Points Are Better Than Miles, Dammit

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On this Independence Day, I’m going to celebrate living in a free country by planning to exercise my right to travel to other ones. It’s a pretty good way to appreciate what we’ve got here, especially after you’ve been to truly fucked up places like North Korea.

In the interest of not burying the lede, this post is about how you don’t want to earn miles on a United card, or any other airline card. You do want to earn points in the right credit card rewards program, which, if you sometimes fly United, is Chase Ultimate Rewards. Hear me now, believe me later. Continue reading

United We Stand

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I live downtown, near Union Square. This means is that Newark is no more or less difficult to get to than JFK. This is not true if, say, you live on the Upper East Side.

And so, just as living near Union Square gives you access to pretty much every subway line, it also gives you access to pretty much every airline. I have made my choice, and it is: United. Why United? You ask. Or maybe you didn’t. I’ll tell you anyway. Continue reading