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.
- For as long as I can remember, international flights to Tokyo from the U.S. and other countries landed at Narita airport. While the airport itself is fine, it’s not particularly close to the city. It takes at least an hour to get your hotel (or longer, depending on where you’re staying). Fortunately, more flights are getting to land at the better situated Haneda airport, which was just named “Most Punctual Mega-Airport” for the fourth consecutive year.
- Normally the introduction of a new aircraft would warrant a huge press event and bloggers running to get onto an inaugural flight. But what happens if the airplane launched is one that no airline can fly? One Mile at a Time wrote about that very instance when Boeing finished their first 737 MAX-10 aircraft. While the event was celebrated by the production team, the plane isn’t cleared to fly until Boeing fixes the problems with the 737 MAX.
- There are many things a photograph can reveal that aren’t intentional. Like the time we found out that Mark Zuckerberg puts duct-tape over the microphone and camera on his laptop. Just as telling was the information on the whiteboard behind Amtrak’s CEO when posting a picture online showing the “Big 10” things he’s presumably working on. FYI, Cybersecurity is listed at No. 6.
- There were many posts last week about an offer for a coin from the U.S. Mint. An offer was circulated where a broker offered in advance to buy the coin for about double the retail price. Since you could only buy one and the number was limited, it was assumed the resale value would be above the acquisition price. Well, it turns out the coin was in high demand and Doctor of Credit wrote about how some people reneged on their agreement and went to sell the coin themselves for more money on eBay. While some will say that it was OK for people to get as much money as possible, making a deal and then not following through is shortsighted and may cost you in the future. That’s why I’m a fan of doing things slow and steady.
- Ryan from Miles to Memories wrote a cautionary tale about the dangers of unknowingly opening a credit card. While it might not be a big deal for some people, if it puts you over a limit, like Chase’s 5/24 restriction, it could ruin your carefully laid out plans.
- Matthew from Live and Let’s Fly tried out the new Los Angeles Airport ridesharing lot, called LAXit. It seems that the system is overcoming some of the problems when it launched but it’s still far from a perfect solution to the problem. I still love that when we rented a car at LAX, Silvercar drove to the terminal to pick us up in an Audi and drove us to their off-site location. While they don’t offer this service anymore, it was really cool.
- If you’re traveling over a holiday, hotels will occasionally tack on a charge for a “Mandatory Event” such as a dinner or celebration. Think of it as one more additional fee they can charge. While it wasn’t mandatory, the Residence Inn we were staying at strongly marketed their Thanksgiving Brunch to guests. Travel Update wrote about something worse. A “Gala Dinner” was added to a reservation at a Category 2 Marriott Bonvoy Four Points hotel. Talk about being #Bonvoyed.
- Virgin Cruises hasn’t even launched its first ship yet, but that’s not stopping them from expanding. Their second ship, Valiant Lady, is set to start 7-night voyages around the Mediterranean from Barcelona, Spain in May 2021. That’s around a year after their first ship, Scarlet Lady, starts sailing from Miami, FL for Caribbean itineraries.
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