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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

How to Enter Shorter Airport Security Lines Without Elite Status, Flying in First Class or Credit Cards!

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Airport security lines often have long lines of people waiting to go through.

There are usually two lines – one line for folks who have elite status with airlines, or who are traveling in first or business class, or who need assistance. Usually your boarding pass is noted with “Priority Access” or “Premier Access” or something similar.

The other – usually longer -line is for regular folks who are traveling in coach.

In the US, I’ve been able to go through the airport elite status line just by showing a card – sometimes a regular frequent flyer card which I got for free just by signing up for a program -  to the agent manning the shorter elite lines!

Emily With Our Frequent Flyer Cards

Sometimes it is just a regular frequent flyer card for an obscure foreign airline which you can get for free, sometimes I show my Southwest Companion Pass card and get access to the shorter lines for Southwest business ticket holders and A-List members, and sometimes I show my American Airlines gold card and get access to the United (or other airline) elite lane! Continue reading