More on Amex Biz Plat lameness

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So Amex apparently overextended themselves when they offered a 50% rebate on the Biz Plat. Dumbshits. So they’ve yanked that back to 35%, but at least you get 50% for a full year after you sign up. Including through May 31.

Except that what you’re not exempted from is that you now get that rebate 6-10 weeks after booking the ticket, rather than a couple days. This is fucking killing me. Continue reading

Boo! Amex points now suck again!

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I was always of the opinion that Amex points were sucky, but then last fall the Biz Platinum was “enhanced” to offer a 50% rebate when paying with points in business class on any airline, or in economy on a single airline you choose yearly. In other words, the points became worth double when flying airlines I can’t transfer points to, which was pretty rad. Continue reading

Starting over

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I think most of the shit wrote back in the days of yore is still probably correct, but I have new insights, and new perspectives, so I want to say the old shit in new ways. It’s my blog. I get to do what the fuck I want to.

Here’s where things look to me as of May 2017. Continue reading

The day I flew just to fly

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I’m a member of JetSmarter, mostly because Nancy somehow talked me into it. If nothing else, it provided a neat way of slam-dunking my minimum spend for 100,000 bonus points on my then-new Amex Biz Platinum (which I then promptly transferred the balance of to a new First Tech Federal Credit Union Platinum MasterCard, which offers a no-fee, no-APR balance transfer for 12 months, so I can take all year to pay off that membership fee).

The planes are sort of like limousines in the sky, which is to say a pretty nice way to get from NY to CA or elsewhere. The planes take off from tiny little airports, or zones adjacent to major airports, which don’t have TSA gropers and teeming hordes of frustrated travelers. You just get on, and get off. Continue reading

You don’t ask, you don’t get, part III: Where to grouse

Commenter Adam asked where I made various customer service and refund requests of United and American I mentioned in previous poasts. I did it all via their respective websites. And in all cases I kept it respectful and civil, even when expressing unhappiness. I mostly just stuck to the facts (including the fact that I am unhappy). Continue reading