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  • hardie karges 11:14 am on March 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American Airlines, , , , Pay Pal,   

    PayPal, AA, BofA, HW, and: the Sh*t-List Winner Is… 

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    Next there’s Bank of America, one of the USA’s largest banks and no stranger to the bottom-line profit margin. So why then do they need to plunder your hard-earned and hard-saved travel miles that you accumulate by using their credit card? Like Telestial (see above), they changed the rules in the middle of the game, like you’ve got nothing better to do, so they slip in the proviso that ALL miles accumulated have an expiration date, REGARDLESS of whether the account is active or not—SUX! Shame on you, BofA…

    Then there’s American Airlines, whose own frequent-flyer program is not so bad—as long as the flights are within the US. If you’re traveling overseas, then the taxes alone will—supposedly—cost you almost as much as a new ticket on a budget airline! I’ve never been able to verify taxes of that magnitude elsewhere…

    But the Big Winner of Hardie’s Sh*t-L*st award would have to be Pay Pal, which, like Uber and Air BnB and other dot-com conglomerates we’d like to think are above the shenanigans of the previous era of rapists and robber barons, BUT—not. In fact, they are probably worse. When someone hacked my account where almost a thousand dollars lay idle, charging until they could charge no more, Pay Pal informed me they found no malfeasance, and if I wasn’t satisfied with the product, then I should contact the seller… (More …)

    • davekingsbury 7:31 pm on March 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Useful for those who come after, I’m sure! Forewarned is forearmed, as they say, though I’m not about to break my lifetime practise of sticking put after your slightly scary account! The philosophy and travel writing are what I come back for, anyway, so all power to your elbow with those areas.

      • hardie karges 10:31 pm on March 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Elbow at the ready, indeed ! I just wrote 300+ words long-hand (neatly and for submission), the first time in years, and all I can say is: “Thank God for keyboards!” Thanx as always, Dave, I persevere…

    • Esther Fabbricante 3:02 pm on March 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Keep on ‘keeping on.’ A marvel, you are.

  • hardie karges 12:47 am on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Citibank, credit card, Pay Pal   

    HARDIE’S HYPER-AWARD: Worst Credit Card to travel with in 2016: 

    IMG_1530.JPG…would be PayPal, Debit Card, that is, which I only possessed (past tense) as a convenient option, figured WTH, for withdrawing funds accrued, rather than cycling back through to bank. The good news is that they won’t likely refuse the card as you travel around through weird countries with sketchy histories, but that means that if you’re hacked, then they won’t help you much there, either…

    So while checking my e-mail one morning, I noticed three transactions on my PayPal debit card that were not authorized by me, for a total of almost $800, and I’d be able to report the crime immediately, so should be no problem, right? But Pay Pal won’t even take the call, informing me to log in to the website, then informing me a week later there’s no crime, so talk to the dealer if I don’t like my product or service! Ouch! (More …)

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