The Awesomeness and Quirks of the New ANA Fuel Surcharge and More!

  Last week, the internet rediscovered the value of ANA award tickets due to the airline’s having dropped its fuel surcharges as of June 1. I have written about ANA more than about any other airline over the years, which might seem kind of weird since I’ve never flown ANA metal. However, ANA’s  frequent flyerContinue Reading

Finally! WHO Now Agrees That Face Masks Do Protect the WEARER!

  UPDATE June 5: When this article was almost ready, WHO has finally — FINALLY — updated their guidelines on wearing face masks. After telling us for months that general public shouldn’t use face masks for coronavirus protection because they don’t protect the wearer, WHO is finally admitting that they kind of do. Here areContinue Reading

How Convenient, Mr. Zuckerberg!

  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has lashed out against Twitter’s decision to add fact-checking labels to its platform (bolding below is mine). I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position ofContinue Reading

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

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