Using A Debit Card for Car Rentals, The Airport Restaurant Designed by Walt Disney Imagineering, & More…

It’s the last weekend of 2017, y’all! Like many of you, I’m pretty much ready to let 2017 exit the building and maybe even let the door hit it on its behind as it leaves. Here’s to hoping that 2018 will be our best year yet!

Anyway, here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:

This week Joe wrote about:

Sharon wrote about:

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Starbucks at Orlando Int’l Airport Reopens, Soon To Sell Beer & Wine

If you’ve traveled through Orlando International Airport (MCO) in recent months, you know that it’s been going through a LOT of construction. Besides being in the midst of building Terminal C (its much-needed garage is already ready and in use!), the walkways between the two X-ray areas have been updated and the ticket lobbies and monorails are in the midst of renovations, as well. Some of the airport’s eateries are also going through some changes; for example, a Firehouse Subs opened at the main terminal food court last week.

However the renovation news that excited me most came from MCO’s Twitter the other day. Continue reading “Starbucks at Orlando Int’l Airport Reopens, Soon To Sell Beer & Wine”

Why You Should Diversify Your Points & Miles, The TSA’s Recommendations for Traveling During the Holiday + More!

Happy Saturday-before-Christmas, friends! If you need a break from last-minute holiday happenings, here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:

This week Joe wrote about:
•    How planning for intra-Europe flights was an OCD nightmare come true.
•    What to do if you get sick while at Universal Orlando.
•    When we stayed up the road from an active volcano.
•    The bonus points system Hilton Hotels will have in early 2018.
•    Why you need to diversify your miles and points portfolio.

Sharon wrote about:
•    Google Maps’ latest enhancement, a public toilet indicator app.
•    An airline doing good in a time of travel tragedy.
•    The new water park that’s coming to Central Florida.
•    The TSA’s recommendations for flying during the holidays – and it’s FUNNY!
•    Her report on Bagrider: the carry-on bag that doubles as a baby stroller.

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Free Flights To Australia, “Leaked” 2018 Starwood Promotions, & Other Posts We Liked

From getting the OK to steal something from the plane, to how Uber & Lyft are cutting into airport profits, to some of the coolest lazy rivers anywhere, here are some stories we saw this week that we thought were interesting. We hope you will, too:

  • If you want to “steal” the salt and pepper shakers from Virgin Atlantic, The Points Guy is reporting that this week they say it’s OK. Happy holiday season!
  • View From The Wing wrote that if your name is Sydney or Houston, United may fly you to Australia for free.
  • Protect your valuables when traveling, especially in South America, because Loyalty Lobby reports that your phone could be stolen from right out of your hand.
  • Sharon and I love lazy river rides. Here’s a list of Hyatt resorts, compiled by Mommy Points, that have some great ones (and some even have Flowriders!).
  • The New York Times is reporting that ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft are cutting into airport profits by reducing the number of people parking at the airport (apparently they haven’t checked out the parking situation at MCO recently).
  • Some details of the Starwood promotion for 2018 “leaked” this week, as per One Mile At A Time.
  • Pizza In Motion wrote about a new Google Maps enhancement that will be awesome for travelers. Problem for me is I might be a little too OCD to trust it. 😉
  • I know of friends who have MoviePass and love it. Frequent Miler wrote about a great deal on a MoviePass membership from Costco.
  • I never got into collecting Plenti points but as per Travel Codex, it looks as if the program’s days are numbered.
  • Traveling the world sounds exciting, but remember that you may be caught on a remote tropical island when the once-a-week plane is cancelled. It happened to Rapid Travel Chai.

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Dumb Joke Diverts Plane, Some Best Way To Use Points & Miles + More…

From IHG’s free night certificates, to Gwen Stefani’s patdown to 2 Americans getting arrested for skinny dipping at a temple in Thailand & posting it on Instagram, here are some stories we saw this week that we thought were interesting. We hope you will, too:

  • Never settle for the average. Many websites publish values what points and miles are “worth,” but this post from Loyalty Traveler looks at them a different way: what points and miles can get you if used properly. The list includes some programs often ignored like Choice, Best Western and Carlson.
  • Here’s a post from Doctor of Credit about the best uses of the IHG free night certificate from their credit card. I just used ours at the Intercontinental in Chicago and I think it’s one of the most valuable credit card benefits around.
  • I know some people think they’re such the comedian, but as View From The Wing reports, airports and airplanes (or anywhere for that matter) are not the place for “hilarious” bomb related jokes.
  • And while you’re at it, if you drop trou at a temple in Thailand, don’t post your pictures to Instagram until after leaving the country. Or even better, don’t go disrespecting Thai Temples in the first place. Thanks to Loyalty Lobby for this post.
  • Looks like someone read our review of how cool the Pan Am Experience dinner is. The Points Guy says that Chrissy Teigen just had her birthday party on board (we must have misplaced our invitation) with her husband, John Legend, and friends Kayne and Kim in attendance.
  • Keeping on the celebrity news, even they get hassled by the TSA. Here’s a video from TMZ showing Gwen Stefani getting a pat-down before her flight.
  • And one more celebrity (or at least a person with influence) story. Several posts popped up about a case of a drunk passenger making sexual comments to a passenger and the airline crew not wanting to get involved. I’m sure this happens quite often but when it happens to Mark Zuckerberg’s sister (yes, that Mark Zuckerberg’s sister), the airlines tend to notice when you publish your complaint letter on Facebook. Wandering Aramean suggested one approach of how to make this an issue the crew would have had to deal with if the plan has not left the gate, and Pizza in Motion wrote a few thoughts on what limited options airlines have once the flight is in the air.

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