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United Takes A Bite Out Of Me And New Award Flights To Tokyo

Boy, it was a rough week for me on the miles and points front!  United Airlines decided to take 165K miles from my account.  When I called to point out that it was a mistake, United took 15K more miles.  It’s still a developing situation, but you can hear more about it on this week’s episode of the Miles to Go podcast. You’ll also learn about a promotion MasterCard is running with Airbnb that can save you $25 on a tour or experience on your next vacation. And, we dive […]

Hawaiian Airlines Improves Their Co-Branded Credit Card

I’ve never been to Hawaii. Go ahead, ridicule me, tell me I’m nuts. But, a 10-hour flight from the East Coast in coach isn’t my idea of a great time. Lie-flat first class seats to Hawaii are tough to find for a family of 4. If Hawaii is on your list of places to go, the new Hawaiian Airlines Mastercard might be worth considering.

Frontier Airlines Has A New Elite Program! And, A New Credit Card To Boot!

Frontier Airlines has a new elite program and a new credit card that offer a host of new benefits. From free changes and refunds to complimentary carry-on and checked bags, there’s lots to like. Oh, did I mention that the credit card makes it much easier to earn elite status?

AMEX Loses Antitrust Lawsuit. What Does That Mean For Consumers?

After a lawsuit filed over 4 years ago by the US justice department, the ruling came down this morning that American Express had lost in court. The crux of the lawsuit was that the DOJ thought the major credit card issuers (American Express, VISA and MasterCard) were restricting merchants and discouraging competition with such rules as prohibiting merchants from offering incentives to customers to pay with a debit card or credit card that would result in lower fees for the merchant. American Express isn’t as large as VISA and MasterCard […]

The Irony Of Southwest’s Fight, A Great Giveaway From Hyatt and More Travel News

A smart airline executive says something incredibly stupid. HT: Wandering Aramean The Hyatt promo that I announced yesterday which awards a 20% rebate on all award bookings through the end of July is better than we thought.  Gary of View From The Wing writes that existing reservations are eligible, and you’ll receive your rebate after completing the stay just like a new reservation under this promo.  Awesome! The end to the crazy theft story from One Mile at a Time. A great giveaway from Hyatt.  3 nights at a Hyatt […]

What If It Was Free To Buy Visa/MC Gift Cards At Staples?

A couple of quick updates on my post about the possible restriction of Visa and MasterCard branded gift card sales at Staples: Some Different Math on Gift Cards: I’m not a fan of buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards from office supply stores. I used to be before the fees went up. But, Shawn from Miles to Memories decided to lay out the math for a way to buy gift cards “for free”. How does he do it? This only works with a card that earns flexible currency like Chase […]

Is Staples No Longer Accepting Credit Cards For Visa/MC Gift Card Purchases?

Neil, one of my friends who’s also a regular reader of the blog, has just recently gotten hooked on buying gift cards at Staples with his Chase Ink Bold card.  He wrote me an e-mail last night letting me know he had an interesting experience at Staples yesterday. He picked up a gift card for a retail store to go along with the printer he was buying and headed to the register.  The clerk told him that he couldn’t pay for the gift card with a credit card.  When Neil […]

Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard

REGISTRATION LINK In the past, I haven’t talked much about cards that earn cash back because there was always tons of value in earning and redeeming points that could be leveraged with the airlines for much better value.  But, after United gutted their award chart recently, I started thinking about how I was going to make sure I was covered for travel in the future.  Because this is a copy-cat industry, I expect that American will devalue their award chart in 2014.  I don’t expect it to be as bad […]