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  1. +1 Add in the comments about "direct" flights.....oy!
  2. At least on Symphony, I have found that the "Silk Bar" on 11 tends to put some local/specialty beers on tap. One big issue is what to then do with the empty kegs, if the ship is on an itinerary where origin and end point are thousands of miles apart. Doing Caribbean, Alaskan or New England loops allows the ship to drop off empties and get new ones. A bit more of an issue on a crossing or where you aren't coming back to that port. And yes, the ship can just toss away the kegs. But that starts to get expensive after a while. I do know that there is research being done on fully disposable kegs, but that is a bit down the road.
  3. For anyone who is concerned about keeping miles "alive", remember that shopping and dining portals are excellent ways to have account activity, without either flying or credit card activity. Also, partner rental cars can get you an easy 500 miles. Flowers and more. Crunch the numbers. Do you get at least the equivalent value compared to the card cost? That's the key.
  4. And for anyone going....if the temps are high, it WILL be a hot and draining walk down and back. And one thing to remember...coming out is uphill.
  5. So, if you had a one-connection itinerary available for X dollars (and let's stipulate that X is greater than $1000), and a non-stop is priced at 2X - you would always take the non-stop? What if X is $1500? Or $2000? Just checking how absolute "Always select" really is.
  6. Interesting....I know if no AIRLINE credit card where canceling the card results in a loss of the points. OTOH, if you cancel out your Amex or Chase or Citi cards and do not have a no-fee version to continue with, you will lose those points as they are tied to the card(s). Now, as to the card that you "can't" get rid of...is that because you are still earning miles to reach an award milestone? Or are you just afraid that the points will go "poof"?
  7. I just use the credit card to buy a McD gift card and reload it when it gets low. Then l just leave the McD card in the car visor. One CC transaction and I don't have to dig out the CC at the drive-thru.
  8. Amazed that you would put Mark & Colin in the same category as Perry (Pay attention to me or leave the room) Grant.
  9. Remember that Chase enforces 5/24 (5 new cards in 24 months) when deciding on new applications. So one must be judicious.
  10. Cruiseline credit cards may seem like a good deal for onboard perks, but in the overall picture they don't provide great returns. When you consider the cash value of your benefit, almost all other cards will give you a better return for your spend. If you do plan to get the CSR, be sure to get the initial spend bonus. You can only qualify for that once, even if you give up the card and get it later on. And those points are quite worthwhile - you can leverage them into a wide variety of programs. You should get at least $800 worth of redemption from that 50K of points. Don't throw that away!! Perhaps you should time your CSR (or other card) application to match with planned large purchases. One caveat for you to consider. The Points Guy (TPG) derives a huge chunk of revenue from credit card referrals - so you might want to read a number of other points blogs to get additional points of view on the various cards Not that these other blogs don't also get paid for referrals, but it can't hurt to get other views. I know that Gary Leff often has other views than the TPG crew. Check out Boarding Area for a large number of aviation blogs.
  11. I posted the below in a different thread. Substitute FF upgrades for FF accrual and you have the situation with upgrading with points. One more point - for many programs, you not only need to have a suitable fare basis but also need to have inventory availability in a specific upgrade bucket. Not just overall inventory in business/first. And airline may have seats for revenue sale, but are not making them available for upgrades, either with cash and/or points. -=-=-=-=-=-=- It's the specific fare basis, not the "class" of ticket that determines any FF mileage accrual. That fare basis is not just the single letter "class code", but the longer fare basis code (which can be many alpha-numeric characters long). That code incorporates the fare rules for that ticket - and the accrual for the ticket would be specified in those fare rules and/or more general rules of the FF program. Also, FWIW, the specific fare rules will supersede the general rules if in conflict. IF (and it's a big if) you can get that specific fare basis, you may be able to find the fare rules online. ExpertFlyer is an excellent source for published tickets and some published discounted ones. Unfortunately, many "negotiated" fares have opaque fare rules, which sometimes are unavailable even after purchase.
  12. It's the specific fare basis, not the "class" of ticket that determines any FF mileage accrual. That fare basis is not just the single letter "class code", but the longer fare basis code (which can be many alpha-numeric characters long). That code incorporates the fare rules for that ticket - and the accrual for the ticket would be specified in those fare rules and/or more general rules of the FF program. Also, FWIW, the specific fare rules will supersede the general rules if in conflict. IF (and it's a big if) you can get that specific fare basis, you may be able to find the fare rules online. ExpertFlyer is an excellent source for published tickets and some published discounted ones. Unfortunately, many "negotiated" fares have opaque fare rules, which sometimes are unavailable even after purchase. Caveat emptor.
  13. Don't speak too ill about SeatGuru. They are owned by the same company that owns Cruise Critic. 🙂 All part of TripAdvisor, which has a wide range of websites.
  14. Heathrow has around 80 million passengers a year....PDX about 10 million. Vast vast difference.
  15. I'm a firm believer that a Crystal cruise is a wonderful opportunity to try all sorts of spirits that you never would be ordering on dry land. You can get just a small sip to see what it's like - sample all the different scotches, or the great gin selection that the ships now have. I remember the fellow who only ordered Johnnie Walker Black on the rocks...day in, day out in the Cove. I asked him why it was always the same and he said "It's what I like". I asked "what if there's something you would like even better? But you'll never know." Just got a blank look back.
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