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Paris On My Mind

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It’s hard to believe that just a month ago my wife and I were exploring Paris. We had both been before, but not together so it was a fun adventure. As for me, I have been several times, but always on business. Translation – I had never taken the time to actually visit Paris. While I suppose I am glad we went when we did and were not there for the awful attack, the truth is, we want to go back. We both loved being there. Five years of French for MrsMJ paid off in communicating. My 2 years…..well, we won’t talk about that. I found everyone to be polite and welcoming, helpful when we we had a question, and just…

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Smooth AA Flights, a DevAAl, and Then There’s Marriott-SPG


Has there been a week this eventful in loyalty in recent memory? AAdvantage 2016 and a Marriott – SPG merger in the same week. Admittedly, I had tied Starwood and Hyatt together in my mind. Obviously, Marriott had other ideas, and from their perspective, I can see why. From the perspective of a former SPG Platinum, I can also see why Starwood loyalists are nervous. Now it’s time for a break from the road to talk turkey over the American Thanksgiving holiday. In the meantime, let’s look at posts from last week. (Feature image credit: Shutterstock) Via MJ on Travel First American Flights Since Reservations System Cutover Marriott and SPG: Mixed Emotions A Word on AAdvantage 2016 Southwest’s Business Select:…

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The Question on my Mind: AAdvantage Award Availability


As the dust settles on American’s recently announced 2016 AAdvantage program, I find myself in a reflective mood. The bottom line of the changes is that many, if not most will earn fewer miles with the new program, even if I don’t count myself in that category. The price of most (but certainly not all) awards is going up, in some cases, way up. (Feature image credit: Shutterstock) My initial focus on the changes was not surprisingly on the things that matter most in my workaday domestic business travel life. Those are: priority boarding, upgrades, and customer support. In short – elite status. For the most part, other than the loss of four systemwide upgrades for Executive Platinums, elite status and…

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My First Southwest Business Select Purchase

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Business Select is Southwest’s top fare class and includes guaranteed A1-15 boarding, priority security, bonus Rapid Rewards points, and a complimentary cocktail. Southwest has seen a bit more of me this year, and recently I made my first Business Select purchase. I wasn’t seeking to buy a Business Select fare or even fly Southwest specifically. Simply put, I had a short-notice travel need and Southwest not only offered nonstops to where I needed to go, Business Select was by far the most affordable option. Throw in a $100 dollar credit I had with Southwest, and the decision was an easy one. Southwest Offers Compelling Value for Many Frankly, for the flak they get from some circles, Southwest offers a perfectly acceptable…

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A Word on AAdvantage 2016

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We now have a picture of what the 2016 AAdvantage program is going to look like. Not ironically, it looks a lot like the programs of Delta and United, but not exactly like them. American’s managers were right to focus on getting US Airways and American onto the same reservations system before making any big frequent flier changes. Now, that the October 17 computer merger is behind them, they’re out with the new 2016 AAdvantage program. This Happened More Quickly Than I Expected I am not going to review the particulars of changes to the program or award charts as that has been done across the blogosphere since American’s press release yesterday, and in reality, for weeks prior. In all…

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Marriott and SPG: Mixed Emotions


The proposed merger of Marriott and Starwood has brought a predictable course of tears from many that are invested in the SPG program. As a SPG Platinum alumnus, I have to say that all things being equal, I preferred the SPG program to Marriott Rewards overall. It’s just that all things were not equal…..and they still aren’t. Given my stay patterns at the time, obtaining and maintaining SPG Platinum was a bit of an endurance contest. Ultimately, the allure of Marriott’s plethora of properties in cities and towns of all sizes won out, and I moved over to Marriott Rewards even though stay requirements were tougher. Simply put, it made the most sense for me at the time. That has not changed.…

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The Weekly Recap – November 15, 2015

Back on the road for business this week, and hopefully, back to a more normal blogging routine. Last week was overcome by personal events that I had not anticipated. I have a lot to say, including a few thoughts on the rumored changes at AAdvantage. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the tiny bit of work we did manage to accomplish around here. Via MJ on Travel Southwest Targets Me with Double Rapid Rewards Delta Introduces New Serviceware #AvGeek Video: Delta A330 Takeoff Via InsideFlyer Cruise Line Loyalty: Celebrity Captain’s Club

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Delta Enhancing Serviceware in First and Delta One

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Delta Air Lines is modernizing its premium cabin serviceware through a partnership with Alessi. The changes will lead to new plates, glasses, flatware and service products in First Class and Delta One cabins in 2017. (Feature image credit: Delta Air Lines) “We understand every aspect and detail of the travel experience matters to our customers,” said Robyn Klein, Delta’s Managing Director – On Board Services. “Working alongside the talented and creative teams at Alessi, a design house that continues to set the standard for innovative and unique design, we’ll bring to the airplane an uncompromising level of elegance and service that builds on Alessi’s renowned design inspiration.” According to Delta, this change “comes as the airline continues to make evolutionary and meaningful enhancements to the experience it…

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Three Weeks On Ocean Cruising, Loyalty, and More

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Yes, I’m back with The Weekly Recap. Actually, it’s a “3” weekly recap since I haven’t posted one while I was away. Stringing together 3 weeks off is quite an accomplishment, and I did take some real time off, including going off the grid intermittently. Now, I’m back. Back to reality, back to the blog, and back to thinking about the next trip! Here’s a look at the last 3 weeks. (Feature image credit: Shutterstock) Via MJ on Travel The End of an ErAA: US Airways Final Flight Paris Highlights So Far Delta and Expedia Expand Partnership Diary of a Trans Atlantic Cruise: The Beginning Best of: AAdvantage Will Be Next But it Could Be Different Best of: Loyalty at…

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