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How noisy is your airplane cabin?

DEVGRU* (correspondence author), jimmy0017 Long-term exposure to ambient noise can lead to adverse effects on human health, and aircraft cabin is a typical noisy environment. Here, we report the cabin noise level of ten mainstream airframes (other than Boeing 747) based on 48 in situ measurements. Airbus A380 is the quietest plane in the sky. With the exception of Boeing…
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Let’s face it: Airlines don’t want your loyalty anymore

Today it was announced that American Airlines is going to raise the revenue requirements for Executive Platinum. At American, it used to be the case that you need to spend $12,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD) to earn the Executive Platinum status. Now the EQD threshold has increased to $15,000, representing a 25% hike. This move actually mirrored what United has done…
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Introducing US Credit Card Guide App for iOS & Android (2018.8 Update: Added Bookmark Feature & Improved Credit Card Management Feature)

2018.8 Update: We added the bookmark feature in the new version. At the same time, we improved the credit card management feature. Also, the UI is improved. I believe that many readers have experienced the following problems: how to get notified of big deals which may only last for a few hours? How to effectively and efficiently manage credit cards…
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Citi Hilton/Reserve will be automatically converted into Amex Hilton/Surpass

We’ve known that Amex will be the exclusive issuer of Hilton cobranded card since 2018. And Citibank has stopped accepting new applications for Citi Hilton and Citi Hilton Reserve credit cards. So what will happen to the current Citi Hilton cards? People believe there are two possibilities: Both cards will be converted into Citi’s other credit cards, presumably Citi ThankYou…
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Beware of Phishing Scams! (2018.1 Update: Problem is Solved)

2018.1 Update: We guessed the reason quite a while ago, and now there’s finally news discussing about it: https://www.fastcompany.com/40516897/a-new-wave-of-bad-ads-is-hijacking-even-top-tier-websites & https://blog.confiant.com/uncovering-2017s-largest-malvertising-operation-b84cd38d6b85 . These phishing scam ads appeared because ad networks are hijacked. As a result, not only us, big websites like New York Times also showed these phishing scam ads. So the problem is finally solved, by ad networks. Hope they can…
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New policy? BoA limits up to 3 BoA credit cards openings in a 12-month period?

Recently one of our readers “本群倒数第一” received a call from BoA, informing him that the most recent credit card he’s got from BoA is approved by mistake, and therefore, he needs to close down one of his BoA credit cards. The representative specifically quoted one BoA internal policy: Any account holder currently can only open up to 3 new BoA…
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The Best Looking Credit Cards Poll: Here’s the Results!

Update: Here come’s the results of the poll! The top 10 best looking credit cards are as follows, are they in agree with your choices? #1 Chase Sapphire Reserve (CSR) ($450 annual fee) #2 Chase Sapphire Preferred (CSP) ($95 annual fee) #3 AmEx Platinum ($550 annual fee) #4 AmEx Centurion ($2500 annual fee, invitation only) #5 JP Morgan Reserve ($450 annual fee, requires $10M…
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WWDC 2017: Apple Announced Person-to-Person Payment Feature in Apple Pay! Maybe a Great News for Churners?

Apple showed a new person-to-person payment feature in Apple Pay in today’s WWDC 2017. The slide showed that this feature will be built in iMessages. It will be available in this fall. We don’t know much information for now, but the person-to-person payment feature can possibly be huge for churners: Is it free to make a debit card transfer? Does it support credit…
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CSR is going to change the definition of “annual” for its $300 annual travel credit to card member year? (Update: Confirmed!)

2017.05.22 Update: The official webpage has changed its language: “Automatically receive up to $300 in statement credits as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.*” The change is officially confirmed. We know that, the definition of “annual” of the CSR $300 annual travel credit is 12 months from every December statement (basically calendar year). By this…
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Amex now offers a new kind of sign-up bonus: earn points for adding an authorized user!

Recently AmEx seems to make a lot of modifications to their system. For example, today some people can see the AmEx Platinum 100k pre-qualified offer even when they already have other Amex cards, this has never happened before. ThunderFat found another interesting new change: on the Amex official webpage, AmEx ED now offers a new kind of sign-up bonus: earn…
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