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Lunch with the author of Miles Abound was highlight of the week. He and I sparred on the UA 4-mile ‘deal’ and struck up a correspondence. He is currently doing a brutal flying commute that I am happy to have forsaken, though at the personal cost of being exiled to NY. He has hardcore stuff on pre-paid cards and is building comprehensive destination guides for reaching destinations such as the Maldives, planting a seed with me of sticking with SkyTeam on Aeroflot and getting some time in Moscow, when I am ready to again pay the exorbitant Russian visa fee. He is an avid skier and diver so it will be instructive to see how he makes those often points-resistant hobbies work.
- Diamonds get a pass on the no co-terminal rule for same-day confirmed in cities like New York (LGA, JFK, EWR). I had never tested with a companion, my treasured Platinum, and it turned out to be a real hassle, earning a supervisor’s stern warning before getting an exception. I won’t try again unless absolutely necessary.
- I finally was targeted for something, and the $50 Amex gift card for roundtrip travel to Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic is well timed because I have been meaning to head to DR for a weekend, the JFK flights are well-timed to take full advantage of the weekend. Fares are stable and reasonable for the region so I have procrastinated. This will get me off my duff.
- FlyerTalker muirhejsff posted a App-O-Rama Workflow. Mention is made of using mint.com which I have found of little use in a test, it does not appear to provide credit card transactions, only balances, and has limited reporting features. I found manilla to be no better.
- Paddy in the Big Apple shares a great Travel Hacking Points Status sheet and the$4.95/month link for 3-bureau credit monitoring with Citi Identity Monitor. That’s the service I use and for me is much more accurate than the free services. Good for even non-churners. Credit Sesame for me has been consistently inflated by 60-80 points on Experian over a period of a year, while Citi has been spot on, both based on reports from card issuers on my applications.
- Speaking of credit scores, the NYT’s Bucks Blog has an interesting piece, Why You Have 49 Different FICO Scores.