Alaska Airlines accused of discriminating against gay couple in flight
Jul31

Alaska Airlines accused of discriminating against gay couple in flight

Alaska airlines is in the hot seat today after a story came out regarding potential discrimination against a gay couple. LGBTQ activists are up in arms, but I think there’s a lot more to this story that is yet to be uncovered. David Cooley, owner of the gay bar The Abbey in West Hollywood, alleges that they were forced to move from their premium class seats together to the main cabin in order to make room for a heterosexual couple. He...

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Why the Iberia Avios Promotion was a win-win (for Iberia)
Jun26

Why the Iberia Avios Promotion was a win-win (for Iberia)

If you heard about last week’s Iberia Avios promotion and keep thinking it was way too good to be true, you are right. But for all the wrong reasons. Here’s why.

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It’s Official… RIP: The Plastic Merchant
Jun20

It’s Official… RIP: The Plastic Merchant

I’m calling it. Time of death… two weeks ago. The Plastic Merchant… is officially… dead. What is was The Plastic Merchant? Officially, The Plastic Merchant (TPM for short) was “a private gift card buying and selling platform built for and by point, miles, and arbitrage specialists.” In short, it was a place to sell your gift cards and get paid. You could often buy gift cards at a big discount and...

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Group A for Asinine! Alaska Airlines introduces a new Boarding Process
Jun06

Group A for Asinine! Alaska Airlines introduces a new Boarding Process

Today, in “news that will continue to confuse passengers…”  Boarding an airplane sucks. It sucks so much that it has created a phenomenon called “gate lice.” You’ve seen them, right? The people who block the hallways in airports, all waiting to board a plane. They look down on their boarding pass as if in a trance, seemingly oblivious to anything around them.  “I’m zone 3, so...

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Bust! Las Vegas set to go on Strike!
Jun01

Bust! Las Vegas set to go on Strike!

If you’re planning on heading to Las Vegas anytime soon, pay attention. Tens of thousands, up to 50,000 workers in Las Vegas, are set to go on strike any time now. This would be the first strike in over three decades as a contract affecting almost 50,000 workers expired last night at midnight. The Bellagio and MGM resorts are among the affected, so chances are you might be staying at one of their properties. They have reached a...

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American Express is limiting entry to select Centurion Lounges
May29

American Express is limiting entry to select Centurion Lounges

As credit card companies are doing more and more to win wallet share and get clients to use their cards, lounge access is one easy way to offer an add-on and make your card more valuable. As we wrote about last week, Priority Pass membership is now available with many cards and is leading to overcrowding. American Express has their own lounge, the Centurion Studios and Lounges, which are only available with the American Express...

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Alaska Airlines’ new JFK lounge is OPEN for business
Apr30

Alaska Airlines’ new JFK lounge is OPEN for business

Alaska’s lounges are a great respite from the crazy hustle and bustle of the airports, and with the Alaska lounges accepting a Priority Pass membership (in theory) there are plenty of options for entry. Here’s their newest option at JFK airport.

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BREAKING: Alaska Airlines to introduce Basic Economy Fares
Apr23

BREAKING: Alaska Airlines to introduce Basic Economy Fares

Alaska Airlines just announced on their investors call that they’ll be launching Basic Economy fares as of Fall this year. Great…

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Starwood Eliminates a Very Valuable Discount
Mar16

Starwood Eliminates a Very Valuable Discount

The Starwood and Marriott merger is in full force, as points are transferable between the two companies and some company policies are starting to merge. I’m hopeful that soon the stays at Marriott and Starwood will count towards each other. One of the casualties of the merger is a discount that I’ve used for years, and I’m sure that most people in the miles and points world have as well. Discounts for Hotels You...

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Airline: FLUSH your Emotional Support Animal down the Toilet
Feb08

Airline: FLUSH your Emotional Support Animal down the Toilet

We all know that emotional support animals are becoming a point of contention with airlines and passengers, but never have I seen an airline tell a passenger to KILL their animal to board a flight. Read the details here.

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