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Smisek Fired (Did Not Resign) As CEO Of United 

United Airlines fired their CEO, Jeff Smisek, today. The official coverage says he resigned, but in connection with a federal investigation into wrongdoing involves the Port Authority of NY/NJ.  Quoting a Wall Street Journal piece: United Continental said Mr. Smisek’s departure is related to federal and internal investigations associated with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. There won’t be many tears shed other than maybe at the Smisek household.  United has not been run well for years (more detail on that in a bit). I recall at […]

5 Points Per Dollar At Bed, Bath & Beyond And Would You LIke Cream With Your Elite Status?  The Best of The Rest For Monday, June 22nd, 2015

The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. On a daily basis, I try to keep track of roughly 100 different blogs that have interesting things for you and I to learn from. Some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of […]

Freddie Awards 2015: Who Were The Big Winners?

For 27 years, the Freddie Awards have determined the best in airline and hotel loyalty by asking you, the frequent traveler, who does best. This year had some very interesting results and incredibly close votes.

Breaking Down The Final Week of 2015 Daily Getaways

I like all the deals Daily Getaways is offering this week, although there are only 3 of them, including Fairmont getaways, Las Vegas deals and a huge discount from Expedia. There are still some deals left, and you can find my write-ups of the previous weeks here: Week 1 breakdown Week 2 breakdown Week 3 breakdown Week 4 breakdown In case you’re not familiar, Daily Getaways are daily deals sponsored by the US Travel Association.  Some are better than others, so you need to think about whether you can take […]

Looking For A Quieter Lounge At London Heathrow Terminal 5?

London Heathrow Terminal 5 can be a pretty crowded place to deal with a layover.  The British Airways lounges dominate comprise a great deal of space in the main concourse but given the volume of passengers using the terminal, I rarely have found them anything but over-crowded. Part of the joy of the lounge experience is tranquility.  When virtually every seat is filled, it’s hard to achieve that.  But, there is a lounge at T5 you might not be aware of. ***IMPORTANT****  You can only use this lounge if your […]

Earn Up To 2,250 Bonus Miles From AAdvantage Shopping Portal

Through the end of April 2015, American Airlines is offering up to 2,250 bonus miles for spending through their shopping portal. Spend at least $125 and earn 250 bonus miles.  Spend at least $300 and earn a total of 1,000 bonus miles.  Spend at least $700 and earn a total of 2,250 bonus miles.  Quoting from the fine print of the offer: Returns, shipping, taxes, gift card purchases, and certain products are not eligible for bonus; please see site for details on any coupon code details or usage restrictions. $700 […]

Club Carlson Credit Card Free Award Night Benefit Going Away

I’m not a huge follower of the Club Carlson program but I’ve debated getting their credit card solely for the purpose of award stays.  You see, they have this nifty benefit where the last night of any award stay is free when you’re a cardholder.  That means even a 2-night award stay gets the last night free.  So, booking short award stays is very lucrative.  Well, was lucrative. Frequent Miler has the scoop on the changes to the current bonus night benefit on the Club Carlson Rewards Credit Card. The […]