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WSJ: Continental-United Merger Coming Monday.

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

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Monday will be a sad day for Continental fans.  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Continental and United will announce that they are planning to merge on Monday.

The United name will survive, as will their headquarters in Chicago.  The merger will create the largest airline in the world if it passes regulatory muster.

A merger will mean means higher fares and one less option to rely on for award ticket availability.

Frankly, there’s little I like about United.

Granted, I haven’t flown them since I swore off them 2 years ago, but still…

-They have an incredibly incompetent offshore call center that makes dealing with their phone agents a nightmare.

-United.com is one of the worst and least functional websites in the industry, far behind the functionality on Continental.com.

-Their clubs aren’t nearly as good as Continental’s.  Alcohol cost money in United clubs, Wi-Fi is run by T-Mobile instead of an open network, and pests are common occurrences in many United clubs.

-Their planes are dirty and poorly maintained (Via airliners.net, taken on 03/18/10):

-Their employees seem to be truly unhappy to be working there, many are downright surly.

-They have evil Starnet blocking in place that doesn’t allow you full access to Star Alliance partner award flights, even if they are made available for reward redemption.  No other airline does this.

-United doesn’t let you make any changes to Star Alliance tickets after departure and charges for routing changes on award tickets.  Continental allows you to always make changes and does not charge for routing changes.

Yes, there are some good things, economy plus, no expedite fees on rewards, but for me the bad far outweighs the good.

My only hope is in the fact that Continental’s CEO, Jeff Smisek, will become the new CEO of the merged airline while United’s CEO, Glenn Tilton, will become Chairman for 2 years before also giving that role to Smisek.

If Continental’s management team will be calling the shots maybe this thing will have a chance to be bearable.

Finally, I see little hope for Cleveland to remain a hub.  Continental and United currently have hubs in:

-Chicago (ORD)

-Cleveland

-Denver

-Houston

-Los Angeles

-Newark

-S. Francisco

-Washington (IAD)

There is a compelling argument to keep pretty much all of those hubs in place except Cleveland.  United already abandoned their hub in Cleveland hub back in 80′s.  I’ll bet that United ditches Cleveland once again if this merger is completed.

Bad news all around in my opinion…

Goodbye Continental, it was nice flying an airline that cared…

Plane Delayed? The WSJ Reviews Flight Status Alert Services.

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

They’ve reviewed a bunch of sites and alert services in this neat article:

“Some Flight-Status Alerts Aren’t So Alert”

The conclusion is that flightstats.com is the top dog.

Another neat feature of the site: Flight Ratings.

With flight ratings you can find out the true historical on-time performance for every single flight on every airline!

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Delta SkyPesos To Become Even More Irrelevant, But What Does It Mean For Better Programs?

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Update 2, 03/06: In the face of harsh criticism Delta has released the 5 level 2015 award chart. It’s applicable for flights booked starting 01/01/15.

It’s pretty much as expected with a new tier added in between each of current 3 levels.
Theoretically tickets to Israel get cheaper with level 1 going down from 85K to 80K. However when there is level 1 availability you can also just use 50K Air France Flying Blue miles to book that same Delta flight with no fuel surcharges, so no bargain there.

In my opinion it’s all pretty meaningless until we see the distribution of seats. Considering how scarce saver awards are now with Delta in a 3 level program I can’t imagine that there will be much available at level 1 pricing come 2015.

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Update: Delta.com now has the full details of the upcoming changes (though they say that the new award charts won’t be published until the end of this year :roll: ).

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Originally posted on 02/26:

The WSJ is reporting that effective 01/01/15 Delta will completely revamp their SkyMiles program.

Delta has already been known for having a complicated 3-tier redemption system with little availability at the bottom tier.  Coupled with frequent devaluations made without prior announcement, the term “SkyPesos” came to stick.

Now they’re planning on changing the whole game.

