Get Bonus Miles for Buying Miles, Get Kicked Out of a Hotel, and Have United Charge You for Your Carry-on (Bits ‘n Pieces for February 22, 2014)

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  1. The new tool to pay by credit card with your phone is not new. There are now a bunch of companies offering very similar services. I’m not knocking Loop, but it is having trouble standing out in the crowd.

  2. Since Elevate is not a fixed system, why even bother mentioning this. This is a total ripoff. I just looked into it and 20k + 12k bonus cost over $1k. The value of the points is less than $700 and you don’t get any points for flying with points so you end up losing close to $500 on the deal. What am I missing?

  3. @newbie – if you read the link to my previous discussion you can benefit by using elevate on partner airlines like virgin atlantic, singapore, and virgin australia — this is not worth it for travel on virgin america itself.

  4. I’ve just can’t wait for waht United thinks up next. I’ve got a > 10 year old 22″ travel pro bag that I love – I’ve carried it on nearly every domestic carrier, Europe, Japan, etc. It’s done 500k miles. I am certain it’s about 1/2″ too big. F United for making me waste my money on a new bag.

    Also, my laptop backpack fits under every seat and it’s too big in every dimension – wow. It’s like they expect a business traveler with a laptop to use the “large bag” for under the seat, and then check things in.

    There is no way this is not revenue-based.

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