Me and Jimmy Down By The “Wanna Get Away” Fares

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A few weeks ago when I wrote about high annual fee premium credit cards (see "The First Step To Recovery Is Admitting You Pay High Annual Fees"), I talked a little bit about Jimmy, a good buddy of mine. Jimmy (whose name has not been changed to protect his anonymity because his name is … [Read more...]

A Revenue Model for Alaska’s Mileage Plan Could Be Good

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I first heard rumors from One Mile at a Time that Alaska Airlines is sending out a survey with questions that suggest it plans to implement a new revenue-based loyalty program instead of the traditional model that awards miles and status based on distance flown. The Points Guy took this … [Read more...]

Is Chase Ultimate Rewards Still the Best Rewards Currency?

I'm certainly not the first person to re-evaluate Ultimate Rewards in light of recent devaluations by several of its transfer partners, but I will try to put my own spin on the topic as always. By far one of the best uses of Ultimate Rewards points is to transfer them to other loyalty … [Read more...]

Deceptive Deals: 40% Bonus on Rapid Rewards Points

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Southwest Airlines sent me an email yesterday offering a bonus of 10-40% on purchases of Rapid Rewards points through their partner, Points.com. I'm telling you up front that this is a very bad deal. Buying points is usually a bad idea unless (1) the price is amazingly low or (2) you only … [Read more...]

Southwest Devalues Rapid Rewards 15%

HT to The Points Guy for alerting me that Southwest Rapid Rewards will be devaluing its points as of March 31, 2014. That's still a long way off, but it might make some people pause before planning to apply for a new Southwest credit card in the near future since those points will likely … [Read more...]

50K Bonuses for Delta, Southwest and Other Offers

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I will be making more of an effort going forward to share updates as credit card offers go up or down. Normally I don't bother. I'm not an affiliate for most cards, and it's annoying to see the same offer repeated ad nauseum. But it's become clear that not all blogs have the same audience. … [Read more...]