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 … [Read more...]

We Interrupt This Series So My Readers Can Thrash Plucky

Loverok Lufthansus

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... I hate breaking promises. I really do. But today I have to break two of them. Last week I promised that I would bring you the second part of my three-part series on the downsides of flexible points currencies. And I also promised that we had … [Read more...]

Why I’m Leaving United Airlines

In a comment on one of last week’s posts, a reader asked for a more detailed explanation of why I’m leaving United Airlines for American Airlines or Alaska Airlines. I’ll try to satisfy the request. Be aware that this post is a bit of a rant. A fair one, I think, but not everyone wants to … [Read more...]

United Launches “Rhapsody,” a Premium In-Flight Magazine

United Rhapsody

During my recent mileage run to Boston, I was upgraded on the outbound segments and noticed a new addition to the seat-back pocket. Apparently United has quietly launched a new in-flight magazine for its premium cabins and United Club members, similar to American Airline’s Celebrated … [Read more...]

Are Credit Card Companies the Bad Guys?

Frontline CC Special

I came across a Frontline documentary on the "secret history" of the credit card industry, and I found it fascinating how it described its development from a small, niche product to system that now pumps out billions of mailers every year enticing people to sign up for the option to pay … [Read more...]

Looking Back

Today is the first anniversary of Hack My Trip. I’ve seen several other travel blogs start since launching mine, with varying levels of success. I’ve spoken with more established leaders in this field. I’ve also had a few readers approach me with questions about starting their own … [Read more...]