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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Getting The Best Deal On Attraction Tickets in NYC

If you visit New York (or London or Paris, for that matter), there are dozens upon dozens of things for tourists to do.  There are some “all inclusive” passes that include discounted admission into several attractions, but if you’re still figuring out what you want to see, or if a pass has more attractions automatically included that you may not want, how do you know which pass to get, or even if you should get a pass at all? What’s the best deal? Well, as the old saying goes, “There’s an app for that!”

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JetBlue’s Policy Changes, Star Wars Filming Sites Vacations + More…

From an historic hotel’s renovations, to a fun way to get priority boarding, here are some stories we saw this week that we thought were interesting. We hope you will, too:

There are several articles that talked about Christmas this week:

  • The Points Guy showed cities around the world with the most extravagant Christmas light displays.
  • Want to know how to get priority boarding by wearing your ugly Christmas sweater? One Mile at a Time can tell you!
  • Travel and Leisure wrote about how the entire country of New Zealand has an official Secret Santa program.

And in the non-holiday category…

  • Read Doctor of Credit to find out how you can get two entries a day into the Starbucks for Life promotion (Joe’s been doing this daily).
  • Speaking up about problems might get you some extra points or miles and Million Miles Secrets shared a story about that.
  • Joe had the same problem as Frequent Miler with the current AMEX offer with Google Express but he found a solution.
  • Loyalty Lobby wrote about the renovations to the Waldorf=Astoria in New York. It’s been closed for almost a year (right after our visit in early 2016) and they are finally ready to start.
  • Delta/Air France/KLM has new luggage-less transatlantic fares, as per View From The Wing.
  • Deals We Like reported that JetBlue is making big changes to their refund and stand-by policies and they’re not to to the customers’ benefit.

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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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How To Find Reviews & Info About Airport Lounges Around The World

Say you don’t travel that much but you have enough status, or a specific credit card, or are willing to pay to get into airport lounges here and there – which one should you go to? More importantly, which ones SHOULDN’T you go to? Or maybe you’re on the go all the time and wind up at an airport you’re less familiar with and want help in deciding what lounge to visit. Or perhaps you have a favorite lounge in O’Hare but you don’t remember what terminal it’s in. Well, just like nearly everything else in the 21st century, there’s a website for all of that!

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Extended Black Friday Deals, Secret Passwords For Free Stuff, & More…

From how to not lose your credit card points to a cool “buy one, get one free” deal, here are some stories we saw this week that we thought were interesting. We hope you will, too:

  • Many Black Friday hotel deals are actually good through Cyber Monday
    Here’s a master list of all of them, thanks to Deals We Like.
  • We loved our stay at the Kimpton in Chicago. If you’re staying at one of their properties this winter, be sure to give the secret password when checking in for some extra goodies. Check out BaldThoughts for all the info!
  • We’ve read about the most luxurious hotel spas, bathrooms, pools, bedrooms, and lounges but maybe you’re grasping for material when you write about the most luxurious closet. Take a look at Oyster.com for all the closety goodness.
  • If you’re really into miles and points, going to a Frequent Traveler University is the way to take it to the next level. The next one was just announced for Seattle in February and if you decide to go, I’ll see you there. As per Rapid Travel Chai, hey have a Black Friday special going for this weekend, giving you $30 off.
  • View From The Wing gave a great report on the survey that American Airlines did with all of their employees. As someone who is familiar with this type of workplace survey. I’m surprised American did as well as they did.
  • If you know us at all, you can bet we bookmarked this link about quirky museums from The Points Guys for our travels!
  • I was sad to read on Wandr that Eastern Airlines is going away (again). At least we got to fly them to Cuba last year.
  • Just another reason why Canadians are cooler than Americans. They know how to handle a flight delay. Thanks to One Mile At A Time for sharing!
  • One concept that people fail to grasp is that if you cancel a credit card, you need to make sure that you don’t lose your points. Here’s a post from Frequent Miler that tells you what to do for the three major banks.
  • This deal that Doctor of Credit reported may still be available with Chase Pay to get “buy one, get one” movie tickets. I thought it was a such a good deal that it was what I groggily told Sharon about when I woke up from anesthesia.
  • We saw this in-airport flu clinic when we flew from O’Hare this weekend, and now No Mas Coach reported on it. If you haven’t gotten one yet, get your flu shot!

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Changes to Credit Card Programs, Star Wars Pop-Up Bars, & More…

From new military loyalty cards to a report about someone who stayed in a Japanese capsule hotel, here are some stories we saw this week that we thought were interesting. We hope you will, too:

  • Million Miles Secrets reported on Citibank adding Avianca to the Thank You Points program.
  • Star Wars Pop-Up bars are the new thing, and as per Conde Nast Traveler and they appear to be for those with plenty of galactic credits to throw around.
  • As per Frequent Miler, Chase added the ability to transfer directly from Ultimate Rewards to two more valuable partners, Aer Lingus and Iberia.
  • Loyalty Lobby wrote about how SPG is back with their Birth Year promotion. We used this for a stay in Austria and it saved us a bunch of money.
  • On a more negative note, View From the Wing reported that Singapore Airlines is going to start to charge more points for awards on partner airlines.
  • Another downer is that AMEX is not going to offer any Small Business Saturday promotion this year. Oh well, it was good while it lasted. We appreciate One Mile At A Time for letting everyone know.
  • Doctor of Credit reported that Caesars Entertainment launched new loyalty card for military. It also provides discounts at Wyndham Hotels, Norwegian Cruise Line and Hawaiian Airlines.
  • We love stacking multiple offers because it’s a great way to save lots of cash and to earn points, too.  The Points Guy reported on some reader success stories of doing just that!
  • If you enjoy reading about other peoples’ trip reports, Wandering Aramean just posted one about his stay at a capsule hotel in Japan.
  • Finally, in the “OMG, really???” category, No Mas Coach reported on how an Air France flight had to be cancelled due to a passenger who was caught masturbating. Yes, really. And the story of what happened afterwards is even more weird.

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