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Korean Air CEO Indicted

Cho Yang-Ho is facing charges of embezzling ~ US17.4 million. Korean Air is owned by Hanjin Group of which he‘s also Chairman. In addition to that embezzlement he‘s accused of taking US135 million ‘from the state insurance agency in medical care benefits by illegally running a pharmacy under a borrowed name.‘ He‘s the father of the infamous ‘nut rage‘ Vice President who served a brief prison sentence afte

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Delta Dropping 9 Routes and Uber Reveals its Secret Weapon

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites the latest news and tips. Continue reading Delta Dropping 9 Routes and Uber Reveals its Secret Weapon...

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Earn Hyatt Points and American Miles at the Same Time on Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Stays

Just as they did late February through June, Hyatt is offering its own double dip with American AAdvantage through January 31. And it stacks with the current bonus promotion that gives bonus points for progressively more stays through November 30. Continue reading Earn Hyatt Points and American Miles at the Same Time on Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Stays...

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7 Surprising Facts About Airlines in Asia

This week‘s issue of Airline Weekly (subscription) contains charts on the largest airlines in each of the largest country markets in East Asia, based on Diio Mi data on scheduled seats in 2018. The biggest takeaways are the growth of Chinese carriers and the declining importance in Southeast Asia of national carriers relative to low cost carriers which are overtaking them, especially on short haul and domestic routes. Continue reading 7 Sur

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The 4 Best Rewards Credit Cards Overall

There are (3) kinds of value you can get from a credit card, beyond just making it easy to buy stuff. I often list the best signup bonuses, or lists of which card is best for which category of spending. But what are the best cards overall that hit it out of the park, the triple threats that deliver value across all three dimensions? Continue reading The 4 Best Rewards Credit Cards Overall...

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Bob Crandall Says Deregulation Gives Us Cramped Seating. Here‘s What Will Give Us a Better Product.

Airline deregulation was opposed by nearly all US airlines in 1978. It was championed by Senator Ted Kennedy (and his aide now Justice Stephen Breyer) and by consumer advocate Ralph Nader and signed into law by Jimmy Carter. Bob Crandall was against deregulation then, and he‘s against it now in retirement. And he‘s blaming it for cramped airline seating. He also calls codesharing a ‘fraud‘ to fool people. Continue readi

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Hurry: Delta Lie Flat Business Class Saver Awards to Hawaii for 8 Passengers

Most days from June through end of schedule there are 8 or more business class saver award seats available on Delta‘s Detroit - Honolulu flight which features lie flat seats. Here‘s how to get them for 32% fewer miles than Delta charges. Continue reading Hurry: Delta Lie Flat Business Class Saver Awards to Hawaii for 8 Passengers...

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Earning 21% Interest on a Checking Account and Frustrated Booking Finnair Awards

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites the latest news and tips. Continue reading Earning 21% Interest on a Checking Account and Frustrated Booking Finnair Awards...

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American Airlines: Our Burger Can Compete Against the Nation‘s Best, And We‘ll Prove It

A really great burger starts with quality beef. It should have processed cheese that melts well. And it should be inside of a potato bun, sesame seed if you must. Don‘t use ciabatta bread or a kaiser roll. As good as brioche can be, it‘s not well-matched to a burger. The bun is a delivery vehicle for the burger. It needs to be big enough to contain the burger, but shouldn‘t be so large that it overwhelms the contents especially

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75,000 AAdvantage Mile Offer For Admirals Club Access Credit Card Ends Thursday

The Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard has the best offer I‘ve seen in a really long time, 75,000 miles after 7500 spend within the first 3 months of cardmembership. This offer was flagged as ‘last call‘ on the front page of American‘s website. Now we know that it ends Thursday. Continue reading 75,000 AAdvantage Mile Offer For Admirals Club Access Credit Card Ends Thursday...

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Why American‘s Partner Finnair is Flying an Air Italy Plane, Despite Doug Parker‘s Attack on Air Italy

Air Italy - which is 49% owned by Qatar Airways and has leased aircraft from Qatar - loaned an Airbus A330-200 to Finnair. This was after a loading vehicle at Chicago O‘Hare took out a Finnair A330-300. Finnair of course is a member of the oneworld alliance, and an anti-trust immunized joint venture partner across the Atlantic with American Airlines (along with British Airways and Iberia). And they‘ll be using the Air Italy plan until

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What Top Consultants Are Telling Airlines They Should Do to Change Their Programs

McKinsey Co has a new report "How to improve airline customer-loyalty programs." It begins by outlining the challenge airlines face managing the balance between printing miles and making award seats available for redemption. Continue reading What Top Consultants Are Telling Airlines They Should Do to Change Their Programs...

