Are Targeted Loyalty Program Promotions Unfair?

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Yesterday I posted about the targeted promotion I received from Hyatt Gold Passport, offering 50,000 bonus Gold Passport points after 20 stays.

Typically when there are targeted promotions there are several versions of it, and it can take a while for every eligible member to be contacted. After all, with millions of members all emails will rarely go out at exactly the same time. I recommended that people wait before being disappointed that they weren’t targeted.

That didn’t happen. A lot of people were pissed, and even said they would be switching stays to Starwood or another chain, despite the fact that other hotel chains haven’t even announced their fall promotion yet.

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Which Jobs Require Lots Of Travel?

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Reader Jase asked the following question on the “Ask Lucky” page of the blog:

“Hi Ben! Longtime fan of the blog, I really enjoy reading your articles.

I’m interested in a career that would allow me to travel as much as you do! (or at least more than I currently do). Do you have any advice for readers who are starting out professionally and want to find careers that allow for lots of travel, either for business or are flexible enough to allow for frequent trips?”

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A Few More Months Till My Dad’s Big Trip!

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I love my parents more than anything in the world, and do what I can to travel with them. Last year I took my mom to Bali in Cathay Pacific first class for her “round” birthday, and took my dad to Europe in Lufthansa first class as a pre-birthday trip. I had a blast on both trips.

This year it’s my dad’s “round” birthday, and I want to make it extra special, as I did with my mom’s trip last year. The great news is that my dad doesn’t know how to use the internet, so I can ask you guys for feedback throughout the planning process without him being filled in.

I started planning my dad’s birthday trip last December, around 11 months before his birthday. You guys provided some amazing feedback, which I really appreciate. In January I shared an update regarding the trip once everything was finalized and ticketed, which I called the “A380 trip around the world.” The itinerary looked as follows:

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Blog Feedback: Nested Or Chronological Comments?

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As some of you guys know, the blog underwent a massive redesign a bit over a month ago. The most exciting changes were on the back end, as the old version of WordPress that we were using lacked so much functionality.

But beyond that, hopefully the blog now looks like it’s actually from this century, and hopefully the blog’s new features are useful.

There’s one thing I’ve been getting a lot of mixed feedback about, and I think it’s time once and for all to make a decision on it. In general I’m very much an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of guy, though that’s what lead to me having exactly the same blog design for over six years, so clearly that doesn’t always end well.

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How Long For Connection On Award Ticket?

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Reader C Diddy asked the following question on the “Ask Lucky” page of the blog:

“Hi Lucky,

How much time do you leave yourself on a layover between a positioning flight and an international flight booked separately? I’m flying LAX-AUH shortly, and need to book my positioning flight from DEN. I get nervous that if something goes awry on the positioning flight, I might miss the long-haul. Just looking for some guidance on what you typically are comfortable with. Thanks!”

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Best Camera For Frequent Traveler?

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Back in early 2011 I asked you guys for suggestions on which camera I should get. After taking into account the useful feedback and doing some further research, I decided to get the Canon S95.

It has served me brilliantly for over three years, and all things considered I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s compact, takes great pictures in low light conditions, etc.

But at the same time technology is improving at such a fast pace that I think it’s time to upgrade, assuming there’s something better out there. For example, I see there’s now a Canon S120, which I assume is the updated version of my previous camera. But I’m not sure if it’s actually better.

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ExpertFlyer Adds Features: Visas, Timetables, Interlining, And More

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ExpertFlyer is a paid subscription service that I use. Membership costs $99 per year, and as someone that’s searching flight availability in one form or another on a daily basis, I find it to be well worth the cost. A vast majority of information found on ExpertFlyer is publicly available, though being able to access so much information in one place adds a lot of value for me. Then there are also some other unique features.

For example, ExpertFlyer allows you to set availability alerts, so if there’s not availability in your desired fare bucket, you can set an alert, and if space opens up they’ll email you. It’s worth noting that for award fare buckets this doesn’t work for all airlines. In the past it was super useful, because they displayed all Star Alliance availability, though that’s not the case anymore.

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AwardWallet Plus Upgrade Codes

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It’s been a few months since I last gave out upgrade coupons for AwardWallet Plus, and given that we’re at the halfway point of the year, this seemed like a good time. As I’ve mentioned before, AwardWallet is one of those websites I don’t put much thought into but it makes my life so much easier.

Here are 50 codes for an AwardWallet Plus six month upgrade for those that already have an AwardWallet account.

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Uber Airport Rates

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I am a huge fan of Uber in general, and I think the business model is fantastic (and clearly I’m not alone, or else they wouldn’t be valued at 18 billion dollars). Particularly in cities that have a less-than-savory relationship with the local taxi “mafias” a car service like Uber can be refreshing.

Heck, during my visit to Warsaw a couple of days back I had two taxi issues in a day, neither of which would have happened if it were a city with Uber.

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Should You Buy Miles Or Be Loyal To An Airline?

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Nowadays is it worth being loyal to an airline when miles are so cheap to buy? Don’t worry, this post has nothing to do with revenue based frequent flyer programs, be it revenue based elite qualification, revenue based mileage accrual, etc. Instead this has to do with a (rather long but interesting) question that reader Lex posed on the “Ask Lucky” page of the blog.

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Should You Exchange Points On Points.com?

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What does points.com do, and should you use it to trade or exchange miles? Obviously it can make sense to use points.com to purchase points when an airline or hotel is running a promotion. For example, when US Airways ran their 100% bonus on shared miles it was facilitated by points.com, so whether you knew it or not, the purchase was processed by points.com.

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Coming Soon: The New One Mile At A Time

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Content is the most important feature of a blog, in my opinion, but I also want the theme and formatting to do a better job showcasing that content. I’ve been wanting to update the style of the blog for some time now, and this seems like a good opportunity.

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