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Space Shuttle Discovery

Following up on MJonTravel’s spache shuttle posts (here and here), on Thursday, I went out to see Space Shuttles Enterprise and Discovery nose-to-nose at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center.

Here are the photos I took of the shuttles (go here for the full gallery):

And also several videos of the actual moving of both shuttles (around 7:30, they have to back the shuttle out because the first attempt to line up the tail appears to be unsuccessful 🙂 :

Chicago Seminars selling out faster than last year

Frugal Travel Guy has posted a Chicago Seminars update (among other things).  Part of the schedule was updated, as well as an update of tickets sold.  There’s just over 200 left.  Last year, I waited until much later to register, since tickets didn’t seem to be moving fast, but I think this event has picked up some momentum since last year.  This is a great place to meet other frequent flyers and bloggers, and to hear everyone’s stories about points, miles, and the adventures they take with them.  For more information, see this FTG post, and you can register through EventBrite at this link.

Potential Delta Skymiles changes…

Well this would be a big deal/problem if it happened.  Via The Points Guy, there’s rumors floating around of Delta switching to a revenue based model for their mileage program.  What this means is that you accrue “miles” based on how much you spend on a flight, and when you redeem miles, they essentially convert into a fixed value.  Typically this means you will get less value for your miles, and for a non-business traveler, there’s not much you can do to get a great value out of it.

I’m not really a Delta flyer though, but I do have a large stash of Delta miles earned through various transfers and promotions.  So if this is at all true, I maybe need to start looking into burning down some Delta miles.  Delta Skymiles are already considered a pretty poor value by most people, although there are some redemption options that are gems (Air France to Europe, V Australia).

Interesting tidbit about CCs

View from the Wing has posted a bit about his future plans on credit card posts.  I definitely agree that credit card signup bonuses are the easiest and most lucrative way to earn miles, and I find all the complaints about too many credit card posts quite frivolous (there’s really not that many, and they really are the fastest way to build up your mileage accounts, so I tend to believe a lot of the complaints are just hating one someone else who is making a buck off a simple referral).

Anyway, if you’re not already in the credit card game, I recommend reading the linked post and the links in it, because Gary has provided some solid advice for starting off your mileage adventure (well, at least taking you adventure on miles).  But in that post, I found it interesting that Chase is aiming to bring down AMEX Membership Rewards with their Ultimate Rewards program.  Though honestly, it doesn’t seem surprising, having looked at both programs so much, but I do think it’s great to have competition!  Hopefully the competition drives improvements in both programs.

More on possible new DCA destinations

Following up on yesterday’s post of VX’s application to begin DCA-SFO service, the Wandering Aramean has a more thorough post about all the newly proposed routes out of DCA, by new and legacy carriers.  As he points out, there is some interesting overlap between the proposals, but however this plays, it looks like there will be some new great options out of DCA.

USA Today also has an article about the proposed routes, and a poll to vote on the new routes.  For those unfamiliar with the situation at DCA (and why this is such big news), routes out of Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is subject to capacity and perimeter restrictions (as pointed out in the USA Today article).  For many years, no flights more than 1,250 miles were allowed out of DCA.  This was a law passed by Congress to try and force more air traffic to go out of the larger Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).  In recent years, Congress has passed laws allowing exemptions to the perimeter rule, so a few flights over 1,250 miles are starting to be allowed.  Most recently, there are four more long haul flights being added at DCA, hence, all the news about flight applications.