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Points for Apple Payments?

I am certainly an interested Apple consumer, maybe a fanboy is a better description. As I await the all-but-certain two iPhone 6 models announced tomorrow and an iWatch (if we believe the 3.4 million rumors) I am just as excited about their payment system.  

Purportedly integrated into the phone through NFC (near field communication), Apple is said to be enabling the ability to "touch" your phone (or presumably your watch) to a payment pad in order to complete a transaction with ...

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URGENT! PSA - Burn Your Short Haul Avios

A discovery was made by Gary Leff of Boarding Area's View From the Wing Blog that Iberia (owned by British Airways parent company IAG) have changed their short haul redemption rates and created a new American Airlines only award chart.  

As Gary points out this is a devaluation of 333% which is truly unprecedented in our mileage and points game.  Unannounced changes from the Avios program, however is not without precedent.  Therefore, I recommend you to burn them for short haul awards if you have any in mind.  The long hauls do not seem to show much change. While this is not confirmed yet, it seems likely.  

You have been warned.

-Sherpa

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Credit Card Prom Date Issue

As I mentioned yesterday, I would be applying for a couple of cards and I wasn't entirely sure about which ones I would do. Doctor of Credit had mentioned on one of my last posts that I should submit the appropriate documents to have a couple of bureaus frozen before applying for any US Bank credit card.  There's more on that here.  To be fair, I followed his advice, wrote the documents signed them (the Sherpstress too) and gathered the copies of ID required.  

...and ...

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Credit Card Apps - Jeans and T-Shirt edition

I am easily a newcomer to the credit card side of the world of miles.  Though we have held cards for many years, April was my first true go at it.  There are only a few cards I will be going for and only a couple offered by UPGRD.com.  Full disclosure, some of the links I post will earn a commission for me, but I will note which do with an asterik.  It does not influence my decisions about what to post, nor should it influence for which cards you should apply.  Look ...

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UPDATE: It's Been A Very Bad Year - Air Algiere Plane Goes Missing, 116 on board

UPDATE:  The plane has been found crashed.  All are presumed dead, though that has not yet been confirmed.

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The details are limited as of now, but an Air Algiere MD-83 carrying 116 passengers has gone missing in bad weather en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers.  There is not yet a crash site nor any indication that the plane has crashed, only that the aircraft is missing and has not been in contact with the requisite authorities. The ...

A New Role for Malaysia Airlines

First of all, MH17 is a terrible tragedy that has hit at least one family twice in five months.  The families of those concerned have the compounding emotion of not only their loved ones perishing, but also of outrage that the death of their loved ones were preventable on multiple fronts.  

But this post isn't about that. 

There were several aircraft in the area at the same time, one of which was operated by Singapore Airlines, it could have been that flight ...

Delta Debit Card Not Going Away After All

There was speculation about the Delta Debit Card from SunTrust possibly going away.  I covered the card extensively here if you would like more info.  My own mother got the card just before the website was taken down and the offer was to be closed.  Gary Leff had indicated that they would be "replacing the card" which suggested to me at the time that this would be an alternate reward scheme and nothing as lucrative as the previous.  The link to the new page is ...

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Credit Card Application - UPDATE

A couple of days ago I applied for a few cards and shared which they would be.  I mentioned that becuase of being out of the country off and on over a recent four-year span, my credit history looks like swiss cheese with holes all over the place.  I wasn't terribly confident in how many of the cards for which I was applying, I would be approved.  I have some preliminary results, here they are.  It's also worth noting that one credit bureau had an old address on file (part ...

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It's Credit Card Application Day - Which Ones and Why I Value Them

I am not quite like other bloggers in that I have only as of late really started to apply for reward earning credit cards with any consistency, though I have carried a few accumulated over time.  My situation was unique, as my wife and I were in and out of the country for four years (mostly out) and this made our credit report look like Swiss cheese, full of holes (or in this case expanses of time). 

I will apply for eight cards on one day, for which I will not likely gain ...

Changes coming to US Airways Mastercard

Just a heads up to cardholder's (the Sherpstress is one), after an unrelated call to the DMSC (Dividend Miles Service Center) I was told that the reps received notice today that there will be changes in the next ten days to the current "Mastercard".  As per the usual marketing banter, agents will "be excited to hear what's next" from the Barclays card.  For me, the timing is perfect because I am about to do another card signup round and the Dividend Miles offer out now is okay, but ...

