Category Archives: Travel Technology

This Free Photo App Lets You Explore a City Before You Travel

There’s a neat app for folks who like to take photos while traveling.  Or if you want to see pictures from others in future travel destinations around the world.

With Streetography, you can search by city to see user photos.  And explore specific neighborhoods or streets to get a feel for the area.

The free photo app also has a cool layout, which turns maps into mosaics.

Streetography App Review

See the World as a Mosaic With Streetography. And Zoom Into Specific Neighborhoods to See the Latest Photos Before You Travel There

I’ll share my Streetography app review and let you know if it’s worth a download!

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Walk Your Way to More Travel Memories With This Free App

Whether you’re in your home city or traveling abroad, there’s a neat app that can help you plan a walking adventure.

Sidekix is a free navigation app that guides you to highly-rated attractions, like restaurants, bars, museums, parks, and more.  But it’s NOT just another app that directs you from Point A to Point B in the shortest amount of time.

Instead, Sidekix offers customizable routes.  For example, between your hotel and a museum, you can select a walking route to pass by the most popular restaurants or stores.

SideKix App Review

Foodies Can Use the Sidekix App to Navigate Along a Route With the Most Popular Restaurants

I’ll share my review of the Sidekix app.

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“With Miles & Points, You’re Not Restricted to One Most Memorable Experience”

Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:  Points Fitness

Ricardo writes Points Fitness to help readers earn tons of rewards and great value, and use credit cards to earn miles and see a bit more of the world.  Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Points Fitness

We Reached the Clouds in Machu Picchu

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Europe Electronics Ban Update: Good News for Business and Leisure Travelers!

Emily:   A week ago, we found out the electronics ban between the US and Europe was a sure thing.

But via the New York Times, the ban will NOT be implemented, at least for now!  So folks can still use their laptops and tablets in-flight for work and entertainment.  That’s great news!

Europe Electronics Ban Update

You’ll Still Be Able to Bring Your Laptop on Board Flights From Europe to the US

I’ll share why I think the ban did NOT go through.

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Everything You Need to Know About Southwest’s In-Flight Entertainment & Wi-Fi

Lyn blogs about Southwest Airlines on GotoTravelGal.com and has written a free ebook titled, “The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass” to help those of you looking to fly one person nearly free with you for up to TWO years.  Since she and her family regularly fly Southwest, I’ve asked her to share her best tips for using the airline’s in-flight entertainment system.

Lyn:   My family has flown all over the US on Southwest Airlines.  We have mastered the use of Southwest’s entertainment systems.  With kids ages 9 and 13, digital devices are key to keeping occupied.

Southwest Airlines Wi Fi

My Son Playing on His iPad on a Southwest Flight

I’ll explain your options for inflight entertainment (along with the cost), show you how to use Southwest’s entertainment system, and share which devices are compatible.

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If You Like to Read, This App Can Free up Luggage Space!

Here’s an excellent (and educational) way to keep yourself entertained while traveling!

In-flight Wi-Fi can be expensive (if you don’t have access to free Wi-Fi).  And plane rides can be long and boring.  But the Kindle app lets you bring years worth of reading material without extra baggage.  And because you can download your books, you won’t need Wi-Fi to enjoy them!

Kindle App Review

Not Interested in Purchasing a Kindle Device?  Download the Free App Instead!

I’ll give you my Kindle app review.

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Look for These Upcoming Changes to Southwest’s Reservation System

Lyn writes about Southwest on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has written a free guide to help you earn the Southwest Companion Pass step-by-step.  Emily and I believe the Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in travel!  I’ve asked Lyn to give us an update on Southwest’s reservation system and when we can expect changes and improvements.

Lyn:   You may have noticed some things about Southwest that are different than other airlines.  Of course, their service is outstanding (which is a big reason why I love to fly Southwest!) and they offer amazing deals like the Southwest Companion Pass.  But they also schedule flights differently and you won’t find them on sites like Expedia or Google Flights.

How To Book Southwest Flights

Southwest Has Been Operating Under a Dated Reservations System. But Changes Are on the Way!

I’ll give you a quick overview of the latest intel about when more updates are coming to Southwest’s booking system.  And show you how it may affect us as their customers.

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Terrific App to Make Your Loyalty Account Log-In Much Easier!

I love earning miles & points with lots of credit cards to get Big Travel with Small Money!

But one thing I dislike is remembering passwords for all my different bank, frequent flyer, and hotel loyalty accounts.

That’s why I wanted to share a guide to using an app called 1Password.  As the name suggests, with the app you only have to remember one password to access your accounts!

The app is free to try, secure, and makes the log-in process much easier!

Review Of 1Password

1Password Can Save You Time & Make It Easier to Log Into Your Loyalty Accounts

I’ll share my review of 1Password!

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The Secret Way to Get $200 in Free Food With Your AMEX Platinum

American Express recently added new perks to The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz, including monthly Uber credits up to $200 a year and 5X points on hotel bookings made through AMEX Travel.

If you’re in an area Uber serves, the Uber credit can save you lots of money on transportation, and help off-set the $550 annual fee.  You’ll get up to $15 in credit per month ($35 in December).

But did you know you’re not just limited to using the Uber credit on rides?  You can also apply the credit to meals purchased through UberEATS!

The Secret Way To Get 200 In Free Food With Your AMEX Platinum

Shhh! You Can Also Use the Monthly AMEX Platinum Uber Credit to Order Food Through UberEATS!

I’ll fill you in on how it works!

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3 Things Everyone Should Know Before Purchasing Airfare Through an Online Travel Agency

Million Mile Secrets reader, Lynn, commented:

I purchased JetBlue airfare through Kayak’s Kiwi.com.  Will my checked baggage fees be the same as if I booked directly with the airline?

It doesn’t matter which site you use to purchase airfare.  Because the amount you’ll pay for things like checked baggage or cancellation charges is based on an airline’s published schedule of fees.

But there are other factors to consider when booking through an Online Travel Agency (OTA) like OrbitzExpedia, or Kiwi.com.

For example, depending on the airline, you might earn fewer miles on your flight if you don’t book directly.  Or you could accidentally book a “no-frills” Basic Economy fare without realizing.

Drawbacks Of Booking Airfare With An Online Travel Agency

Purchasing Airfare Through an Online Travel Agency Is Convenient. But There Are 3 Things You Should Know Before Booking This Way

I’ll explain what you should know before booking airfare through an online travel agency.

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