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Hollywood Bungalows, Speedy Flights And Gender Options

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I’m in a busy travel period, but that has never stopped interesting stories from hitting the press. Let’s see what we’ve got. Beverly Hills Hotel Bungalows Want to be Howard Hughes or Marilyn Monroe? Well, you can’t, but you can live like them for a day or two. For $8,500 dollars or more, you’ll get …

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What To Do If Your Airline Strands You

Flying bankrupt airlines had long been considered normal. The airline business is so rough that many of the major US carriers have filed not just once but multiple times. Rarely does bankruptcy mean that the airline goes away entirely. It’s hard to kill an airline. There are too many jobs at risk, and aircraft owners …

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Weekly News: Delta Surveys, Marriott Dissatisfaction And Snow Monsters

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It’s been a busy week for me IRL, so I’m still catching up on the news of the week. As usual, the travel world had its share of stories. Here are a few: Delta Survey Earlier this week, I received a survey from Delta regarding their SkyMiles frequent flyer program. These are not uncommon, and …

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Miles And Taxes: Is There Any Reason To Worry (Probably Not)

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Note: I am not an accountant. Nothing that I write below should be taken as tax advice. And if you’re getting tax information from a guy on the internet, you should probably rethink your strategy.   I got a question from a reader the other day asking if taxes could spell the end of the …

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Why Air Travel Could Be A Mess Forever

Every week, Wall Street Journal author Scott McCartney does a piece called “The Middle Seat.” For lack of a better term, I’d describe it as a human interest story. Or maybe an airline interest story. I don’t know. But it’s usually an interesting and informative article. Last week, Mr. McCartney did a piece called “How …

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The Basics Of Miles Redemptions

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The other day, a coworker asked me, “How can I use miles to get to Paris?” Now, most people who know me well don’t ask me questions like that. They know that it’s going to take about a half hour for the answer. She must have been having an off day, though, since she asked …

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A Few Promotions Now Available

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There’s always a promotion for something in the travel industry, and they’re worth signing up for. If I catch 25% of them, I feel fortunate, since it’s simply impossible to keep up with everything on offer. Still, there are a few around now that may be worth looking at. Best Western: Stay Two, Get One …

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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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CLEAR: Get Through Airport Security Even Faster

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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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