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When Will American Airlines Become Revenue-Based?

Hard to believe, it’s been over thirty years now since American Airlines introduced their frequent flier program. With a tailwind of success, the other airlines quickly joined in and the Frequent Flier program doors were opened. The industry actually changed a few years earlier with the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. With carriers suddenly competing…

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FTU: Is it Worth It?

While I was working in Rio de Janeiro, my husband took advantage of a trip to his hometown, DC, to attend a recent Frequent Traveler University. While he has attended similar events in the past, this was his first with FTU. How did it go? THE BEST Attendance was huge, maybe 700 people, with attendees…

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Marriott Timeshare Points Program Lawsuit Dismissed

A Marriott Vacation Club timeshare owner filed a Federal lawsuit seeking class action status and claiming that when Marriott introduced their points program a few years ago, it reduced the value of his investment. He alleged that the number of people using the timeshare as a swap was reduced because of the points. Marriott argued…

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Fortune Magazine: So Wrong in So MANY Ways

I don’t usually go out of my way to agree or disagree with contrary opinions but Fortune’s recent article on airline loyalty programs by Stanford University professor Jeffrey Pfeffer is simply wrong in so many factual ways. Sounding like he was separated at birth from soon-to-be BoardingArea blogger Christopher Elliott, Professor Pfeffer thinks everything about frequent…

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Quirky Bonus if Delta Raises the Medallion Bar

According to The Points Guy, Delta Air Lines will increase the amount of Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQD) needed to maintain status for the 2016 year. Disclosure: I am not aware of any announcement from Delta confirming this. Update: Delta’s official announcement has been made on 10.October.2014. See 2015 / 2016 Medallion Qualification Dollars. If correct, it…

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