AS ALWAYS, THANK *YOU*, CITI: Those of you who enjoy accumulating ThankYou Points from Citibank may be wondering what the best way to use these points is. Fortunately, My Money Blog has an excellent summary of the best redemptions in that program. 6.67% back on your credit card spending is tough to beat.
FREE UPGRADES ON DELTA?: A Flyertalker may have stumbled onto a glitch in Delta’s system:
Was wondering if anybody had ever seen this one before. Flying MCO->BOS today in Economy (as an FO, 5th in a 9-person list for 2 first-class seats) and my flight was delayed a half hour. On a lark, decided to click the Find Other Flights button on delta.com to see if there was a better mileage route available and was given several options, most of which were in First or Business. Bizarrely, though, one of the options was a First seat on the flight I was currently booked on. I clicked through and was upgraded to a seat in First. Ticket was confirmed and I immediately printed out my boarding pass.
Any idea why I was able to do this? This seems like a really cheap way to jump the upgrade list and get upgraded with even a 20-30 minute delay.
A subsequent poster confirmed that this is possible. It may not be possible for much longer now that it’s been posted on FT, but we’re always amused by the loopholes people discover.
AN ODDBALL STOCK WORTH A LOOK?: Oddball Stocks has an interesting write-up on First Aviation Services. In a nutshell, the stock is trading around $9 but OS reckons the book value is $23. As always, it’s well-written, well-thought-out analysis.
HUMAN BILLBOARD HAS A FEW REGRETS: In a delightfully understated headline, Gawker brings to us this story: “‘Human Billboard’ Who Tattooed Porn Site Names on His Face Says He May Have Made a Big Mistake.”
PFD fans are undoubtedly wondering, “How much money can you get for that?” Here you go:
After auctioning off real estate on his forehead, cheeks, and chin for hundreds of dollars, Billy Gibby of Anchorage, Alaska, soon found himself with over 20 facial tats, a few of which were purchased by porn sites.
Gibby later upped the ante by trading in his own name in exchange for cash, legally changing it to Hostgator Dotcom in 2010.
The move garnered “the Human Billboard” plenty of publicity, but after a while it became harder and harder to sell his body to interested parties, and his prices, once as high as $10,000, dropped below $100 a tat.
Not a great return on investment there. We’ll stick with ThankYou Points.