RedBird, Credit Cards, StarWarsDay, @AmericanAir’s 787, Mortgages, Interviewing @GLeff, and Airline Wifi

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The Elephant in the Room – RedBird

Dandeals apparently broke the story, FrequentMiler, the undisputed authority on RedBirds Confirmed, then offered post-memo questions, and answered them. Cliff notes: RedBird is pretty much BlueBird, but you go to Target.

Credit Cards

From Gary Leff, insight into Credit Card Executives‘. While we probably don’t want to admit it all of the time, the fact is, we really rely on Credit Cards for the lionshare of our miles. It’s interesting to see how the execs do things, and what power struggles we might see in the nearterm.

Frequent Miler asks could this be the best sign-up offer? Only 25,000 miles/points, but the real crux of the argument is the $450 annual fee waived for the first year, plus the fee for up to 3 additional card holders.


This past Monday was May 4th, a day that lives in infamy as #StarWarsDay, or May the Fourth be with you. Well, none other than Jeanne, the Le Chic Geek embraced her geekdom in celebration of the day.

Seth, the Wandering Aramean, among tons of others flew the inaugural American Airlines 787 from DFW-ORD. I wouldn’t want to fly in economy, but, boy am I looking to fly that bird. My wife doesn’t believe me, but I want to fly American’s new cabins on their 787 or 772’s just so I can fly backwards! (with a window of course!)

Plenti from American Express launched on May 4th too (likely to a resounding roar from Chewbacca), Gary tells us where it could be beneficial. Also of note, they have a shopping portal!

Frugal Hack shares interesting insight from his home buying experience. Interestingly enough, reselling also plays into it, as banks don’t count any product (go figure!), as disposable. Perhaps more interesting is that banks don’t count any money on a prepaid card (e.g. RedBird, BlueBird, Serve, VisaBuxx…etc.) as disposable either! The latter could make a big difference!
Milenerd reminds us never, ever, forget Cash + Points options for hotels. Its a great reminder for those that may have accumulated tons of airline miles from recent (going as far back as last year) Citi Executive bonuses, but may not have as many hotel points.
And speaking of hotels, Rapid Travel Chai reminds us that Club Carlson allows you to book 3 years out!
Wendy Perrin interviews Gary Leff; even if you read his blog, View From the Wing, there are still some interesting tidbits in the interview, heck, you might even get a laugh, or an urge to re-watch Lost in Translation.
From BBC – an interesting article about folks that live in places with either 24 hours of daylight, or 24 hours of darkness.
Earlier this week Gizmodo published what they posed as ‘all you need to know about airplane wifi. I’d never heard of the author of the Gizmodo article before, but luckily one of the two folks I consider experts in the field, Jason Rabinowitz righted the gross inconsistencies. See here:
Edits courtesy of @AirlineFlyer

Edits courtesy of @AirlineFlyer

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