Effective 01/01/15 you will earn miles based on how much you paid for your airfare. You will no longer earn miles based on the distance flown.  A non-elite will earn 5 miles per dollar spent, Silvers will get 7, Gold 8, Platinums 9, and Diamonds 11.

Currently a non-elite flying round-trip between JFK and Los Angeles on a $300 base fare ticket earns 4,950 miles.  Come 2015 and that flight will earn a paltry 1,500 miles.  A gold elite currently earns 9,900 miles but come 2015 and they will earn just 2,400 miles.

On the redemption side there will now be an even more complicated 5 tiers of awards for them to try to more closely align the mileage cost with the cost of the flight.  The only giveback is that Delta will finally allow one-way awards for half the miles of a round-trip.

So you’ll earn fewer miles from flights and redemptions will cost more.

Considering how poor of a value Delta miles offered until now this isn’t really such a loss, it’s just a bad program becoming really bad.

The real and far more pressing question will be if American and United will match.

Sure they can theoretically line their pockets even more by copying this, but at what cost?  If only 1 of them match then frequent flyer junkies will flock to the other.  If they both match do they really expect people to keep accumulating miles via credit card spend when they’ll be able to do better with a 2.2% cash back card?

I think what might happen is that we see American and/or United match just the earning aspect, tying the flight mileage earned to money spent.

But I think they may be smart enough to realize that by tinkering with the redemption side to add several tiers will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.  They make billions of dollars annually selling miles to partners and if the lure of redeeming miles goes away so may those revenues.   American and United never did match Delta’s ugly 3-tier system, so perhaps a 5 tier system won’t in the cards for them either?

Will other international programs match this? Will you still be able to accumulate Delta flight miles by crediting flights to those programs? Will you still be able to credit Delta to Alaska miles?

This raises lots of questions. I guess for now we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Rules Of The Deal

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Reposing this article that I wrote a month ago after the United glitch. Since then it seems that even the Wall Street Journal has started monitoring my Twitter feed (1:00-1:05 in the video) :

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Price mistakes happen a few times a year. Some of my favorites that I’ve blogged about besides for yesterday’s Detla bonanza:
-Last month there were $127 tickets to Milan and $287 tickets to Israel on United.
-My first time in Hawaii was with airfare and hotel for $87 with tax.
-I and thousands of others scored Airfare and 5 star accommodations at hotels like the Bellagio with Cirque tickets in Las Vegas all for free thanks to Expedia.
-Tons of people were able to get free airfare and hotels in the Bahamas.
-My whole family has lifetime free stays in suites at Fairmont hotels.
-There have been $250 tickets to anywhere in Europe.
-$336 El Al tickets to Israel for Pesach
-Dirt cheap tickets to anywhere when booked via LAN.
-$460 USAirways tickets to Israel from NYC.
-$347 USAirways tickets to Israel from other US cities.
-$550 nonstop Delta tickets from JFK to Israel along with $372 Delta tickets from Los Angeles to Israel and $498 Delta tickets from Newark to Israel.
-$376 Alitalia tickets to Israel.
-Lucky people had their WalMart price mistake orders honored
-HP even gave out $200 coupons to people who got in a price mistake…perhaps they didn’t realize the coupon was able to be used multiple times though.

Of course the fine line between price mistake and deal is often blurred.
In the past I stocked up on dozens of cases of free diapers and wipes thanks to Amazon. My wife and I have stayed at the Encore and Wynn just for having an American Express Platinum card. We flew to Aruba and Boston last year for free thanks to Jetblue’s voucher generosity in May as well as in September again. I racked up countless free Hyatt nights and hundreds of thousands of United miles with promotions like this one.
Years of churning dollar coins minted me hundreds of thousands of miles as well. Even some simple soda cups earned me tens of thousands of dollars of free United flight vouchers.
None of those were mistakes, it’s not always easy to tell what’s a mistake and what’s just an incredible deal.