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Inflight CNN May Get Expensive and More Wealth Coming for Uber Drivers

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites the latest news and tips. Continue reading Inflight CNN May Get Expensive and More Wealth Coming for Uber Drivers...

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What Cuts Will American Airlines Announce This Month?

American Airlines stock has plummeted. The price of fuel is way up. The markets haven‘t liked their big capital expenses, in new aircraft and facilities. Their third quarter earnings call is scheduled for the morning of Thursday, October 25. And they need to walk in with a narrative Wall Street might like. Continue reading What Cuts Will American Airlines Announce This Month?...

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New Low Value Mileage ‘Upsells‘ Will Make Delta Elite Upgrades a Rarity

During the airline‘s earnings call yesterday CEO Ed Bastian says Delta is now up to monetizing ‘about 60%‘ of their first class seats. So they‘re behind goal (though they‘re apparently ahead of their peers who are likely still in the 40‘s). One way they plan to increase the number of seats they‘re upselling to customers, rather than offering as complimentary upgrades, is to offer payment by miles as an al

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Air Canada Bans Grandma Who Wanted Flight Attendant to Pick Up Trash

In a post-9/11 world it‘s important not to challenge a flight attendant‘s authority because you may wind up confronted by law enforcement. I‘ve seen passengers express concern when a flight attendant moved their stuff in the overhead bin, and immediately face an ‘are we going to have a problem today?‘ response. So it doesn‘t surprise me that a situation with a 71 year old grandmother flying with her grandchildr

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The Unabomber‘s Home Will Soon Be a Hyatt and Why Hooters Air Failed

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites the latest news and tips. Continue reading The Unabomber‘s Home Will Soon Be a Hyatt and Why Hooters Air Failed...

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25% Discount on Turkish Airlines Domestic Awards

Citibank added Turkish Airlines Miles Smiles as a transfer partner last year. That means plenty of people have access to Turkish frequent flyer miles. As a result it‘s worth sharing that Turkish is running a 25% discount on domestic award tickets for booking and travel through the end of the year. Continue reading 25% Discount on Turkish Airlines Domestic Awards...

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As Marriott Workers Strike, Guests Stuck With the Full Bill But Less Service

8,000 Marriott employees are on strike in 8 cities. That encompasses 23 hotels in Boston, Detroit, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, and Hawaii out of about 6500 Marriott properties worldwide and includes housekeeping, bartenders and others represented by union UNITE Here. Marriott‘s position has been that hotels are open and they‘re ready to welcome guests. Guest reports suggest otherwise. And Marriott won‘t waive ca

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Amazing Airfare: 880 British Airways First Class Roundtrip , South Africa Spain

Right now you can book British Airways first class from Johannesburg or Capetown, South Africa to Barcelona or Madrid, Spain for 880 roundtrip. That‘s incredible. In fact it‘s a base fare of just 111.20 in each direction plus taxes and fees. For international first class. Continue reading Amazing Airfare: 880 British Airways First Class Roundtrip , South Africa - Spain...

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Great Airfare Deal: Business Class to China for 1500 Roundtrip

Right now there‘s a fantastic business class deal from Los Angeles to Beijing or Shanghai on SkyTeam member China Southern (which is part-owned by American Airlines). You can book one-stop roundtrip for less than 1510 to either destination. That‘s an incredible fare. When fares are this low you don‘t want to spend miles for an award ticket. Continue reading Great Airfare Deal: Business Class to China for 1500 Roundtrip...

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Marriott Adds Bonus For Staying at Different Brands to New MegaBonus Promotion

Last month Marriott launched their first promotion of the ‘new‘ program. There was a companion game 29 Ways to Stay for each of Marriott Rewards‘ 29 participating brands. It was supposed to launch October 4. It finally launched today. And Marriott has added on to their MegaBonus promotion, bonus points for staying at their different brands. Continue reading Marriott Adds Bonus For Staying at Different Brands to New MegaBonus

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30% Bonus on Transfers from Marriott Points to United (And Other Hotel Points, Too)

When Marriott combined programs on August 18th they took all Starwood points balances and tripled them. And they kept the basics of the Starwood points transfers to miles system. So miles transfer 3:1 with most airline partners (instead of the old 1:1, but it‘s effectively the same) and transfers into 20,000 miles earns 5000 bonus miles. In other words, transferring 60,000 Marriott points yields 25,000 airline miles. When you transfer to

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American Sends Bigger Planes to Chicago Because They‘re Taking Business Seats Away From Smaller Planes

American Airlines is taking business class seats out of their Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Those planes are going from 28 business class seats down to 20, so that the "mini cabin" at the back of business class can be used for premium economy. Chicago is American‘s 787-8 city. The airline likes to base a specific aircraft type in each city to the extent possible, because it makes their operation simpler. When a plane goes mechanical, they have m

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