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COMMENT 1h ago

The other key benefits are free seat assignments on basic econ flights

Not just basic econ, regular econ too--Alaska MVP status saved me this summer when I got put in middle seats on a couple of AA transcons for a work trip and I otherwise would have had to pay to pick a seat. However if you'd have to be paying fees to MS the $30k spend then there's decent odds you'd have been better off just paying for the seat assignments unless you're doing a LOT of AA flying but aren't going to hit status off it, say because it's all a bunch of cheap tickets (starting from scratch in this new program 30k/5x base = $6k spend).

the priority lane when checking in can be clutch

The AA Exec gets you into the priority lane too, plus lounge access obviously (including Alaska if that's relevant). The spread between the MS fees and the $450 AF could easily wind up being small enough that it makes more sense to just get the Exec. I feel like it only really makes sense to shoot for Gold as an end unto itself if you're plowing a lot of business spend through your cards for an actual business, or say have LOTS of reimbursable travel expenses for work.

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COMMENT 1h ago

Were they a few big purchases or a bunch of smaller purchases? I suspect they care more about seeing you consistently spend even like $100-$200 a month in multiple small charges than intermittently spending several thousand on a single charge.

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COMMENT 1h ago

That's not in those articles right? Just something you know separately?

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COMMENT 2h ago

No problem, glad this actually helped people, I've seen the RTR option for this card before and had just never looked at it before since I was focused on this being a cash back card. Felt like I'd been overlooking something super obvious once I thought to actually try it this morning but I guess not. 😂

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COMMENT 3h ago

I agree on just going for Gold but the way they've set this up introduces other scenarios where it might make sense. E.g. if you have a bunch of AA flying coming up it might be worth it to get yourself to Gold if your flying will get you to Platinum from there with the extra 40% earning.

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COMMENT 4h ago

If you wind up with orphaned points on the US Bank Leverage card because of their rule of having to redeem in 5k increments there's a real time rewards option like on the Altitude Reserve that includes Amazon, and I just successfully tested that Amazon reloads will trigger it, so you can get your remaining points out that way. It seems to be exactly the same as with the AR, $10 minimum across a bunch of different categories except for a couple of things (lodging and car rentals I think) with like $250/$500 minimums.

Obviously you'll still wind up with a dollar or two in points left over going this route but I've got like 4,300 points that would otherwise be orphaned so at least I can get my ultimate points balance down to essentially zero (just under a dollar's worth from 43*2 points earning) and liberate the remaining $43, and it's a hell of a lot better than spending the extra $350 to get myself up to another $50 cash back redemption.

There's also 2500 points for $25 gift card options if you have 2500 and just need a smaller redemption interval. Also a couple of gift cards where they're on sale (i.e. $50 for less than 5k points) but they were extremely niche merchants. Worth checking if there's anything that works for you but Amazon will probably be the go-to for most people just in terms of flexibility.

[edit] It's of course not worth the effort to game this few points, but just caught my attention that they apparently round down on these RTR redemptions, I did a $33.16 reload on Amazon since I had 3316 points left and it only made me use 3300 for the redemption.

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COMMENT 5h ago

Was pretty on the nose though.

This is like standard CW writing on this stuff. Look at Batwoman for example. They have a bad habit of writing in the political/social stuff in a way that the actors are basically reciting numbers or bullet points off a page instead of it being actual dialog that flows more naturally with the rest of what's going on (I want to be very clear, I have no problem with shows wanting to have a political or social message, I just specifically have a problem with the way CW shows tend to write those bits in). But the bits tend to move by pretty quickly so it's easy enough to shrug off the bits of clunky writing if you're otherwise interested in the show.

I want to see if it becomes a "4400 of the week" type show or if it goes kind of crazy like the original.

I liked when it went a little out-there since they couldn't just keep doing 4400 of the week by itself forever, plus they did still keep working in 4400 of the week stuff once they did.

