August 5th, 2010

socks and cat

Done jumping through hoops

I canceled my United Airline debit and credit card. Huge thanks to i_am_janet for cluing me in to their dirty little trick they don't tell you about. Yes, they do give you 1 miles per dollar you spend. But what they don't tell you is that a 5,000 mile round trip ticket to Los Angeles will cost you 25,000 miles. And they don't tell you a 6,000 mile round trip to Hawaii will cost you 40,000 miles. In other words, you have to spend $40,000 and pay $100 to $300 in annual fees (depending on how many years it takes you to earn enough miles) before you can earn a ticket you could easily purchase on your own for about $400. If a mile is not worth a mile then it should be illegal to advertise that you are earning 1 mile per dollar.

It's too bad the folks at BofA can't figure out how to process a card application. Had they not mishandled my application twice I would be earning miles on Alaska airlines. But even after they approved me they forgot to send me my card. So I'm pretty much done dealing with BofA and I have decided not to work with any point accumulating or mileage accumulating credit cards or debit cards. If I want a flight or a gift card somewhere I'll pay for it myself thank you very much. I'm done spending money and jumpimg through hoops to earn gifts from banks.