Here we are at the fourth and probably last entry in my airline credit card series! Whoo fucking hoo. Previous posts have been about the cards offered by United, Delta, and American. That’s where we’re gonna stop, because I rarely, if ever, fly Alaska, Southwest, Frontier, Allegiant, Spirit, Hawaiian, or Sun Country, much less Elite, Silver, or Great Lakes, and definitely not Ravn Alaska, Boutique, Cape, Mokulele, the many Contour/Public Charter dba’s, or any of the other tiny domestic airlines I didn’t know existed before today. No, I did not make those up. They are actual US airlines. I bet they don’t have credit cards, though. I only just discovered Boutique by accident, right now, when Googling route maps for the others. They make money when no one flies them because they service federally subsidized routes. I can’t even find a single list of every airline that exists, but weirdo airlines come up just the same when you search in Google Flights or whatever if you type in the right city pair. (Also, Southwest, maybe consider listing your fucking prices in search engines, huh, and I’ll at least consider you for short flights? Until then, you’re dead to me.)
Anyway, I digress, pretty substantially, as it turns out. What about the JetBlue cards? Continue reading
This is now number three in an increasingly boring series. I’ve already covered United and Delta, but I’m too fucking lazy to link to those posts, so if you care, just…I don’t know, go to the web site and find them, or something. Do you expect me to do all the work for you? Continue reading
It’s Delta’s turn. Delta cards are usually stupid to spend on because a) Delta miles are craptastic and b) you can instead earn Amex Membership Rewards points on an Amex Everyday Preferred or Blue Business Plus, where they will accumulate faster, and can be transferred to Delta and several other airlines, or used as cash towards any ticket. So are the Delta cards worth having at all? Continue reading
You know you’ve heard me knobjob cards that earn transferable points like Chase Ultimate Rewards and Amex Membership Rewards, but do airline cards ever make sense? I dunno. That’s why I’m writing this. One post per airline. First up…United. Duh.
In general, United cards are dumb to spend on, because you could instead be spending on a Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Preferred, or Freedom Unlimited, or Ink Business Preferred, and earning more Ultimate Rewards points than you would United miles, and you can always transfer those points to United, but you can also transfer the points to some other airlines, or use them as cash towards any airline ticket. So are the United cards worth having at all?
You learn something new every day. Often, that thing is dumb, but sometimes, it’s awesome. The awesome thing that I learned this week is that British Airways has a once-a-day (except Saturday) flight, called Club World London City, from New York to London and vice versa, on a strange plane with only 32 total seats. It’s all lie-flat business class with a ton of space. It goes to London City airport, which is right in Central London, rather than Heathhole. When you fly eastbound from London to JFK, you stop for 30 minutes in Shannon, Ireland, for refueling, and while that happens, you go through US immigration and customs, so that when you finally get to JFK, you just walk the fuck out the door, like it was a domestic flight, rather than cowering with the huddled masses. This weekend, came home on BA flight 1, LCY->SNN->JFK, and it was super sweet. Continue reading
So I finally took my first Mint (JetBlue business class) flight last night. I won’t bore you to fucking death with all the minute details and three thousand pictures because there are plenty of other blogs that have reviewed Mint, and you have Google on your computer, rite? I’m just here to echo what they all say: Mint fucking rules. And I’ll also throw in my two cents about how to fly it for free, or at least max value. Continue reading