit cards. Show More Summary

Get Up to 30,000 American Miles for a Citibank Checking Account

Citibank is again offering American Airlines miles as an incentive for opening a checking account and taking various account actions. The offer is valid through September 30, and you then have 60 days from account opening to take required additional steps of debit transactions and a billpay in two calendar months. Show More Summary

Saving Money With Throwaway Ticketing: Useful AND Ethical!

The New York Times’ Ethicist declared that throwaway ticketing is perfectly fine. A reader asks if it’s ok to book tickets where you don’t intend to fly all of the segments in order to save money. The reply: Absolutely. Purchasing something doesn’t mean you’re obligated to consume it in totality. Show More Summary

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