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Sunday, May 11th, 2014, 10:42 pm

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WSJ: Continental-United Merger Coming Monday.

Thursday, April 29th, 2010, 4:40 pm

WSJ Article Linky

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, 12:53 am

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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Thursday, June 18th, 2015, 4:37 pm

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United’s April 2015 Elite Devaluation Made Even Worse By Overcharging Their Elites For Award Redeposits; Emblematic Of Larger Problems That United Has Suffered Since The Continental Merger?

Monday, May 11th, 2015, 5:30 pm

Last November I covered the news of several downgrades that AA, Delta, JetBlue, and United were going to implement in 2015.

United matched Delta in slashing the miles earned for flying. That came after United gutted their award chard earlier last year. United has been great at copying Delta’s devaluations. Not so great at copying Delta’s improvements.

But the United elite benefit downgrade was particularly painful for me. United inherited Continental’s shares system that assigned elite benefits to passengers that an elite member booked an award for.

As a United 1K I was able to book awards for people and they would be able to get free economy plus seating and 3 free 70 pound checked bags even if I wasn’t traveling with them.
As I also have a United credit card they were even eligible for upgrades starting 4 days before the flight.

It wasn’t uncommon for myself, my wife, and my 2 kids to all get free upgrades from coach awards.

This change even affected non-elites. If you had a United credit card previously the passenger would inherit your free bag. Now the passenger needs to have their own card to get a free checked bag.

As of April 15th United stopped applying those benefits to non-elite passengers. If the elite member isn’t traveling with them, passengers booked from an elite member’s account now have to pay for economy plus seating and for baggage. And upgrades are gone as well of course.

However elites are still supposed to get discounted or free redeposits even when they use their miles for others.

That hasn’t happened. Since the change Platinum and 1K members trying to redeposit an award on United.com for a non-elite passenger booked from the Platinum/1K account have been charged $200 even though there shouldn’t be any fee:

 

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I noticed this right away and was able to redeposit an award over the phone for free. The agent said he had been getting calls all day from others in the same situation and he filed several reports to get the problem fixed.

Dozens of people on Flyertalk have reported the same issue over the past month.

Finally last week United’s Flyertalk liaison responded,

“A relatively small number of our Premier members have been incorrectly charged redeposit fees for award tickets they’ve elected to cancel.”

That response was disingenuous at best. There isn’t a single report of an elite member not getting charged the non-elite rate when redepositing an award for a non-elite passenger when the elite member isn’t flying together with them.

The only reasons that it would be a “relatively small number” is that most elites probably called United to do the redeposit rather than risk the website charging them incorrectly.  Or they’re waiting for the United.com to be fixed.

The irony here is that if this mistake was United.com not charging non-elites a redeposit fee you can bet that bug would be fixed the same day.  A airfare price glitch would be fixed within minutes.

And yet, here we are nearly a month into this bug and nothing had changed. The cynic in me isn’t surprised that glitches in the airline’s favor rarely get fixed in a timely fashion. You would think that a glitch that affected top-tier elites would be a priority.  At the very least they ought to roll back last month’s elite devaluation until they can implement the changes properly and stop overcharging their elite members.

While on the topic of errors on the passenger vs. the airline side of things, one of the worrying aspects of the DoT price mistake rule change is that a passenger only has 24 hours to let an airline know about their mistake (0 hours if you book on AA.com). Yet the DoT doesn’t hold the airlines to that same standard.  At the very least the airline should have to let a passenger know about a mistake within the same 24 hour window.  Otherwise we’ll have folks finding out that they don’t have a ticket when they get to the airport…

The new United.com launches this summer. I have zero faith in United being able to fix the problems with it that I identified in this post.  Be prepared for it to be a lot more difficult to search for nonstop award flights.

It’s time to bring Gordon Bethune out of retirement.  It’s as if Jeff Smisek read his former boss’ excellent “From Worst to First” book on his turnaround at Continental and then did everything he possibly could to bring the merged Continental-United back to worst. The comments from United employees left on Gordo’s facebook page are telling.

 

The data doesn’t lie. Smisek does.

 

$10 Off $30 Board Games At Target; Ticket To Ride For $26.99, Settlers Of Catan For $27.99 And More

Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 10:08 am

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, 2:56 pm

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, 9:40 am

Update: This sale ends today.
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Originally posted: 02/12

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

Thursday, March 6th, 2014, 12:12 pm

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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Wednesday, January 1st, 2014, 12:37 am

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Rules Of The Deal

Friday, December 27th, 2013, 1:48 pm

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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Thursday, November 21st, 2013, 12:22 am

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The Fat Lady Has Not Yet Sung…

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013, 11:08 am

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, 1:10 am

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…
…Same story for jacobgo, SM magic.

-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.

-And yet another 3BM for someone with new credit that was approved without a phone call.

-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.

-DDF’ers are not only getting $50 Amazon GCs from the WSJ but refunds as well…yikes.

-An AOR from different banks is nice…
…But a 4BM from just one bank and one pull is the real prize.

-Nothing like picking up a 25K retention bonus on the Plat card…
…Except for a 50K retention bonus on a Plat card opened during the 100K bonanza!

-Are approvals for business cards easier than consumer cards for people with a large mortgage?

-Almost no credit? No problem for this Chase 2BM after some HUCA is applied.

-It took perseverance but MosheP completed his 4BM as well.

-50K AMEX signup bonus honored to not cause disappointment?
And again.
-And even 68K.

-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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To avoid the error message you’ll get if you click on the link below you can follow these steps.  In Internet Explorer click on Settings>Internet Options>Security>Custom Level.  Then scroll most of the way down to “Scripting” and click on “Disable” under active scripting. Click OK at the bottom to confirm the change.  Then click on the link below to order your free subscription.  Afterwards be sure to take the same steps to re-enable your active scripting.

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The previous link for this deal has been dead for a little while now, so I’m glad to see this come back again so that my subscription shouldn’t lapse.

I typically alternate the subscription name between myself, my wife, and my son. I’ve been getting my daily WSJ fix for years now this way 😀
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Trip Report: United DO 2012 In Chicago

Sunday, November 18th, 2012, 8:10 pm

-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, 1:39 pm

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. Apparently they sent that letter to their “top 20 customers.”  They still fulfilled more orders from me after the letter…

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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Native American Coins Back In Stock At The Mint!

Monday, December 14th, 2009, 12:18 am

Related: 18 Months Later The Wall Street Journal Reports On Coins For Miles…

Native American Coins Linky

The mint has gotten smarter since the WSJ article.  There is currently a limit of 20 boxes, or $5,000 per household through 12/31/09 unless you email them with a reason for needing more coins (like for vending machines, etc.).  Before ordering be sure to set the cash advance limit on your credit card to $0 just in case it doesn’t go through as a purchase.

18 Months Later The Wall Street Journal Reports On Coins For Miles…

Monday, December 7th, 2009, 10:11 am

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!

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