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What If You Purchase A Basic Economy Fare By Mistake, Or You Change Your Mind?

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Now that Delta, American and United have Basic Economy fares, we have lots of questions. What if you purchased a basic economy fare from American Airlines and made a mistake, or changed your mind later? Are you stuck?

Cheap Flights To Italy, Easy Bonus Miles On Hilton Stays And Free $20 At Staples

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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.

Alphabet Soup!  Why You Should Pay (A Little) Attention To Fare Classes

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There was a time when you didn’t have to worry much about exactly what type of fare you were buying. Knowing that you were in coach or first class was enough. Not anymore

Korean Air Skypass Transfer Unavailable From Ultimate Rewards?

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I just logged in to the Chase Ultimate Rewards platform to do some reconciliation and noticed that the Korean Air Skypass transfer option shows as “temporarily unavailable”.  Maybe it’s just a technical glitch, but it’s odd timing considering I don’t recall seeing them as unavailable in the past. The timing is a bit odd considering the recent announcement of Korean Air Skypass as a transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest.  Maybe it’s nothing.  I didn’t recall seeing this in the past, but then used that Google thing and found this […]

Should You Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points To Get The Southwest Companion Pass?

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This question was posed to me in a roundabout way yesterday.  Essentially, he said he wanted to stop using his Ink Bold to purchase office supplies because he wanted to focus on renewing his Southwest Companion Pass.  The question that came up was one I hadn’t specifically contemplated: Is it better to spend directly on the Southwest credit card to earn the companion pass, or on a card that earns Chase Ultimate Rewards at 5X on office supplies, etc? I think it’s a given that transferring Ultimate Rewards points through […]

What If It Was Free To Buy Visa/MC Gift Cards At Staples?

A couple of quick updates on my post about the possible restriction of Visa and MasterCard branded gift card sales at Staples: Some Different Math on Gift Cards: I’m not a fan of buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards from office supply stores. I used to be before the fees went up. But, Shawn from Miles to Memories decided to lay out the math for a way to buy gift cards “for free”. How does he do it? This only works with a card that earns flexible currency like Chase […]

Southwest and American Airlines Union Issues, Another Fight With Orbitz and Other Things I Find Interesting On Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Apologies for the lack of content over the past few days.  This whole one-handed typing thing is slowing me down more than I expected and a lot more than I want.  Here are some things I’ve been reading with interest recently: Southwest Airlines is having union issues, which is a fairly rare occurrence for them.  If you’re only a casual observer of the airline industry, you might not even know they have unions.  The interesting thing here is that this group of employees still have a contract.  They’re negotiating for […]

Diversify Your Points And Your Planning For A Winning Vacation Strategy

Diversification is important for many facets of our lives. In travel, having different types of miles and points available is key. WIth the increased availability of one-way award flights over the last five years, mixing and matching is the best way to make your dream trip happen. Here’s a quick look at some examples of a diversified vacation.