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COMMENT 16h ago

If your prescription is high enough you can get it put in as medically necessary contact lenses. Got a year of daily disposables this year for under $100 via VSP, last year it was like $300 after the heavy rebate because the eye doctor hadn't registered herself that this was an option until this year.

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COMMENT 17h ago

the Halal guys (late night drunk food)

Go to Mamoun's if you want this kind of food. Also incredible (and incredibly hot) hot sauce. West Village and East Village locations are OG, I think they have a couple of more spots in Manhattan now but no idea if those are as good.

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COMMENT 17h ago

It says you may receive tests that expire December 21. I guess I'll have to save that link for after they clear out the inventory at the end of December/start of January. I'm planning to go to Vancouver end of January and briefly poking around it seems like the options for travel testing in British Columbia are outrageously expensive, and don't want to roll the dice on how strict the government-run places there will be about 1) letting an American in and 2) enforcing the "traveling is not a covered reason to get a government-provided test" rule they apparently have.

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COMMENT 21h ago

How much ridership do those two stations generate vs how much ridership would the LGA extension generate? I'd be willing to wager a lot that even if the extension was one, single station at LGA, that it would generate far more ridership that would be lost by halving service at Astoria Blvd and Ditmars blvd.

Under this proposal all of that the ridership from LGA and points eastward is locked into only being served by half the capacity of the line since they need to keep running trains to the existing two stations.

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COMMENT 21h ago

This is still bending to local NIMBYs, given that they're talking about forking the line instead of just continuing it to LGA from its current terminus.

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COMMENT 21h ago

LAX would have still needed something to move people around at the airport, given the layout of the airport, unless they had the train making multiple stops at the airport, which would be worse.

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COMMENT 21h ago

This is better than the stupid Airtrain but forking the line instead of just extending it from the current terminus is also pretty stupid.

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COMMENT 21h ago

This is better than the stupid Airtrain but forking the line instead of just extending it from the current terminus is also pretty stupid.

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COMMENT 1d ago

This is better than the stupid Airtrain but forking the line instead of just extending it from the current terminus is also pretty stupid.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Plus go figure that a lot of establishments don't want to invest in better outdoor dining structures while they know the program is temporary. I remember reading about how in NYC restaurants were getting jerked around on how exactly the outdoor dining areas had to be built after already paying to create them, forcing them to sink even more money they didn't really have into redesigning things because the city was shit at expressing the requirements the first time around. Make it permanent and I bet you a lot of these establishments put in better structures.

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COMMENT 1d ago

The problem is there's only so many times they can keep redesigning what's supposed to be the same aliens. You accept it going from TOS to TMP/TNG because you know they were upgrading from what they were able to do in the 1960s. But once you've asked the audience to make a big suspension of disbelief on something like that you can't keep asking them to suspend disbelief on the same thing over and over again.

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COMMENT 1d ago

One thing you learn with Southwest's boarding process is that people have weird seating preferences. I've gotten pretty forward aisle seats before with like mid-B boarding, I think even an aisle exit row with mid-B once. And one time I forgot to check in until very late and still got an aisle seat and overhead space directly above my seat (it obviously also helps that they don't charge for checked bags) toward the back of the plane.

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COMMENT 1d ago

I can see rentals spending a lot more time on superchargers though.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Nana Visitor’s been through a lot since her DS9 days.

Such as?

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COMMENT 1d ago

I think there was a nugget of a good idea in there. They had a bunch of loose ends to tie up and making it a holodeck retrospective in principle gives you an excuse to abruptly jump around, including time skips, without having to use up much screen time easing the audience through the transitions.

Of course, in terms of what we actually got...yeah.

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COMMENT 1d ago

How dare you diss on Ronon.

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COMMENT 2d ago

Less of a chance of one for a stolen credit card for sure.

Uh not really, in the US since we did chip and signature instead of chip and PIN it's still really easy to use a stolen chip card.

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COMMENT 2d ago

I'm pretty sure that multiple dropoffs isn't allowed either, considering that foreign cargo ships skip Hawaii en route to Los Angeles.