By Julie Weed Published 2:55 pm PST, Friday, February 1, 2019 Andrea Umbach found that her Alaska Airlines status meant she could change or cancel a ticket without a fee, offering her lots of business flexibility. Andrea Umbach found that her Alaska Airlines status meant she could change or cancel a ticket without a fee, offering her lots of business flexibility. Photo: Kyle Johnson / New York Times Photo: Kyle Johnson / New York Times Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Andrea Umbach found that her Alaska Airlines status meant she could change or cancel a ticket without a fee, offering her lots of business flexibility. Andrea Umbach found that her Alaska Airlines status meant she could change or cancel a ticket without a fee, offering her lots of business flexibility. … [Read more...] about ‘You practically need a Ph.D.’ to figure out frequent-flier status
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Business | These Days, ‘You Practically Need a Ph.D.’ to Figure Out Frequent-Flier Status Supported by ByJulie Weed Jan. 21, 2019 The airlines’ most valuable customers, those who fly most often and spend the most money, receive the sorts of benefits that most travelers can only salivate over — lounge access, free checked luggage, free upgrades, free itinerary changes. But most travelers aren’t constantly flying, and they will find that the airlines have made it a lot more complicated to qualify even for a piece of that good life. “You practically need a Ph.D.” to understand and compare all the complex rules among the different airlines, said Jamie Larounis of the travel blog The Forward Cabin. Three of the major airlines in the United States, United Airlines, Delta Air … [Read more...] about These Days, ‘You Practically Need a Ph.D.’ to Figure Out Frequent-Flier Status
When her dad died in June, Shirley Wang promised herself to live less tethered – to be OK with risks and plan great adventures. The 22-year-old had just completed her degree from Tufts University and spent the spring fretting over where to land next. She thought back to something her father, Lin Wang, had suggested as a post-graduation endeavor: move to his homeland, China. So after the cancer killed him, Shirley Wang booked a one-way flight. She had spent the two years since her dad’s diagnosis learning all she could from him: about his childhood in China, his life inside the Cultural Revolution and his immigrant community in Iowa City, Iowa, the events and experiences that shaped his life before she and her brother were born. Along the way, she used her skills from studying journalism to become her family’s memory-keeper. She wrote her dad a short story about her dog Junior, a Shih Tzu whom he never wanted but who grew to be a comforting companion through all the … [Read more...] about Her dad’s friendship with Charles Barkley made you cry. This is why she shared it.
Christine MacDonald, Sarah Rahal and John Barnes The Detroit News Published 3:01 AM EST Dec 18, 2018 Life expectancy in Michigan ranges from almost 91 years in an East Grand Rapids neighborhood to just 62 in one Detroit area, new research shows. That's a nearly 29-year difference, according to the data from the National Center for Health Statistics that shows just how much a neighborhood can foretell length of life. The research drives home dramatic differences in anticipated lifespans of Michigan residents based on geography, even among people who sometimes live just across the street. Statewide, life expectancy is 78.2 years. The numbers are “incredibly sad … but not surprising,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, director and health officer for the Detroit Health Department. “People’s life expectancies are short for many reasons." Among the starkest disparities are adjacent neighborhoods near East Grand Rapids, where there … [Read more...] about Life expectancy swings wildly between Michigan neighborhoods
Jennifer Still, provided by Published 7:27 am PST, Friday, December 14, 2018 Real or not real? Vegan kelp jerkyThe startup: At last, active and on-the-go people won’t have to depend on meat-based or high-sugar snacks to stay fueled. This company is bringing the sea to you with its 100 percent ocean-farmed kelp jerky that packs in the protein using mushrooms.You can choose from three flavors of this “superfood”: sea salt & sesame with hints of nori; turmeric and coconut; and rosemary BBQ. The kelp jerky Kickstarter even includes a rave review from Richard Branson: “Really rather delightful … Well done!”The company pitch: “By helping us fund our Kickstarter, you're helping us bring this ancient magical seagreen to the world today.” less Real or not real? Vegan kelp jerky The startup: At last, active and on-the-go people won’t have to depend on meat-based or high-sugar snacks to stay fueled. This company is bringing … [Read more...] about I tried intermittent fasting for a month — and I saw 7 life-changing results