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Old Jun 10, 07, 10:51 am
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Originally Posted by Stefan Daystrom View Post
It's one thing to theorize that some restaurants may have a different card machine that they use for all transactions that they wouldn't want to have miles/cashback earned on. But to theorize that they make a decision at the instant that you hand them a particular card???
I have spoken with two local restaurant owners who've told me that the money siphoned off to Miami has directly affected their cash flow. I believe that they do assume a co-branded card means the tab will compound the situation; to be fair, they don't blame the diners. Here is AS-central, just about everyone with a pulse of a credit rating has an Alaska Airlines-linked Bank of America visa (or debit) card, automatically linked to RN at signup.

I'm more concerned about joints with a $10 minimum on credit cards as (a probably coincendental) way of getting around giving miles.
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