Category Archives: Airlines

Fake It ‘Til You Make It: How to Sound Like a Seasoned Air Traveler (Even If You’re Not!)

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From experienced world travelers to those completely new at the miles and points game, we all like to sound like we know what we’re doing when speaking with airline reservations or airport agents.

In my experience, folks often get much better service and results when airline employees know they’re seasoned travelers.  If you sound like you know the ins and outs of the industry, you’re more likely to get what you want (as long as you’re polite!). :)

But how can you let agents know you’re a pro and not a complete newbie?  I enlisted the help of some airline friends to find out.

Do You Know How to Sound Like a Seasoned Air Traveler?

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Save Money and Time Using Google Flights

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Nobody likes paying full price for airline tickets, but sometimes we don’t have a choice.  Maybe there are no award seats available, or a trip comes up last minute.  So how do you find the cheapest airfare without searching every airline individually?

Some folks use 3rd-party websites, like Orbitz or Expedia.  Others search for deals using Kayak, Hipmunk, Priceline, or Hotwire.  But I’ve been checking out Google Flights to search for the best deals and it’s got some pretty cool features!

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Put Google Flights in Your Toolbox When You Search for Cheap Airfare

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Ends Next Week: US Bank FlexPerks ~$600 Flight

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The US Bank FlexPerks Visa Olympic promotion ends on Friday, March 14, 2014.

You get ~30,000 FlexPerks after completing the minimum spending, which means that you can get an airline ticket upto ~$600.

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You’ll Get Bonus FlexPerks Points From US Bank’s Olympic Promo

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News You Can Use – Marriott and United Team Up, Hilton Promotion and More…

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1.   Marriott and United Offer Mutual Benefits

Via View From the Wing, Marriott and United announce a new partnership called RewardsPlus which offer United members additional perks at Marriott hotels, and Marriott members additional perks on United.

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Reciprocal Benefits on Marriott and United With RewardsPlus

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News You Can Use – Southwest Holiday Schedule & [Targeted] 5,000 Points on Hyatt Credit Card (Expired)

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1.    Southwest booking Schedule Extended

Southwest extended their schedule and you can book flights up to January 5, 2014.

Christmas in Michigan!

Christmas in Michigan!

There is no penalty for cancelling a Southwest flight made with points (the points go back to your account when you cancel), so it doesn’t hurt to book your fall & holiday trips before you firm up your plans.  You can always cancel and rebook your ticket for no fee if the number of points required for the award drops since you booked the ticket or if your plans change. Continue reading