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The Eliza Jane hotel in downtown New Orleans on Magazine Street was a great base for a four night stay, using category 1-4 free nights. I was upgraded to a Publisher’s Suite.
American Airlines revealed that in June the airline made a contribution through its PAC to an objector to the certification of the Presidential election: Sam Graves from Missouri. However American defended this saying that he may have went along with stopping the democratic process and calling into question the election – but he supports government subsidies for airlines.
Southwest Airlines has long had a ‘fun’ motif. That’s been part of the culture from the beginning, and was fostered by their underdog position – the big airlines sued to keep them from ever flying, they struggled early on and had to pitch together to keep a four-plane schedule even after giving back their fourth plane.
Though they grew to became the largest carrier of domestic passengers in the United States, the early spirit does still come out.
Chase credit cards, in card images and other samples, generally have the name “D. Barrett” embossed on them. American Express sample cards bear the name “C F Frost” but many years ago were issued to “John Q Public.” Frost was an Ogilvy & Mather executive who worked on the Amex account in the 1960s.
Today I learned who Citi’s “Linda Walker” is.
It used to be common for airlines to insist on seeing the credit card used to purchase a ticket, to combat fraud. With one reader, Delta insisted on seeing the credit card used to purchase a ticket that wasn’t even purchased with a credit card. That meant it was impossible to check in. And now the passenger is out real money.
I dunk on Marriott a lot for its failure to deliver on promised benefits, for its clueless customer service agents, and its broken IT. And Starwood members are generally unhappy with the Marriott Bonvoy program. To be fair, benefits aren’t received as consistently as they used to be for Starwood members. The credit card’s earning isn’t as rich. And top status is harder to earn, with a minimum spend requirement at the 100-night level to receive ‘Ambassador’ service that no longer includes an individual assigned Ambassador.
However, for Marriott Rewards program members the Starwood merger has surprisingly been a blessing and that’s really easy to forget.
The flight from San Francisco to Orlando was supposed to leave at 2 p.m. but the flight was “held on the tarmac after several passengers reported receiving inappropriate photos” according to a passenger.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana Fairfield Inn by Marriott is billing guests a surprise “energy surcharge” that appears to be 4% of the room rate. This surcharge isn’t disclosed to customers when booking their room.
This is insane. Chase has increased the initial offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card to 100,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. This is one of the best card deals I’ve ever seen.