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.
Any suggestions for an 18 mile RT flight? 😛 Luckily, since I flew DCA-DF-SFO-DFW-IAD last weekend, and AA’s DEQ11 promotion is still good until the end of Mar, I should have DEQM kicking in for the DFW-SFO-DFW legs, and that should put me well over. 🙂
FrequentMiler, who I had the pleasure of meeting at KivaDo recently, recently posted about earning miles for free via Staples rebates, by buying hundreds of dollars of software that are free after rebate. Staples also has their EasyRebate system, which takes a lot of the annoyance out of the rebate process. FrequentMiler has posted step by step instructions, so I recommend checking out his blog for the details on this, and for other inexpensive ways to generate miles!
I’m at DCA now…flight was delayed, but I’ll be off to SFO soon for the Milepoint KivaDo, where we will spend the weekend learning about microfinance from the folks at Kiva! Supposedly there will be some loan bombs this weekend as well, so I’ve got my credit card ready 🙂
Registration for the 2012 Chicago Seminars are now open. They are a great place to meet other mileage enthusiasts and bloggers, and to learn a lot of information about these programs. There aren’t really “secret handshake” type information given out at these, but there is a lot of opportunity to network and learn from others, and to hear about some of the famous exploits in the community.
This could probably become a regular column 😛 A couple weeks back, Wandering Aramean posted about TSA pulling a person’s pants down in public while performing a pat-down (complete with pictures).
I had my own TSA resentment story. While flying to Dublin last weekend out of EWR, I opted out of the millimeter wave scanner, <sarcasm>because I really wanted a massage </sarcasm> (and I wanted to do something in my life to potentially avoid cancer). Anyway, they pulled me aside and called for male assist. Almost immediately after I stepped aside, they started redirecting others through the regular metal detector, because they had to clean the scanner. None of those people were pat down. When I asked why I couldn’t just walk through, they told me I was “suspiscious” since I opted out. I understand the logic, but I don’t understand what the point of the machine is if we just randomly let people through without it. Apparently the five people behind me didn’t need to go through that machine, so why does anyone need to?
Honestly, I am not one of those terribly concerned with the privacy invading characteristics of those machines, although that is a legitimate concern. But since there is potential for causing cancer, I do think that is a good reason to not use those machines.
Frequent Miler made a couple of posts with a basic guide to determining whether a booking is worth it when you use your points. His advice is pretty good, and presents good guidelines to figuring out if you should use points or not. However, it is also important to keep your goals in mind. If your goal is to minimize out of pocket expense of any kind, and you have earned your miles through signup bonuses (as opposed to regular credit card spending), then it’s perfectly acceptable to redeem awards that are “not worth it” by the guidelines presented.