Is Amazon Getting In The Travel Business?

It is always an interesting thing to see large corporations spreading their wings into other business arenas. Some are great fits while others may have made sense at one point but the implementation fell flat. One example is a large grocery store chain that planned to get into the laundromat business to create a real all-in-one shopping experience (it would be great – get your laundry done while you shop!). The problems that manifested included people taking their dirty clothes past the produce and putting those dirty clothes in the same shopping carts that were used for food transport. ...

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New Amex Offer For Photographers – $100 Back on $500 Spend

Photography is an important part of travel – it gives us the opportunity to capture places and memories in the incredible places we visit. Those photos are there to remind us of those times long after we have returned home. Being married to a photographer makes me even more keenly aware of that. New Amex Offer For Photographers $100 Back on $500 Spend Well, thankfully, there is a nice Amex offer waiting in our accounts for a place in Georgia called Showcase Photo and Video. While the selection is not huge, they do have several options for the photographer and videographer. They have everything from point and shoot cameras to serious professional camcorders and DSLR cameras. They also have accessories and audio equipment. The Amex offer for Showcase Photo and Video sits at $100 back on a purchase of $500 or more. That is a great deal – 20% back on photography equipment! From the look of the checkout page, it appears that you can stack gift certificates making the sky... ...

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Combine 16X AA Miles And $15 Back On $50 For A Great Deal

Generally speaking, it is not the best way to save money to buy flowers online. However, it can be an incredibly lucrative way to earn miles if you do plan to order flowers! In this case, we have a combo of AAdvantage’s shopping portal and their payout of 16 AA miles per dollar with an Amex offer that will give you $15 off purchases of $50 or more. Combine 16X AA Miles and $15 Back on $50 Spend To make this happen, you need to do two things – go through the AAdvantage shopping portal and have an Amex card that has the deal for 1800Flowers saved to it. One other thing to be aware of – you will receive an extra 350 miles for every $175 you spend (up 1,050 miles). Let’s build this and see what is possible and then look at an extremely lucrative twist (if it works!). Saving the Amex Offer for 1800Flowers Log in to your American Express account and click on any of the cards you have in... ...

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Targeted: 2,000 Southwest Points For Referrals

Earlier in the year, Southwest ran a promo for new customers to get 2,000 points for signing up for an account. This time, Southwest is back with another promo but for the person who refers new accounts. This is a quick and easy way to earn 2,000 points, which is worth about $36! 2,000 Southwest Points For Referrals This promo is targeted, so make sure you check your e-mail for the promotional e-mail! The subject line on my e-mail was Earn up to 2,000 bonus points for referring your friends. The details about the promo are: Earn 500 Rapid Reward points for each friend that enrolls via your referral Your friends must sign up on or before December 20, 2014 They must include your referral code (located in your e-mail) in the “Promotional Code” field at the bottom of the enrollment process page   ...

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Sorry, Delta, I Like My Math Complicated

Yesterday, Delta sent out their e-mail to refresh everyone about the upcoming changes to the 2015 Delta Skymiles program. I am not sure if the timing had anything to do with it, but it was just a day after it was confirmed that Delta is doing away with open-jaws and stopovers on their award tickets. The e-mail highlights the many things that will be changing and does it in a very positive manner. I’ve got to say – airlines and politicians both have a monopoly on being masters of spin. Both of them treat what they say as if it is good for the end-user even while they are really doing something good for their own interests. So, let’s have some fun and take a look at what Delta is saying and see what they are really trying to say to us! Delta to Customers – These Changes Are Good For You! The 2015 Skymiles Program Gives Your Miles Some BREATHING ROOM. The 2015 Skymiles® program gives you all-new ways to use... ...

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Paying For Meals With United Miles

American Express started opening the gates by offering to let their customers use Membership Rewards to pay for their meals at McDonalds. Now, United is launching a program to let customers use their United miles to pay for meals in airports. United is setting up 6,000 iPads at airports throughout its network to allow their customers to use their miles in exchange for food and drinks. The exchange is not fixed but is said to be 143 miles per dollar. In other words, you will get about .7 cents per mile in value on your food. Some of the examples given by Bloomberg are: a seared salmon dish that costs $29 at Saison (restaurant in Newark airport) will cost 4,150 miles while a $2.99 bottle of Fiji water will set you back 430 miles. That means that if you were to treat your family (of 5) in such a fashion with the items listed, you will be out just under 18,000 miles. For one meal. At an airport. Using airline miles. To... ...

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JetBlue Adding Bag Fees And Reducing Legroom

In their presentation to investors today, JetBlue laid out a new plan to increase revenue and that plan includes eliminating the free bag for passengers. At the same time, they will be adding seats to their A320 aircraft which will reduce the legroom for the majority of the seats (while still retaining the most legroom in coach as they currently advertise). JetBlue Adding Bag Fees and Reducing Legroom JetBlue did not say how much the bag fees will be, but it would be a reasonable guess that it is similar to and inline with the other carriers (for example, $25 for the first checked bag). This now makes Southwest the only US airline to offer free checked bags for everyone (so watch for the commercials coming soon!). New Fare Classes What JetBlue will be doing is rolling out a new fare class structure that will have three separate fare classes – the cheapest fare will require passengers to pay for the first checked bag, the next fare class will include... ...

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United Changes Baggage Policy On Award Tickets And For Gold Elites

Seriously, no one changes their baggage policy as many times as United does. They have changed/updated their baggage policy at least 7 times over the past year. Many of those changes have not been noticeable to the US-based traveler, but a couple have stood out. The first was from last October when they gutted the extra baggage allotments for Star Alliance Gold members. One that came about just last week as they announced they will stop checking bags through to your final destination when traveling on non-Star Alliance carriers (but checking in with United). United Changes Baggage Policy On Award Tickets But, the most recent change is one that puts down a very generous policy that United has had in place for some time. Beginning April 15, 2015, baggage allowances for travelers on United award tickets will be based on the elite status of the traveler, not the status of the account holder that the award was ticketed from. Here is what that means – as of now, if I... ...

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Delta Dresses Up Their Award Calendar – But Does Not Fix The Big Problem

One of the biggest complaints against Delta Airlines over the years has been their award calendar – it had problems all the time! If you have ever searched for award tickets from Delta, you most likely encountered problems along the way. Unfortunately, they did nothing to fix it for the longest time. Delta Dresses Up Their Award Calendar Now, they have finally made some improvements. It now performs more like an award calendar for an airline should – it gives partner availability (some partners), it shows genuine availability, it has not been timing out and taking my seats away before I could ticket, it just works better. Pros of the New Award Calendar Search 5 Weeks at a Time Finally! We can now see award availability, true availability, in a 5 week span versus the former calendars that could change availability just from going back and forth between months. Partner Availability This 5 week view calendar also displays partner availability (at least the partners that Delta allows to be booked online... ...

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