Sunday, May 13th, 2007, 6:41 pm
I know that Jetblue has had some problems since their February meltdown, but this news shocked me…
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I know that Jetblue has had some problems since their February meltdown, but this news shocked me…
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One of the numerous uses of starpoints is the ability to transfer points into airline miles at a 20,000 starpoints=25,000 miles rate.
Cathay Pacific is arguably the best airline in which to transfer points to.
Note that Cathay Pacific has no US based credit card, so the Starwood Amex is the absolute best method to earn Asia miles from credit card spending.
People have been asking for months to help clarify the highly complicated Cathay Pacific Asia Miles program, so here’s a start.
The confusion stems from the fact that the program is very different than normal US based mileage programs, but its primary value is owed to that uniqueness.
First of all, about the airline, Cathay Pacific.
-They operate with their hub in Hong Kong.
-They are part of the Oneworld (AA, BA, JAL, Qantas, etc.) Alliance.
-They consistently win awards for their top-notch business and first classes, and even economy is much better than US based airlines.
Cathay Pacific has 2 programs, the Marco Polo club and Asia miles.
Marco Polo club is only for recognition for frequent fliers. If you are just transferring starpoints you will never need to worry about the Marco Polo Club, so just ignore it.
US based mileage programs charge based on the country of flying. If you want to go from New York to Tel Aviv or Los Angeles to Tel Aviv on Continental it will be the same 70,000 miles in coach or 100,000 in business/first.
At the same token, Los Angeles to Hawaii and New York to Hawaii will always be 35,000 miles.
Asia Miles charges based on the distance of the flight. For regular mileage tickets there are 7 mileage zones.
Mileage Zone Chart Linky
Here’s how it works:
First go to the great circle mapper to research the one-way distance of a flight.
For example type in ORD-LHR(Chicago/O’ Hare-London/Heathrow) to discover that the distance is 3,953 miles, or that JFK-GRU(New York/JFK-Sao Paulo) is 4,745 miles.
Then plug the number into the Asia Miles award chart to discover that both of those distances will fall into Zone C.
While you use the one-way distance to figure out the zone, the miles shown is the price for a round-trip ticket in that zone.
So a round trip ORD-LHR on AA or British Airways or JFK-GRU on AA or JAL will be 45,000 in coach, 60,000 in business, and 90,000 in first.
These rates, especially for business class, are significantly less than if you have miles on AA, BA, or JAL.
Here’s where the program gets really bizarre:
Look at the distance from LAX-HNL(Los Angeles-Honolulu) and SFO-HNL(S. Fransisco-Honolulu).
Believe it or not, LAX is further from HNL than SFO is. 157 miles further to be precise.
Because of that very small difference though, SFO-HNL falls into Zone B, while LAX-HNL falls into Zone C!
To be continued…
Questions, Suggestions, Errors? Please leave a comment!
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Brooklyn Showroom- This Motzei Shabbos/Sunday May 12/13
Lakewood- Sunday May 13
Williamsburg- Monday May 14
Monsey- Monday May 14
5 Towns- Tuesday May 15
Toronto- Tuesday May 15
Montreal- Wednesday May 16
London- Wednesday May 16
Los Angeles- Sunday May 20
As long as you still have a cassette player this will be better than a FM static transmitter piece of junk…
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Use the following $3 off code(Exp: 05/13): AC2092423OFF
Save 5% on Delta tickets by using their business Amex.
Save 3% on Delta tickets tickets by using a Starwood or Jetblue business amex…
New York-Denver-$110+ RT On Delta
This article has been corrected, sorry for the mistake!
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The number one frustration with airline miles is that after you’ve racked up lots of miles on an airline, there are no cheap mileage awards available for when you want to go.
The problem stems from the fact that when looking for mileage tickets most websites don’t tell you that you have other airline alliance options.
The real solution that needs to be implemented is an alliance wide award search tool.
The only thing that I know of that currently comes close is ANA’s Star Alliance wide mileage search.
Until then you have a few work-arounds:
1. Call up each partner airline.
2. Join the mileage program of the partner airline that you wish to check and you’ll have online access to their inventory.
3. Call up the mileage desk of the airline that you have miles on and have them check alliance partner availability.(It’s extremely hard to find an agent who can competently check this)
Another caveat is that many airlines also have earning and redemption possibilities with airlines not in their alliance, so be sure to look up on each airline’s website to know what those are as well!
Below is a list of the 3 global alliances, and their primary members.
Air New Zealand
Lot Polish Airlines
SAS Scandinavian Airlines
South African Airways
Update: The $150 just posted to my Continental Account without any issues!
Deal originally posted 03/14-12:31 am.
Deal status: DEAD!
Reminder: You must make a purchase with this card by April 3rd to get the $150 Continental money!
Be sure to follow these steps in order to get credit!
Step 1: If you do not yet have a Continental Onepass account Sign up for one here. Otherwise go on to step 2.
Step 2: If you do not yet have a Continental Gift account Sign up for one here. Otherwise go on to step 3.
