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Virgin Atlantic in financial ruin. Should I burn my million miles? On my mind…

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In 2016, I exchanged 1.2 million Virgin Atlantic miles for an all-inclusive week on Richard Branson's Necker Island.  My wife and I loved it.  The experience was incredible.  It was absolutely worth the high...

Can airport health screening save air travel?

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I love to travel.  Friends sometimes ask me "don't you get tired of it?"  Nope.  Most of the usual headaches associated with air travel haven't been an issue for me since I've become enmeshed...

On my mind: Is now a good time to apply for credit cards? Really?

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I've written a fair bit recently about applying for rewards credit cards.  The general idea has been that while this is a bad time for traveling, it's a great time for earning points, miles,...

On my mind: Coronavirus, points and miles

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Last weekend, I presented at the Travel & Adventure Show in Washington DC and Nick presented at FTU (Frequent Traveler University).  Going into the weekend I was surprised that the show and the FTU...

On my mind (Choice Privileges edition)

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Choice Privileges is a an oddball rewards program. You can't book award stays more than 100 days in advance.  And the point prices change regularly.  The point prices for the next 6 months or...

On my mind (Venture only? edition)

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If for some reason you could only have one credit card, Capital One's Venture card would be a solid choice.  But is it the best choice for everyone?  Lately I've been wondering whether it...

On my mind (wife’s wallet edition)

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You know I like to maximize rewards.  I routinely use the most rewarding card for each situation.  Restaurant?  Citi Prestige 5X.  Phone, Internet, TV?  Chase Ink Business Cash 5X.  Shopping via Apple Pay or...

On my mind (#Bonvoyed! edition)

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A few nights ago I overheard an elderly woman at a restaurant talking about Marriott: "Now they call it 'Bonvoy'. I hate that name."  Agreed.  We hate it too.  All of us.  Not only...

On my mind (Marriott spend bonus edition)

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In 2018 I made a very deliberate effort to reach near-top-tier Marriott elite status.  At the time, the status level was called Platinum Premier Elite, but now it is Titanium elite.  I made the...

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