Downgrading the Chase Sapphire Preferred to the Freedom Unlimited

Recently, Chase changed its rules and now prohibits a user from carrying more than one Sapphire card product. My wife wants to apply for the very attractive Chase Sapphire Reserve card so we decided to downgrade her current Chase Sapphire Preferred to the Chase Freedom Unlimited. The process was fairly simple and now she will be able to apply for the Sapphire Reserve product.


Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator: Round purchases to buy AAdvantage miles

Yesterday I received an email from Barclaycard introducing a very interesting program for its AAdvantage Aviator card. According to the email, I was invited to participate in a pilot for Flight Cents which allows you "to [round] up your purchases to the nearest dollar, and [turn] that rounded up amount into American Airlines AAdvantage® miles."


Dinner in Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA has many reasons to visit, and one of those is the selection of wonderful restaurants the town boasts. On our recent trip, we managed to have seafood each of our two nights, including one at a restaurant that is a must-visit every time we are in town!


Back-to-school bonus miles

With back-to-school upon us, the shopping portals for both American AAdvantage eShopping and Delta SkyMiles shopping are offering bonus miles for achieving certain spend thresholds during the back-to-school shopping season.


Hitting spend for signup bonuses fast: charging a car down payment

Charging all or part of a new car can be a great way to earn a large amount of points or miles as well as satisfy large initial spend requirements for credit card sign-up bonuses. Just be careful that you can immediately pay off that charge because the value of the rewards that you will earn will be far less than the interest you could wind up paying!


New international flights coming to Atlanta

Recently, two interesting new international flights for Atlanta have been announced. As you might expect, one involves Delta Air Lines. The other involves a SkyTeam partner that would generally be similarly unsurprising. What was unexpected was the destination and aircraft for that flight.


Citi Prestige updates, targeted offer

Citi announced changes to the Cit Prestige Card that took effect on July 23. Most of the changes are fairly minor and carry neither value nor detriment to me. Citi also has a targeted offer for adding an authorized user to the account, but I find little compelling about this promotion.


Delta takes delivery of first Airbus A350

Last week Delta Air Lines took delivery of the first Airbus A350 for a North American carrier. The aircraft will begin operating between Detroit and Tokyo-Narita on October 30. The delivery marks the beginning of the final phase-out of the majestic Boeing 747-400 from the Delta fleet.

Posted on July 16, 2017 and filed under Commercial Aviation.

Review: DoubleTree Savannah Historic District

The DoubleTree Savannah Historic District has a great location as well as good customer service and amenities. It's a great option if you are looking for a property in the heart of charming downtown Savannah, Georgia.


Savannah, Georgia's coastal gem

I don't always grasp what an attractive destination Savannah, GA is for those more than a few hours drive away. However, as I grow older and travel more extensively, I appreciate what a gem the city is and why it is a destination that draws people from around the country and the world.

Posted on July 4, 2017 and filed under Trip Reports.

Review: Sheraton Suites Key West

In February I visited Key West, FL to get married - on the beach! - and we stayed at the Sheraton Suites Key West. While not the most luxurious hotel on the island, the all-suites property was very comfortable with an upscale feel.


Delta unveils livery on its first A350

Last week, Delta unveiled its livery on its forthcoming Airbus A350-900. The plane was painted at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France. No new or special liveries here except for the Delta widget on the winglets, but the plane looks sharp in Delta colors.


Deciding on my next points and miles credit card

Recently, I signed up for the American Express Starwood Business Card and am close to earning the full signup bonus. So I am in search of my next points and miles card. At the moment, there are some attractive offers from American Express and Citibank.


Delta launches Atlanta-Seoul flights

Saturday, Delta Air Lines Flight 27 departed Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport bound for Seoul-Incheon International Airport. The new service, operated by a Boeing 777-200LR, increases the capacity between the two cities as it complements existing Korean Air service.

Posted on June 5, 2017 .

American Express to become exclusive issuer of Hilton branded cards

Hilton is one one of a few hotel and airline companies that have agreements with multiple banks for affinity credit cards. Currently, both American Express and Citibank issue Hilton-branded cards, but that will soon change. Hilton announced this week that it would enter into an exclusive agreement with Amex.


Thoughts on man drug off United flight

You have probably seen the viral video of a man being forcibly removed from a United flight in Chicago on Sunday. The flight was overbooked and, after receiving no volunteers to take a as much as $1,000 to take a later flight, United identified four passengers who would have to give up their seats for United employees. What ensued has resulted in a social media firestorm condemning United. However, I think there is blame for both United and the removed passenger.

Posted on April 11, 2017 .