Rebuilding Kansas City International Airport?

No matter what you call Kansas City International Airport, call sign MCI or as the locals call it “KCI” it has seen better days. As a kid growing up in the 1970’s you could fly all over the world from this airport. Now not so much. They advertise 38 nonstops flights.

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However some of these are very limited schedule. Heck it’s hard to find a flight to Denver at times. United only seems to run turbo prop Q400’s there from KC. Sad.

Southwest just unveiled a new Missouri themed livery plane this week at MCI. Nice tribute but the local media barely noticed. I had to find out about it on a blog post about Southwest.

http://michaelwtravels.boardingarea.com/2015/04/southwest-airlines-plane-has-new-specialty-livery-missouri-one/#sthash.uD5bQctq.dpbs

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Now Southwest CEO made remarks at the airplane event saying KCI needs to make improvements but don’t do too much or we can’t afford it. Nice. The newly elected KC board is in discussions to do something with the airport. Due to it’s pre 9/11 design it’s not easy or fun to fly through/from for sure.

Maybe the folks over on the Kansas side of the border should build a new airport. The Southwest lease commitment ends in 2016. Surely they could get it off the ground by then (Pardon the pun). At least if they did it would be closer to most people that live in the metro area.

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2015/04/15/southwest-ceo-mci-airport-improvements-needed.html

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My quickie airline miles earnings so far today

I typically read Boardingarea blogs everyday for tips on earning airline miles and to learn more about being a smart traveler. Well OK to feed my addiction.

So I’m busy today and had a couple minutes so I clicked over to Boardingarea and saw one of my favorite bloggers Mommypoints who had a post about an American AA shopping portal bonus where you can earn up to 2,250 bonus miles through shopping.

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Not typically that great but if you have stuff you need to buy anyway it can be good. So what did I buy today in less than 5 minutes:

How about dog food. I have several dogs that eat Blue Buffalo Senior food (which is very good and better than most of the RX types even). So it cost be about $33 to $35 a bag plus a 12+ mile each way drive to get it. I clicked on Petco as they had the best price:

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So for 4x per $ I bought about $135 worth or 4 bags. I had to pay sales tax but got free shipping. I figured I saved time and gas money. I’ve ordered dog food online many times so it’s just easy. ┬áSo $135 x 4 miles x 1 mile for credit card = 275 AA miles plus 250 mile bonus = 525 miles approx.

I was getting ready to log off when I remembered that I needed to still do my taxes (I’m way behind this year). So I click on H&R block software that I use each year and really like.

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So for 12x per $1 I bought the $45 version I use so figure $45 x 12 x 1 for card = 585 AA miles plus I’m on my way to the next promo level of $300 so that will eventually add another 750 miles to the 250 I got already.

5 minutes = 1,110 miles added to my AA account. Next trip……