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Alaska Airlines Starbucks Buy One Get One Deal

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Dec 06 2021

Most airline sales aren’t really sales, but this is legit. It’s a bit of an odd marketing play, though, since you don’t have to buy a Starbucks drink to get ‘buy one get one’. You don’t get a gift card for a drink when you buy one, get one. There’s no Starbucks tie-in whatsoever except, it would appear, some marketing dollars from Starbucks to cobrand the promotion.

This strikes me as a genuinely good deal if you’re traveling with someone in and out of Alaska Airlines cities.

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Brand New Air Canada Credit Card: Up to 100K Points, 3x Earn And Elite Status [Updated]

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Dec 06 2021

Chase and Air Canada just launched the U.S. co-brand card for the big Star Alliance airline up north: the Aeroplan World Elite Mastercard.

They could have done what everyone else does, offer 3-2-1 earning with accelerators in categories they hope you’ll think you’ll spend in but won’t really and then throw in free checked bags and call it a day. They didn’t do that. They made the card really interesting for earning elite status, and they’re incentivizing continued spend on the card with big rewards.

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Recalculating How Much Frequent Flyer Miles Are Worth

Dec 06 2021

How much airfare a mile buys is different than ‘how much a mile is worth’. You can’t spend miles on nearly as many things as cash (and get lower value for things other than travel when you redeem that way). You don’t earn interest on your miles. There’s more devaluation risk with miles.

Here’s a stab at quantifying the discounts that you should consider taking when converting ‘how much airfare do miles buy’ into ‘how much are miles worth’?

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The Tradeoffs We Have To Make Spending Miles On International Business Class Tickets

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Dec 05 2021

Airlines make seats available as awards at the lowest level that they don’t think they can sell for cash. They also want to make sure not to release seats to someone who would pay cash. So you’re getting the leftovers.

That requires flexibility, if you start out saying here’s where I need to go, and here’s the dates I need to travel, and here’s when I need to make my booking.

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Did United Airlines Bait-and-Switch Flight Attendants Into Taking Early Retirement?

Dec 05 2021

During the pandemic airlines were gifted billions in taxpayer dollars to keep all of their employees on staff, ready to work when travel returned. Only they didn’t do that. They convinced employees to retire early, and they paid employees to stay home rather than staying certified and work ready.

As they tried to get employees to take unpaid leaves and early retirements, the offers sometimes got better and better. One United Airlines employee, who took an ‘early out’ is suing because United made a better offer than the one they accepted, and they want that better offer too.

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