I Got It! It’s Chase Ultimate Rewards Points That Are Awful!

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From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... This week we finish up 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. The wonderful features of these … [Read more...]

Wait, Maybe SPG Starpoints Are the Worst Points Ever

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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 … [Read more...]

AmEx Membership Rewards Points Are Totally Worthless

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From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... Conventional Wisdomers in the points and miles community universally sing the praises of the three major flexible miles currencies - Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints. And … [Read more...]

United and Delta’s Revenue-Based Programs Are Bad News for Corporate Travel

I was in New York last year with a day to spare and decided to look for some new travel startups. One of them was Rocketrip, and I had a nice chat with its CEO, Daniel Ruch. The basic concept behind Rocketrip is that it helps companies incentivize their workers to reduce corporate travel … [Read more...]

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...]