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Jan 13, 21, 10:31 pm
Replies: 223
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Posted By WrightHI

After thinking about this for a few days, my...

After thinking about this for a few days, my conclusion is: meh. Travel is likely to be down for a while, AS has a pretty solid history of treating its elites decently, and I don’t expect a giant...
Jan 13, 21, 2:10 pm
Replies: 223
Views: 16,454
Posted By WrightHI

Obviously the right approach. I'm tempted to...

Obviously the right approach. I'm tempted to argue for putting sockeye ahead of king, but that's maybe a little bit too idiosyncratic for a mass market program.
Jan 3, 21, 11:27 pm
Replies: 72
Views: 7,959
Posted By WrightHI

Weíre talking here about the relationship between...

Weíre talking here about the relationship between a consumer and a very large financial services company. This is not horse trading with the neighboring ranch. Your value to Amex is what their...
Jan 2, 21, 2:53 pm
Replies: 1,221
Views: 267,170
Posted By WrightHI

That may be true, but with all the goodies Amex...

That may be true, but with all the goodies Amex is throwing around, I can’t make this year pencil even at $450. The Amex Gold, Schwab Plat, and BBP combo beats CSR and Freedoms on earn rate and...
Jan 1, 21, 12:55 pm
Replies: 381
Views: 118,632
Posted By WrightHI

If the fare class also gets you a premium class...

If the fare class also gets you a premium class seat, it may be worth trying a call on that basis.
Dec 31, 20, 11:25 am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,089
Posted By WrightHI

Opposite for me: first time in many years that I...

Opposite for me: first time in many years that I didn’t qualify for any status organically. What I have rolls over and I should pick up again by mid-year, but this year started strong and then...
Dec 30, 20, 3:41 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 645
Posted By WrightHI

Just try multi-city searches with the companion...

Just try multi-city searches with the companion fare code. I just played with it a bit and it appears to be feasible to tack a one-way to wherever onto the end of your trip (eg SAN-OGG, OGG-SAN, then...
Dec 30, 20, 12:36 pm
Replies: 159
Views: 13,575
Posted By WrightHI

So fly B6 on this trip. It's not unusual for a...

So fly B6 on this trip. It's not unusual for a carrier's price on a route to be uncompetitive for one reason or another.
Dec 29, 20, 9:51 pm
Replies: 159
Views: 13,575
Posted By WrightHI

In theory, yes, and sometimes the long red eye in...

In theory, yes, and sometimes the long red eye in a lie flat seat is a better choice. But Iíve found that in practice, leaving mid-day doesnít usually cost me more useful time than leaving in late...
Dec 29, 20, 8:48 pm
Replies: 159
Views: 13,575
Posted By WrightHI

Kidding aside, I find AS first to the west coast,...

Kidding aside, I find AS first to the west coast, sleeping in a bed, and then going on in the morning to be a perfectly decent way to get from Hawaii to the east coast. I leave a bit earlier but...
Dec 29, 20, 1:40 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 980
Posted By WrightHI

So they now have a better handle on the cost of...

So they now have a better handle on the cost of portal redemptions, which should mean they can go ahead and update CSR and CSP, right? That seems overdue, but could turn out to be well-timed for a...
Dec 21, 20, 1:45 pm
Replies: 178
Views: 19,292
Posted By WrightHI

Booked a total of five tickets between HNL and...

Booked a total of five tickets between HNL and SEA/PDX for myself and family, all in first, at an average cost of $650. Not bad. Yeah, I could have booked in back and probably gotten upgraded on some...
Dec 19, 20, 5:32 pm
Replies: 159
Views: 13,575
Posted By WrightHI

No they donít. HA on the A330 routes and UA on...

No they donít. HA on the A330 routes and UA on the HD 777 flights from SFO and LAX, but thatís it from the west coast.
Dec 15, 20, 4:47 pm
Replies: 381
Views: 118,632
Posted By WrightHI

Whatever they did to fix the cheap ticket...

Whatever they did to fix the cheap ticket loophole seems to have made auto-credits unreliable at best, but I haven't had any problems with PC seat reimbursements in the $100 range, nor does there...
Dec 8, 20, 4:20 pm
Replies: 1,469
Views: 325,401
Posted By WrightHI

I don't know about UA or HA but there are threads...

I don't know about UA or HA but there are threads for using the credits on them as well. But if you don't value Hilton, it gets harder to make sense of a high-end Hilton card, or at least it would...
Dec 6, 20, 1:11 pm
Replies: 1,469
Views: 325,401
Posted By WrightHI

Two thoughts, both slightly OT: 1. If youíre...

Two thoughts, both slightly OT:

1. If youíre an AS flyer, you absolutely can use the airline credit. Thereís a thread here on how.

2. If your goal is Hilton points, the Gold is a better earner...
Dec 3, 20, 10:38 pm
Replies: 381
Views: 118,632
Posted By WrightHI

Iím hitting .000 on getting AS seat fees to...

Iím hitting .000 on getting AS seat fees to auto-post, but itís easy enough to chat or call. IME you have to wait 14 days first.
Nov 18, 20, 3:58 pm
Replies: 468
Views: 179,989
Posted By WrightHI

No joy on CSR, with fourth annual fee due in a...

No joy on CSR, with fourth annual fee due in a few days. Will likely pay and then downgrade after picking up next year's travel and DoorDash credits. I did get $150 for Ritz earlier this year, so not...
Oct 26, 20, 2:16 pm
Replies: 123
Views: 15,539
Posted By WrightHI

Yeah, that's the best thing I can see about it....

Yeah, that's the best thing I can see about it. Gold plus Plat is now $25/month in Uber credit and more worth making an effort for. I hate the fiddly credits, and I'm still waiting to see if Chase is...
Sep 24, 20, 8:40 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 661
Posted By WrightHI

Does Amex have her SSN? We had good results...

Does Amex have her SSN? We had good results adding our early-20s nephews to one of our Amex accounts, but did include their SSNs to facilitate reporting to the bureaus.
Sep 24, 20, 8:27 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 2,162
Posted By WrightHI

Would you mind saying a bit more about the...

Would you mind saying a bit more about the insurer and test logistics? I'd like to be able to visit my parents, and it's becoming clear what will be needed to return to Hawaii afterward, but what I...
Sep 24, 20, 6:10 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 2,655
Posted By WrightHI

Just had a colleague with a valid visa and a US...

Just had a colleague with a valid visa and a US job that needs his physical presence receive a perfunctory denial of what looked like a strong case for applicability of one of the exemptions in the...
Sep 24, 20, 4:42 pm
Replies: 70
Views: 7,879
Posted By WrightHI

I don't see the CF/CFF/CFU changes as materially...

I don't see the CF/CFF/CFU changes as materially changing the CSR value proposition. If you have CSR, the only new bonus category is drugstores, and if you don't have CSR, 3x on dining is only a...
Sep 19, 20, 2:31 pm
Replies: 418
Views: 93,209
Posted By WrightHI

I don’t believe we’ve seen anything to suggest...

I don’t believe we’ve seen anything to suggest that you couldn’t hold CSR until January, downgrade for a partial annual fee refund, apply for CSP, and subsequently re-upgrade the former CSR or...
Sep 19, 20, 1:36 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 545
Posted By WrightHI

There are some reports around here somewhere that...

There are some reports around here somewhere that it can be done in person at an AS lounge, but not on line or over the phone. No personal experience (yet).
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