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Posted By maddjake

Speaking of "educated" consumers, I consider...

Speaking of "educated" consumers, I consider myself to be pretty food savvy. Based on the following description of an Admiral's Club food item, guess the calories, saturated fat, and sodium content....
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Posted By maddjake

There is no one "right" or "wrong" answer here. ...

There is no one "right" or "wrong" answer here. Ultimately, consumers will decide what is important to them, and if enough people decide that it's worth knowing what's in your food, I'd like to...
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Posted By maddjake

A few thoughts of my own here: I'm relatively...

A few thoughts of my own here: I'm relatively healthy and watch what I eat to the extent that I don't want to change that (credit my dad's high blood pressure to motivate me). I do agree that many...
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Posted By maddjake

I can confirm that there's been a much bigger...

I can confirm that there's been a much bigger crackdown over the past few days on carry-on items. At both ORD on Friday, and at DFW on Monday, the gate agents stopped me. The first examined the bag...
Nov 5, 12, 4:26 pm
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Views: 8,713
Posted By maddjake

Here are the two economics principles that break...

Here are the two economics principles that break any overly-simplistic method of valuing points:

- Supply and demand curve: suppliers and consumers are positioned at different points along these...
Sep 4, 12, 12:46 am
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Views: 4,487
Posted By maddjake

I assume this is not generally considered a good...

I assume this is not generally considered a good deal? I stay in Starwood hotels mostly, and am a little disappointed in the transfer rate. It seems like 1:1 airline transfers are the only really...
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Posted By maddjake

At MIA last week: "Now boarding group 1" A...

At MIA last week:

"Now boarding group 1"
A whole throng of people start cramming into the space in front of the gate, so much so that passengers can't get through. About two people are able to...
May 28, 12, 11:06 pm
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Posted By maddjake

I'm thinking of applying for the Blue Cash...

I'm thinking of applying for the Blue Cash Preferred Amex. It does have a $75 annual fee, but since it gives 6% cash back at supermarkets, I figure I could easily make that back if I shift a lot of...
May 28, 12, 11:29 am
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Posted By maddjake

The main issue is that a "pending charge" is an...

The main issue is that a "pending charge" is an authorization that has not yet been presented and/or processed by American Express. They've only authorized the transaction and have no way of knowing...
May 28, 12, 11:05 am
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Views: 12,433
Posted By maddjake

Wow, thanks for the tip! I'm actually shocked...

Wow, thanks for the tip! I'm actually shocked that Restaurant Depot is classified as a grocery store. 5% back is a HUGE deal in this case.
May 27, 12, 11:21 am
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Views: 44,700
Posted By maddjake

Chase has a very inelegant way to handle site...

Chase has a very inelegant way to handle site maintenance. I've certainly been led to believe that my accounts had been closed as well, and in one case one of my accounts simply disappeared entirely...
May 16, 12, 1:28 am
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Posted By maddjake

Great tips redtop43 and mia, thanks! I...

Great tips redtop43 and mia, thanks! I definitely am shifting all of my spending from Amex Plat to Starwood Amex and Chase Amazon Visa. But also browsing these boards for other members' favorite...
May 15, 12, 9:55 am
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Views: 3,344
Posted By maddjake

Thanks for all the good info. I assume you...

Thanks for all the good info. I assume you weren't using the card that much before you got the targeted offer? Seems like it's always the inactive cards that are giving me the best offers.
May 15, 12, 1:30 am
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Views: 1,413
Posted By maddjake

I was upgraded in a single phone call to AMEX. ...

I was upgraded in a single phone call to AMEX. Amex then called up SPG, had a few words authorizing the transaction, and then connected me to SPG.

While I was on the phone, I refreshed by...
May 15, 12, 1:18 am
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Views: 250,398
Posted By maddjake

Apologies for adding my question on there, but...

Apologies for adding my question on there, but I've got 95,000 MR points and I'm not sure what to do with them.

At the moment, I only fly AA, which isn't a transfer partner. Maybe an occasional...
May 15, 12, 12:58 am
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Views: 3,344
Posted By maddjake

Hey Penner42, sounds like you have some good...

Hey Penner42, sounds like you have some good thinking on this. I'd rather not apply for another card right now (trying to get my credit score pristine to buy a house). But is there a better card...
May 14, 12, 4:48 pm
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Views: 3,344
Posted By maddjake

You could also use the Amazon Visa card to...

You could also use the Amazon Visa card to purchase airline flights. With 21 days advance purchase, you can get a $400 flight for 25,000 points. That's $0.016 per point, which is not great -- but...
May 14, 12, 3:59 pm
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Posted By maddjake

I've confirmed that you do get miles. Actually...

I've confirmed that you do get miles. Actually as far as the airlines are concerned, your ticket is booked in standard published inventory as if you had paid the cash yourself. You can even cancel...
Mar 23, 10, 2:03 am
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Views: 5,208
Posted By maddjake

Based on my work with several divisions a few...

Based on my work with several divisions a few years ago, it could also be that it hasn't been a very well-run organization in several respects.
Mar 13, 10, 10:30 pm
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Posted By maddjake

Rats. I was about to apply for an AAdvantage...

Rats. I was about to apply for an AAdvantage American Express, and was very glad to find this forum (but after reading 25 pages of it, very disappointed at the answer).

I have 2 non-AA Citicards...
Feb 1, 10, 9:04 am
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Views: 3,453
Posted By maddjake

Chase (USA) has been very stingy lately, and they...

Chase (USA) has been very stingy lately, and they admit that much of it had to do with uncertainty surrounding the new "CARD" laws passed.

I haven't had any credit limits decreased, but I also...
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Views: 24,420
Posted By maddjake

Got a similar offer last year. Used to stay in...

Got a similar offer last year. Used to stay in Hilton hotels at least once or twice a month, but stopped and lost all status. I suppose this freebie was a way of reigniting some loyalty.
...
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Views: 5,193
Posted By maddjake

Ever since I got my first AAdvantage GOLD card in...

Ever since I got my first AAdvantage GOLD card in college -- a perk that I hadn't sought and didn't even realize I had earned until the envelope arrived -- I have been irrationally addicted. In...
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Views: 3,441
Posted By maddjake

I haven't had to fight for my "passenger rights"...

I haven't had to fight for my "passenger rights" in these circumstances. The good news is that while those laws exist, AA's policy isn't always to provide the maximum frustration to paying...
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