Happy Friday everyone. This week has been damn near tropical in terms of weather in Philadelphia, and not in a good way. Clouds, sun, clouds, rain, clouds. With that being said, I still had time to fit in a great podcasting session with Ed Pizzarello from Pizza in Motion, where we recorded the next episode of the NowBoarding podcast as well as a segment for Ed’s Miles to Go podcast. Very productive week and here’s to an even more productive weekend (of beer and pizza)!

Here are some stories from the past week that may be of interest to you:

American Airlines Confirms They Will Allow Carry-On Bags On Basic Economy Fares – Pizza in Motion

Welcome change and may even motivate me to take more Basic Economy flights. What do you think?

How One Traveler Made Over $1,000 Looking Through Old Flights – God Save the Points

I’ve used AirHelp before and though my flight didn’t qualify for reimbursement, they were very helpful to work with and make the process of getting what you’re owed easy.

American Express & Chase To Team Up & Limit Marriott/SPG Bonuses – Doctor of Credit

It appears Amex/Chase will be limiting your ability to earn sign up bonuses on the new Marriott credit cards if you hold or have held certain cards in a specific timeframe (think: 5/24)

Airline shopping portal bonuses: Earn thousands of extra miles – Frequent Miler

Shopping portals are a great way to earn extra miles when not traveling or signing up for new credit cards. Catch up on all the great deals.

How GasBuddy Can Save You More Than Just at The Pump – Coworkaholic

Great insight here from Mike at Coworkaholic on ways to use GasBuddy and rewards to earn more money back on your fill-ups.

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