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Nobody Asked Me, But ...
March 12, 2015 -- Nobody asked me, but ...

American Airlines will merge US Airways Dividend Miles accounts into AAdvantage next month. To marginally improve the process, make sure you have linked your accounts. (The option pops up when you sign in.) Then cue the outrage over errors in three, two, one ...

Before the deed is done, you really, really, really should get the Barclays version of the US Airways credit card. You'll get 50,000 bonus miles when you pay the $89 annual fee. (Apply here.) It's literally your last chance for a score since Barclays can't issue new cards when the Dividend Miles program disappears. I'm not big on churning cards, but, hello, 50,000 miles for $89 ...

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Hillary Clinton says she deleted a mess of personal stuff from the mail server she used as Secretary of State instead of an official government E-mail address. Isn't that the same excuse Delta Air Lines gave to explain what happened to SkyMiles' published award charts?

As to whether you believe Clinton's convoluted explanation about her E-mail, I guess it comes down to what the definition of IT is ...

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The Atlanta City Council is annoyed that we don't call the airport by its official name: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The council approved a resolution demanding that the airport general manager determine the reasons why. No truth to the rumor that the airport GM's name is Ekke Ekke Ekke Ekke Ptang Zoo Boing.

Helsinki Airport has installed sleeping pods (left) in the public areas. The pods have chairs that turn into beds; storage space; power points and privacy covers. Sounds like great places to hang while waiting for the report about why we don't call Atlanta airport by its correct name.

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I already have NPDS (next president derangement syndrome). I hate our next President so-o-o-o-o much. It's clear that s/he is a commie/fascist, liberal/conservative, tax-and-spend/hate-the-poor, big government/corporate stooge, anti-Semite/Jew-loving, Muslim-hating/ISIS-backing, anti-immigrant/amnesty-supporting, union-busting/union-backed creep who hates America and is secretly planning to serve three terms. S/he is also a womanizing/homosexual deviate who has an illegal love child with Angela Davis/John Birch. We really need to impeach the bastard right now to save the country.

Oh, by the way, I get all my news from WND.com and RT.com. Can't trust that mainstream media to give you the facts.

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Since it decided to abandon its unique selling points and depend on its we-suck-less-than-the-other-guys mantra, JetBlue's stock has risen 35 percent. In the same period, Alaska Airlines has risen about 20 percent. So you have to decide whether JetBlue is being rewarded by the market or has sold its soul for a few pennies of shareholder value.

The Transportation Department decided United Airlines didn't have to make good on those mistake fares created when its Web site mishandled a Danish krone currency conversion. Given the odd circumstances, it's hard to quibble with the DOT decision. But when was the last time United or any airline gave you a mulligan on a mistake you made while buying a ticket?

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The official CIA Twitter feed says the agency is following 27 people. Seems low ...

Hillary Clinton's official Twitter feed has a picture of her checking her BlackBerry. Seems ironic ...

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I have zero confidence in most things I see advertised, but, my gosh, Credit Karma is terrific. Easy-to-digest, useful data about your credit, including FICO scores and what two of the three big credit agencies know about you. And, unbelievable as it may seem, it is free. Best thing on the Net in years. I have no idea how it's gonna make money long-term, but, for now, enjoy the ride ...

On the other hand, we have TripAdvisor.com. In its drive to monetize its ratings, it's now virtually impossible to get its hotel ratings. You need to plow through six or seven or eight screens of garbage. And that's if you're lucky. The site crams you with unbelievably off-target "just for you" ratings, the supposed 30-best ratings and advertising-supported listings of crappy hotels in which you'd only be caught literally dead.

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Israel's elections are Tuesday and Netanyahu could lose. In fact, Netanyahu's Likud Party is trailing in the final election polls. If other parties get to form the ruling coalition, do you think Tom Cotton will write a letter to Israel's voters and explain that GOP senators won't accept the results?

Netanyahu has claimed that Iran is thisclose to getting nuclear weapons for nearly 20 years. Here's his thisclose warning from a 1996 address to a joint session of Congress. Of course, the Mossad says Netanyahu is full of hummus. Given the shape of the bomb he showed at the UN a couple of years ago, do you think Netanyahu's sources for his thisclose accusation are Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale?

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Marriott was busted for illegally blocking guests' portable WiFi devices. Now it apparently adds undisclosed surcharges on tabs you run up in its lobby lounges. Keep it classy, Marriott ...

I'm getting reports that major international airports are replacing standard bank ATMs with ones operated by Travelex and other currency-exchange firms that offer dreadful exchange rates. I'll be checking as I zip through several major airports in the days ahead. But tell me what you're finding as you pass through major international gateways. Your boots-on-the-ground stuff will help us all figure out what is going on.

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Community, the brilliantly creative former NBC sitcom, begins its sixth season Tuesday on Yahoo! Screen. But I'm thinking that Archer, the animated pseudo-spy show on FX, is funnier, more creative and lots more fun. But there are enough boring nights in hotel rooms that you can watch them both.

Dylan's new album of standard songs, a sort of Sinatra homage, is a noble failure. The arrangements are dull, most of the songs are B-listers and Dylan works so hard to enunciate that his singing is dreary. On the other hand, you won't do better than John Pizzarelli's new album of Johnny Mercer tunes. I dare you not to sing I Got Out of Bed on the Right Side while you wait on a TSA security line ...

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