Malaysia Airlines Flight Loses Contact

First reported by NBC, a Malaysia Airlines 777-200 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has lost radio contact.  Though there is no confirmation that the aircraft has indeed crashed, it's never a good sign of course.  There are 239 (227 pax, 12 crew) souls on board and the flight was scheduled to land at PEK at 0630 local time (1730 Eastern Time).  The flight number is MH370. 

Here's to hoping it's just a bit of radio trouble, though I fear that's unlikely. 

-Sherpa

Business incentive program - American Airlines Business Extra

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In case you missed my post from yesterday detailing business incentive programs and their benefit using the Skybonus example, check it out first here. 

My favorite program

Why is American Business extra my favorite program?  The value of American's award chart (especially now with US Airways flights eligible) is much higher than that of Delta.  Additionally, the value per point is significantly higher.  Earning in the program is a LOT less complex ...

Free double dipping - Intro to business incentive programs

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Rocky had a great post about the bonuses currently offered by business incentive programs from Delta (Skybonus) and American (Business Extra).  I have been a member of these programs for years, and I have been preparing a post about them since the bonuses have thrust them into the limelight. Please see my email me at sh[email protected] for a referral link to either program (Rocky's are all gone now but I still have 10 Skybonus available and 9 Business Extra ...

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Shanghai Psychos

This is why I love travel.  A video has been floating around from some Ukrainians that sneak into a skyscraper under construction and climb to the top.  I'm not ruining the video by saying that as far as you consider the top to be, they go further. As a side note - this also fuels my appetite for the GoPro IPO, I will be  buyer. 

But why does this reaffirm my love for travel? 

1) The beauty of the city as seen through their eyes (or GoPros).

2) ...

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Are you earning miles on absolutely every transaction?

This is a post about getting miles on everything, and I mean everything for which you exchange money.  I get miles on rent/mortgage, insurance, I even get miles when I pay a babysitter.  I will get into that shortly, but first, here is a little background on why I am writing the post.  If you are sick of hearing about credit cards (and don't need anyone else moaning about it) you can scroll down three paragraphs to the dotted line where I get to the ...

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US Airways-American Alliance Update: Best of Both Worlds

A reader received what I considered to be an amazing email today from the New American Airlines.  I am a member of both US Airways Dividend Miles and American Aadvantage (Executive Platinum) and I didn't receive it, but a non-elite did.  Much of the alliance information is exactly what I would expect.  We already knew from previous press releases that US Airways would exit the Star Alliance on March 30, 2014 and on March 31st, would become a full member of Oneworld.  It ...

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New York to Tokyo - A great menu

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When we booked our trip to Bali using 49,500 American Airlines Aadvantage miles in business class (55,000 - 10% rebate due to our Citi card), we wanted to maximize our experience.  We had never flown Japan Airlines and their business product had received good reviews, it seemed like the right opportunity to try them out. 

We arrived at JFK and stood in security for ages.  The Terminal 1 security was under construction so everyone was queuing around scaffolding in a very ...

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Hyatt Regency Sha Tin (Hong Kong) - Life is Much Better as a Diamond Member

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My previous post reviewed the Radisson Martinique Manhattan in New York which was nice, and a suite that was more than adequate, but falls short of expectations for the price paid.  When planning our trip around the world, I came across Mike's post about requesting a Diamond Challenge for Hyatt.  For those of you who are already aware of status and challenges, skip down a paragraph, for those that are not... this may change your life. 

Airlines, Hotels, and Car Rental ...

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Club Carlson Redemption - Radisson Martinique Manhattan

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"Why are you staying at the Radisson?" Mike asked when we met him in New York on a recent trip.  Fair question sir, and there are two good reasons.  The first is that we wanted to keep costs low as possible.  We booked a mistake fare and burned some miles to get there. The only way we can continue with these impromptu trips around the world is by making these trips as inexpensive as possible. Redeeming points is one such a way to keep costs low. As part of the best hotel ...

Getting back to Blogging

As I stated, I had some personal events come up that precluded me from actively blogging for awhile.  But I am happy to report that I am back.  Over the next couple of weeks you will read about New York City, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, and Rio with tons of hotels and non-hotel stays.  You will see features on Malaysia Airlines business class, plenty of Cathay Pacific business class and Air Canada business class surprise. 

I could go on, but let's just say there is a lot that has been in the works while I was away.  The Sherpa also has some posts coming debit cards, status, a crazy booking through Sherpa Services - all kinds of good stuff. 

If you have any questions or desired posts please email [email protected].  See you really soon!

-Sherpa

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