PointsHoarder 42: Merry New Year

January 9, 2014

Welcome to 2014, where lots of rules are changing and so are our travel patterns. Somewhat. Sorry we missed a couple weeks there over the holidays but we’re back with a whole bunch of stuff to talk about.

  • In this week’s episode we’re looking at our plans for the coming year – Stephan, Fozz and Seth all have different ideas about what makes sense for them – and how the new rules from Delta and United, as well as concerns about possible changes from American, are shaping our travel patterns.
  • Which of us do you think bought the most of the ~$60 Delta transcon business class fares? We talk about that mistake, why we think it happened and what the impact may be for our status in 2014.
  • Is manufactured spending finally ready to really, really beat out travel as the key to frequent flyer points? Sadly the answer seems to be yes. Sucks, but I’m learning to deal with it.
  • Finally, we also talk about changes to in-flight travel experiences – mostly negative from United and positive from Delta – and why United is mostly stupid in the way they’ve implemented their reincarnated Flyer Friendly ad campaign.

I’m sure we talk about other bits, too, but I don’t really remember what they are. Give a listen and let us know.

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4 comments on “PointsHoarder 42: Merry New Year

  1. Jerry Mandel Jan 10, 2014

    I couldn’t find a link to the manufactured spending discussion. ( I call it funds recycling.)