Will a Certain Fellow Blogger Please Calm Down About Lufthansa?

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From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... I was at FTU Advanced this past weekend and had an absolute blast meeting and chatting with folks and exchanging ideas about loyalty programs. It's great to be able to talk endlessly about our hobby without anyone getting bored. In many ways, it … [Read more...]

Did Hyatt Outwit The Devil’s Advocate?

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From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... I am thrilled to report (and I am sure you are all thrilled to hear) that this past Friday I successfully completed my Hyatt Diamond Trial. As a result, I now have Diamond status with Hyatt until the end of February 2016. [If this weren't a … [Read more...]

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...]

One Man’s Life, Measured in Bonus Categories

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A few days ago my girlfriend and I went to Six Flags Over Texas. We had planned this little trip for weeks, and now that the day was finally here, I was excited. Not only for the world famous roller coasters and cholesterol-inducing Texas food, but also because I knew that Discover had a … [Read more...]

The First Step To Recovery Is Admitting You Pay High Annual Fees

I admit it. I have a problem. I've got an American Express Platinum card. I paid the $450 annual fee. Yes, I can get that back in various credits for the first year. But it's still $450. I've also got a Citi Thank You Prestige card. I paid the $400 annual fee. Yes, I can get that … [Read more...]

Airport Lounges < Auntie Anne’s + Drinks at Bennigan’s

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When the girlfriend and I went to Japan a few weeks ago, we were traveling internationally on business class tickets, so we stopped by the United Lounge during our layover in San Francisco. It's a nice sized lounge. As usual, there wasn't much to eat, just snacks. It was 10am so we weren't … [Read more...]