If Auckland Airport Can Do This, Why Can’t Our Airports Do It, Too?

Auckland International Airport (AKL) is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand. It serviced over 21,000,000 passengers by their March 2019 year end, which puts it approximately on par with Phoenix (PHX), Houston (IAH) and and Miami (MIA) International Airports in the United States (latest data for them is Dec. 2018). Definitely nothing to sneeze at.

Like many airports, ALK has had an app for several years but it was pretty basic – just flight and parking information. Well, they’ve just done a refresh of the app and I now have airport app envy. Look at everything it can do…

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Earn Airline Miles When Eating Out: Airline Dining Programs Master List

If there’s a single easier way to earn airline miles without flying on an airplane than signing up for a dining program, I’m not aware of it. For those of you who still don’t know about these programs, I’ll provide some information about them, links to their respective websites and what you’ll get to sign up and how much you’ll earn down the line.

The best thing about a dining program is that it’s truly a set it and forget it type of thing. Sure, there are ways to maximize your earnings that I’ll touch on but this is more just a starter (or reminder) for everyone on all the different programs that are out there.

To sign up for any of these dining programs, you’ll first need to be a member of their frequent flyer program. Here’s a link to our article on how to sign up for each one, if you haven’t already done so.

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How To Earn An Easy 1500 Membership Rewards, How To Make Your Hilton Honors Account Harder to Hack, & 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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Check Your AMEX Accounts For These Restaurant Offers

I’ll admit it, I’ve been bad about checking our AMEX Offers recently. Besides the one I used earlier this year to save on a Marriott hotel stay in New York, I haven’t enrolled for any other offer. I guess I was less interested in them since AMEX shut down the ability to sign up multiple cards. That’s no excuse to leave free money on the table so I went and looked at the offers, and boy, there were a bunch of them.

I was particularly happy to see so many restaurant offers since Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is approaching and I’ll be able to stack some of these offers with the special pricing available at restaurants we usually don’t visit.

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Arrrrrgh – A Hacked Credit Card Cost Me Points!!

Whether you’re a points and miles person, a cash back type or even if you only use a debit card, getting your card hacked eventually happens to everyone. Since I have a good amount of cards, I keep a close tab on my accounts looking for any unfamiliar charges. It makes it pretty hard for Sharon to surprise me with any presents, ’cause I see the charge before I get the gift, but that’s a trade-off I’m willing to make.

Back in November, I saw two separate $300 Ticketmaster charges for Orlando Magic tickets on my Sapphire Reserve. We’re not sportsing people and the charges weren’t ours, but since we live in Orlando, Chase’s systems didn’t flag them as fraudulent charges. I went online, filled out the form saying I didn’t make these charges (yay for no direct human contact) and was informed the charges would be removed. They canceled my card, sent me a replacement and a mailer to send back the indestructible metal card. I thought that was the end of the story, and it was, until now.

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