Expedia Coordinating a Hotel Conspiracy? Barclay AA Companion Cert Deep Dive, World Borders Crossing Story

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Roundup: Articles From Around the Web

Here are some posts from around the web that I thought you may find interesting.  Let me know if there is anything good I missed.  Email me anything awesome that you find, or write, at Mark@milestomemories.com.


Everything You Need to Know About Barclays AA Companion Certificates – Middle Age Miles

I personally don’t think the spend is worth the companion certificate but I know some do.  If you were considering it then this will give you some good info so you can make an informed decision.

Expedia is accused of coordinating a hotel conspiracy – LA Times

Thanks to reader Pauline for sending this out.  This will be an interesting one to watch.

World Borders: How to Get From Kigali, Rwanda to Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo – Don’t Stop Living

I know that not many readers will ever be making this trip but I found it to be a very detailed and interesting look into what it is like to get around some of the more isolated areas in the world.  The hoops you need to jump through and the effort, attitude, and perseverance it takes is pretty amazing.


Which article did you find most interesting?  Remember to let me know of anything you come across that you want added into the next edition at Mark@milestomemories.com.

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  1. PS – I just added a couple of updates from our trip last weekend using a companion certificate. Most notably, the companions earned EQDs and redeemable AA miles based on the $99 fare, and both companions earned EQMs based on flight distance. This is notable because the express terms of the certificates say that the companions won’t earn any points or EQMs/EQDs. ~Craig

  2. Hi Mark – Many thanks for the link! I thought the certificates were an interesting subject for an article, and then even more so as they were introduced as a spend-based benefit and component of the sign-up bonus for the Barclays AA Aviator Red card. I had searched and really found a dearth of information about the certificates, so I thought it would be nice to help people understand the benefit. On the Red card, I’m with you that it’s not worth the $20k spend plus paying the next year’s annual fee to get a 1-companion certificate. As for getting a certificate as part of the sign-up bonus, I’d say that’s a nice-to-have. To me, anyone who flies AA with a companion should find it fairly easy to get at least $250 in value from the certificate. ~Craig

    • I agree. And for people that have a huge MS bandwith it could make sense as well. At least they have your guide to help make that decision now ;).


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