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Who Knew? You Can Buy an Empty Middle Seat For More Space on All the Big US Airlines

Jun 24 2018

The single most important factor in whether or not you have a good flight is having an empty seat next to you. The food or snacks seem better. Flight attendants seem friendlier. It’s less stressful overall.

So regardless of your size, if you feel more comfortable buying extra space, it’s something to consider especially when the price is right. Airlines don’t just sell extra legroom seats — who knew they sell extra width too?

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Why Locals Can’t Eat on United’s Marshall Islands Flights That Are Over 4 Hours

Jun 24 2018

First Hawaiian bank, owned by a French banking group, is pulling out of its relationship with domestic banking there due to regulatory risk even though there’s no indication of money laundering. This makes cashing paychecks from the US military base problematic.

Western Union has one branch in the capital, which may leave residents taking a trip hundreds of miles by boat or air to receive funds from the rest of the world.

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Cut Your Airline Telephone Hold Time With This One Weird Trick

Jun 23 2018

Southwest, Delta and United telephone customer service has been compared to ringing up the IRS.

During irregular operations, bad weather events, calling an airline is much worse than usual – because everyone else is calling too. I’m used to hearing that “we’re experiencing unusually high call volumes” all the time as an excuse for not investing in customer service. It’s actually true during storms or other outages.

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United Handing Out Gift Cards and Miles at the Gate to Promote Credit Card Awareness

Jun 23 2018

I’m a big fan of creative and even guerrilla marketing efforts, especially when it’s travel companies getting attention by giving away value to their customers.

Last year Barclays and Mastercard promoted the American Airlines card with in-airport cooking and golf demonstrations with giveaways for cardmembers. United is doing something bigger.

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Deal of the Year Through This Weekend Only 90,000 Points for $300 (1/3 of a Cent Per Point!)

Jun 23 2018

You can earn 90,000 Avios for under $300. Iberia is giving out 9,000 Avios per trip for up to 10 trips. That’s amazing considering there’s no minimum fare involved. Iberia is honoring this deal and in practice you won’t even need to take the flights.

More importantly this deal scales. Have a family of 7 or lots of friends? You could earn 630,000 points for ~ $2000.

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What’s Overrated/Underrated in Travel

Jun 22 2018

Underrated doesn’t mean something is the best, just that it’s better than commonly appreciated. Overrated doesn’t mean it’s not good — or even great — just that it isn’t as good as people in general seem to think.

Overrated or underrated is about lowering or raising the status of things. It’s about whether you think people in general regard it too highly, or not highly enough, relative to its actual worth.

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