What Is The Southwest Airlines Companion Pass?

Southwest is one of our favorite airlines and we’re not alone. They have a business model that’s easy to understand. They don’t charge for you to bring a bag on the plane and you also get two free checked bags per passenger. Southwest planes only have one class of service so there’s no paying extra to get a seat in the extra legroom section and no first class to upgrade into.

Not to be left behind the other carriers who throw perks at the business travelers as thanks for their loyalty, Southwest tries their best to compete but there’s only so much they can offer. The after 25 flights in a year you become an A-List member which allows you stand-by for an earlier flight for free and provides priority boarding, meaning you get a spot at the beginning of the A boarding group and are the first one to pick whatever seat you want on the plane (exit row, bulkhead). After 50 flights, you are A-List Preferred and now can get free WiFi. But Southwest saves their best perk for those who fly with them the most often… Continue reading “What Is The Southwest Airlines Companion Pass?”

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The Different Flavors of American Express Charge Cards

Today, American Express offers a wide range of cards that are intended to appeal to all types of consumers. Their consumer credit business started back in 1958 with the original American Express card, which became the Green card. In 1966, the Gold card was introduced and eventually, the Platinum card joined the family in 1984.

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In the last 35 years, the only other American Express charge card introduced is the Centurion (Black) card. Since that one is exclusive and only open by invitation, for this comparison I’m going to stick to the cards anyone can apply to get.

It’s true that American Express offers many other cards (sixteen others if my counting is correct), but those cards are credit cards while the original cards are still, essentially, charge cards.

What’s the difference? I’m glad you asked!

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What Not To Do When Earning Points & Miles, The Horrible Thing About Google Fi, Travel Dad Of The Year, & More

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.

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Fart Smell Causes Plane Evacuation, 2 Words Ruining Travel Industry, The Onion Satirizes Disney Parks & More

Happy Saturday friends, and hooray, it’s finally the weekend! 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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Now Is The Best Time To Use Your Travel Credits

Now is the time. Now is the best time! (if you’re familiar with that song, you’re welcome for the ear worm)

Reading travel websites and groups is always interesting around the end of the year. Out of all of them, one type of post just irks me more than all the others. It’s the post written between December 29-31 that reads something like this:

I still have $ XX.XX left as a credit on my XXXXXXXX card. How can I spend the money before the end of the year and make sure I get the credit?

Really? Really? You had 363 days to use the credit and you waited until the last minute to try and use it?

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