Reminder: Submit Your Sunday Reader Questions!

by on October 29, 2011 · 12 comments

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Just a friendly reminder to submit questions you’d like me to answer on my Reader Email Sundays.

Simply comment on this post or shoot me an email with “READER QUESTION” in the subject line.

Simple guideline – your question has to be relevant to a broad group of people. So while it can definitely be based on your personal experience, try not to make it so specific that others wouldn’t get anything out of it. I get a lot of questions, so don’t be offended if yours isn’t answered right away – I will try to get to the best ones in the coming weeks!

Now it’s time to finish my presentation for the Seminar this weekend. Looking forward to seeing many of you this weekend in Chicago!

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  • Carlingcook

    I am looking into buying an annual lounge membership. I mostly fly domestically. Is there an airline that you recommend I purchase lounge access with? Which airline has the best domestic lounges?

  • Canadensechris

    Would lie to know the better credit cards in Canada for points. Or can I apply for the ones in the states?

  • Kakakhel

    Why don’t you consider getting the Amex Platinum card that gives you access to major airline lounges?

  • Craig

    I’d be interested in any experiences booking Korean business class tickets using SkyMiles, especially on the A380. Given all the black out dates and difficulty determining if there’s award availability online, I’m sure we could all benefit from tips and guidance to secure a seat (or two) on what appears to be a pretty sweet ride.

  • Ll1204

    Hi, love all your insight on credit card rewards and points and the ability to book amazing flights with them. However, for those of us who are less frequent flyers and more the occasional traveler, how would your recommendations change? Should it be more focused on hotel status for upgrades versus airline status? I guess simply put – what should be the “game plan” for the occasional traveler group? Thanks!

  • Fernando

    Where’s the best place to do a foreign currency exchange? I have an upcoming trip to London with a few hour layover in Germany.

  • Matt

    For true occasional travelers, you are not likely to get meaningful hotel status, except in cases where you can do so via credit card membership and/or spend. Hilton Gold might be worth looking into, particularly as it is often available via easy promos or CC, and offers the most of any non-top tier status. Low-level airline status may be possible, depending on destinations, but there are limits to the value you would get out of it, especially if you are leveraging CC bonuses to fly in business or first anyway. Something like an AA challenge to get basic elite status might make sense. A lot of the status stuff, whether with hotels or airlines, really needs a certain critical mass of travel to be worthwhile.

    I’d say collect the hotel points and miles via CCs, and redeem for good value when appropriate. Don’t get too concerned with optimizing earning via stays and flights – focus on redemptions and CC bonuses and earnings.

    My 2 cents.

  • Anonymous

    Using credit cards to pay taxes?
    how to minimize 1.95-2.29% fee “sting”;
    can I “trick” my monthly condo maintenance
    fee into a credit card payment?
    (only take checks AFAIK);
    strategies when spend limit deadline is just
    days away & I’m not “close” to reaching it?
    (no “gambles” like ebay, please)

  • Ann

    I’m a little late for a Sunday question this week, so maybe someone here can answer it… I have AA miles and would like to do a BOI-MSP-ORF then ORF-BOI. What is the best way to do this to maximize my miles? Does AA do open jaw rewards redemptions? Would I have to call them to do it, or how would I book it? Thanks for your help! This would be my first award booking, so I don’t know very much about the process.

  • Ann

    *I should mention that 100 of those miles are BA miles, 150000 of them are AA miles and it will be a 4 person flight

  • Ann

    100K are BA ;)

  • Sara

    I’d love to hear what you know about Delta Bonus Miles. Sometimes when I book flights, I’ll get a 50% bonus (medallion-qualifying), and sometimes I don’t – on the same flight, different week. Any insight on why sometimes I get these and sometimes I don’t, and how to increase the number of times I do?

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