Rules Of The Deal:

1. Don’t call.
Don’t talk to the airline or companies offering a deal while the deal is live. You can always ask questions once the deal is gone.

2. Don’t hesitate.
These deals never last long, you’ve got to act fast.
Most online booking agencies have generous cancellation policies, so book first and then decide later.

With some really crazy deals like 4 mile island some DDFers flew in first class around the world for just 4 miles because they booked to travel immediately.

3. Don’t forget your infant!
A common theme that I’ve seen with price mistakes is that people forget their infant children. You need to pay 10% of the normal fare for the privilege of holding your child on international tickets. Wouldn’t you be better off spending the few extra dollars for them to have their own seat?

4. Follow @DansDeals on Twitter.
I’ve gotten tons of complains from my email subscribers about missing the deal.  Unfortunately the emails just go out once a day.  If you want real time alerts you’ll want to follow @DansDeals on twitter and have Twitter send you a text message whenever a new deal is posted.  Once you’re signed up you never have to go onto Twitter again if you don’t want to.

5. Join DDF
The United deal last month was posted by Drago on the DansDeals Forums wayyy before it was posted on the main DansDeals site as I was offline for shabbos while Israel based DDF members got a big jump start.

6. Create your own free trip!
Don’t want to wait around for the next great deal to arrive?  The credit card companies are happy to fly you for free anywhere in the world, even in business or first class.  I’ve flown around the world countless times in private first class suites with miles earned from opening credit cards.  You can read some of those trip reports here.  I’ve banked 8 figures of miles and points by doing this stuff over the years and that means I don’t have to worry about being under pressure to book during a quick glitch, I travel free on my own terms.  And I still have a top-notch 800+ FICO score.

This page includes links for tons of great credit cards that will have you flying for free in no time!

There’s more information about applying for cards in this DDF FAQ page also with many credit card deals and links to dozens of others useful threads in this DDF credit card starting point thread.

You can also learn more about my favorite hobby by clicking on the credit card posts tab and the mileage posts tab.

Posts like this one on opening and closing cards and this one on getting business cards to improve your credit score are helpful as well.

Once you have the miles you can read about Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints and Getting To Israel Using Miles. It can be done starting at just 20K round-trip!

And now Chase offers free primary car rental insurance, even in Israel!

Or stay tuned for a DansDeals Seminar near you where I teach the tricks of the trade in person and answer any questions you might have. I’ve done 6 of them so far and they’re a blast!

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The Fat Lady Has Not Yet Sung…

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

The Justice Department has finally woken up after green-lighting mergers like USAirways+America West, Delta+Northwest, United+Continental, and Southwest+Airtran which have closed hubs, driven capacity down, and caused airfares to climb heavily in recent years.

They, along with several states, are now suing to block the American-USAirways merger as it would cause higher airfares.
Ya’ think? Where were you guys in the past 12 years since you sued to block the 2001 United+USAirwyas merger?

Besides for higher airfares the merger would also eliminate several hub cities, eliminate a valuable Star Alliance redemption partner that doesn’t have fuel surcharges, eliminate the easiest path towards (lifetime) Star Alliance Gold elite status, and possibly even eliminate a valuable Israel route due to American’s legal troubles there.  The combined award chart will also likely be worse than the generous award charts maintained by American (think 20K for a ticket to Europe and Hawaii) and USAirways (think 90K for a mini round-the-world business class award) today though that may happen eventually even if the merger does fail.

At any rate, here’s hoping that it gets nixed.  Though it’s still possible that American/USAirways will just settle and the merger will still go through.

From the WSJ:

Random Posts You May Have Missed If You’re Not On DDF…

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Sure you need to put up with a lot of acronyms and being told to search before you post, but DDF (DansDeals Forums) is the place where DansDeals becomes a community.

-In a Trip Report that had me rolling with laughter, DDF veteran AJK and his wife share the most entertaining trip report I’ve ever read. I don’t think too many of us guys could possibly hoodwink our wives like this but still…just awesome. Here are the links to part 2 and to part 3.

