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December 27th, 2007
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Why I love American Express Membership Rewards
Over the years, I have found that redeeming frequent flyer miles is next to impossible. The best discounted fares I could get for the whole family to Boston was $435 on JetBlue, and $443 on United [including their 10% discount promotion]. I didn't have enough miles in any one program to even get one free ticket. Even if I had enough for the "ante" frequent flyer reward, I'd probably find that those seats that cost the least points or miles were long-since snapped up, and I'd have to pay "double miles" to book.

Instead, I booked through AmEx. This results in a higher "gross fare," [both airline 3rd-party booking fees and AmEx's fee] but I could then immediately redeem--regardless of minimums or quotas--the nearly 20,000 Membership Rewards points we'd accumulated against the grand total, bringing the total family fare under $300.

We'll all earn United miles for the trip...but somehow I doubt we'll actually end up being able to ever redeem them.

I'm very thankful for end-of-year bonuses that mean Pam and I can attend both Arisia and the PA Horse Expo without feeling excessively guilty about the expense. In my ninth year with HPTi, and still loving it.

[Which thought brings me to a "plug:" Are you an IT professional holding or eligible to apply for at least a US Secret clearance? If so, <face emulation="kitten">"I can haz ur rezoomay?"</face> You can search http://www.hpti.com/careers to take a look at known immediate openings. If you're not eligible or looking for such a position, do you know someone that would be willing to be referred? Non-employees are eligible for our external referral program. A succesful hire from your recommendation is worth $500 to you even though you don't work for us!]

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From:iuciddream
Date:December 27th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
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WHOO HOO! I had dream about you guys and science fiction conventions early this morning as my children began their 6:30 AM onslaught of noise and chatter.

We'd love to see you!!
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From:happypete
Date:December 27th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)

What would an Arisia trip be without...

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...time with you guys, too!?

It's a long convention this year...Friday to Monday...so pick a good time window in their somewhere and we shal Make It So!
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From:lordlnyc
Date:December 27th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
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...that mean Pam and I can attend both Arisia...

That's great news! See you then!
From:jcfarris
Date:December 27th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
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From:happypete
Date:December 27th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)

We do a lot of things...

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some are unclassified and cool, and some are...just cool.

take a look at the job opps [just throw in a wide open search, no criteria...it's not a ginormous list].
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From:flyingwolf
Date:December 27th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
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not a great use of 20K points. (I won't use them unless I can get over $.01 a point in value for them.)
(my UAL visa card points can also be used at a value of $.01 per point)

Very glad to hear you've booked the trip!!
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From:happypete
Date:December 27th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)

Well, it's like this...

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We fly so seldom, and I don't really have much other use for points.
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From:awfief
Date:December 27th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
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I hold a US Secret clearance, as does everyone at http://www.pythian.com. I can attest to the quality of our work. We're the DBAs who never get cranky, but work in a different building -- you never see us, but you have all 58 of us on standby if you need us (you deal with a team of 3-5 regular people, so you build familiarity and relationships).

Don't know how much pull you have, but definitely recommend The Pythian Group -- our contracts can be changed (or cancelled) with 30 days notice, so they can try us out for a month and if they don't like us, don't renew the contract.
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From:datavortex
Date:December 30th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
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I have a friend who fits the bill, boredatheist. He's a giant asshole, but also an excellent programmer, and has clearance ("secret", I think) through his IT work for the Navy.
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From:happypete
Date:December 30th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)

dude...

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that's some reference....

"giant asshole with a clearance."
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