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:
Over the past decade or two, bedbugs have become a significant issue at every level of hotel stays, from fleabag hotels to Airbnbs to Disney hotels to hostels to the Waldorf=Astoria. These tiny, brown bugs get their name from their habit of feeding on humans while they sleep in their beds, causing welts or even rashes on the skin of their victims. Unfortunately, they move quickly and are excellent hitchhikers, so it’s easy for them to wind up in your clothes and luggage, putting you at risk for bringing them with you on your continued travels, and even to your home.
Obviously, some hotels manage to keep their bedbug problem quiet. Others, especially ones with well-known brand names, make it to national news.
There are a few ways to find out if your hotel has had reports of bed bugs. Like these…
A fact you learn when you get started with miles and points is that the earning part is relatively easy. You don’t have to learn a lot to get going and jumpstart those balances. This can cause problems down the line if you get too enthusiastic so here’s a list I made of what you should do if you’re rather new to the game.
Redeeming your miles and points for rewards can be a bit more difficult. For starters, there’s the availability problem. Unless you’re in a fixed value program like Southwest or JetBlue, not all flights have award tickets available.
Even if you find an available flight, if you have transferrable points there are numerous programs you have access to, and each of them might charge a different amount of miles and fees for the same award ticket.
If you can keep track of every award in every program, good for you. I know I can’t. But that’s not as much of a problem as it used to be…
New York City has a lot of cool, old buildings that go as far back as 1652, and I personally love to find pictures of what they looked like when they were being built (well, maybe not the one from 1652 LOL), or were still very new. I enjoy seeing how they may have changed over time, not to mention what the surrounding neighborhood looked like in the background. You know, stuff like this:
The problem was that if I was walking around NYC, I could rarely learn about the building as I was walking around. At least, not with stopping to look it up. And if I waited until I got back to the hotel or home, I’d forget what I was going to look up or I couldn’t appreciate seeing the old photos with the real thing right in front of me.
But it looks like someone has fixed that problem…
Walt Disney World (WDW) is gearing up for its 50th anniversary and lots of people are looking forward to everything the park has in store to celebrate that monumental occasion.
Other people are using the birthday to look back on the past five decades in terms of how WDW has changed. Or maybe you’re like me and are simply more into the retro stuff.
If you’re in the latter group, you may be in luck. I recently found a website that has tons and tons of vintage WDW photos, audio, video and general info. Take a look…