-yehuda S writes up an awesome trip report of his own to Sedona (it gets even better in part 2) and proves you don’t need to travel far to have incredible experiences.

-You can now find hundreds of other great trip reports from different cities in the Wiki in this master thread as well as links to destination threads in this master thread. DDF takes the stress out of trip planning!

-After multiple tries to get the 3rd card of a 3BM approved Aaaron’s wife has success via a well-written SM…
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-Get 50K for the business gold card now and then get another 25K on top of that instantly with no additional pull. That’s over 100K Avios.

-A 3BM without having to make a single call just a few months after an F/R…that’s impressive.

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-That $100 Lincoln test drive deal that was posted last year keeps paying dividends.  HSS and others have received a Chicago city print, a space pen, and $329 towards awesome Maui Jim sunglasses for taking another drive.  Wow!

-I’m not the only one to get an Ink Bold and Ink Plus card approved in one Recon call, many others have as well.

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-Delayed or cancelled departing Israel? You can make out quite nicely due to new laws as meir1 gets 5 grand from Delta.

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Trip Report: United DO 2012 In Chicago

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

-Find more articles like this by clicking on the “Trip Notes” tab on top of the DansDeals banner at the top of this site.

I flew last week to Chicago to experience the tail end of Star MegaDo 4. Hundreds of frequent flyer enthusiasts from forums like Flyertalk and Milepoint get together and fly around the world together and meet with various airline and hotel executives. Star of course refers to Star Alliance. A DO (pronounced like the word do or due) is simply a get-together while a MegaDo is a really big get together. Space to attend these events is always quite limited and there is a cost from $1,000 up to $5,000 depending on how much of the event you want to attend (domestic or international+domestic) and what class you’ll be sitting in on the plane. Participants were treated to flying a brand new United 787 Dreamliner among many other goodies.

I was invited to attend the United portion of the DO in Chicago for free so that’s what I’ll talk about. United billed it as their “inaugural” DO, so this will likely become an annual event. I’ll also cover the hotel I stayed in, the local DDF (DansDeals Forum) DO, and a small part of the local kosher scene that I experienced.

This is not my typical vacation trip report, rather it is a long and technical trip report about United Airlines. If you slog through it I’d love to hear your feedback in a comment and whether I should cover other such events in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US Mint No Longer Accepting Credit Cards For Dollar Coins…

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

I first wrote about using a credit card for dollar coins over 3 years ago.

People on the DansDeals Forums started discussing strategies and the best banks to use.

I covered it again when they imposed a 5,000 coin limit and yet again when they lifted that limit. In the end of 2009 I wrote about the WSJ covering the story.

Back in 2008 and 2009 I was churning those coins like nobody’s business.  After going through over a quarter million dollars worth of coins I got a letter from the US Mint thanking my enthusiasm but asking politely to curtail my orders and I haven’t done too much damage since then, although I did test it out just for kicks and they still sent me a couple orders.  Apparently they sent that letter to their “top 20 customers”

Last week Yahoo ran a front-page story about the coins again and that was the nail in the coffin. The US Mint just announced that they will no longer accept credit cards to buy coins.

Was fun while it lasted…on to other ways to meet spending thresholds!

HT: LAXtraveler, via the DansDeals Forums

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Monday, December 7th, 2009

Literally dozens of people today pointed me to today’s front page WSJ article on buying dollar coins for miles, as well as earning Hyatt nights.

I believe the article was timed to coincide with this weekend’s limited release of “Up In The Air,” in which Geroge Clooney obsessively tries to hit 10 million AA miles. (I haven’t seen it but it’s got a strong 89% positive critical rating from rottentomatoes.com)  At any rate it seems hard to believe it took 18 months for the WSJ to write an article about the fun.  Maybe the author was a coin churner too who didn’t want to prematurely kill the deal?

