Is This Bank Sexist?, When NOT To Go To A Hotel, Something For Free If You Use Mastercard, & 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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Changes For JetBlue, Amex & Hilton, Kids Are FREE Into Shows, Chase Says They Won’t Close Account, But…, & 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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You Don’t Know What You’re Missing Out On If You Don’t Use Contactless Payments

The use of contactless payments (or NFC Technology) in the United States is still in its infancy. Most people are familiar with this form of payment from using Apple Pay or Android Pay. We’re still at the point where people pull out their phone or use a watch to pay at the checkout and still have a look of amazement about this magical ability to pay with just a device.

What if I told you that it’s not necessary to fumble around with your phone or supinate your wrist to tap a watch to a reader in order to use contactless payments?

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The Effortless Way To Get The Cheapest Fare For The London Underground

On our first several trips to London, we purchased a single trip or a return (round-trip) ticket every time we rode on the London Underground (or tube). This paper ticket was good for a ride to point A to point B (and back). It wasn’t until 2013 when we decided it would be worthwhile to purchase Oyster cards. While you need to pay a £5 deposit for an Oyster card, these cards can be tapped at the turnstile to enter and exit the London Underground and for travel on bus, tram, DLR, the Emirates Airline, London Overground and National Rail services in London.

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Just as we were so proud of ourselves for adapting to the new technology, that tech started to become extinct. By the time our next trip came around, many passengers were no longer using Oyster cards and instead were either using contactless credit cards or a mobile wallet.

There’s a very good reason to use an Oyster card, contactless credit card or mobile payment instead of purchasing single-use tickets. You’ll save money!

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Chase Cards Are Going Contactless And It’s About Time

Chase bank issued a press release patting themselves on the back about how they’re introducing contactless cards through their entire portfolio of VISA credit cards starting in 2019.  In their words:

In the coming months, millions of Chase customers will benefit from a fast, easy, and secure checkout experience, saving valuable time by completing a transaction with a single tap.

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Contactless cards are nothing new. People in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia have been using them for years and we are the strange ones in the United States who don’t use this technology.

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