Chipping and Dipping But Where Is My PIN?


October 1 came and went, and the world did not spin off its axis. What am I talking about? The EMV liability shift, of course. Huh? October 1 was the day the fine folks at the card companies declared that the USA would finally move to the Europay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) standard for credit card payments and incentivized merchants by transferring the liability for fraudulent transactions to the merchants, not the banks. What does that mean? Basically, as of October 1, if a customer presents an EMV capable card for payment, and the merchant swipes the card because they don’t have EMV equipment, the merchant is responsible for covering the charges if they turn out to be fraudulent. What is…

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A Recap of the Week and Some News From MJ


Fall has turned into a time of travel for me. Likely two more business trips before leaving for Paris, and lots to get done. One bit of news I wanted to share. You likely noticed that InsideFlyer has returned to the web and the former MilePoint forums are now part of the InsideFlyer brand. That is a huge project and one with much potential to serve a broad array of travelers. On a personal note, I am pleased to share that I along with some dedicated cruisers will cover the topic of cruises at InsideFlyer. My first two articles are already on the site, an introductory post on cruise line loyalty and the first program covered, Royal Caribbean’s Crown &…

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Another Citi AAdvantage 3X Offer: Targeted

I’ll admit it up front, my Citi AAdvantage card does not see much spending action from me. In fact, it’s at the top of my list of cards I’ll be parting with in the next 6 months. However, that won’t stop me from taking advantage of a bonus mile offer for spend when they come along, and Citi is back with another. This time around my offer is for 3X AAdvantage miles for spend at grocery stores, gas stations, drugstores, restaurants, and commuter transportation merchants. The offer is good from enrollment through December 31, 2015, but caps out at 2,500 miles. I don’t know about you, but I’ll hit that threshold long before December! This is at least the third…

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Delta Operates 100 Percent of Its Flights in September


This morning, Delta Air Lines issued its monthly financial and operating performance report. It’s a typical press release with some mundane financial information. What caught my eye? It’s rare enough for an airline to operate its entire published schedule for a couple of days. But that is a 100 percent completion factor for the entire month of September. As the resident ops guy here at Boadingarea, all I can say is that’s really something.    

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Honor Flight: Thoughts on a Water Cannon Salute

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Yesterday, I flew Delta Air Lines to Washington, DC. It started like any other mundane business trip other than departing from Atlanta’s international terminal. I took the opportunity to visit Delta’s Sky Club where I caught a glimpse of my airplane to DC. I would soon find out why the aircraft was so aptly named “The Spirit of Freedom.” Arriving at the gate I found quite the mob scene of people and what appeared to be a higher than average number of older passengers, many of whom were in wheelchairs. Honor Flight Conyers was transporting a number of our Nation’s World War II, Korea, and Vietnam veterans to Washington, DC for the day. Yes, boarding took a little while, but rather…

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Three Favorite Things About the iPhone 6S


A few days into iPhone 6S Plus ownership, and I have some thoughts to share. Let me say now that this is not meant to be an Android vs. iOS thing. For the record, I think Android phones are great, but I like what I like and I prefer iPhone overall. Further, keep in mind that I upgraded from an iPhone 5, not even the S version. While this is my 4th iPhone, the rollout of iPhone 6S and 6S Plus was the first time I have bothered to wake up in the middle of the night so I could pre-order a new phone for delivery on the day the phone hit stores (9/25). Suffice it to say, I was anxious to…

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AvGeek Video: Delta Taking Off

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Happy Saturday morning! I just viewed Delta’s newest commercial while watching CNN, and loved it. I decided to take a look at YouTube to see if it was available there, and it was. This is definitely my favorite of the Donald Sutherland narrated ads. It’s the rolling down the runway and taking off thing….yeah, that’s it.

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The FCM – It Burns


You know that I’m not a fan of the “unlimited complimentary” upgrade to first class schemes. They create unlimited demand for a very limited product, and are of course offered on a space-available basis. That said, if you ask a bunch of frequent fliers why they bother with elite status, I have to think that upgrades are going to be at the top of the list for many, if not most. Last night, I checked in for my flight at the 24 hour mark and was greeted with a screen I haven’t seen in a while. For a mere $199.00, this Platinum Medallion could “secure first class now” on a roughly 1 hour flight. No thanks. Don’t get me wrong, I…

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