News and comment from elsewhere:
- Over at Conde’ Nast Daily Traveler I review the best credit cards that offer benefits for having the card as opposed to putting spending on that card.
- The Wall Street Journal today runs a piece on the challenges of the United-Continental integration.
Everyone has their pet peeves (and I’ve found few fans). But we often conflate technical challenges or glitches and changes in policy.
On the award redemption side, I love relaxed routing rules and the end of Starnet blocking, and hate no more free holds on awards when your miles are already in your account at time of reservation.
I abhor the new policy where full fare tickets trump elite status level.
And I hate that when you change a ticket you can’t pay the fee out of the residual value of the ticket, you have to use new cash (even if the new ticket is less expensive than the old one).
To me it’s the policies more than the technical challenges that underscore this is really Continental, just like the tail livery, regardless of the name of the airline…
- Delta is adding several new flights from New York to the Caribbean. Point Me to the Plane surveys what Skypesos award availability looks like for the coming winter months.
He finds that saver coach awards to Nassau and business class awards to Aruba are possible (and you might as well spring 60,000 point for business class to Aruba when medium level coach award space runs 50,000 points). New York to St. Maarten on Saturdays for 70,000 miles roundtrip in coach does not seem like much of a deal…