January 2019 archive

Airline Earnings, Norwegian’s Saga, Free Uber Rides For Rams Fans

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This week in the world of travel… Airline Earnings Four times per year, airlines report their quarterly earnings to shareholders. Earnings periods often cause volatility, and this time around was no different. Here’s what we learned: They’re still making lots of money. Not only did they generate billions of dollars in earnings in 2018 but …

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And Now, For Something Completely Different…

As you may know, when you get a credit card through this site, it generates a commission*.  Since that also creates a conflict of interest, I donate those commissions to charity. This year, readers helped to generate almost $3,000 for Cradles to Crayons. Cradles To Crayons Cradles to Crayons is a 4-Star Charity Navigator organization …

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Hyatt: King Of The Easy Points Upgrades


Every hotel program has its advantages. Marriott has breadth and a quality luxury product. Hilton  has excellent promotions and an easy path to Diamond (top-tier) status. And Hyatt has the best elite program if you are going to achieve the highest status level. But what if your demands are simple, and you only want a …

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CLEAR: Get Through Airport Security Even Faster


Everyone has recurring nightmares. For some, it’s about showing up to work/class/wherever naked. For others, it’s being forced to give a big speech. And, of course, there’s the “It’s time to take the final and I haven’t shown up for class” dream. And then, there are those who travel frequently. Their nightmares? Showing up at …

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Weekend News From The World Of Travel

Another exciting weekend, as the government shutdown continues to hit airports and football fans begin booking flights to Atlanta. And if you want to spend some time in Canada, here’s a United flight for you… TSA Absenteeism Reaching 10% The TSA issued a report that said that absenteeism reached 10% yesterday. That compares to 3.1% …

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Hotel Updates: Radisson, Marriott

Radisson Rewards

Radisson Rewards (Formerly Club Carlson) You know the hotel business is doing well when even the good rewards programs have lousy promotions. Sigh. Welcome to the jungle, Radisson Rewards. This is a loyalty plan that I once referred to as the little program that could, given their generous bonuses and inexpensive prices. Not this quarter, …

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Airport Security: Government Shutdown Edition

I’ve always thought that it would be fun to be the person at Disney World who is responsible for figuring out the logistics to keep the lines as short as possible. It seems very satisfying to knock off a minute or two before Mickey. This week, it looks like airports may need to borrow some …

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Southwest Offering Companion Pass With EVERY New Credit Card

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And now it gets interesting… It was only a few weeks ago that Southwest was offering 60,000 points to sign up for its Chase credit card. That was a great deal, particularly at the start of a new year. And now they’re dwarfing it. Companion Passes for Everyone One of the best elite perks in …

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Cruise Lines: Learning From The Airlines (And It’s Not A Good Lesson)

I’m a big fan of cruising and tend to write a lot about them. They’re an excellent value and can be a good way to see multiple locations on the same trip. But one of the trends in the industry, particularly in the mass market, is troubling: fees. Cruise Lines: Not The New Airlines, But… …

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Tuesday Travel Tidbits: Bathroom Beauty, Boutique Airlines, DC Shutdown

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Another week, another Tuesday. Or something like that. Here are a few tidbits that struck my fancy this week. La Guardia’s Fancy Bathrooms Every week, Wall Street Journal author Scott McCartney writes a column called “The Middle Seat.” It tends to take a look at some of the more neglected areas of travel. And traditionally, …

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