Global Entry can’t get a fingerprint because there isn’t one

Georgeann Lenard’s Global Entry application is stuck because of an unusual problem, the result of an unusual accident. Can this application be rescued? Read more “Global Entry can’t get a fingerprint because there isn’t one”

The surprise $70 “application” fee wasn’t so visionary

When Otis Millbrook Jr. applies for a new, low-income home in California, his application is turned down. But not before the company extracts a $70 “application” fee. Is that right? Read more “The surprise $70 “application” fee wasn’t so visionary”

‘Congratulations! Your application for employment has approved by the management of the Carnival’

Johan Craven couldn’t believe his luck. He’d just received an unsolicited email, supposedly from Carnival Cruise Lines, offering him an unspecified job with the cruise line in Australia.

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Insurance doesn’t have “appetite” for consumer protection

Thinking of a career in consumer advocacy?

You might want to think again.
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Did Spirit Airlines pull a bait-and-switch on a credit card application?

It’s no secret that airlines make a bundle by upselling customers on extras when they buy tickets, and one huge moneymaker is the affinity credit card. While you’re booking a ticket, a pop-up asks you if you want to save a little money by applying for a credit card. (What they often don’t tell you is that certain, highly-restrictive terms may apply.)

So when Pat Fancsali saw the offer for a free credit card — well, that offer looked too good to pass up.

Here are the details, as shown on the Spirit site:

FREE SPIRIT Onyx World Cardholder exclusive benefits include:
Get 15,000 bonus miles after your first purchase – which is enough for 3 roundtrip off-peak awards
Annual fee waived for the first year
Complimentary $9 Fare Club membership
Priority boarding and domestic priority check-in

Fancsali checked “apply now” and booked a ticket from Chicago to Fort Myers, Fla. And that’s when the trouble started.
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