100,000 Miles Down the Drain, a Bad Weather Plan B, and an Actual Mileage Addiction (Bits ‘n Pieces for February 12, 2014)

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  1. Data pt – approved for this card 11/30/13 and yesterday requested a match via SM. 12 hrs later approved.

  2. My adviser taught me in grad school that the best way to get noticed was to make controversial predictions: if they turn out right, you’re considered a visionary — if they’re wrong, nobody remembers.

    Fukuyama is doing exactly that.

    These guys have demonstrated that they don’t understand the economics of running an airline. Marginal cost != unit cost.

  3. Remember this game changes quickly, so if you snooze you lose. The 100K will be back again, time to cancel my BA card..

  4. In the article on the end of frequent flyer miles it states…”United is also raising the number of miles required for first-class reward travel on Star Alliance partner airlines by 18.5 percent to Europe”

    I thought United Star Alliance partners are now 65% more expensive to Europe or did they change something?

    I agree, with the profits they make on these programs, why would they discontinue them.

  5. maybe I’m missing something on the bad weather plan B, but wouldn’t the backup flight be just as subjected to the weather that is affecting the original?

  6. @italdesign, sometimes weather effects inbound aircraft based on where it originated, or you’d have a backup through a different city. And weather doesn’t necessarily cancel all flights, it may just reduce the ability of an airport to handle as many movements as regularly scheduled (eg for de-icing) and so some but not all flights will get out.

  7. $200K can’t be right.
    A good quote I got recently to go from Scottsdale to Reus (Spain) Round trip (charged for 2 round trip as I was staying for 2 weeks) on a FALCON 20 (mid size jet) was $160K…
    I say BS

  8. That’s why I wrote “Cheaper than you think” — I know what it cost to charter a 787 for the Star Mega DO 4. We certainly couldn’t have done Japan – US…

  9. I’ve been reading these blogs for a year now and I still haven’t picked up on all the acronyms and insider terminology

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