Here’s all the news that caught my eye this week – let me know if you learn something new!
Airlines + Miles
The TSA is reportedly piloting a new requirement in Kansas City (MCI): forcing passengers to remove any paper products from their luggage. Yet another reason to get Global Entry if you don’t have it already. [Schneier on Security]
American Airlines has a new promotion where you can earn up to 10,000 points for transactions with their shopping partners. [Mommy Points]
American Airlines also announced that they plan to cram so many seats into their new 737 MAX planes that some rows will lose two additional inches of legroom. [CNN Money]
Hawaiian Airlines unveiled a brand and livery refresh. It looks pretty slick! [The Design Air]
Buenos dias everyone. Last weekend, I was doing some trip planning for May, based on the following parameters:
I’ll be in Washington DC for work from April 29–May 5
My partner and I want to go to Japan in early May to see the wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park and the Ghibli Museum (we have tickets for May 13). Dates are still up in the air because we’re waiting for him to get his university class schedule
I have a meeting in New York City on May 20th
I have a Qatar business class mistake fare booked from Denpasar to Los Angeles on May 26 that earns nearly 20,000 Elite Qualifying Miles and 2,600 Elite Qualifying Dollars each way towards AAdvantage status
I need to be in Providence for the graduation of one of my best friends on May 28, and then have a work meeting in Boston for several days afterward
I’ll be away from home for a month from mid-June to mid-July
Option 1: stay in Asia after my partner leaves, fly to NYC for meeting, fly back to Asia, return to US on QR mistake fare then go straight to Providence/Boston, return home June 1 or 2. Over 44,000 miles in less than a month
Good afternoon everyone. A few days ago, American Express released a few new AMEX Offers, the best being for Delta Airlines. Spend $500 or more on Delta airline tickets and get a $100 statement credit. If you have any travel coming up on Delta, this is an easy offer to complete. Unfortunately, this offer is somewhat targeted and only showed up on 2 of my 6 cards (Old Blue Cash and Blue Cash Everyday). In this post, I will show you how quickly the $100 statement credit posts after you purchase your Delta airline tickets online.
If you or someone you know has a Mexican passport or resident card, they might be leaving money on the table when they purchase airline tickets to/from/through Mexico.
When you purchase a plane ticket to Mexico, the fare has a tourism tax built in – similar to US customs and immigration fees. This fee goes toward the cost of immigration processing and the arrival / departure card required for foreign visitors. The fee is 390 Mexican Pesos, which is roughly $20 USD.
Screenshot from ITA Matrix showing the Mexico tourism tax – exchange rate as of December 18, 2016.