Air Canada changes their tune…

2 July, 2013

Back in 2006, Air Canada announced that they would have a seven year expiry policy on Aeroplan miles.  It was explained as the miles having a “shelf life”.  I never really liked this idea and there was quite a bit of complaining about it.  It seems now that the complaining has had an effect.  Today I received this mail from Aeroplan… Aeroplan

It says that after listening to Aeroplan members the seven year expiry policy has been revoked.  I do not know how typical this is for member feedback to have an effect like this but if this is a precedent, it may be worth giving comments and suggestions to other programmes and seeing what the results are.  In the meantime, I am quite happy that I do not need to figure out how to use up all my Aeroplan miles by the end of the year as I originally thought I did.


Delta Skymiles Debit Card from SunTrust

24 December, 2012

Back in June or so; SunTrust has a promotion where you would earn 30,000 miles for use of a debit card.  While promotions like this exist regularly for credit cards, debit cards which earn miles are quickly disappearing (muchless have generous bonuses) due to the Durbin Amendment from the Dodd Frank Financial Reform Act.  As a result, I jumped on this quite fast.  I did not just get the miles and run, I have still been using the card.  I never realised how much I use a debit card until now.  I am not sure how long this will last but I have a reward I am close to and SunTrust will get me there faster than e-miles or Audience Rewards will.

Audience Rewards Delta Questions

26 March, 2012
1.The director of the current revival of Evita is also the artistic director of what theatre?
Donmar Warehouse
2.All but which of the following people appeared in the movie version of Newsies?
Val Kilmer
3.Dave Stewart of the Ghost writing team worked with what 80’s group?
4.A cover of what Four Seasons song was on pop radio stations in the last few years?
5.What’s the name of the song/dance that Roxie and Velma perform at the end of Chicago?
Hot Honey Rag

Audience Rewards Delta Questions

8 January, 2012

Who will be starring in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for most of January? Darren Criss
The composer brothers behind much of Mary Poppins were twins. False
The book writer of Ghost is sometimes credited as a completely different name in his screenplays and books. True
End of the Rainbow is about what performing legend? Judy Garland
Chinglish is about a character wanting to open a new business in China. True

Audience Rewards SPG Questions

8 January, 2012

True or False? The New Amsterdam theatre has had many names in its history. False
Glen Ballard, one of the composer/lyricist team for Ghost, the Musical, has written with all but which of the following pop artists: Janet Jackson
True or False? Frank Wildhorn was the first composer to have 3 shows running on Broadway at same time. True
The composer of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was also behind all but which of the following shows? The Grass Harp
In what city was the premiere of End of the Rainbow? Sydney

SPG and USAir Audience Rewards

22 November, 2011

1 – True or False? Both of the lead actors in Bonnie and Clyde have previously been in Broadway shows. True
2 – Patti Lupone’s first Tony nomination was for what show? The Robber Bridegroom
3 – The musical director of Godspell also was the music director for which of the following shows: Next to Normal
4 – True or False? Seminar is making its world premiere on Broadway. True
5 – In Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark, the Green Goblin dies by falling off what? The Chrysler Building

US Airways
1 – In Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark, Arachne becomes what to Spiderman? His Guardian
2 – True or False? Patti Lupone has never taken part in a repertory series on Broadway. False
3 – What performer in Godspell also wrote a musical that played on Broadway? Nick Blaimere
4 – Jeff Calhoun was an “unbilled choroegraphic consultant” for what Broadway show? Taboo
5 – Jerry O’Connell gained fame as a child for starring in what movie? Stand By Me
6 – When was the Walter Kerr theatre built? 1921

Delta Audience Rewards

22 November, 2011
  • For what show did Alan Rickman receive a Tony nomination?Private Lives
  • Which of the following is the correct way to spell this Broadway star’s name: Patti Lupone
  • What actress was sidelined from some of the previews and the opening night of Godspell due to an injury? Morgan James
  • The opening song of Spider-man: Turn off the Dark is about which character? Arachne
  • The director of Bonnie and Clyde also directed which of these other shows on Broadway? All of the Above
  • (20 miles) Approximately how many minutes of The Lion King were cut from the show in 2010? 9 minutes

