Many credit cards offer access to a concierge. “So What?” you might ask (I know that’s what Sharon would say) (Note from Sharon: Yup!). Well, a concierge may be able to help with your vacation plans or get tickets for shows or concerts you couldn’t get yourself. Being an obsessive planner, I never found much value added by talking to a concierge. They’ve often just cut and and pasted lists from Yelp! or TripAdvisor for me and that’s something I can do myself. But if you’re the type that’s too busy to look up good restaurants in San Francisco near your hotel, this might be a great service for you.
Global Entry is a program of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service that allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers to receive expedited clearance upon arrival into the United States. In my opinion, it’s a no-brainer decision for any frequent traveler to sign up for this program. The $100 non-refundable application fee is a small price to pay in order to blow past the long immigration lines when returning to the United States. Your Global Entry status is then good for five years. So that’s $20 a year. Where else can you buy VIP treatment for twenty bucks?
What makes this an even better deal is that when you’re approved for Global Entry, you also get a Known Traveler Number (KTN) that gives you access to TSA Pre✓® lanes at domestic airports. This program charges an $85 membership fee if you apply for it separately, so it only costs an extra $15 to get expedited entry when entering the U.S. on international flights (and also some cruise ports and land crossings).
January 1st is a day that most frequent travelers hate to see. It’s when all the airline miles flown and hotel nights stayed over the past year reset to zero and they have to start all over again to try to reach status for the next year. Since I don’t worry about status, the start of the new year means that my travel credits have reset and I have some money to spend. Or do I?
If you have a premium travel credit card (or five of them), hopefully you’re aware of the travel credits offered by these cards. Travel credits, ranging anywhere from $100 to $325, help to offset the lofty annual fees these cards charge. The trick is that you have to use the credits or they expire. To make things more difficult, the charges that are eligible for reimbursement and the procedures to get the credits are different for every card. Another difference between these cards is if the credits go by your membership year or the calendar year.
I just don’t get the metal credit card trend. Maybe it’s because I’m not out to impress anyone with what credit card I’m using. A credit card is something I use so that I can earn miles or points to use for my travel. I couldn’t care if the cashier is impressed about the weight of the card I handed to him/her to make my purchase.
During our most recent travels, we needed to get from Las Vegas to Orange County, California. I found a pair of award seats on Delta for 5,500 miles each, so we decided to fly instead of drive there. I put very little thought into our time at the airport as we were flying out in the morning and were planning to get to the airport just ahead of our flight time. I forgot that we were checking bags and would need to get the airport early. When I checked us in for our flights using Delta’s app, it automatically checked us in for our flight, I had no idea how to add our luggage fee so I’d have to pay at the airport. Fearing a long line, we left extra early for our flight.
This meant that after checking in (a quick process thanks to the helpful Delta agents at LAS) we were through TSA Pre✓® and at the D Concourse of Terminal 1 with 45 minutes before our flight would board. Plenty of time to stop in a lounge and relax.
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When applying for a credit card you’ll usually see a place to add authorized users. The banks will phrase it like “ADD UP TO FIVE PEOPLE TO YOUR ACCOUNT FOR NO EXTRA CHARGE!” If you do this, the bank will send credit cards for everyone. Great, right? Maybe, maybe not. Here’s a quick rundown of what an authorized user is and why it may be a good, or a bad, idea to add one to your account.
Hi y’all and if you’re reading this in the United States, happy Labor Day weekend! Here’s a quick recap of our posts from the past week:
Joe wrote about:
- What each of the major rental car companies offer when you sign up for their respective programs.
- National Car Rental’s “One Two Free” promotion.
- The upcoming hotel promotions for this winter season and why it’s a good idea to sign up for their respective programs ahead of time.
- Our experience of flying Delta Basic Economy.
- His review of the American Express Platinum card and if he thought it was worth our renewing.
Sharon wrote about:
- Her review of the PacSafe portable safe.
- Two contests where you could win a free Disney Cruise (they’re legit contests – not hoaxes!)
- How to not be THAT guy/gal/airline/airport.
- A #TBT look back at their last day at Tokyo Disney Sea in April, 2005.
- The controversy of taking kids out of school to go on family vacations.
- Silvercar’s arrival in Orlando, plus a Silvercar sweepstakes!
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