Author Archives: Andy Shuman

Surprisingly, the New American Airlines Award Search Tool Doesn’t Suck!

As you know, the new American Airlines award search tool was introduced sometime last spring. I noticed it in March 2019, and reacted with the following drama-queen-quality observation: If you’re like me, you’re deeply suspicious, if not outright terrified, of every unnecessary “enhancement” coming from loyalty programs. Because why, oh why, would anyone pour anyContinue Reading

First Lie-Flat Seats Were Installed by … Think You Know the Answer?

  If you, like most plane geeks, believe that the era of lie-flat airline seats was ushered in by British Airways in the late 1990s, I don’t blame you. British Airways indeed started the whirlwind rush to transition the front cabin from cradle seats to flat beds. Still, technically speaking, British Airways was not theContinue Reading

Missed Out on Air Canada Aeroplan Miles Sale at a Penny Each? Congrats, You’ve Dodged a Bullet!

  The Air Canada Aeroplan miles sale offered Aeroplan miles for $0.01 each. It looks incredible for 2 reasons: Air Canada had never sold miles before, other than via targeted offers (to the best of my knowledge). Air Canada has never sold miles for so little. So what’s up with that? COVID-19, that’s what. AirlinesContinue Reading

AmEx Platinum New Benefits and Beyond – What Do You Do Now?

This weekend AmEx has made improvements to its credit card line up that go well beyond the AmEx Platinum. Let’s try and break down all AmEx new benefits. AmEx cards with significant improvements AmEx Platinum personal cards (Platinum, Platinum for Schwab, and Platinum for Ameriprise): Statement credits for select wireless and streaming services from U.S.Continue Reading

Best Free Online Courses: COVID-19 Hands You Lemons? Make Lemonade!

  UPDATE 5/9/2020: Free Learn at Home projects with Scholastic: PreK through 9th grade. UPDATE 5/3/2020: You can get a FREE 5-Year Subscription to 200+ Microsoft Azure Courses: Pluralsight and Microsoft have partnered to help you become an expert in Azure. With skill assessments and over 200+ courses, 40+ Skill IQs and 8 Role IQs,Continue Reading

And You Thought Your Elbows Were Useless or Your 4th Line of Defense Against the Coronavirus

I’ll always remember how I was suspended once – after my elbow, as if acting on its own, hit the other kid right under the left eye, landing him on a school floor in the fetal position and me in the principal’s office in deep trouble. In my defense, I really, really didn’t want toContinue Reading

What’s Wrong With the Reopening of America in the Midst of COVID-19? Denver 1918, That’s What!

People are hurting. Businesses are hurting. The economy in general is hurting. COVID-19 has locked us inside our homes and apartments and out of the workplaces, beaches, bars, and shopping malls. We are scared, bored, helpless, and miserable, and our patience is wearing thin. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone – anyone – could giveContinue Reading

The COVID-19 State of Mind: We Are Grounded and Cash Is King Again

  Look who’s back after the longest writer’s block in the history of writing! 🙂 Warning: This is a long read (need to cover a lot of ground). Anyway, I wrote my last post on Dec 11 “touting” the  great value of the Wyndham Rewards points sale that would allow you to gain cheap accessContinue Reading

A Great Way to Benefit From the Wyndham Rewards Points Sale – and It’s Not What You Think!

  Wyndham is selling Wyndham Rewards points at a 40% discount. Found in this post via this post. Direct link This 40% off discount means you can buy points for $9.29 per 1,000 rather than $13. Still overpriced, but more decent, IMHO. UPDATED: The promo is valid until January 16, 2020. This is a veryContinue Reading

Virgin Atlantic Bargains and Current Availability: NEW Amex MR 30% Transfer Bonus: Business Class for 39K Points to Europe, 35K to South America, 97K to New Zealand, or First Class (The Suite) for 85K (RT) to Japan

    UPDATE 12.9.19: The AMEX MR 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic is ON again! The bonus is valid until Dec 28 2019. This post has been thoroughly revised to reflect the new options and current award space.  A lot of people don’t take Virgin Atlantic miles seriously and I used to be oneContinue Reading

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