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Cheap Flights To Europe, $100 Off A Hotel Booking And Free Sports & Concert Tickets?

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.

So, That’s What 100 Airports Looks Like

I’ll admit it, I’m a bit nutty about travel.  Where most people dread getting on an airplane, I’m frequently happy, especially when traveling with my family.  Being a self-avowed aviation geek, I keep track of all kinds of kooky stats about my travel.  I was excited when I chalked up my first million miles in the air and am working my way to 2 million. So, a little bit of me geeked out when I realized I had blown by 100 unique airports in my time on the road and […]

Falling Backwards Into One Of The Worst Domestic Flights I Could Imagine

I fly at least 100,000 miles a year, most of which is domestically.  That adds up to a lot of flights.  Booking all those flights, hotel rooms and rental cars is time-consuming and leads to the occasional snafu on my part.  I joke that I book a flight for the wrong date of travel at least once a year, but in reality I’ve only done it a couple of times.  And, as sad as that sounds, I’ve only compounded that once by actually showing up at the airport on my […]

I’m A Member Of CLEAR Again

For those unaware, CLEAR was a program that pre-dated TSA PreCheck and allowed for a “skip the line pass”.  You still needed to go through traditional security screening, but you were pushed to the front of the line.  It started 2005-ish and perished about 4 years later.  It was purchased out of bankruptcy and restarted, though with significantly less airports than before. I was lucky enough to purchase a renewal for my wife and I just a month or so before they declared bankruptcy.  The company that bought their assets out […]

Delta Appears To Eliminate Saver Award Inventory 3 Weeks Prior To Departure

I’m not sure I wrote about Delta this many times in all of 2014….. It appears that Delta has wiped all saver award inventory for every destination for flights that depart within 3 weeks of booking.  I received a comment from Nun on my Delta post discussing their award chart removal this morning that alerted me something was going on.  I started doing some searches and literally couldn’t find any saver (cheap) inventory available between any city pairs I tried.  Here’s just one example:   Then, I started to see […]