Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both 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.
- We spend a lot of time talking about how to earn as many points and miles as you can for your travels and why it pays to diversify your balances. But what if you already have enough miles for the trips you want to take? Greg from Frequent Miler writes about this situation and why he’s looking to cashback cards (but maybe you shouldn’t).
- There’s nothing quite like the feeling of watching the plane door close and you have an empty seat (or two) in your row. But what if the person sitting in the middle seat doesn’t want to move to the open aisle seat? When this happened on a flight to Summer (Mommy Points), she jotted down some unwritten rules of the middle seat.
- Getting your points stolen is never fun. Some hotels have a larger problem with fraud than others but IHG, which only protects your account with a four-digit PIN, is one of the worst offenders. Michael W Travels writes about how he noticed 140,000 IHG points were stolen while checking accounts with Awardwallet (which is one of the five reasons you should be using that website).
- Our big trip of 2020 was supposed to be going to Tokyo for the Olympics but we eventually decided against it because of the crowds, high cost of tickets and problems with getting a hotel. While some people might welcome these challenges, we decided to still travel to Japan, but during a different time of year. I’m happy with that decision after reading on Miles to Memories about Ryan’s problems finding a place to stay and feeling happy about finding an Airbnb over an hour away. I hope he took our advice about the things to know before booking with Airbnb.
- Gary from View From the Wing shares information from an interview with a Marriott executive who says, like it or not, they’re stuck with the name Bonvoy. I’d agree that it’s not the name that everyone has a problem with, but the constant devaluations to the program and the horrible implementation throughout the Marriott/Starwood merger. If they fix that, everyone will stop being obsessed over getting #Bonvoyed.
- Ben from One Mile at a Time writes about the Stand Up To Cancer plane from American Airlines. For a small donation, you could add a name to the plane and over 22,000 people did just that. The plane is painted and you can now search to see where the name you put on the plane is located.
- Jon from No Mas Coach writes about a new partnership between Hyatt and Lindblad Expeditions where you can both earn Hyatt points and redeem points for any of Lindblad’s travel packages. If you’ve ever wanted to go to Antarctica, it only will take about 1 million Hyatt points. Or if you’re just going to pay the $15,000 for the trip, that will get you 75,000 Hyatt points.
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