Travel Tools and Applications

12 November, 2011

While earning miles and points is great, there comes a time when you eventually will want to use them.  Or in the process of earning them, you will be travelling.  As we all know, the act of travelling is not exactly seamless.  All sorts of things can go wrong and even if everything goes right, there are little conveniences which can make everything easier for the person travelling.  Today, I will go over two of the applications I use and what I like or do not like about them.  I use more than just two but I am trying to keep the posts somewhat short so I will be reviewing them two at a time.  Keep in mind, I use a Blackberry so my reviews are centred on the Blackberry versions of the applications.  I also have an iPod Touch which I will use to outline any differences between the iPhone and Blackberry versions.  While I do not think the differences are huge, I will mention them when appropriate.  Also, I am deliberately excluding applications from specific airlines or hotels, I will review them at a later time.

Blackberry Travel – This one is obviously only available on a Blackberry but for those with iPhone and Android devices, there are similar applications designed for those systems as well.  Essentially the programme will organise your itinerary for you.  You can either add the itinerary manually, forward the confirmation emails from the reservations to Blackberry Travel or you can set it up to automatically scan your inbox for the confirmations.  After the confirmations are added by whichever method you choose, the programme will then organise everything into one seamless schedule.  It will even tell you if you have anything missing like hotel accommodation on certain days of the trip.  If this happens, there is a built in search function to find and book hotel rooms.

In addition to the booking and itinerary management features, Blackberry Travel also includes a currency converter, weather reports for your destinations, world clocks, flight status lookup and local search powered by Yelp.  Another feature included which seems rather innovative for the technology behind (but for which I have no use for) is that you can link your Blackberry Travel account to Linkedin and see if any of your linkedin contacts are travelling when you are.

Similar apps for iPhone and Android include TripIt and WorldMate both of which are also available for Blackberry users.

Rewards Network Dining – This has been a handy little tool.  For a very long time it did not include AAdvantage dining spots but it seems to have been added recently.  The app comes for Blackberry, iPhone and Android.  You must pick which dining programme you are a member of (you can switch them so don’t worry if you are in more than one), and while it does not track miles earned it allows you to find the restaurants and if you sign in, it tells you how many miles per dollar you can earn.  While they all work pretty much the same, the iPhone does have one additional feature.  In addition to searching for restaurants by city, or postcode, you can also search by current location.  For some reason the Blackberry and Android versions do not do this. 

SPG Audience Rewards

8 November, 2011

1. What is Mrs. Wilkinson’s daughter’s name in Billy Elliot? Debbie
2. True or False? The Walter Kerr theatre was built in 60 days. True
3. Brooke Shields in from where? New York
4. What theatre is Bonnie and Clyde playing at? Schoenfeld
5. True or False? Billy Elliot on Broadway won all ten Drama Desk Awards it was nominated for. True
6. Seminar is playing at what theatre? Golden Theatre
7. Aside from Rock of Ages, what other Broadway show has Mitchell Jarvis been in? Fiddler on the Roof
8. True or False? The leading lady in Lysistrata Jones on Broadway is the same one who played the role in the Off-Broadway production. True
9. What is the love song duet in The Lion King called? Can You Feel the Love Tonight?
10. True or False? Spider-man: Turn off the Dark had out of town try outs before coming to NYC. False
11. (20 points) Currently, which of the four main characters was NOT played by an actor originally involved with the Broadway company in Million Dollar Quartet? Jerry Lee Lewis

USAir Audience Rewards

8 November, 2011

1. Which of the following casts did NOT make a recording of The Lion King? London Cast
2. True or False? Brooke Shields has not yet originated a role in a Broadway show. True
3. True or False? The original Broadway company’s Jerry Lee Lewis cast member is still in the show Off Broadway. False
4. Frank Wildhorn wrote a few songs that appeared in a popular Broadway musical that was not primarily his show. What was that musical? Victor/Victoria
5. What is Seminar considered to be? A comedy
6. What song in Billy Elliot has a different name in the US productions from what it had in the UK production? He Could Be a Star

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