Flying + Saudi Arabia Airlines + Ramadan = Fascinating!

I don’t know about you, but I love to learn when I travel. And since traveling often means meeting people from all different backgrounds, I’ve discovered that I love learning more about what these “different from me” people consider to be important and, of course, as is often the case, that includes their religion. So from my own active researching as well as reaching out to ask friends who practice, I’ve learned a little bit about many of the major and not-so-major religions around the world – what’s done, why they’re done, etc. I think it’s made me a more well-rounded person and helps me keep a more open mind about those who are not the same as me.

Anyway, as I write this, it’s just past the halfway through Ramadan (May 26 – June 24). To grab a quote from History.com:

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Southwest Airlines’ Twice-A-Year $49 Sale is NOW!

If you follow Southwest Airlines’ prices with any consistency, you know they have sales on a pretty regular basis. But twice a year they offer what I like to call The Mother Of All Sales and RIGHT NOW is the time! From today until this Thursday, June 8th, they’re offering a 3-day sale that could potentially allow you to fly for less than $100 (or just 4,660 Rapid Rewards points), round-trip! Here’s more info:
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Our Weekly Recap 5/28/17 – 6/3/17

Hello, friends! In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of our posts this week:

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Flight Attendants Speak Out on Safety, Conditions In The Cabin (& Their Pet Peeves, Too!)

If you’ve flown from Point A to Point B in the past few years (and if you’re reading this, chances are good that you have, and even quite possibly have gone from Point A to Point B to Point C to Point D and then reversed it with Points E, F and G before getting back to Point A…AND you went First Class with a flat bed and a shower and a Reflexology session…AANNDD you paid for it with frequent flyer miles that you earned by charging 8 bazillion dollars on your credit card ☺), you know that flying is more stressful that it used to be. There’s the traffic on the way to the airport, trying to find a parking space, standing on line at TSA, going through X-ray, possibly getting patted down at X-ray, possibly having your carry-on searched at X-ray, waiting for your plane, waiting even longer for your plane when it’s Screen Shot 2017-05-26 at 8.45.52 PMdelayed, standing in a cattle call atmosphere until your section is called and being told there’s no room for your carry on so you have to gate check it. Then you finally get on the plane and it takes forever to get to your row because the guy in 24C is trying to get something out of his bag in the overhead, you’re squished into your middle seat for what could be several hours, there’s a screaming baby is behind your left shoulder, his older brother is kicking your seat incessantly, and the woman next to you has taken her shoes off and is eating a tuna sandwich, while the guy on the other side of you has only periodically stopped coughing and sniffling so he can spit his chewing tobacco into an empty Gatorade bottle that he has placed between the two of you. Granted, not everyone has to go through every aspect of that process, but most people have experienced at least some of those on just about every single trip. So yeah, it’s stressful. And when people are stressed, their sense of niceties can sometimes go out the window, things can become tense, and suddenly cell phone videocameras get turned on. The friendly skies are really not so friendly anymore, are they?

Four flight attendants who are members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA were on the Today Show to discuss, among other things, conditions, safety and reducing Continue reading “Flight Attendants Speak Out on Safety, Conditions In The Cabin (& Their Pet Peeves, Too!)”

Did I book a flight in Basic Economy?

As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently had to book flights for us on routes that offered Basic Economy fares. After studying up on what the restrictions were for each airline and taking into consideration the details of each trip, I decided to book the basic fare for one of the trips and paid the extra money for “regular” economy for the other.

The following is a breakdown of how I made my decisions:

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For Newbies: When An Airline Breaks Something In Your Luggage

I went to New York with a friend not long ago, just for a couple of days, to see a bunch of Broadway shows. We were only going to be out of town from Tuesday to Friday morning, for about 70 hours total, so we were able to get away with just using carry-on luggage, thereby saving us the time of having to pick up our luggage from baggage claim, as well as the worry of them losing our bags or breaking something in them.

Since I grew up in Brooklyn and Staten Island, whenever I’m in Manhattan, the times when we’re not in shows are generally dedicated to food – either the yummy things, like Continue reading “For Newbies: When An Airline Breaks Something In Your Luggage”

Credit Card Review: Citi Prestige

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I’ve talked about the American Express Everyday Preferred before, as it’s one of our wallet go-to cards. The Citi Prestige isn’t a card I use for everyday purchases but instead is more of a “special teams player,” wherein I will pull it out of the drawer when I make specific purchases for the benefits it provides.

The Citi Prestige is one of the premium credit cards on the market and you need to have good credit to be approved for one. It also carries a hefty $450 annual fee. I’m willing to pay the fee for this card because of the benefits I get from it: Continue reading “Credit Card Review: Citi Prestige”