Step 3: Register for the $150 flight credit offer by entering in your onepass number.
Step 4: PRINT AND SAVE THE PAGE CONFIRMING THAT YOU ARE REGISTERED FOR THE PROMOTION IN CASE YOU DO NOT GET THE FLIGHT CREDIT!
Step 5: Apply for the Continental Consumer Mastercard.
Step 6: You must make your first purchase with the card by April 3rd, so hurry up and apply today!
-The flight credit will post 6-8 weeks after your first purchase.
-The flight credit is good for at least 36 months.
-The flight credit can be used online.
-The continental credit card is churnable.
-A free ticket from the US to Israel on Continental is 70,000 miles in coach and 100,000 miles in business-first.
-The card’s annual fee is $85, but you will get 15,000 miles and a $150 flight credit!
-The card gives you 5% off all Continental flights for the first 12 months you have it.
-The card gives double miles for many purchases including all continental purchases.
-The card also allows you to hold the price on continental.com tickets for 24 hours.
5,000 Miles-No purchase or flight required!
Perhaps I spoke too soon about my love for Brazil…
The taxi that I was traveling in from the Sao Paulo airport to the city got trapped in a protest in middle of the highway. Residents from the slums were protesting an earlier police raid by closing down the highway and setting fire to and throwing objects at civilian cars.
We got stopped just 15 feet away from the front of the protest where a car was set ablaze. The incoming traffic trapped us in the thick of the action, where a wooden pole was thrown at my taxi, and shattered the windshield.
I was able to contact my parents (via the Nextel international walkie-talkie that I luckily had set up specifically for the trip) who sent a letter into the Rebbe’s Ohel. Thank G-d, we miraculously escaped from the entire ordeal unharmed…the full details of which I’ll save for another time.
When the police arrived (after we escaped by driving off the side of the highway) it apparently got even worse, a bomb went off and injured a number of the policemen on the scene.
Here are some newspaper photos of the violence on the main highway connecting the city of Sao Paulo to its international airport.
Posting from the cleveland presidents club…
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I’m going to Brazil today!
The graduate school in which I am studying for my MBA has a sister school in Curitiba, Brazil, and is having a business trip down there during the current break between the spring and summer semesters, so it seemed like a good idea!
While on the long plane ride I hope to write up a couple interesting articles and stuff to post while I am gone.
Also, although everyone who participated in the 500,000 hit promo has received their amazon GC’s a while ago, I have conducted a raffle tonight according to the amount of raffle tickets each participant earned. Find out if you won by checking the site while I am on the road!
Posting may sporadic depending on my connection to the internet.
I will be stopping in NYC for 11 hours tomorrow, and for 10 hours on my return on May 17th.
Update: With just 13 days left until it closes, my local store has all cell phones at 60% off, and Vista starting at just $50!
Hurry before it’s all gone!
Important: There are no returns on any items being sold at closing stores, so USE YOUR STARWOOD AMEX CARDS to take advantage of the included return protection!!!
Hundreds of CompUSA stores are getting ready to close their doors, and that means the sales are getting better!
I just got back from one of the closing stores and found some great deals.
While every store has their own clearance schedule, I saw a lot of good stuff for half off items like GSM and CDMA cell phones and Windows Vista and Word.
Dont expect much customer service-the people staffing the stores so not know how to answer any questions, period.
Call your local store to find out the exact closing date, the closer it is to that date, the better the sales, but the worse the selection!
Update 4-3:50pm: DEAD!!!
Update 3-8:30 am: Finally bookable on delta.com. Total price with all taxes is $529. (With 5% off it’s about $500)
Update 2-1:15 am: Now bookable on Travelocity for $538 including all taxes and fees.
Come on delta, load the fare onto your site already!!!
This should be bookable very soon…
Reminder: Get a 5% cash rebate in addition to miles/points earned on all Delta tickets by using the Delta Business Amex.
Save 3% by using a Starwood or Jetblue Business Amex.
This is the lowest that I’ve ever seen New York to Brazil go for.
(It’s good enough to make me want to hop on a plane tomorrow-No advance purchase is required!!! Did I ever mention that I love Brasil?)
Valid for travel Monday-Thursday through the end of Delta’s schedule.
Delta now flies this route non-stop!
Should be under $550 after all taxes.
Update 8-05/01-7:00pm: DEAD!
Update 7-05/01-12:00pm: Alive Again!
Update 6-04/22: Deal Confirmed-I got my $250 check from Chase!
Update 5-04/06: DEAD!
Update 4-04/05: Alive Again! If you dont see the offer for the $250 cash back at the bottom of the offer page try clearing out your browser’s cache and cookies…
Update 3-03/17: DEAD!
Update: If you do not see the $250 fine print on the page you may not be getting the deal!
Try clearing out your web browser’s cache and cookies and then try clicking on the link again and you should see the $250 offer!
Also it would be a good idea to print the page mentioning the $250!
(You can also get to this offer via the chase.com homepage. You may have to refresh the page a few times before the $250 offer comes up.)
