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[Updated 5/14/20] Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs
[Updated 5/14/20] Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs

[Updated 5/14/20] Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs

Introduction Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen credit card companies and loyalty programs introduce many consumer-friendly changes. There have been so many that it’s hard to keep up with everything! Last week, we published a summary of the consumer-friendly…

AA Lockdown Update – Including Potential Media Coverage and Can I Spend My Way Back Into AA’s Good Graces?
AA Lockdown Update – Including Potential Media Coverage and Can I Spend My Way Back Into AA’s Good Graces?

AA Lockdown Update – Including Potential Media Coverage and Can I Spend My Way Back Into AA’s Good Graces?

Introduction Over the past few weeks, we’ve written about AA’s shutdowns and lockdowns of AAdvantage accounts, including: My own personal AA lockdown; Coverage and thoughts regarding the AA account shutdowns and lockdowns in general; and Planning and strategy issues for…

Huge Airline News – Alaska to Reconnect with American and Join Oneworld – Details & Our Preliminary Thoughts
Huge Airline News – Alaska to Reconnect with American and Join Oneworld – Details & Our Preliminary Thoughts

Huge Airline News – Alaska to Reconnect with American and Join Oneworld – Details & Our Preliminary Thoughts

Introduction Today was supposed to be Hyatt day at Middle Age Miles (and we’ll eventually get there), but huge airline news that promises a dramatic impact on the travel and points-and-miles world broke this morning. Alaska Airlines has announced that…

Middle Age Miles News & Notes 1/10/20 – MGM; AA Vacations; Best Western; Hilton; Alaska; LifeMiles; Hyatt-AA
Middle Age Miles News & Notes 1/10/20 – MGM; AA Vacations; Best Western; Hilton; Alaska; LifeMiles; Hyatt-AA

Middle Age Miles News & Notes 1/10/20 – MGM; AA Vacations; Best Western; Hilton; Alaska; LifeMiles; Hyatt-AA

No doubt, the biggest news in the credit card/points-and-miles world this week has been the impending changes coming to the Chase Sapphire Reserve (CSR) card. We’ve been digesting that news and thinking through the CSR value proposition and strategies in…

Recalibrating Our Baseline Values for Points & Miles
Recalibrating Our Baseline Values for Points & Miles

Recalibrating Our Baseline Values for Points & Miles

Introduction When you are earning points and miles and considering possible redemptions, it is critically important to have a general understanding of the value of those points and miles.  All points and miles are not created equal! Thus, back in September 2018…

Earn Extra Miles for Your Post-Holiday eShopping with Bonuses from American, Alaska & United
Earn Extra Miles for Your Post-Holiday eShopping with Bonuses from American, Alaska & United

Earn Extra Miles for Your Post-Holiday eShopping with Bonuses from American, Alaska & United

The American, Alaska and United eShopping portals all have identical promotions that started today. Earn some extra miles with your post-holiday shopping! Details of the eShopping Portal Bonus Offers Each bonus offer period runs from now through January 10. Each…

Earn Extra Miles for Your Early Holiday Shopping – Portal Bonuses from Alaska, American, Southwest & United
Earn Extra Miles for Your Early Holiday Shopping – Portal Bonuses from Alaska, American, Southwest & United

Earn Extra Miles for Your Early Holiday Shopping – Portal Bonuses from Alaska, American, Southwest & United

Several of the major airline shopping portals are running bonus promotions for your early holiday shopping. We’re seeing bonus offers from Alaska, American, Southwest and United (but not Delta; not sure why). Each bonus offer period runs from now through…

Keep or Cancel – B of A Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card
Keep or Cancel – B of A Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card

Keep or Cancel – B of A Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card

Executive Summary After my $75 annual fee posted, I canceled my Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card after holding it for one year.  I was able to keep my second-year Companion Fare without paying the second-year Annual Fee,…