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Saturday, May 28, 2016

A shared reflection on the state of miles and points

I wanted to share this short opinion piece about the state of the miles and points game.  And in some ways it really is a 'game', since the airlines and hotels have been devaluing redemption options with some frequency over the past number of years.

Post: Fewer Points and Miles

I'm not sure if I subscribe to the notion of hoarding of points, but that may be a possibility to try and hedge against further devaluation.  I'm confident it's not going to cramp my travel style, though, in the short term.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sprint Free Global Roaming Expands

Almost one year ago to the day I posted about Sprint's new option for roaming overseas - a service that is free though speed-restricted to 2G but includes free texting.  The list of available countries was also limited and I was hopeful that they might expand this in the future.

Well, it appears as though they've done just that.  Now called "Global Roaming", it captures a much wider base of countries and includes many of my favorite places:

The full country list includes:

I'm excited to see Qatar and Switzerland are now included, as well as an expanded base in Asia.  Looking forward to trying out the service on my next trip!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Alaska Airlines add JAL as a partner!

Per View from the Wing, Alaska Airlines will be adding Japan Airlines (JAL) as a partner - this is especially good for the Mileage Plan program and possible redemption opportunities.  You can read more about the announcement below:


June 29 will be the effective date for all new codeshare flights, and you may also notice the increased frequency from west coast destinations like San Diego.  Great to know there is another miles earning option!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

New Hertz Spring Bonus Promo Starts Today!

Hertz has started a new promotion today (May 1) headlined "The Sky's the Limit", running through June 30, 2016.  Double and triple point possibilities exist for reservations, and you gain additional points when you reserve certain 'extras'.  Not bad if you have reservations coming up!