This is a question we hear quite often when we fly to nearby locations. “Why didn’t you just drive?” It’s a legitimate question and I agree there are several advantages to driving in comparison to flying. You don’t have to deal with the hassle of the airport. You aren’t on such a strict schedule, so if you’re running late you won’t miss your flight. You can bring everything you want with you, including food, clothes and your pillow without worrying about how heavy your suitcase will be. But driving also has its own perils, since it’s no fun to be sitting on a highway in a traffic jam or trying to drive through a blinding rain (or snow) storm.
There are several factors that can influence your decision. The cost of flying vs. driving is an important one. This is compounded if you have a family because, for example, four airline tickets cost twice as much as two tickets. If you drive, you’d also have to figure out the cost of gasoline and the wear and tear on your car (or the cost of a rental car if you don’t trust your vehicle for a long drive).
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Since we started writing Your Mileage May Vary, several of our friends have started collecting points and miles. I feel a level of satisfaction when they’re able to go on that first award trip, partially because of our help. Just like any mentor, occasionally we’ll get a question about a topic where we don’t know the answer. While I could just say that I really don’t know about that, I like to use these situations to learn about things I hadn’t focused on before. Such was a question about how to combine points from two different bank programs.
While the answer may seem obvious if you’ve been collecting points and miles for a while, for someone just starting out this can be very confusing.
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Remember the time when radio was free? True, we had to listen to commercials but that was a little price to pay to listen to the same 10 songs over and over and over again.
Today, we can listen to whatever music we want, wherever we want. At home, at work, in the car, at the gym or even when while traveling anywhere around the world, our music is only as far away as our connected device. This convenience comes at a price, a subscription (or multiple subscriptions) to music streaming services. Isn’t that worth not having to listen to annoying commercials or that one song that’s amazingly popular but you just can’t stand?
Like any recurring expense, you should be trying to maximize the rewards you earn for all the money you spend on online music subscriptions and satellite radio. There used to be one card to rule them all in this category, and it doesn’t even have an annual fee.
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Two days before we were due to fly on American Airlines from Orlando to New York, Sharon’s phone rang. We’re generally not ones to answer our phones (Note from Sharon: As a meme I recently saw said, “The best time to call me is in a text message”) and when a random call comes in from an 800 number, it’s a definite direct-to-voicemail call for both of us. For some reason, I had Sharon’s phone in front of me and after the first call went to voicemail, the phone rang again from the same number. I was at my computer so I Googled the number (800-433-7300).
At first glance, my heart dropped. Why would American Airlines be calling us two days before our flight? I imagined the worst, like our flight was canceled because of the 737 MAX schedule changes. I picked up the phone.
“Hello, Sharon’s phone. This is Joe. How can I help you?”
That’s not how I answered but it has to be extraordinary circumstances for me to pick up a call on her phone.
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I’m usually pretty good at updating apps on my phone. At least once a week, I go to the iPhone App store and click on “Update All.” I’m not always thrilled with what some apps change (HELLO, FACEBOOK!!!) but I know the new versions are supposedly more secure, faster, blah, blah, blah.
The one set of apps I try to always keep updated are the ones on my travel pages. Before a trip, I make sure each one works and has my current log in information. Note that I said I “try” to keep them updated. Since we don’t rent cars very often, I tend to be a little more lax about keeping the car rental ones up to date.
I just made a reservation with Hertz after I received an Autoslash alert for a rate $60 less than any other price I found. I provided my Hertz number during the rental process but I wanted to make sure the reservation was on my account.
I tried to open the app. Crash. Try again. Crash.
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