Is Coin Helpful for Manufactured Spend?

Coin

Coin is a startup that View from the Wing and I wrote about last year. It purports to make juggling a handful of credit and debit cards easier by letting you copy all the card information onto a single device, letting you switch between the cards you want to use for individual … [Continue]

Wait, Maybe SPG Starpoints Are the Worst Points Ever

SPG

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... Today we continue our three-part series on the downsides of the major flexible miles currencies -- Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints. Yes, we all already know how valuable … [Continue]

Frequent Flyer Programs, Transferable Points, and Competitive Pressure

SPG, Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, Citi Thank You

Author note: This is a long post, but it's designed to generate discussion on how transferable points (Ultimate Rewards, Starpoints, Amex Membership Rewards and now Citi ThankYou points) are going to change how airlines set mileage redemption prices and compete with each other on price, … [Continue]

Are Frequent Flyer Programs a Fool’s Game?

United PQD Table

Airline loyalty programs have long tempted their most frequent customers with upgrades, bonus points, and other forms of special treatment. But the definition of a “frequent flyer” for many carriers has begun to shift from one who flies a lot of miles to one who simply opens his wallet the … [Continue]

Making Sense of Caesars’ Total Rewards Program

Caesars Total Rewards

Many traditional hotel loyalty programs have been linking up with casino loyalty programs in recent years. This has provided them a foothold in Las Vegas, a city where mainstream brands have not had a strong presence. I think it's been a good move because those mainstream properties that … [Continue]

Some New Ideas for American Airlines’ Credit Cards

AA Survey

United747 posted on FlyerTalk some screenshots from a recent survey by American Airlines and Citi on their credit card benefits. I found it interesting because most airline-branded credit cards are not very appealing (to me) given recent years' improvements to generic travel rewards cards … [Continue]