Hello and happy Sunday, 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, so we’re passing them along.
- A few months ago I didn’t care about Capital One. Their application process was vague, and they denied cards for people with good credit and few new applications. All of that changed with the Venture X card, which I think is such a good card that both Sharon and I signed up. Capital One keeps improving, adding new, unique partners and transfer bonuses. However, it’s still a program with a learning curve since there are no direct US airline partners.
- We all make travel mistakes. For example, I once booked flights to and from the wrong airport. When you’re making travel plans, it’s easy to keep looking for better options. I prefer to lock in a suitable itinerary but I’ll keep looking for a better one. Learn that you’ll spend time researching flights and hotels that you’ll never use. However, if that better option opens up, don’t forget to cancel your original plans or you could end up losing 50,000 Avios.
- Airport hotels tend to get a bad name. Of course, there are exceptions like the TWA Hotel at JFK and this Hyatt at Orlando Airport. They serve a purpose, giving passengers a place to stay when they have an early flight or overnight layover. If your stay is planned, you can research and find a place that has recently undergone renovations and has a reliable hotel shuttle. However, if your flight is canceled or you miss your connection due to weather delays, you’re at the mercy of the travel gods. If the delay is the airline’s fault, they may provide a voucher for a night at a local hotel. If you’ve ever wondered, here are some reasons why airlines send people to the worst hotels.
- There are plenty of articles, videos, TikToks, Tweets and IG Live showing the first-class flights and luxury suites you can book using points and miles. Unless you make your living making that travel content, you’ll be lucky if you’re able to take one trip like that in a year. Most redemptions are for more mundane travel, like flying to your niece’s baby shower. I’m glad people use points the same way we do, to visit friends and family. And if I could tell people who have points in their accounts one thing, it would be to spend those points however you want if it gets you where you want to go. Stop worrying about what others think about how you’re using your points.
- Whether due to our roots in the area, our love of Broadway shows or craving for some authentic pizza and bagels, we visit New York often. We usually stay in the theater district, and one of the hotels we’ve stayed at most often is the Sheraton New York Times Square. We’ll be looking out for any changes because the property was just sold for $356 million. As part of the deal, the hotel will no longer be operated by Marriott but will operate as a franchise property. IMHO, Marriott nickeled and dimed guests by charging a $25 destination fee so I don’t see how another company could find a way to add more fees.
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