Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Private Jet Discount!!!

Delta Private Jets is offering 3% off their standard rates. Wow! This is a great marketing idea because private jet customers are exceptionally price sensitive. Trips must be booked by December 15.
A319 Not Offered - That's Part of Delta Charters

Monday, November 28, 2016

Save $50 or More on Emirates

For a limited-time, we've partnered with Visa Checkout to provide great savings of $1,000 off First Class fares, $250 off Business Class fares and $50 off Economy Class fares on round-trip flights departing from all Emirates US airports to selected destinations across our global network. 

To take advantage of this great offer, use promotional code USVISAC and make sure to select the Visa Checkout button when you’re ready to pay. 

Book by November 24, 2016

The sweet spot is if you find a cheap first class fare, but $50 on economy is nice too.
They Love A380's

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Don't Fly Lufthansa When I Plan To

My last two trips on Lufthansa have been disrupted by strikes. I think it's me.
No Lufthansa Flights Departing Denver Today

Monday, November 21, 2016

Book Through IHG or Feel Their Indifference

We’ve made a change. Effective January 1, 2017, members must book directly through IHG® (IHG.com, IHG® App, IHG® brand sites, corporate travel sites, Central Reservations, or Hotel direct) and not through other travel booking sites in order to take full advantage of the benefits that come with an IHG® Rewards Club membership. Why? We want to give you the best travel experience—from start to finish—every time. And we can only do that when you book with us directly. 

IHG saves money when you book through them and they are trying to encourage direct bookings. Most chains have a version of this, just with IHG, you are less likely to notice a difference. You still get MrRebates credit if you click through to book at IHG while still seeing full IHG perks.
Taken From The Sheraton FRA

Friday, November 18, 2016

Honolulu International Airport - HNL

I'm starting to love HNL. The architecture is beautiful and the outdoor concourses are great. The airport has amazing views and there always seems to be a nice breeze blowing.  There is a terminal modernization project starting soon that will add gates and remove charm.
Get Up Close to an A330
Japanese Peace Garden
Ideal Smoking Section, But Isn't
Wide View of the Field
View from the United Club
Fun Interior Design - Mid Century Modern/Tiki

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Suspect Southwest Award Math

Southwest is marketing to differentiate themselves from legacy carriers. Bags Fly Free is a clear differentiation, but the miles program isn't as clear cut. I don't doubt their math below, but they are missing a big component. United has flat rate award pricing, so no round trips are less than 25,000 miles. Southwest bases award prices on ticket costs, so their round trip prices shift as the price changes. United passengers are less like to use award miles on cheap flights, but can receive great value using their miles for expensive flights since it's the same cost in miles.
Southwest Math

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Virtue Signaling or Actual Action?

Why only care about breast cancer in October? Could it be virtue signaling or is this a cause being tangiably supported? I wouldn't mind the all out pink assault in October if airlines permitted pink year round and just encouraged it in October. Also knowing of any tagible results from this campaign would be nice.
I Doubt They'll Repaint the Tug

Monday, November 14, 2016

30% Off Boeing Store

Time to stock up on expensive items because the Boeing Store is offering 30% off orders over $100.
I'm On A 757 Roll

Friday, November 4, 2016

I'm Now Gold With Best Western

I've never stayed with Best Western, but have a rewards number. I played a contest and they boosted my status a level from basic to Gold. BW Gold status might be the most depressing hotel status; close race with La Qunita Elite. BW will also match loyalty program status if you ask, they are the only chain that advertises this, but most others will do it if you ask.
This Costs More Than A Best Western Hotel

Thursday, November 3, 2016

United Cheaped Out - Again

United did a real half rear end job removing the inflight entertainment components from legacy United 777's. The just put a sticker over the controls and a plastic plug in the headphone jack.
Not the best refurb job.
There Was Channel 9 Once