Category Archives: Airlines + Miles

New Southwest Airlines Flight Rebooking Process (Updated April 2018)

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is going well.  On Friday, I was looking at my existing Southwest Airlines reservations and found a flight that went down by $45.  My weekly routine is to check all my existing Southwest Airlines flights every Tuesday morning – that is when Southwest Airlines sends out emails regarding airfare sales.  During my most recent flight rebooking, I noticed that the rebooking process got a (much needed) face lift.  Southwest Airlines is doing some Spring cleaning, because they recently updated their (previously broken) gift card balance checker.  For reference, here is what the old rebooking process looked like.  To get started, click on the Change / Cancel tab on the homepage, then enter your confirmation number, first name, last name, and click the Search button.

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Keep, Cancel or Convert? US Bank FlexPerks Gold & Wells Fargo Propel World Elite

Good morning everyone, I hope you enjoyed reading about my credit card decisions surrounding keeping, closing, or converting my credit cards after the annual fees post.  Check out my thoughts on my Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Ink Plus Business credit cards; my American Express Hilton Ascend and SPG Business credit cards; my Bank of America Alaska Airlines Business and Citi AT&T Access More credit cards.  As a reminder, here are all the credit cards and their annual fees.  In today’s post, I am going to cover both the US Bank FlexPerks Gold American Express Credit Card and the Wells Fargo Propel World Elite American Express Credit Card.  Are they worth keeping, should I close them, or should I convert them to another credit card?

  • Chase Sapphire Reserve – $450 (posted 4/1)
  • Chase Ink Plus Business – $95 (posted 4/1)
  • American Express Hilton Ascend – $95 (posted 4/3)
  • American Express SPG Business – $95 (posted 4/6)
  • Bank of America Alaska Airlines Business – $75 (posted 4/2)
  • Citi AT&T Access More – $95 (posted 4/4)
  • US Bank FlexPerks Gold – $85 (posted 4/3)
  • Wells Fargo Propel World – $175 (posted 3/31)

US Bank FlexPerks Gold American Express Credit Card

The $85 annual fee just posted and I have seriously lost interest in FlexPoints over the years.  The death nail came on December 31, 2017, when FlexPoints changed to a fixed 1.5 cents per point (CPP) value for all travel redemptions.  This credit card earns 3x on airfare, 2x on gas, and 2x on restaurants.  I currently use my Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card for travel, restaurants, and gas since I get 3x Chase Ultimate Reward Points on those purchases.  I can also redeem Chase Ultimate Reward Points for travel at 1.5 CPP, so the Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card is as good or better in every way compared to the US Bank FlexPerks Gold American Express Credit Card.  I redeemed almost all of my FlexPoints before December 31, 2017, and have a few hundred FlexPoints leftover in my account.  Not to worry, I have a no annual fee US Bank FlexPerks Select+ American Express Credit Card that will keep my few hundred FlexPoints alive.

Decision: US Bank FlexPerks Gold American Express Credit Card will be converted to a no annual fee US Bank Cash 365 American Express Credit Card.  That card earns 1.5% cash back on all purchases, so it will never be used.

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Keep, Cancel or Convert? Bank of America Alaska Airlines Business & Citi AT&T Access More

Good morning everyone, I hope you enjoyed reading about my credit card decisions surrounding keeping, closing, or converting my credit cards after the annual fees post.  Check out my thoughts on my Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Ink Plus Business credit cards; and my American Express Hilton Ascend and SPG Business credit cards.  As a reminder, here are all the credit cards and their annual fees.  In today’s post, I am going to cover both the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Business Credit Card and Citi AT&T Access More Credit Card.  Are they worth keeping, should I close them, or should I convert them to another credit card?

  • Chase Sapphire Reserve – $450 (posted 4/1)
  • Chase Ink Plus Business – $95 (posted 4/1)
  • American Express Hilton Ascend – $95 (posted 4/3)
  • American Express SPG Business – $95 (posted 4/6)
  • Bank of America Alaska Airlines Business – $75 (posted 4/2)
  • Citi AT&T Access More – $95 (posted 4/4)
  • US Bank FlexPerks Gold – $85 (posted 4/3)
  • Wells Fargo Propel World – $175 (posted 3/31)

Bank of America Alaska Airlines Business Credit Card

The $75 annual fee just posted on my Bank of America Alaska Airlines Business Credit Card.  I’ve had several Alaska Airlines credit cards over the years, so the pattern has always been: sign up for the credit card, meet the minimum spending requirements, receive the sign up bonus, redeem the Alaska Airlines Companion Ticket, then close the credit card when the annual fee posts.  I see no reason why I should break the pattern now.  The only reason to wait to close the credit card when the annual fee posts (instead of closing the credit card sooner) is to receive another Alaska Airlines Companion Ticket (good for another flight).

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Finally! Southwest Airlines Gift Card Balance Checker Now Working

Good afternoon everyone.  This might seem like a silly blog post, how hard could it be to check the balance of a Southwest Airlines gift card or egift card?  You would be surprised.  I first wrote about the broken Southwest Airlines gift card balance checker in November 2016.  At the time (and through all of 2017 and into early 2018), the Southwest Airlines gift card balance checker would return an error message stating that the security check solution (CAPTCHA code) was entered incorrectly.  Why didn’t I type the CAPTCHA code correctly?  How hard is that?  Strangely enough, the CAPTCHA code html website code hid the CAPTCHA code from view, so there was no way to enter the CAPTCHA code correctly, therefore, there was no way to verify you were not a robot, and no way to view your Southwest Airlines gift card balance.  Until now…

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United Airlines Saga: Flight Cancelled, then Rebooked, then New Flight Cancelled

Good afternoon everyone.  My friend Jim sent me the following story about his recent United Airlines cancelled, then rebooked, then cancelled flight.  He has a few questions about his experience, so if you know the answers, please leave a comment below.

The Story

  • Flight was delayed due to late inbound flight.
  • Flight was delayed again because no crew was available.
  • After boarding the flight, the pilot told us we had too much fuel, and it would take 30 minutes to burn the additional fuel.
  • It took over 90 minutes to burn the additional fuel.

Image source: https://travelsort.com/united-compensation-for-flight-delays-and-delayed-baggage/

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