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TheChiefHasArrived

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re: What’s your airline mile program of choice? - TheChiefHasArrived
As Buckeye said, the best is the one with the most direct flights out of your airport, your goals, needs, credit card spend, and travel preferences. Southwest is easiest to get a free flight in US and Caribbean/MX, AA is easiest to get upgraded benefits, Delta is generally regarded nicest airline bu...
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re: TSA Precheck vs. Global Entry vs. Clear - TheChiefHasArrived
What credit card do you have? Amex Platinum is the only one that would pay for CLEAR and it pays for Precheck/GE as well (ie it'll pay for both CLEAR and GE, you don't have to choose). CLEAR is by far the best but most expensive and in the fewest places (and only USA). GE is the only one internation...
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re: Do you like the non-assigned seats on Southwest? - TheChiefHasArrived
I'll never understand the complaints with Southwest. I've never, in probably 100 flights, not been able to sit next to my spouse or had to sit middle by myself. At worst you set an alarm 24 hours in advance to check in and ensure you're A or B. -They allow free checked bags so overhead space is es...
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re: The Club at MSY - TheChiefHasArrived
I like the delivery as well, especially because it's been quick in my experience. Food was pretty awful during COVID rules, thank god they eliminated the restrictions because the food is much better....
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re: Amex lounges - TheChiefHasArrived
If you have the Amex Plat (which I assume you do if you got in the lounge), you have a Priority Pass membership that will add access to many more lounges worldwide. Go on the Benefits page on your account to sign up, it's free for you and 2 guests. Centurion lounges are the best, but honestly ar...
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re: Transferring CC Points to Maximize - TheChiefHasArrived
You wont find biz class availability to Italy that soon, with the exception that you may get lucky with some openings 1-2 weeks out. Cheapest economy would be to book United flight on ANA, Delta on Virgin Atlantic, or AA assuming you're MSY, having trouble myself finding biz class 330 days out. Don'...
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re: My new boss is stealing my hotel points - TheChiefHasArrived
Changing the HH to your name at the front desk will get you your points. So will booking your own travel. What it'll do to your job only you can answer....
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re: Change Credit Card Without Affecting Credit? - TheChiefHasArrived
[quote]Please inform me how maintaining an essentially inactive credit card is going to affect my credit rating.[/quote] Credit utilization and average age of credit lines combined make up almost half of your credit score. Canceling your card decreases both. If you want to go out of your way to n...
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re: Change Credit Card Without Affecting Credit? - TheChiefHasArrived
Like mentioned above, set a small recurring purchase on it and throw it in the sock drawer is the simple answer, which it sounds like what you're looking for. Cancelling it is a very bad idea. Alternatively, you can upgrade it depending on the bank, but if you just applied to the new card they'd ...
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re: When to arrive at MSY for flight? - TheChiefHasArrived
I have CLEAR so can't give a time for the line but Tuesday AM at ~6A was one of the longer security lines I've ever seen. CLEAR usually offers free trials and can enroll your entire family and sign up on arrival, takes <10 min. ...
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re: How to get the most out of 100k AMEX pts? - TheChiefHasArrived
Do not buy gift cards if you're looking for value. Best value is to transfer for international business class as mentioned above. British Airways (for AA flights), ANA (for ANA or United flights), or Virgin (for Delta or Air France flights) are your best bet. ...
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re: Voyager - VYGVF Due Diligence - TheChiefHasArrived
So what's that update mean if I've got BTC, ETH through them? I'll get equivalent value in the other coins mentioned? ...
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re: Has anyone stayed at Paris or Resort World in Vegas - TheChiefHasArrived
Paris is nice enough and location can't be beat, which is most important part especially trying to get around with 10 drunks....
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re: First (non-beach) vacation with newborn? - TheChiefHasArrived
Think we've landed on Asheville, like many said light hiking and eating/drinking + Biltmore with a decent deal on flight/hotel considering the travel demand. I'd like the Pacific NW or hell even Europe but gotta ease wife into long flights with the kid. Appreciate the recs....
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re: Punta Cana. Damn the seaweed. - TheChiefHasArrived
Unfortunately a problem in a lot of places including Cancun area. Really hope they find a solution other than scooping it every morning because it's a huge eyesore....
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re: Anyone Ever Use Turo Car Rental For A Trip To Kauai? - TheChiefHasArrived
Check autoslash.com. They'll use all your available discounts through credit cards, Costco, AAA etc and find the best price and then will track your current rental and you can cancel/rebook if needed. There are many local companies as mentioned above as well that are reliable, but the time we went A...
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re: First (non-beach) vacation with newborn? - TheChiefHasArrived
Talking to wife she doesn't want to do CO, we did just do Aspen/Vail last summer so she wants to do something new. Will certainly make an easy backup plan if we need to because there are so many options (almost too many)....
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First (non-beach) vacation with newborn? - TheChiefHasArrived
Looking to take a first trip with a ~6 month old this summer. We're already going to the beach with family so would like to do something non-beach. Baby obviously won't be able to experience anything so it's really just for adults trip that baby's allowed on, and Google really just brings up blogs w...
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re: Plane Boarding - TheChiefHasArrived
I've never understood the need to leave the open airport terminal and sit first in an airplane seat. Unless on SW, you are worried about no bin space, have special needs, or sitting in business class I'd rather be on a plane as little as possible....
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re: HOW on earth is Spirit airlines still able to operate as a US carrier ? - TheChiefHasArrived
If they canceled the flight you are due a full refund, NOT a credit. They won't necessarily volunteer the refund, but it's federal law. Contact them and refer to Department of Transportation policy, and if not file a DOT complaint....
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