Should We Burn Our LifeMiles? Echo Dot Storing Private Info? Southwest Finally Makes Up With Mechanics

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Roundup: Articles From Around the Web

Here are some posts from around the web that I thought you may find interesting.  Let me know if there is anything good I missed.  Email me anything awesome that you find, or write, at


Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Stores Private Info, Advocates Say – Top Class Actions

We just shared an awesome deal for students where they can get an Echo Dot for $4.99 when signing up for a Student Prime account.  I figured we should alert you guys to this potential issue too.  I know it is something many people worry about when transforming their house into a smart home.

Avianca Posts $68 Million Loss & Bonds Downgraded To Deeper In Junk – Loyalty Lobby

This has me scared enough that I plan on trying to use my stash of LifeMiles I have left.  These things have been a PIA for months now.  I was holding them in hopes of a Lufthansa flight for Holiday Markets but I am not sure I want to wait that long.

Southwest Airlines Ratifies Agreement With Mechanics Union – Travel Pulse

Has the back and forth bickering that lasted years finally ended?  If you remember this tiff led to an operational emergency with Southwest a few months ago.  This ratification was long overdue.


Which article did you find most interesting?  Remember to let me know of anything you come across that you want added into the next edition at

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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