Showing posts from January, 2016

Siri can tell you what planes are overhead!

Growing up, I remember sitting in my parents backyard watching planes flying overhead and wondering what exciting destination each one was off too... I learned from Lucky today that if I'd had an iPhone back then I could have just asked Siri :) The results are powered by Wolfram Alpha, and their iPhone app has an enhanced version of this feature.

My holiday bonus roundup

United's shopping portal was offering a holiday shopping bonus this year -- in addition to the bonus miles you get from each merchant, they were offering additional tiered bonuses for your cumulative shopping through their portal during the holidays.

My bonus came through today and I netted 18,014 points for spending $1612. 13.6 points per dollar. Not too shabby :) The tiers were: 500 bonus miles for spending $150, 1500 for $350, 3000 for for $650, and 6000 for $1250 or more.

Here's the breakdown:

Like most of these mileage-related things, the trick is not being tricked into spending money you wouldn't otherwise have spent. In my case Yoox had a coat I'd been lusting for since last winter and it was half off the original price. And my current winter coat is like 5 years old and shabby. I always bring the wine to my in-laws place so I would have bought the purchase without the promo. My one real addiction is expensive shoes, so the Nieman's purchase was for…