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Today, 7:10 am
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Posted By bgriff

Are you sure about the partner-marketed,...

Are you sure about the partner-marketed, DL-operated case? I agree they in theory should have the ability to seat you anywhere they want on their own flight, but I think there are commercial...
Jul 6, 20, 8:29 am
Replies: 587
Views: 99,411
Posted By bgriff

While Amex may not have taken action specifically...

While Amex may not have taken action specifically like this before, it is not surprising that a clawback functionality exists. I recently had a big refund on my Bonvoy Amex due to some cancelled...
Jul 4, 20, 12:43 pm
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Views: 672,484
Posted By bgriff

This does appear to be new. I noticed "VA" as an...

This does appear to be new. I noticed "VA" as an available airline on some GUCs in my wallet recently but assumed it was supposed to say VS, but appears this is

However, Virgin Australia is...
Jul 4, 20, 12:09 pm
Replies: 171
Views: 25,628
Posted By bgriff

Data point on the CSR 10x points on streaming...

Data point on the CSR 10x points on streaming services:

Apple Music is an official service for the 10x points, but like the Amex Platinum streaming credit, it appears Chase isnít able to...
Jun 30, 20, 7:42 am
Replies: 1,205
Views: 226,673
Posted By bgriff

Not the best way to encourage engagement with...

Not the best way to encourage engagement with your questions.

It's possible Delta is doing maintenance on the aircraft in MSP, but since MSP isn't a major A359 station for Delta (at least not yet)...
Jun 28, 20, 9:32 am
Replies: 611
Views: 216,838
Posted By bgriff

Data point: Booked 2 international award...

Data point:

Booked 2 international award tickets (in a fit of optimism and wanting something to look forward to) for next spring. Fees of ~$71 each. Both fees are marked as "additional collection"...
Jun 27, 20, 4:41 pm
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Views: 194,756
Posted By bgriff

These days the only thing you can change an Amex...

These days the only thing you can change an Amex card to is another card under the same brand, so your only other option to change the card while keeping the credit history would be the $450 Bonvoy...
Jun 26, 20, 9:20 am
Replies: 47
Views: 4,567
Posted By bgriff

It's unfortunate but I don't see much better...

It's unfortunate but I don't see much better right now, and presumably when interest rates eventually tick back up, Amex will increase the rate on this product as well (perhaps not quite as quickly...
Jun 25, 20, 2:55 pm
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Views: 56,780
Posted By bgriff

It is safe to assume that is what the hotel is...

It is safe to assume that is what the hotel is hoping for right now, but it's far from guaranteed that's what will actually happen.
Jun 25, 20, 8:08 am
Replies: 47
Views: 4,567
Posted By bgriff

FWIW I decided to go through with the offer...

FWIW I decided to go through with the offer yesterday and deposited the $25k. Planning to keep all of it there for a full year unless I have an unanticipated need for the money, and then a year from...
Jun 19, 20, 12:48 pm
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Views: 4,567
Posted By bgriff

Yeah, I guess that is true, though it's also...

Yeah, I guess that is true, though it's also weird since the card has nothing to do with it -- it appears the offer is attached to my Platinum card, but I also have other MR-earning cards. But, I am...
Jun 18, 20, 3:06 pm
Replies: 56
Views: 13,710
Posted By bgriff

There are fewer options to use points for...

There are fewer options to use points for upgrades than for free tickets, generally. With UR points your most likely option is United miles, which would require you to buy a ticket fully operated by...
Jun 15, 20, 1:23 pm
Jun 15, 20, 12:37 pm
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Posted By bgriff

Amex Personal Savings bonuses

I received an offer email from Amex for 25K MR points if I open a Personal Savings account with them and hold $25K in it for at least 90 days. I expect the bonus would be taxable, as is typically the...
Jun 12, 20, 8:53 am
Replies: 442
Views: 108,058
Posted By bgriff

There is only one security checkpoint for both of...

There is only one security checkpoint for both of the new central terminal concourses, at the back of the check-in level of the headhouse, and then passengers proceed upstairs to the food court area...
Jun 11, 20, 2:15 pm
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Views: 108,058
Posted By bgriff

The interactive airport maps offered by the Delta...

The interactive airport maps offered by the Delta app (and I think IIRC also the United app, and maybe others?) has the new headhouse already fully mapped out, which is handy since it may be a while...
Jun 9, 20, 9:23 am
Replies: 587
Views: 99,411
Posted By bgriff

By and large this has gotten better in recent...

By and large this has gotten better in recent times -- when the refreshed Amex Gold launched there were numerous complaints about 4x points on restaurants not coming through correctly, but eventually...
Jun 8, 20, 6:38 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 4,852
Posted By bgriff

Strip resort spas are closed now due to COVID,...

Strip resort spas are closed now due to COVID, and it is unclear when they might reopen, so that may be part of the reason why.
May 25, 20, 8:26 am
Replies: 292
Views: 55,009
Posted By bgriff

Actually that would very much be worth it, if it...

Actually that would very much be worth it, if it were possible. If your package was $1,000 and you spent 50K miles on it during the promotion, redepositing at 1CPM means it would redeposit as 100K...
May 16, 20, 1:12 pm
Replies: 582
Views: 107,719
Posted By bgriff

Agree with that clearly Marriott is playing a...

Agree with that clearly Marriott is playing a role in these decisions, and that they want to maintain parity between Amex and Chase (and/or quite likely have a contractual obligation to Chase to not...
May 16, 20, 11:22 am
Replies: 582
Views: 107,719
Posted By bgriff

Personally I would be more focused on the ongoing...

Personally I would be more focused on the ongoing value proposition of the card (earn rate), which Amex also needs to improve, although there Hilton is not so far ahead. Iím surprised that the spend...
May 13, 20, 8:34 am
Replies: 118
Views: 53,333
Posted By bgriff

Can't imagine that they will. The core issue that...

Can't imagine that they will. The core issue that airline employees who work at the airport are able to generate a standby boarding pass cheaply and easily at any time, and could thus go into the...
May 11, 20, 1:00 pm
Replies: 587
Views: 99,411
Posted By bgriff

No $200 credit for me. Platinum card annual fee...

No $200 credit for me. Platinum card annual fee is hitting this week. I've used Amex Travel occasionally -- not a ton, but book FHR through them a couple times a year and have occasionally booked...
May 11, 20, 8:53 am
Replies: 1,349
Views: 204,323
Posted By bgriff

Except for that a lot of those people will cancel...

Except for that a lot of those people will cancel before the actual date of flying.

Delta didn't really do themselves any favors by asking people to wait until 72 hours before date of travel to...
May 11, 20, 7:41 am
Replies: 1,349
Views: 204,323
Posted By bgriff

For anyone who is dealing with crazy phone hold...

For anyone who is dealing with crazy phone hold times, especially if you're just calling to request a refund, I strongly recommend DMing Delta on Twitter, it's much easier. As long as you provide all...
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