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Glad I never got around to learning the US Airways Dividend Miles program. Sure it will be around for a while longer as the merger progresses in fits and starts. I need to prioritize and though I have gotten two of their credit cards, figuring the program out has never crept to the top of my list.
I fell way behind the past couple weeks, here are a few items top of mind before I escort my wife for a last swing through London.
- New Medallion credentials arrived…and they look exactly like last year…and the year before. Don’t they understand that a big part of the value of elite status is showing off, and that is undermined when hangers-on from previous years can pretend to still have status? Put ‘2013’ in big block letters on everything
- The new mileage earning rates for partners take effect March 1, 2013. Delta’s been so successful in having an award program with industry-worst awards, now they are turning attention to their partners. I have my first Tarom flights on March 3, I am surprised I am earning credit at all. In March I may have a business trip to Asia, schedule-wise, price-wise, service-wise Korean Air is the better pick but with that business class C fare now only earning 75% MQMs instead of 150% I guess I am a test of Delta’s new strategy. Do I take Korean anyway and Delta wins? Do I take Delta and Delta wins? Do I succumb to the pull of Star Alliance to try out Asiana and Delta loses?
- A Frugal Travel Guy contributor wrote a post about “Diamond Moments,” not my Diamond experience at all, the closest I can come is one time a flight attendant took my meal order first in case something ran out.
- I converted 3,000 Accor points to Iberia Avios prior to March 1 devaluation. Too bad they only go in 3,000 point blocks whether by manual or automatic transfers, as I have 1,500 orphan points. Other airlines go in similar blocks, most at 4,000 points. I have a BA household account which does not work with Iberia to BA transfers, rather than leave my household, which only allows changes every 6 months, I will let them sit as the points converted to 7,500 Avios which is one of the Avios price levels for short flights, such as my Christmas NY to Nashville on AA.
- Hilton has a new, incredibly complex F1 Fantasy racing game that I have no idea how to play, but readers do, check out their comments.
- I complained about the difficulty of using the CCiti® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card’s weekend certs. Day before trip the London Hilton Park Lane opened up standard awards and we are just wrapping up a pleasant stay, unremarkable room, great executive lounge.
- I am loving the flexibility of the Club CarlsonSM Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card 2nd award night free benefit. We ended up not using it for London but this weekend it is perfect for a booking in Istanbul while I take a day trip to Cyprus. There is a widespread perception that their footprint is limited, however I find it quite useful in many parts of the world, whereas, say, Hyatt is almost useless to me, because I do not see a shortage of expensive major city hotels.
- Lots of bonuses posted from my December 12-card churn, great to cross them off the list.
- I did get the bonuses for the personal and business Club Carlson credit cards.
- A friend kindly gave me a 100k code for the Amex Business Platinum Card® in consolation for sleeping through the recent 100k personal bonanza. This was less than 60 days from my churn so was happy to see it approved.