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  1. New Platinum user here, so gift cards for the selected airline fall under the 200$ credit? I'd heard sometimes they honor it sometimes they don't. Unless it's airline based which I could see, but I chose Delta. 

    Delta you have to stay under $50, which sucks because you can only apply 2 or 3 gift cards when buying a ticket. Southwest is still good at $200. No other airlines are working anymore. I always check flyertalk before setting my airline to see what still works.


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  2. If you’re under 5/24 (5 new cards in the last two years, including being an authorized user) Chase has a lot of good options. Marriott, IHG, Hyatt, and United are all affiliated with Chase, and the Sapphire Reserve and Preferred are good options. Citi also seems to be waiving fees under the MLA, so the citi prestige and AA executive are good options. Barclays does not waive fees, but it’s worth churning their AA cards. Their Wyndham card is a decent value even with paying the annual fee. US bank offers waived fees, and the Radisson card is a good value, especially if you travel to Europe and the Middle East. BofA has a great card if you want to move your brokerage accounts to them. I think you can get something like 2.5% on all spending if your investments with them top 100k. Derpreport is a great website for MLA/SCRA related info.


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  3. FYSA, Hilton points are only worth about .5 cents. That's only a 3% return....The AMEX blue cash gets 6% cash back on groceries which is WAY better.

    The sign up bonus on the Hilton is better, and you can earn a free night after 10k in spend. With the annual fee waiver it’s best to go with cards that provide additional benefits. Amex limits you to 5 credit cards (no limit on charge cards). I have 5 Platinums, the Aspire, Ascend, Delta Reserve, Bonvoy and Bonvoy Business. Between those I end up getting two Hilton nights, two Marriott nights, and a business class companion pass on Delta. The 6% phases out after 6k, so I wouldn’t trade a free night and 36k Hilton points for $360 in cashback.


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  4. Okay - just so we're clear........ In the story that includes 3 fire-breathing dragons, hatched inside a funeral pyre by a chick (inside the same fire) who rides said dragons, commands their actions, and also happens to be in love with a guy who was stabbed to death and brought back to life by another chick who births an assassin shadow to kill a rival king.............
    You're drawing the line at BS windage? 

    We are talking about Shazaam/Harley Quinn here


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  5. UPT would be SIC (except the couple solo flights would be PIC). Simulator time doesn’t get included in your civilian totals, regardless of the type of sim used. For those purposes it’s no different than “other” time. Doesn’t count for anything. 

    T-6 is dual received or PIC (for solo). Can’t claim SIC since it doesn’t require two pilots to fly.
    T-1 is SIC


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  6. Thought it would be fun to add the 18X URT cost just as a comparison. Kinda shows where the RPA guys stand in the food chain.
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    That number isn’t anywhere near accurate, but yes, training an 18x is a lot cheaper than an 11. That’s why we have URT.


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  7. Related question.  How do you count evaluator time?  Unless the other pilots are unqualified or can't hold the A code,  then the EP typically is not listed as the A code.  

    If you’re going strictly by the book, PIC=Primary, Secondary, instructor, or evaluator time while holding the A code. I’m guessing most people end up actually claiming a percentage of their primary and secondary since cert, and 100% of their IP and EP time as being PIC.


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  8. I hate myself for actually documenting time accurately in my logbook. If I used this rule it would more than double my “PIC” time. Very rarely do we ever get sent out with two co-pilots, and that means you only get the A code half the time.


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    I’m tracking it accurately as well, and it worked out to about 73% of hours since cert. That’s probably high compared to most though because a lot of that has been deployed flying with copilots.


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  9. . The downside is they expect rated promotion rates to decrease because the overall number of selects is still capped and each category will get allocated guaranteed line numbers. 
     

    Umm, why during an aircrew retention (no longer a crisis?) wouldn’t they allocate a higher percentage of the selects to critical AFSCs? If the promotion rate for pilots decreases, and increases for other LAF categories, retention will only get worse.


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  10. Hey guys, I'm currently enlisted AF. I'm finishing up my bachelors now. My question is, is it even worth it becoming a AF pilot or should I go another branch? With everything posted on this thread it seems as if going active duty AF pilot is not the way to go. I know there's Guard/Reserves, but i want to stay active duty. I am very interested in Naval Aviation, I'm open to both Navy and Marines. I have a wife and a kid, and my contract is up in February 2020 and I'm only 23; so i have a lot of big decisions to make. I really want to continue to serve especially as a Military pilot, but it seems that being an Air force pilot is not so hot right now. Any of you guys have some advice on the matter? Air force pilot vs Naval Aviator? And if you could do it all over again would you go to a different branch? 

    If you want to be a career pilot, and ANG and the Reserves aren’t for you, than AD AF is probably your best bet. That said, why do you not want to pursue an ANG or Reserves career? Full time, either AGR or ART is an option.


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