Hertz Wants You To Download Their New App, So They Broke The Old One

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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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If I Can Earn Points With In-Store​ Purchases, Why Would I Choose Not To?

One of the unwritten rules of travel hacking is never to leave points or miles on the table. At the minimum, you should earn points for your spending but if you can double or triple dip your spending by stacking offers, you need to do that every time. Not doing so means you didn’t earn miles that you were entitled and that’s just not right.

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How is it that I know of a way to earn points with many of my purchases at stores and restaurants but just don’t bother? Because the program (or the phone app associated with it) is just so difficult to work with.

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How To Tell Various Map Apps To Avoid Tolls

There are plenty of driving apps out there. Regardless of which one you use, the most important setting to know is the one telling the app to avoid tolls. On my recent trip to New Jersey, I knew that I’d be traveling through a major toll road area. I set Waze, my preferred map (when I’m traveling somewhere with reliable cell service), to avoid tolls.

The first leg of my trip was easy because, unknown to me, New Jersey has eliminated tolls on the Northbound Garden State Parkway (GSP). Going from my lunch with family to my grammar school reunion was another story; I knew there’d be tolls.

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Update to Staying at WDW With Reward Points, What’s Wrong With B.A., Halloween at Theme Parks & More

Happy Sunday, everyone! Here are some articles we’ve read this week from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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