This Might Be The Happiest Airport Employee EVER!

It’s pretty rare to see people who really, REALLY love their job. Oh sure, you’ll sometimes see people who look like they’re OK with what they do, and act accordingly. But you just as often see the ones who look like they haven’t enjoyed their jobs in years. You know the ones I mean – the burnt out ones with the sour pusses and the “customers stink” personalities. The ones who tell you that your carry-on is too big when it isn’t, or whose very lives seem to depend on the two words that are ruining the travel service industry.

One of the exceptions? This guy. And amazingly enough, he works for a place where the sourpusses tend to overpopulate the good employees by a bajillion to one – the airline industry. And if what he does during his job doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will.

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YMMV Travel Deals: Mon., May 21, 2018

When we see travel deals, we always want to spread the word. So as we see them, we make sure to let you know. They run the gamut from hotels to flights to points to miles to car rentals and even stuff you need while you’ll traveling, like equipment, Uber discounts, theme park tickets, food for when you’re on the road, etc.

Heads up that some of these deals might be really limited in time or amount, or some could go on for days or longer. Some deals might be good for some people and not so much for others. There may be better deals out there and we just don’t know about them. We take no responsibility for any transaction you may or may not do; we’re just telling you what’s we’ve seen that’s out there at that very moment and it’s up to you to decide if it’s something useful, beneficial and worth it for you, and if you can take advantage of it before it’s too late.

Here’s what’s out there today:

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How To Time Your Flights So You Save Money On Your Rental Car

Did you know that taking a different flight may save you money on your rental car? It can, because of the way car rental companies figure out your final bill. Unlike other reservations, like hotels, your car rental is calculated using a 24 hour clock. Here’s how that can make a big difference in the price of your rental.

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The Hotels Near Walt Disney World (WDW) Where You Can Use Your Hyatt Credit Card Free Night

Several hotel credit cards give you a free night at one of their establishments every year when you pay the annual fee. The cool thing is this free night benefit is often is worth more than the cost of keeping the credit card, doesn’t require you to spend a certain amount of money on the card, and doesn’t require you to have any points in your account. It’s simply a totally a free night, including tax.

It makes sense to try to get the most value out of the free night and I’ve read articles listing the places around the world where you can get the most expensive room. I decided instead of that approach, I’d look at a place many people travel to each year. Walt Disney World (WDW). If you can stretch your vacation one more day by using a free night, that could be very valuable to you and your family.

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We Flew Delta Basic Economy & Here’s What We Learned. Will We Do It Again?

Flying on a basic economy ticket is still a new thing to most passengers. Delta was the first airline to issue a “basic” ticket starting in 2013 but their current version took effect in February 2015. Delta started slow, only selling the tickets in a select number of markets where they were directly competing with Spirit or Frontier. It wasn’t until November of 2016 that United jumped into the basic economy pool, head first, with their own tickets that had way more restrictions than Delta’s. Not to be left behind, American announced their own basic economy tickets in January of 2017. With all three major carriers offering these restrictive tickets, they began to spread to flights that had no competition with the Ultra Low Cost Carriers. Basic Economy tickets are no longer a niche product but may eventually be sold on every flight.

Since all three airlines’ basic economy tickets come with different restrictions, I did my homework and looked into each of them before booking one. I didn’t want to be like the person next to me on a United flight who was booked on a basic economy ticket by her daughter and was unaware of the restrictions (no seat assignments, no carry on bag). After much deliberation, I decided that we could live with the restrictions that Delta had on their basic economy fare. Now that we’re home, here’s what I learned from our experience.

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Our Dinner at WDW’s Victoria & Albert’s, Hotel Promotions, Airline Flash Sales & More!

And BOOM, it’s the weekend! Woo hoo and HAPPY SATURDAY! Here’s a recap of what we wrote on YMMV this week. From great travel deals to what we’ve written to what others wrote that we really liked and wanted to share, it’s all here, in one convenient place!

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So, About Those Millions of Hotel Key Cards That Were (Are?) Vulnerable To Hacking…

You may have never heard of them, but a company named Assa Abloy is a global provider of electronic key and hotel locking systems, to the tune of 400,000 buildings in roughly 166 countries. And in early 2017, two employees of F-Secure, an international cybersecurity firm, unfortunately discovered that due to a design flaw in the company’s older software, called Vision, the electronic locks of all those millions of hotel rooms worldwide were vulnerable to hackers.

Of course, people have been hacking electronic keys for years, sometimes successfully, sometimes not so much. But this case was different.

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