Note the fine print on the bottom of the offer page which mentions this deal:
“*You will receive $200 in bonus rebates which can be redeemed for a $250 check. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks after your first purchase for bonus rebates to post to your account. First purchase includes purchases, balance transfers, or any checks that are used to access your account. To qualify for bonus rebates, account must be open and not in default at the time of fulfillment. The bonus offer is valid only for first-time cardmembers with new accounts. Only one bonus per account. Existing cardmembers/accounts are not eligible for the bonus offer.”
I’ve been using Google’s personalized home page since day 1, now they’ve added even more features and rebranded it as iGoogle.
Add ctownbochur.com to your iGoogle page by logging into your google account, going to “add stuff” then “add by url” and entering the feed address: ctownbochur.blogspot.com/atom.xml
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Free Diet 7-UP Taste Challenge Kit
Comes with free Diet 7-UP, Diet Sprite, and Diet Sierra Mist cans.
The Freddies are considered the ultimate bragging(and advertising) rights for frequent flyer programs.
They were given out a few days ago in the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.
They are voted on by 448,000 frequent flyers!
Here are some selected 2007 USA results, with my commentary following.
Best Frequent Flyer Program:
-Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns
Comment: If you only want to use your rewards domestically then this is true, but otherwise stick with AA, Cathay Pacific, or Continental.
Frontier LCC Roundup Linky
Getting the most value out of miles linky
Best Frequent Flyer Credit Card:
Comment: They got this one right!
Best Elite-Level Program
-Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
Comment: I’m not very familiar with the program, but from a quick reading of the benefits and what people say about them it seems like a pretty sweet program.
Disclaimer: I currently have elite status on AA(Gold), Airtran(Lifetime), Continental(Silver), and Starwood(Gold).
Best Award Redemption-Airlines
-Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
Comment: Yes, perhaps it’s easy to redeem, but the reward for having to travel Southwest is another flight on Southwest…
Best Award Redemption-Hotels
-Starwood Preferred Guest
Between hotel stays and miles it’s the most flexible program today…
Starwood Award Options Linky
Best Customer Service
-Midwest Airlines Midwest Miles
Comment: Who knew?
Au Bon Pain EClub Signup Linky
About a day after signing up you will receive a voucher good for a free travel mug from participating Au Bon Pain stores.
Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington D.C.
Update: Unfortunately this is a targeted offer, so so only certain people will be eligible. It worked for me though!
I have added a couple more targeted links for 500 and 1,000 miles-try them out, and good luck!
It just takes a quick signup for some emails!
Almost as good as the famous 10,000 Skymiles offer from days of yore (or at least from the first 2 weeks of this site’s existence)
The American Express Business Platinum card will be going up from $300/year to $395/year starting on May 1st.
Many readers of site were able to get the card for negative $250 during the last Business Amex promo.
The 2 new benefits, which are effective immediately for all cardholders, are Domestic companion tickets, and Regus Executive Club Membership Office membership.
With the domestic companion benefit, any ticket $299 and above($699-$899 for Hawaii and Alaska) qualifies for a free companion ticket.
What really is unique about this companion program is that it actually works.
-There is no special fare class that you have to book in, any old ticket on one of the Big 6 airlines qualify.
-If the ticket is under $299 Amex will round the ticket up to $299 so that you can get the other ticket for free.
-You can use this program up to 4 times per calender year.
-The cardholder must be one of the travelers.
-There are some blackout dates.
The other new feature is the Regus Executive Club Membership.
You can now access offices and get free internet and refreshments in offices around the world!
The other amazing card benefits have stayed the same for the most part, some of them include:
-Free Continental, Delta, And Northwest Airline Club Access.
-Free Starwood Gold Status.
-Free elite status with Avis, Hertz, and National Rental cars.
-If any item that you buy(up to $10,000)is lost within 90 days of purchase, the money will be refunded.
You can see some of the items up to 70% of from the homepage.
If you need a laptop case Ebags carries some really neat ones that are made by Sumdex-just search for Sumdex and choose the one you like!
You can get 10% off $35 with free shipping without any coupon codes, or use the following code for 20% off $75 with free shipping, and get a $25 off $75+free shipping Ebags coupon good for a future purchase: EMSECRET47
To enter the coupon code, go to your cart and look for the box saying “Promotional Code” in the left, gray side of the page.
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Use the following coupon for 45% off(Exp: After 1,000 uses): 4RXDSXGK$GS2T3
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Use the following coupon for 40% off(Exp: After 1,200 uses): T37M1C?$7T74B7
Woot-off checkers are great to leave open as a tab in your browser because they automatically update and tell you when the next woot has started…
The trick is to find one that is stable!
Here is a list of a whole bunch of them-if you find a good one be sure to come back and post it!
Woot-Off Checkers Linky
Remember-the good deals last just a few minutes, so check often!
Who knows, you may even get to buy a Bag Of Crap…
Coupon Linky(Exp: 05/19)
Coupon requires signup in Dick’s free rewards program…
Eddie Bauer Linky
Use code(Exp:04/29): FRNDFAM
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