Happy Wednesday 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.
AAA. It’s a name synonymous with travel. Most people associate them with the roadside assistance they provide when you have car trouble. But they also provide many other services, some travel-related and others that seem to have nothing to do with automobiles.
For me, my first knowledge of AAA was their TripTik® maps. When we were going on a road trip, we’d tell AAA where we were going and they’d give us a road map with a route highlighted. For an obsessive planner, this was heaven. I remember looking at these things way before I could drive.
Times change and as you know, getting a map to your destination is now as easy as looking at your car’s GPS or pulling up an app on your phone.
Even though we no longer need the maps, I still have my membership and have no intention of getting rid of it. I use my AAA card for several other purposes:
Seemingly out of the blue, I very recently received an email from Delta informing me of their new partnership with Ticketmaster. If you purchase your tickets on Ticketmaster by going through the Delta portal, you’ll receive 1 SkyMile per dollar spent. As a special bonus to celebrate the new partnership, you’ll earn 3 SkyMiles per dollar spent until August 31, 2019.
You have to give Delta some credit. While on one hand they’ve eliminated reward charts and raised prices for awards on their own flights and on partners, they’ve also offered flash sales for award redemptions, higher sign up bonuses for their co-brand credit cards and are now offering a way to earn points that’s different from any other program. They’re at least trying to give the appearance that there’s some value to be had in the program. Your Mileage May Vary as to whether you believe that to be true or not.
To take advantage of this offer, you need to start your ticket purchases on this website:
While I had given up on SkyMiles, they always end up offering just enough to get me interested again.
Disneyland and Walt Disney World have been using biometrics as part of their entry system into the parks since 2013. Biometrics is defined as, “…the technical term for body measurements and calculations. It refers to metrics related to human characteristics. Biometrics authentication is used in computer science as a form of identification and access control.” (thank-you, Wikipedia). In Disney’s case, to enter a park, all guests from age 3+ are requested to scan their ticket media (or your Magic Band) and then place their finger onto a scanner to confirm your ID.
But why do they use this form of identification? Isn’t it a little, well, “invasion of privacy-esque” to have your fingerprint on file? And what do they do with the info?
Well, there’s someone who found out…
Unless you’re buying tickets for lots and lots of days, Disney parks rarely give “good” discounts. Sure, you may be able to save a few percentage points if you buy them with Target gift cards, or get them at a big box outlet. But in general, the only time Disney gives a substantial discount is when they’re working the angle to get more people into the parks, or they’re trying to pocket gate money ahead of time. Or both. I suspect both of these are coming into play for this sale, but really, who are we to look a gift horse in the mouth, right? 😉