Should You Be Loyal to an Airline?

All of the U.S. carriers have modified their frequent flier programs as of late, yet 2016 will most likely to be a year for the trend to continue.  The trend is, as we have already observed for the past 2 years: A revenue based program, or a hybrid one, i.e. revenue + distance based Much… Continue reading Should You Be Loyal to an Airline?

What Is the Difference between the Intel Core i5 and the Intel Core M?

I own a HP Pavilion DM4 3013CL laptop with an Intel Core i5 processor and 8 GB of Ram.  I recently purchased an Acer Switch 12 SW5-271, a 2-in-1, 12-inch laptop / tablet, with an Intel Core M and 4 GB of Ram. I use them primarily for email, web browsing, watching Netflix, some Word… Continue reading What Is the Difference between the Intel Core i5 and the Intel Core M?

Can a U.S. Resident Open a Foreign FOREX Account and Make a Deposit with a Credit Card?

The simple answer is no, but…  Thanks to the Dodd-Frank Act. There are a good number of offshore international Forex brokers that accept US citizens and residents.  However, with the Dodd-Frank Act implemented in 2010, many offshore international Forex brokers do not accept US citizens. The Dodd-Frank Act became operational on July 21, 2010.  It… Continue reading Can a U.S. Resident Open a Foreign FOREX Account and Make a Deposit with a Credit Card?

Airline Elite Status Program Comparison

Here’s some high level of comparison among the major U.S. carriers’ frequent flyer programs. Tiers Spending Requirements Complimentary Upgrades Fee Waivers Alaska 3 No Yes Yes American 3 No Yes Yes Delta 4 Yes Yes Some JetBlue 1 Yes No Yes Southwest 2 No No No fees United 4 Yes Yes Some Virgin America 2… Continue reading Airline Elite Status Program Comparison

SkyMiles Evaluation: Some Real Examples in December 2015

As Delta continues to focus on profitability and rewarding its stockholders, news has not been kind to its loyal flyers.  Earlier in 2015, Delta announced that SkyMiles required to redeem a free ticket would be based on demand, and would no longer be a fixed amount.  Starting in 2016, “really small” small businesses are no… Continue reading SkyMiles Evaluation: Some Real Examples in December 2015