Five Reasons You Should Be Using AwardWallet

Once you’ve been paying attention to points and miles for a while, it becomes inevitable that you’ll end up with a stack of membership cards from various programs. Airline programs. Hotel programs. Rental car programs. Credit card programs. Dining programs. You name it and I probably have a card for it. One of the services that I find invaluable to keep this all organized is AwardWallet. Here are five things AwardWallet does that’ll make your life easier:

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If You’re At An Airport Or Hotel, Be Wary Of Using These

We’ve written in the past to be aware of these when you’re looking for a way to power up your phone at an airport. Looks like we should all be wary about something else too – and this one is potentially much more malicious.

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Hertz Wants You To Download Their New App, So They Broke The Old One

Hi friends! If you’re looking for the article from BoardingArea newsletter about American Airlines and the impending union battle, CLICK HERE.

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I’m usually pretty good at updating apps on my phone. At least once a week, I go to the iPhone App store and click on “Update All.” I’m not always thrilled with what some apps change (HELLO, FACEBOOK!!!) but I know the new versions are supposedly more secure, faster, blah, blah, blah.

The one set of apps I try to always keep updated are the ones on my travel pages. Before a trip, I make sure each one works and has my current log in information. Note that I said I “try” to keep them updated. Since we don’t rent cars very often, I tend to be a little more lax about keeping the car rental ones up to date.

I just made a reservation with Hertz after I received an Autoslash alert for a rate $60 less than any other price I found. I provided my Hertz number during the rental process but I wanted to make sure the reservation was on my account.

I tried to open the app. Crash. Try again. Crash.

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JetBlue Announcement, Devaluation Of Credit Cards, Disney Haunted Mansion Wedding & 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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What To Do If You Travel To Another Country & Don’t Speak The Language

There was a time, several decades ago, when I had taken Spanish in school for 8 years and could have negotiated my way through a Spanish-speaking country with relative ease. And the first time I went to Japan, in 1994, I studied the basics from a book (Japanese in 10 Minutes A Day – it’s still in print!) for about 6 months before we went so I could converse a little bit. When we went to France back in the day, a friend of ours had a “point to the photo” communication tool that, when not in actual use, we used to play with to make bizarre sentences like, “There is a lobster eating soap in my toilet.” I’ve also been known to bring a small translation book, for excruciating word-by-word translation in the event of an emergency. But that was all back in the 80s and 90s and the electronic age has opened a whole new world in terms of communication in a foreign language. If you’re going to a country where they  generally don’t speak English, here are some of the options that are currently available:

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