New Rewards in ATL: Uber VIP

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Uber VIP has arrived in Atlanta. What is Uber VIP? A rewards program for Uber’s most frequent riders. How do you become an Uber VIP in Atlanta? Complete 10 rides per month. When you hit 10 rides, the VIP option will appear in the Uber app. According to Uber, “No matter how or where you Uber, we want to reward you for it. Complete ten rides per month and unlock an upgraded Uber experience that grants you access exclusive offers from our partners and the highest-quality rides.” And there’s more – “Sneak peak: Exclusive partners for February include: HUX, PeachDish, Murphy’s, and more!” What Do You Get? According to Uber, An Exclusive Experience – Advance access to Uber promotions and exclusive giveaways for VIP riders only.…

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Remembering Eastern Air Lines

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An article in Airways News reminds me that this is an important day in aviation history too. On January 18, 1991, Eastern Air Lines operated its last flight. Eastern has a storied past, is responsible for many advancements in the airline industry, and is fondly remembered by many. Importantly in my own aviation career, Eastern is the airline that I took my first flight with aboard a DC-9-50, at the ripe old age of 10. Caught in a quagmire of labor unrest, the competitive shakedown of post-deregulation era, and ultimately, the beginning of the first Gulf War, Eastern ceased operations. Today, I pause just briefly to remember a great airline.

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Hotel Loyalty: Little Things Make a Big Difference

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I was never one to find the hotel loyalty programs as enticing as airline programs. I have always found airline elite status to have a greater impact on my travel experiences, even when I have less of it than I used to. That said, I’d rather have hotel elite status than not, and unlike every other blogger on earth, I’ve never really minded Marriott. Is Marriott Rewards richly rewarding? Hardly. But their hotels are usually where I need to be, I can expect a fairly consistent experience, a clean room, etc.  Lately, Kimpton loyalty has been taking on new meaning for me. Sometime last year I decided to swear off what I call “big box” hotels. While I certainly wouldn’t hesitate…

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2016 Travel Resolutions

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We’re 12 days into 2016, and as I prepare to embark on my first business trip of the year I find myself reflecting on the year that was almost as much as the year ahead. 2015 will be memorable in too many ways, not the least of which is the fact that “revenue-based” became a likely permanent part of most frequent flyer’s vocabulary. Of course, 2016 isn’t starting off well for those of us who delve in the arena of “manufactured spending.” I’ll admit that I’ve toyed with the concept of MS over the last few years, but I never really went “all in.” Frankly, I was always concerned that things were getting a little too easy, and in the…

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New Cashback Card, Amex Platinum, and Four New Ships

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It’s back on the business travel road this week, with a mid-week trip, and my first of 2016. It’s my favorite kind of business trip, the 2-nighter… easy to pack for. What can I say? I’m easy to please. Let’s take a look at the past week’s posts at MJ on Travel. (Feature image credit: Carnival Corporation) Via BoardingArea Fidelity Amex Going Away – New 2% Visa Introduced Amex Platinum – The Annual Conversation Targeted 3X AAdvantage Bonus Miles from Citi Executive Delta Announce 2016 MQM Rollover Date Via InsideFlyer Four New Ships For Carnival Corporation Enjoy your weekend! -MJ, January 9, 2016

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Delta Announces 2016 MQM Rollover Date

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One thing I like about Delta’s Medallion status is SkyMiles rollover MQMs. Basically, if you exceed your required MQMs for the level of elite status you attain, Delta will roll that amount over to the next year. This can give you a good head start on status for the next year….and we all know I’m going to need that! Per “SkyMilesTeam” on FlyerTalk, rollover MQMs from 2015 will begin posting during the week of January 11, 2016. It could take 1 to 2 weeks for your rollover MQMs to post. This is the way things usually work, but it always generates a bit of angst and questions about when rollover MQMs post. How many MQMs will you rollover this year?…

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3X AAdvantage Bonus Miles Offer from Citi Executive (Likely Targeted)

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Citi is back with another Advantage bonus miles offer. This (likely) targeted offer for my Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® is for 3X miles for online purchases (excluding American Airlines purchases). The promotion period is now through March 31, 2016. While I definitely make a lot of online purchases, the benefit of the offer is capped at 2,500 miles. It’s worth signing up for if you are a Citi Executive customer, and are going to be making some online purchases anyway. Though I’m not sure 2,500 bonus miles are enough to sway my purchasing decisions between now and the end of March. Did you get a similar offer for your Citi AAdvantage Executive or any other Citi AA card? Share…

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Amex Platinum – The Annual Conversation

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American Express has been taking it on the chin lately. Losing Costco, Starwood program in jeopardy with Marriott buyout, etc. But for many business travelers, there’s been an old reliable card in our wallets for years, the Amex Platinum….and hey…if you’re lucky and/or good, the Centurion Card. Each year, the sizable $450 annual fee hits about this time, and I have a conversation with myself every year. The hefty annual fee is one I have continued to pay because of the benefits that come with the card. The benefits I value most in no particular order are: Cruise Privileges Starwood Preferred Guest Gold Hilton Gold Sky Club Access A smattering of rental car statuses (Avis, Hertz, National) Access to the Centurion…

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Fidelity Amex Going Away – New Visa Coming

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One of the most enduring cash back cards in the business, the Fidelity 2% cash back card (Amex) is no longer available for new accounts. Instead, Fidelity will offer a new cash back Visa in partnership with Elan Financial Services, a US Bank company. (Feature image credit: Fidelity) The new product will be a Visa card, which is generally better accepted worldwide than the American Express card it replaces. The card will continue to offer 2% cash back rewards, and will finally include compatibility with services like Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay, a major weakness of the prior card. What About My Current Card? According to Fidelity’s FAQ’s on the new card, we’ll still be able to enjoy all its…

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead, and Loyalty Ashore

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Happy New Year!!! It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone, and here we are 2 days into 2016. I’m kinda psyched about the new year, and wish you the very best in 2016!!! Here’s a look at last week’s posts. (Feature image credit: Shutterstock) Via BoardingArea Is Your Insulin Pump at Risk from TSA’s Changes Airline Loyalty: Looking Ahead to 2016 2015: My Last Year as Delta Platinum Medallion (For Now) Looking Back at the Best Posts of 2015 (and a few more) Via InsideFlyer Cruise Line Loyalty Benefits That Follow You Ashore Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend! -MJ, January 3, 2016  

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