Have YOU Become Irrelevant to Travel Companies?

“With the reduction in seats on flights due to downsizing the fleets and the return to higher loads, the airlines are telling us loud and clear, they don’t think they need our business”, Rick Ingersoll of Frugal Travel Guy wrote in an article called Have You Got the Message Yet? “They have successfully raised prices numerous times with fewer fallbacks and we are paying more for much less these days when it comes to air travel.” If I know one thing about Rick since I first met him years ago, he is usually quite blunt about his thoughts and — in this case — I completely agree with him. In fact, I believe those thoughts should be expanded to include lodging companies and rental car companies — although…

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Frequent Travel, Miles and Points: Time to Give Up?

With the advent of numerous frequent travel loyalty programs increasing miles and points redemption rates while offering reduced benefits as costs to the customer seem to steadily increase, is it time to give up on what some call “the game”? A thoughtful discussion was launched today with one FlyerTalk member admitting that the “white flag” is being raised. After 25 years as a frequent flier, FlyerTalk member stonecrd somberly posts the following…

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BigCrumbs Site-Wide Sale; My Musings About Free Rebates and Cash-Earning Credit Cards

BigCrumbs is currently having a sale throughout its Internet web site through November 26, 2012 where you can earn a higher cash rebate on qualifying purchases through participating merchants — some of which are companies in the travel industry such as Alaska Airlines and InterContinental Hotels Group — with no fees and free standard shipping to sweeten the deal. BigCrumbs offers a free on-line loyalty program that pays the highest overall cash back available at popular retailers via the Internet — and its members can earn even more cash with referrals. However, you must first…

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Mileage Versus Revenue: Frequent Flier Loyalty Programs

Tim Winship of wrote an article found on page 6 in the September 2012 issue of Loyalty & Rewards — being distributed in as a supplement in USA TODAY until Sunday, September 30, 2012 and via the Internet as well — discussing the advantages and disadvantages of frequent flier loyalty programs based on mileage versus revenue. Winship notes that low-cost carriers such as Virgin America, Southwest Airlines and jetBlue Airways tend to have frequent flier loyalty programs based on revenue, whereas legacy carriers such as Delta Air Lines, US Airways, United Airlines and American Airlines tend to have frequent flier loyalty programs based on mileage. Simple, right? Not so fast…

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My Point of View on the Best and Worst Use of Miles

There was a debate stemming from something about which Rick Ingersoll — also known as the Frugal Travel Guy — wrote back on November 21, 2011 regarding the use of miles for a seat in the first class cabin aboard an aircraft on an international flight: “International First Class redemption is a waste of miles, in my mind.” This prompted responses from such weblog authors as…

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