How To NOT Earn Points & Miles, Restaurants’ “Resort Fee,” When Airlines Do Nice & Thoughtful Things, & More!

Happy Wednesday 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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At This Rate, I’m Going To Have Free Credit Monitoring For My Entire Life

Sorry to make a joke about a serious matter but at this point, what else can we do when it comes to the security of our personal data? The latest apparent data breach comes from Capital One but what difference does it make if it’s a bank or retailer like Target, a travel company such as Starwood (Marriott) or even a firm like Equifax who probably knows more about us than we do? Whoever it’s from, that’s some part of your personal information out there on the “dark web.” Does anyone even know what that means? If it’s so dark and secret how come banks claim they can do a search to find your information? If your info is on the ones that they know about, imagine how much is on the really hidden ones.

I’d bet that by this point, some information about everyone is out there for those who know how to find it. Anyone’s Hilton or IHG accounts been hacked? Know where that information comes from? The really dark web.

What can we do? We’re obviously not going to stop using the internet, buying things online, traveling or using banks.

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Being Perfect Doesn’t Feel As Good As I Thought It Would

Perfection. Whether you’re a gymnast, ice skater, high diver, bowler or even a student getting back your exam, there’s just something special about getting a perfect score.

For some in the points and miles world or even those who care about their credit score, there’s something special about getting a perfect credit score. Now, having a perfect credit score doesn’t get you anything. I’m sure that there are those who would argue that if you have a perfect score then you’re leaving plenty of opportunities on the table.

Having a perfect score doesn’t open any doors for offers that a good or great score doesn’t provide. You’ll still be approved, or denied, for credit based on the criteria each bank applies to new requests.

So I never really paid that much attention to our scores, just a causal check every month or so to make sure something funky isn’t going on.

Imagine my surprise when I saw this.

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