News and Notes from Around the Interweb:
- Fast, fast, fast: The 100,000 mile British Airways Visa signup bonus that I wrote about yesterday seems to be unavailable. It’s still on the British Airways website, but the application won’t come up when you click through. Possibly dead, possibly a temporary glitch. If the former, that was quick! (HT: Miles in the comments)
- Cheaper than you think: Yankees pitcher charters a 787. It cost $200,000 from Japan to New York, even with the plane flying back empty.
- Robert Palmer Was Right: (Might as well face it, you’re addicted to miles.) I was asked to contribute a piece on extreme miles behavior for an addiction and recovery website. A little bit tongue-in-cheek, and surprisingly (?) controversial.
- Bad Weather Plan B: Using airline 24 hour cancel rules to buy yourself backup flights during bad weather.
- Frank Fukuyama Was Right: (“The End of Miles and the Last Man”) Henry Harteveldt sees the total elimination of reward travel within 5 years. People forget that frequent flyer programs are profitable, and while they give heartburn not just to members but to program leadership as well, they’re actually profitable on a standalone basis. There’s no reason why carriers would give up the cashflow.
- Full disclosure: The 5000 Starpoints that I declined appear to have posted to my account anyway.