Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
- Oh, United Airlines. When will you ever learn? After trying to shut down a website called Skiplagged, that helps people find lower airfares, and losing in court, United has now resorted to trying to
extortcollect the fares they feel are due to them directly from passengers after the flights were completed. No Mas Coach has a great article about what Skiplagged does (and why airlines hate them) and the threats United have issued to some of their most loyal passengers. Now I’ve never used the website (just because I’ve never found any lower fares on their site) but I think United is going a bit too far, considering their recent history.
- Not all travel goals need to be glamorous. Travel to make your happy! I was reminded of that when reading a post from The World According To Dev about taking a girls weekend to Texas. While I’m super jealous she got to visit the Magnolia Silos (from Fixer Upper), I loved reading about someone else using travel to connect with friends and family.
- Walt Disney World News Today, as well as other Disney-related rumor sites, are reporting that Spaceship Earth is going to close for two years, to allow for a major overhaul of the Epcot attraction. Not that the ride doesn’t need it, but keep in mind that, like many other Disney-related “news” sites, this is nothing but rumor until The Walt Disney Company makes an announcement about it. As of this writing, they have not.
- James from One Mile at a Time wrote about how Allegiant Air was recently fined $225,000 for failing to keep their planes cool enough during delays while sitting on the tarmac. During several instances, temperatures outside the plane were over 100 degrees and they didn’t turn on the AC inside the plane. Just add this to the reasons we’ll never fly on Allegiant.
- Emily From Million Mile Secrets, an Austin, TX local, shared her five places to visit in the city. We’ve done a few of them and some others just aren’t our thing. As much as I’d want to try Franklin’s BBQ, I can’t bring myself to wait in line that long when there’s Lockhart less than a hour away.
- Ric from Loyalty Traveler just visited two of The Club lounges in San Jose and Atlanta. It’s important to read about each lounge before visiting because I’ve found large differences in the quality of these lounges. The Club lounges in Orlando are both nice but the one we visited in Las Vegas was depressing.
- Universal Orlando Resort is offering a sweet deal to select Florida residents, with 3 months free on newly purchased or renewed 2- or 3- park Seasonal and Power passes, and 6 months free on newly purchased renewed 2- or 3-park Preferred and Premiere passes. For renewals, passes must expire between Oct. 4, 1018 and April 4, 2019. I called and asked about us poor shlubs whose passes expire after April 4, 2019 and it’s pretty much, “Too bad, so sad.”
- Road Warriorette shares her favorite apps to use when traveling for business. I found several of the same apps I like to use when traveling but while I always load my Netflix before leaving the house, I’ve never mentioned it in one of my lists of essential travel apps. That’s something I’ll fix in the future.
- Doctor of Credit posted about the current Starbucks Bingo promotion. I love reading the comments of posts like this because people are always trying to find a way to hack the requirements to complete the tasks with the least possible spend.
- And lastly, I share a post from Lucky at One Mile at a Time. After a really bad experience, have you ever received an automated email wanting you to rate “How’d We Do?” I’ve received a few and thought “Oh, you just sent this email to the WRONG PERSON! Here’s what I really think about you!” Lucky just received one of those emails after a terrible experience on American Airlines. In all, I think he was really fair with his comments. Working in customer service, I can confirm that if all you do is complain, then your comments will most likely be ignored. If you’re fair and honest, there’s a chance your comments will get through.
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