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  1. I had a feeling Citi wasn’t a done deal on the AA cards. That’s why Citi is handing out those 50k platinum AA Visas like Halloween candy. To get their cardholder #s up to sell their case to AA.

  2. I think this could be an indication that AA is trying to have two card issuers. I can’t imagine that AA would break it’s agreement with Citi, given how much that would cost them (and any other bank that would come in).

  3. @CW, totally agree, that’s my hunch as well. Certainly would explain the about face from the long-standing 18 month rule to the new “Halloween candy” approach as you mention.

  4. Could you post the link showing Turkish Air offers complimentary hotel stays on forced over night’s. I’ve searched their site and cant seem to find that info. I just booked a hotel for that reason and would love to be able to cancel it ;o)


  5. @Rob see

    “1. Do You Provide Accommodation Services at Transit Locations to Passengers Who Have Connecting Flights?
    Passengers have right to have free hotel accomodation only when there is more than 10 hours (7 or more hours for business class passengers) between two international connecting flights due to Turkish Airlines’ schedule structure for maximum 2 nights. Both of the connections must be with Turkish Airlines, reservations must be confirmed and transfer flight’s reservation must have done for the first scheduled flight. Hotels will be Turkish Airlines’ corporate hotels that will be provided though “Hotel Desk” office which was located at the arrival floor after customs. Passengers should have checked visa procedures in advance. In the event that they are not granted visas at the transit, Turkish Airlines assumes no responsibility for providing hotel services. For detailed information, please call +90 212 4440849”

    A friend flying economy recently was given the Radisson Blu by the airport.

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