I first posted about dollar coins for miles back on 06/02/08 and again this past June when ordering became unlimited.

Since then I’ve made dozens of orders for a good couple hundred thousand coins, earning a ton of Starpoints in the interim.

The deal has been basically dead as far as I’m concerned for a little bit now as they pulled the unlimited ordering option of the Native American coins and only have the $500 limit President coins.

As far as the Hyatt deal, the WSJ is also a day late and a dollar coin short.  They left out the meat of the Hyatt deal from October when you were able to get 13,500 miles plus free Hyatt nights. I don’t think anyone in the world had more Hyatt stays in October than I did, plus I picked up over 300K United miles and a couple dozen free nights!

Citi Thank You Points Devalued…

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Effective 03/01/09 Citi will be devaluing their thank you points drastically.

Up until this point they offered a fixed-point redemption option allowing points to be worth up to 2 cents each when redeemed for coach or up to 3 cents per point for business class.

On March 1st Citi’s thank you points will be capped at just a penny apiece with the elimination of the fixed-point option.

The WSJ has the scoop…

Seems to be getting harder and harder to find any cards that offer a better bang for your buck than the Starwood AMEX…

HOT! 10% Off Of Southwest Vacation Packages Of 3+ Nights!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Southwest Vacations Linky

Book your flight and hotel through Southwest and save 10%!

Use promo code: SWAVCLICK

Valid for bokings made by 01/16/09 for travel through 03/06/09.

Say what you want about Southwest, but their no fees policy is incredibly refreshing! (And this coupon that ran in the WSJ is a classic!)

$5 Off All Magazine Subscriptions At Amazon!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Offer Linky

$5 discount will be reflected at final checkout page!

Sample offers:

ESPN: $9.97

Conde Nast Travele: $7

Smart Money by WSJ: $7

Wired: $5

Fast Company: $4.97

Inc: $4.97

iPhone 3G: Apple Still Doesn’t Get The Whole Battery Thing…

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Walt Mossberg, perhaps the most highly respected technology writer, has written his review of the iPhone 3G, here are some excerpts:

“…There are two big hidden costs to the new iPhone’s faster speed and lower price tag. First, in my tests, the iPhone 3G’s battery was drained much more quickly in a typical day of use than the battery on the original iPhone, due to the higher power demands of 3G networks. This is an especially significant problem because, unlike most other smart phones, the iPhone has a sealed battery that can’t be replaced with a spare.

Second, Apple’s exclusive carrier in the U.S., AT&T Inc. (T), has effectively negated the iPhone’s up-front price cut by jacking up its monthly fee for unlimited data use by $10. Over the course of the two-year contract you must sign to get the lower hardware prices, that adds $240, overwhelming the $200 savings on the phone itself. If you want text messaging, the cost rises further. With the first iPhone, 200 text messages a month came free. Now, 200 messages will cost $5 a month, or another $120 over the two-year contract…

…In daily use, I found the battery indicator on the new 3G model slipping below 20% by early afternoon or midafternoon on some days, and it entirely ran out of juice on one day. I overcame this problem by learning to use Wi-Fi instead of 3G whenever possible, turning down the screen brightness and even turning off 3G altogether, which the phone permits.

The iPhone 3G’s battery life is comparable to, or better than, that of some other 3G competitors. But they have replaceable batteries. The iPhone doesn’t…

Bottom line: If you’ve been waiting to buy an iPhone until it dropped in price, or ran on faster cell networks, you might want to take the plunge, if you can live with the higher service costs and the weaker battery life. The same goes for those with existing iPhones who love the device but crave faster cellular data speeds. But if you already own an iPhone, and can usually use Wi-Fi for data, you probably should hold off and get the free software upgrade before deciding whether it’s worth getting the new hardware.”

Great, another Apple product with lackluster battery life and no replaceable battery.   But don’t worry, if you just turn off the 3G you’ll be fine…

Excuse me?

