- My flight back from the Chicago Seminars did not work due to weather, well, my real original flight was in the morning and connected through Cincinnati, which I booked because it was cheapest and always planned to same-day confirmed to a night flight. My planned flight was a 30-minute connection in Minneapolis in the hope I would be stranded or bought out there and spend a night in my hometown, but the weather broke that connection. I instead took a nonstop flight but the next day requested Delta credit the mileage for my original, paid flights. 305 MQMs difference plus the elite mileage bonuses, worth it for a 1-minute online form submission.
- One Mile at a Time found that Delta is no longer imposing fuel surcharges on award tickets originating in Europe. I immediately sent this to a good friend and ex-Delta flyer who just moved from Spain to Brazil. As a much better consolation I also forwarded the recent Million Mile Secrets interview with Passageiro de Primeira. If he ever gets his residence and work permits sorted out he will be heading to the banks.
- A last-minute business trip to Silicon Valley this week gets my Radisson 1-for-1 stay at the Radisson Hotel San Jose Airport. Good thing I re-read Loyalty Traveler’s post which reminded me that I had to book on Radission’s website, and thus find a good excuse why I could not use my company’s website (thank you slow connections in southwest Dominican Republic!).
- Million Mile Secrets has an excellent post, 3 Tips About Transferring Club Carlson Points.
- The second night of my Silicon Valley trip will be at the Crowne Plaza Milpitas, my 3rd night this quarter to get the 5,000 bonus. I went with the lowest bar, 3 nights, rather than try to stretch to 7 nights for the 10,000, my business travel destinations are too unpredictable and the holiday lull is approaching, see Priority Club Insider’s post. Yes, that means I will be gorging again at the Chinese restaurants of Milpitas Square; I already have a reader meet-up for bubble tea upon arrival!
- 8-10 weeks passed from a 1,000 point promotion for registering a credit card with MileagPlus Shopping. Both wife and I did not receive the points so wrote and got the points within a week, noted as “Cartera.” Why even bother dealing with this company, it causes so much grief to so many? I keep trying to resist signing up for the shopping toolbar crapware offer.
Bookmarked for Study:
- US Airways off-season awards via Frequent Flyer University. If Israel counts as Europe like with Air France, this would really be awesome. Tight booking windows, though. I got my first miles with them via the credit card and need to learn more about the program.
- FrequentMiler presents a great guide to his core work, The art of gift card churning. I will study, though until he puts out “The art of gift card churning if you are exiled in New York,” I will probably still be on the sidelines. The few opportunities in New York City are obliterated by the Dan’s Deals dragnets long before I get wind of them.
- No Mile Left Behind asks Is Hotel Loyalty Worth It For Leisure Travel? As I am writing this in candlelit glow from a sumptuous seaside dinner cooked by the Swiss proprieter at the reasonably-priced Hotel Casablanca in Dominican Republic, my answer is “no.”