November 2018 archive

Small Luxury Hotels Of The World: Earn/Redeem Hyatt Points

small luxury hotels of the world, slh

One of the downsides to the Hyatt program is the lack of luxury properties in the system. True, it has Andaz, but that’s had a hard time gaining a presence. Never heard of Andaz? Precisely. Enter Small Luxury Hotels Of The World In lieu of its own hotels, Hyatt has partnered with Small Luxury Hotels …

Continue reading

And Now, For Something Different: Why Business Travel Isn’t Always All It’s Cracked Up To Be

business travel

One of the questions that I see most frequently is “How do I find a job that will get me lots of travel (and frequent flyer miles)?” I remember my first business trip, which was to New York in 2000. It was great. I got to stay in a nice hotel and order room service. …

Continue reading

CVS Black Friday: $17.29 In Goods For $.23

cvs, black friday

My favorite Thanksgiving tradition has returned! CVS offers a loyalty program awards called “ExtraBucks (EB).” If you make purchases of certain products, they will give you a rebate in the form of a coupon. Every year, CVS runs a Black Friday promotion in which it offers a certain number of products for free*. Buy the product …

Continue reading

Thanksgiving (Travel) Is Back!

Well, it’s back. Thanksgiving traffic. Last night, I spent about 30 minutes in triple-parked traffic at the arrivals area at Boston’s Logan Airport, and it served as a reminder of what is to come. This year is going to be one of the busiest travel periods in Thanksgiving history and the northeast is awash in …

Continue reading

Delta Sky Club Changes: Eliminating Day Passes, Raising Prices

delta, skyclub

Delta announced two changes at its Sky Club lounges yesterday, one good and one potentially bad. Here’s a quick peek: Goodbye, Day Passes Most people know that major airlines offer lounges, which are generally membership-based and charge a fee. What a lot of travelers don’t know, though, is that some airlines will sell non-members a …

Continue reading

Cash And Miles Back From Holiday Shopping

cashback shopping

With Thanksgiving coming up in a week, it’s about to be that time of year, when advertisements turn from politics to shopping. One of my major rules for shopping on the internet is never to buy anything without getting something back for it, although that rule is increasingly beginning to apply to brick and mortar …

Continue reading

Why JetBlue Between Boston And New York Is unbeatable

jetblue

Regular readers know that I’m a big fan of JetBlue. Their service is excellent, the onboard product is the best in the industry and they truly value their loyal customers. And my flight yesterday was just another example of the airline simply doing what they do well. The Boston-New York market is known as the …

Continue reading

Are We Saying Goodbye To Cheap Flights To Europe?

It was good while it lasted, as cheap flights between the US and Europe could soon be a thing of the past due to airline consolidation. First, at its investor day last week, British Airways announced that it was still interested in purchasing Norwegian Air. BA already holds 4.6% of their stock. And yesterday, we …

Continue reading

Suing An Airline, A Scenic View And An Attack On Root Beer

court

Another week in the world of travel (and I still don’t have access to my Delta account)… Taking The Airlines to Court Feel like suing an airline? Okay, that’s a stupid question. Everyone has wanted to sue an airline at one time or another. Well congratulations, since somebody has done that for you. According to …

Continue reading

Keeping An Eye On Your Online Accounts (Delta Hack)

delta

On Tuesday, I got the dreaded “We have frozen your account due to potential fraud” email from Delta. At first, I thought that it was simply spam but, after trying to log on, I realized that it was the genuine thing. No problem. Most companies would send a password reset to the address on file …

Continue reading