Cheap Flights To Hawaii, Currency Scams and Hotel Discounts

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.  Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, 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.

Cheap Flights Of The Day: $300 flights to Hawaii from the West Coast, as well as $200 flights from NYC to Las Vegas.  Both really solid prices for those routes.

One of the easiest ways to get scammed while traveling abroad is through currency conversion.  Whether it’s at one of those airport kiosks, a random restaurant or your hotel, it’s easy to get lost in the math.  This is a great reminder that even experienced travelers can find themselves in a situation where they’re taken advantage of.

Delta is again the second largest US carrier by revenue miles.  They arguably have the best operation and the worst loyalty program amongst the big 3, so pick which way you want to look at them.

Etihad award alerts are now included amongst the suite of tools offered by the Wandering Aramean.  Plenty of good tools there.

Multiple hotel discounts from Jetsetter, courtesy of Deals We Like.

3,000 bonus AAdvantage miles with your first RocketMiles booking.  Considering you may also be able to earn a couple thousand miles on the actual rental, this has great value for cheaper hotel stays.  I’m a fan of earning elite status, so I’m still not sure I would forego my elite benefits for extra miles, but each to his/her own.

Some answers from DOT on mistake fares.  Not final answers and not terribly authoritative answers.  But, answers.

American Airlines is writing off over half a billion dollars in currency trapped in Venezuela.  They have almost $4 Billion stuck in Venezuela that the government won’t let them repatriate.  It must be an interesting dance on the financial side trying to figure out how much is appropriate to write off versus holding on the books.  Thankfully for them, AA isn’t starving for cash (likely a big contributor to why they kept flying the route).

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