American Airlines Offering Status For Nothing, Favorite Eats In Key West, Marriott Making It Harder To Stay With Them, & More!

Hi travel friends! Here are our most popular posts for September 2019. Some of them were actually written before September (heads up that rules and offers change and we can’t guarantee that those older posts are still accurate), so take a look to make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff:

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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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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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How Deleting An App Fixed My WiFi Connection

Getting online at a hotel can be frustrating. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what the WiFi network name is for the hotel. Then when you can connect, you usually have to log in with your credentials. This usually means entering in your name and room number. If you get premium internet, you have to select it even though the login page says you’ll need to pay, the front desk said you won’t be charged and they’re never wrong, right?

But what if you can’t get the box to log into the network to show up. The WiFi signal shows that you’re online but you’re definitely not. I’ve written about the various tricks I’ve learned over the years that have helped us get online.

There are plenty of tips in that article but at the last hotel where we stayed, I was stumped. I was able to log into the hotel network on my MacBook and my iPad Pro but my phone was resisting. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get the login box to pop up.

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