The only important difference between the iPhone and iPhone 3G is just that, the 3G! (Well, and the higher rates)

I would’ve picked up the incredible Macbook Air in an instant if just it had a removable battery.  But who would buy such an expensive product meant for traveling without the ability to carry a spare battery?  Surely a company like Apple can come up with a way to fashionably design a product with a removable battery?

Regardless with the cheapest ATT iPhone 3G plan (just 450 minutes) with unlimited texting starting at a whopping $90+tax, I’d be caught in a Yankees jersey before being seen with an iPhone 3G…

Get 230 Issues Of The Wall Street Journal ($253 Newsstand Value) For Just 1,700 Continental Miles!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Update: DEAD!
Continental Magazine Subscriptions Linky

Just click on “News” to get the WSJ for 1,700 miles.

Airbus’ Super Jumbo A380 Takes Flight!

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Update: Cnet’s News.com has published a great photo gallery of the new A380 with more technology specs listed as well.


Start saving up your Starpoints to transfer to Singapore Airlines…this is one redemption that is worth every mile!

Singapore Airlines has outfitted the A380 with specs that are incredible, from coach through first.

On a aircraft rated to transport 853 passengers they have showed remarkable restraint.

First Class: 12 private suites with double beds.

Business Class: 60 seats with 34″ of width (double the width of many coach seats!)

Steerage: 399 seats that recline 115 degrees.

CNN won’t let me embed their videos, but here is a link to a fun video of the A380 launch flight:

A380 Maiden Voyage Video Linky

WSJ via Yahoo: Taking a Flier on Bedroom Suites”

And finally, the Airbus/Singapore PR video:

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=SIOsNVkGRN4[/youtube]

1 Year Barron’s Print And Online Subscription For Just $52!

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Now that our free 1 year subscriptions have expired, here is a link to save over $200 off of the normal price!
Offer Linky

Coming Soon: Earn Starpoints On Your House!!!

Monday, June 11th, 2007

This is huge-pay your mortgage with plastic!!!
If anyone is able to pay for their mortgage on their Amex please post a comment!
AmEx Plans Mortgage Rewards

9 Month Wall Street Journal Subscription For Just 3,300 Miles!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

This is now available for AMEX membership rewards and the following airlines:
AA Magazines Linky
Continental Magazines Linky(Click on all magazines)
Delta Magazines Linky
Northwest Magazines Linky
United WSJ Linky(13 Weeks for 1,300 Miles)

Wall Street Journal Is Free Today!

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Pick up a free copy of the WSJ at any newsstand in honor of their redesign…

Happy 2nd To Ctownbochur.com! (That’s 22nd For Me!)

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

I noticed that I said by last year’s birthday post that traffic had grown from 150 hits a day to 500 in a period of 1 month.
Well here we are a year later and ctownbochur.com is now serving up some 2,000 hits a day and November is already a record month! (At least before sitemeter decided to erase the last week’s worth of data-but google analytics is still up)

A funny conversation that I had with a Brazilian kid I was learning with the day I started this site sticks out in my mind…I guess until that point I never really considered what they call an English birthday in other countries…
I told him, “Hoje é meu aniversário.” (Today is my birthday.)
To which he responded “Em Portugues ou em Hebraico?” (In Portuguese or in Hebrew?)

The only question I still have is what do they call an english/portuguese birthday in Israel?

At any rate I hope you enjoyed your black friday and are ready for cyber monday

To celebrate I’d like to say a L’Chaim with all of you-since that’s not too practical please call 1-800-297-5180 and leave a message with your address to get a free Pravda Vodka Miniature Bottle!

Today’s Wall Street Journal: "Bloggers Struggle With What to Do About Vacation"

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

So i picked up my free copy of the WSJ today at the Continental president’s club, (no, i dont have a club membership, but i still get in for free) and couldnt help but laugh at the timing of the article on the front page of the marketplace section…
Bloggers Struggle With What to Do About Vacation

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