Could This Finally Be The Fastest Way To Load A Plane?, Another Flight Infected With Measles, Classic Marriott Hotel Sold, & 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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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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Make Sure To Change This Setting On Your Phone Before Traveling

If you’re like me, there are probably hundreds of functions and settings on your phone that you don’t even know about. When installing an update, it’s easier to just leave the default preferences in place.

The only time I’ll ever go into the settings of my phone is after I read an article that actually explains what a setting means and why it might be a good, or a bad, idea to change things around.

I noticed this new “feature” of my iPhone but at first, I thought it was just a glitch. I knew it wasn’t when I saw someone on Twitter complaining about the same issue and I looked into it some more.

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The List Of Things I Forget To Do Before We Go On Trips

I’m a list writer (Note from Sharon: OMG, is he a note writer!). In fact, to this day I still use a hard copy packing list when getting ready for a trip.

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(Note from Sharon – posted with Joe’s permission. But still…he has to write down to bring underwear and toothpaste? Really? #rolleyes #giggle)

I’ve started to notice that besides the list of things I need to bring with me, I also need a list of the things I need to do before the trip. This is the stuff you don’t want to remember you haven’t done the night before or, even worse, the day of your vacation.

As our lives get busier, the list keeps getting longer because I keep forgetting to do more or more things.

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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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