Bicoastal Disney Openings, Visiting Liverpool With A Beatle, A New Way To Search for Flights & More

And here it is, Sunday again. Hope y’all have had a good week! Here are some travel articles we’ve recently seen that we think you may enjoy.

  • Nick at Frequent Miler wrote about a new search function on one of my favorite websites, Google Flights. You’re now able to search for airfares that allow you to put a carry on bag in the overhead bin. So it’ll eliminate basic economy fares that don’t allow bin access and add the bag charge to flights that charge extra for the privilege (like Spirit and Frontier).
  • Caroline from Frugal Travel Guy wrote about the best places to stay in Cuba on points and miles. The hotels available for points redemption are slim if you are an American who can even visit under the current travel restrictions. Personally, I’d strongly suggest staying at a casa particular instead of a chain resort. You can go to any island in the Caribbean and stay at a resort. If you’re going to Cuba, spend some time with the people. You’ll never forget it.
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Sharon & Joe in Havana, March 2016

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How Disney Workers Feel About Their Jobs, Google’s Messing With Travel Software & More

It’s been a busy week in the world of travel and particularly in regards to points and miles. The Daily Getaways sales are happening, well daily. Hotels are launching their promos for the next few months and a huge announcement from Marriott and SPG about the future of their programs is imminent.

Here’s what else happened this week that caught my eye:

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How To Find Cheap Airfare

We’ve seen several people who have mentioned looking for advice to find cheap airfare, so we knew it was a topic we needed to address. Not knowing exactly how to start this post, I did what most people would do when asking the question, “How do I find cheap airfare?” I asked the interwebs.

The first few hits were from Online Travel Agencies like Expedia and Kayak. Not exactly what I was looking for. The next few hits were articles, so I checked out what they had to say and I found the same tips on several of these websites:

  • Be flexible with your travel dates
  • Be flexible about where you want to go
  • Fly budget airlines

Nope, nope and nope. So much for that approach.

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The Prices For Flights Drives Me Insane

I’ve booked a fair amount of airfare over the years and always try to get the best price for the flights I wanted. At first I used a program called Easy SAABRE (anybody else remember that one?), that linked into the same system used by travel agents to book flights. I remember the amazement in my travel agent’s voice when I would call her and feed her the flights I wanted to take and told her what the price should come out to be.

Alas, the days of IBM PC computers, 2400 baud modems and airlines changing fares once a week are long gone. Now prices can change from one second to the next, depending if there’s a change of any one of many factors that go into the formula the airline uses to set their price.

So how do you beat the system?

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Five Reasons Why I Was Going to Book A Flight On Allegiant, & Five Reasons Why I Didn’t

I’ve flown on a bunch of different domestic airlines in my lifetime. Off the top of my head, I’ve flown on Delta, United, American, JetBlue, Virgin America, Southwest, Alaska, Hawaiian, Silver, Continental, US Airways, Eastern, America West, TWA, Northwest, People’s Express, TED, Song and Midwest Express (am I showing my age?). So when it came to booking a flight on Allegiant, why did I have second thoughts? Continue reading “Five Reasons Why I Was Going to Book A Flight On Allegiant, & Five Reasons Why I Didn’t”