April 2019 archive

Paying For Luxury Versus Nickel And Diming

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So two pieces of news caught my eye this week. One reflects the ultimate in luxury, while the other is just penny-pinching annoying. Four Seasons And The New Jet Because sometimes, a Four Seasons hotel room isn’t luxurious enough. And let’s face it, the old jet was looking a bit outdated. If you weren’t impressed …

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Best Western Rewards And Credit Card

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On the weekends, I try to do something a bit different than what I did during the week. It may be something about the industry, or interesting events from the previous few days. For hotel points, I generally talk about the major plans. So today, I’m going to talk about a smaller hotel program: Best …

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Can Airlines Fix Their Own Service Issues? Yes, but…

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Traveling in coach is like visiting the doctor: A best case scenario is that nothing happens. You want your flight to be forgettable. It’s sad that we’ve gotten to this point, and the airlines can take credit for much of the decline in service standards. Recently, I began to think about what it would take …

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Virtual Disney: The Best Of The 3D And 4D Rides

The Walt Disney World theme parks are obviously known for their rides.It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about slow ones, like “It’s a Small World,” or roller coasters, such as “Space Mountain.” They tend to do everything well. Over the past several years, however, I have noticed a shift in the newer rides. Many of …

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Out of Office Notice

Hi all, I’m going to be spending a week or so away, so posts will be few, far between or non-existent. Have a great week! Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the box above (and to the right) and click on the confirmation. GMailers, check your Social or Promotions boxes! Follow me on …

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Getting Free Money From The Airlines For Volunteering

This morning, I packed up my family of four to go from Boston to Orlando, by way of Atlanta (As the old saying goes, it doesn’t matter whether you’re going to heaven or hell. You still have to change planes in Atlanta.). And, to my utter delight, there are only three of us on the …

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Airline Lounges: Your Airport Escape

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Let’s face it: Airports, particularly American airports, are not fun places to hang out. There are rude people, little comfort and exorbitant prices. But having access to a lounge can make the time fly by. Airport Lounges There are two types of airport lounges. First, you have those run by the airlines themselves. Usually, you …

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Discover Deals Are Dead

I’ll end the week with some sad news, although it really isn’t news, since it happened six months ago. Discover Deals are dead.* Discover Deals Have Ended At the end of October, Discover folded its “Discover Deals (DD)” program. DD was a cash-back shopping portal that gave you money back for making purchases at participating …

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Finding The Best Seat On Your Flight

One of the most common questions that I see about flights is regarding which seat to book. Nobody wants to get stuck in the middle seat in front of the lavatory, of course, but how do you know which one has less legroom or limited seat recline. Several months ago, I wrote an article about …

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