Cheap Fares to China and Cabo, 20%+ Discount on iTunes Gift Cards. The Best of the Rest on Monday, June 15th, 2015

The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length.  On a daily basis, I try to keep track of roughly 100 different blogs that have interesting things for you and I to learn from.  Some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others.   This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.  Here’s what I’m reading about today:

20% discount on Staples gift cards and 15% discount on iTunes gift cards, via this post by Doctor of Credit. FYI, Costco has a slightly better discount on iTunes cards in their warehouses currently ($84-ish for $100 in value plus 2% rebate if you hold their black card).

More cheap fares, including $660 all-in to China and $281 New York to Cabo fares from The Flight Deal.

Are cruises to nowhere going away?  MJ on Travel thinks so.  While we haven’t cruised recently we really do enjoy cruising.  Ports of call are great, but after you’ve seen most of them, spending a few days on a ship just enjoying the ship has always sounded appealing to me.  Looks like that may not be an option any longer.

Technical glitches have caused the State Dept. to stop issuing visas and passports for all overseas stations. HT: Switch2 on Milepoint.

Speaking of cruises, Carnival bans bottled beverages in your luggage (except for one bottle of wine or champagne).  I’ve never packed booze in my bags for a cruise, but read about plenty of folks who note they do it regularly on various message boards.  I’m guessing they’re gonna be kinda pissed.

America’s first Cannabis-themed resort.  A “Bud + Breakfast”.  Uh, yeah.

Should hotel suites be off-limits to families with kids?  The title of this One Mile at a Time post says it all.  I’ve actually dealt with something similar at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey, though I’ve never been denied a room.  That property won’t let kids into the club lounge.  While I understand that the typical business traveler may not want a club (or hotel floor) filled with jovial/screaming/unhappy kids, don’t the families with children have a right to the same benefits if they’re elite members?  I think they do.  It would be hard to convince me otherwise.

Via Tagging Miles, Rome’s Fiumicino Airport is seeing a big reduction in capacity due to a recent fire.  I’ve traveled through that airport a number of times, including connecting there to other places in Italy as well as some of our recent trips to Rome.

Up to 4,000 miles to sign up for Copa Airlines’ new loyalty program.

How to get a passport for your newborn child (hint: start early).

This Boeing 787 takeoff video is just awesome.  Almost vertical!

Marriott is starting to roll out Netflix compatibility on in-room TV sets.  I think I was a subscriber to Netflix once back when they used to mail you DVDs (do they still even do that?).  Since I can’t download anything to watch offline, I’ve never seen the point.  I spend a lot of time on planes where I couldn’t use Netflix and there are plenty of hotels where there’s no way the wi-fi would support streaming to my laptop.  That being said, if Starwood or Hyatt added this capability, I might consider a Netflix subscription.  This move actually doesn’t surprise me that much.  In-room movie sales probably haven’t seen growth since the 90s and hotels are moving to make wi-fi free.  Adding functionality like this to attract customers isn’t surprising.  However, I’ll be awful surprised if many hotels will have the bandwidth to support this.

Best of the Rest

Fog Rolling In. Modestas Urbonas on Unspalsh

 


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