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Frequent Flyer Miles or Cash Back? The Game’s Afoot

August 29, 2014 |

For years, I have been suggesting to my readers that they should compare the value of any rewards credit card they’re considering not with another rewards card but with a cash-rebate card.

Cash always trumps loyalty points with the same … Read More

$5 for a Boarding Pass? Allegiant Says Print or Pay

August 28, 2014 |

Just when you thought the airlines’ relentless fee-mongering had reached its peak, yet another airline figures out yet another way to charge flyers for yet another service once considered basic.

This time, the target is your boarding pass.

Here’s the … Read More

J.D. Power Rates the Credit Cards

August 28, 2014 |

J.D. Power today released results of its eighth annual ranking of credit card customer satisfaction.

The study measures customer satisfaction with credit card issuers by examining six factors: interaction; credit card terms; billing and payment; rewards; benefits and services; and … Read More

Ryanair Business Class: Oxymoron?

August 27, 2014 |

Is Ryanair business class an oxymoron? We’ll soon know.

Today, “Europe’s favourite low cost airline” (Ryanair’s self-description) rolled out Ryanair Business Plus, what it’s calling “a tailored suite of travel benefits.”

Predictably, nowhere in that “suite” is anything resembling a … Read More

Citi Cards Add New Transfer Partner: Flying Blue

August 27, 2014 | 1

Just last month, Citi gave its ThankYou rewards program a significant lift with the addition of eight new airline programs that ThankYou points may be transferred into at a 1:1 ratio.

Unfortunately for U.S.-based travelers, all eight programs are hosted … Read More

American Pulls Fares from Orbitz

August 26, 2014 | 2

Want to book a flight on American Airlines? Fine, just don’t plan to buy your ticket from Orbitz. According to American: “American Airlines has withdrawn its fares from consumer websites powered by Orbitz, effective immediately.”

US Airways fares will be … Read More

Alaska Air Discounts Fall Award Flights

August 26, 2014 | 1

Over the past few years, Alaska has been among the most prolific award discounters. That isn’t saying much, as there’s been little in the way of award discounting among other airlines. Still, at least Alaska was trying.

With this latest … Read More

American Targets Kids for More Fees

August 25, 2014 | 1

Nuisance fees sometimes can be downright nasty. For example: when they target children.

A case in point is American’s just-announced change to the fees it charges for children traveling alone.

Today, children between the ages of five and 11 are … Read More