http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com - It used to be that 100,000 mile flyers found themselves in first class nearly all the time, and even mid-tier frequent flyers found themselves in first class most of the time.Here's why upgrades have become harder to get -- and what you can do about it.Continue reading There’s a New Reality for Upgrades. Here’s How to Get Into First Class....
http://www.pointstrategist.com - Now that honeymoon planning season is underway, I am usually asked how to best convert points to flights to tropical destinations like Hawaii. As with most point transactions, typically the best method is by transferring or using miles with the airline. This is critical as you usually can gain a multiple on your points by transferring them to an airline partner. In this example we will assume that the passenger(s) are flying from NYC to Maui. To get the best conversion we suggest using Singapore Airlines to book a reward flight on United as they are both part of the Star Alliance. Economy
http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com - When I wrote about the sharia-compliant credit card in the UAE with a built-in compass so that cardmembers would always know what direction to pray, I said that feature seemed a bit much. And then I realized it helped to solve a practical problem that would give a reason for customers to carry it — and keep it top of wallet.There aren’t very many practical problems that credit cards can solve beyond payments, rewards, and bundled benefits that aren't easily duplicated by a smartphone. Then I was reminded of the 1990 Dana Carvey film, Opportunity Knocks.Continue reading A Simple Opportunity Th
http://www.frugaltravelguy.com - A few weeks ago, my friend Kendra over at Points and Pixie Dust wrote about the Disney Vacation Account—which was the first time I’d ever heard of it. Considering the research I did for the Frugal Guide to Disneyland and Disney World, I was both surprised I’d missed and curious about what it is exactly. […]
http://www.pointstrategist.com - Sick of waiting in line the security line at the airport? Gain expedited service by obtaining TSA PreCheck. You can speed through security and don’t need to remove your shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. For 9,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points you can purchase a five year TSA PreCheck membership. Simply follow the steps on the Southwest rewards portal at: Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Portal Although this is not an amazing conversion (.94c per point), TSA PreCheck provides good long term utility and is yet another way to burn Southwest Rapid Rewards if you do not fly on t
http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com - I make typos frequently in blog posts. I'm a one man shop, and part-time at that. I bang out a post and share it in between other jobs. I could do a lot better. With a budget over $7 billion and with 50,000 employees at my disposal, I'd like to think that I would do better.Continue reading Oops....
http://www.frugaltravelguy.com - One thing that initially turns a lot of people off from points and miles is keeping track of your multiple accounts—the easiest way to earn a lot of miles quickly is to apply for credit cards, but the more you apply for, the harder it gets. Not only do you need to keep track of […]
http://www.frugaltravelguy.com - Exert travelers are not born—rather, frugal travelers are made from the sum of their experiences, both good and bad. Despite my ease today aboard aircraft and at locations both foreign and domestic, many of my prior experiences have not always been pleasant or fun. Instead, I have discovered that life is the hardest teacher, because […]