A brand new, best-ever bonus for signing up for the Starwood American Express. Up to 10,000 bonus miles in the first year of card membership — 4k with your first purchase, 1k for your first hotel stay at a Starwood property, and 500 bonus points for each of the next 10 stays in the first year. First year of card membership remains free, with a $30 fee thereafter. This is a richer offer than the old offer, which didn’t include the 4000 points for making a first purchase. This is the best mileage-earning card. First, because Starwood (W, Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis) is a great hotel program and there are no capacity controls on awards — if there’s a hotel room open, it’s yours. Second, because your points convert 1:1 (as opposed to 5:1 with…
Doctors-only deal. Healthfusion.com offers American Airlines miles for submitting claims and insurance eligibility inquiries on-line.
Enter this sweepstakes and get 500 Goldpoints.
Here’s a tip that’s really a two-fer: First of all, it’s worth signing up for Travelocity Fare Watcher. You list city pairs customized to your needs and they e-mail you when the fare changes. That way you can nab the best fares for your upcoming itineraries. Second, after you book your itinerary it’s still worth checking those emails that Travelocity sends you. That’s because if a fare drops after you have already purchased your tickets (that is, if a cheaper fare is available for your specific itinerary), you should call the airline — they will give you a credit voucher for the difference. Bet you didn’t know that, huh? 🙂
Andrew Sullivan notes “AND NOW THEY WANT OUR COFFEE: The puritanical left – having tried to take away our booze, porn, and cigarettes – is now after our lattes. Okay, guys, this is serious.” I’ll leave the legal questions (about whether Berkeley can restrict trade in this manner) to law professors at The Volokh Conspiracy and Instapundit. My personally selfish reaction is that fair trade coffee is more expensive than and doesn’t taste as good as the coffee that I enjoy. I think that is more important than most people will give credit to. Enjoyable products at a low price matter However, it isn’t morally persuasive if my latte creates misery for others. The truth is, though, that “fair wages” isn’t as simple as proposition as its proponents would contend. We can’t simply decide that…
Quare notes a strange legal conundrum. It’s illegal to engage non-District of Columbia residents to circulate petitions in DC (so noone from Virginia or Maryland), but it’s also illegal to advertise the fact that it’s illegal — because that would be discriminatory. Seems highly wasteful and inefficient.
This frightens me. The sitemeter button at the bottom of the page will take you to this website’s statistics. I’m not the most frequently visited site in the world, but I make all of my stats available to the world. So, I was checking the stats the morning. One of the things available is the referring page. That is, where did a visitor come from if they clicked on a link? Apparently I got a hit this morning from someone doing a google search: “Is Bernie Ebbers a Jew?” This scares me. I don’t know what the Worldcom scandal could possibly have to do with religion, but there sure are bigots out there in the world. I’m really sad this morning.
How should I use my miles. I’m not going to give you the definitive answer here, but I am going to tell you about how I use mine — and point out that how you want to use them will dictate your choices of program, credit card, etc. Yesterday I received an email asking my opinion of a credit card from MBNA with No annual fee, $1 = 1 point, 25k points = 1 flight w/in contiguous US w/o blackout dates. The ticket has to be booked 21 days in advance in coach, and there’s a maximum dollar value for the ticket. Here is my reply: What I do like about the offer is that when traveling on an award ticket, since it is a PURCHASED ticket, you will be earning more frequent flyer miles…
500 Northwest miles for taking a 30 second survey on airport security. Also, if you aren’t signed up to get email from Northwest, they’ll give you 2000 miles if you do.
(gratuitous plea for traffic) I was kind of getting used to the thousand folks who came to visit More Room Throughout Coach from Instapundit‘s link on Sunday. When that post got buried, traffic started to fall. If you find this site useful, I’d appreciate it if you would send the link to some friends. If you have a blog I’d appreciate it if you’d mention us in a post. Seeing traffic numbers gets my juices flowing, and more importantly inspires me to post advice and links that benefit you. Hey, I appreciate it! (/gratuitous plea for traffic)