News and Notes from Around the Interweb:
- Six things that every smart traveler should do this month. My contribution to Wendy Perrin’s Conde’ Nast list was to redeem US Airways miles for travel on Star Alliance airlines before they depart for oneworld at the end of the month.
- Inside the World of Mileage Runners from finance site Minyanville. They offer my case that mileage runners can be profitable for an airline, remembering the ‘Baht Run’ and giving props to wanaflyforless (whose name doesn’t appear in the piece) for making Executive Platinum on American in 17 days plus a shout out to The Flight Deal.
- American opened a new club in Philadelphia located in Terminal A-East between gates A4 and A6. That brings US Airways/American to 4 clubs in Philadelphia. British Airways has a club there as well.
- Even as I’m often critical of many points-related charitable efforts, I have a real soft spot for doing good while doing well for yourself. So I like that Chase is donating a quarter for every restaurant purchase made with the AARP Credit Card in 2014 (not a referral link). It’s capped at $1 million, and given their past generosity to the AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger my guess is it’s the same gift they’d make anyway regardless of any cardmember’s restaurant activity. But I love to see some of the overall profitability of rewards cards going to benefit the less fortunate. Kudos to Chase for that!
- Fascinating travel-related effect of the crisis in Ukraine:
Russia’s takeover of Crimea is already so complete that commercial flights to Kiev from the region’s main airport, located outside Simferopol, the regional capital 50 miles from Sevastopol, now leave from the international terminal instead of the domestic one as they did until last week.
(HT: Marginal Revolution)
- The US Travel Association-American Express Daily Getaways deals will be back May 19 – June 20.