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It Appears Marriott Is Trying Very Hard Not To Piss Off China Right Now

After having their website shut down by the Chinese government, Marriott is removing banned books from their hotels and self-reporting to the Chinese government. They’re also publicly broadcasting personnel they’ve fired over incidents involving these perceived disrespectful actions.

Cheap Flights To The Caribbean And How To Create More Space On Your Next Flight

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.

My 2,000th Post Means Free Amazon Cash For You

2,000 posts seems like an awful lot.  And yet, that’s how many posts I hit today with my glamour or gloom post.  That just seems incredible to me.  I’ve been blogging regularly for the last few years now after taking some time off.  I’m really enjoying it, especially answering questions for people.  And, while I don’t make a lot of money off of this blog, I did want to give a little something back to say thanks. Nothing against people who hold contests for such things, but the way I […]

Did You Get A $0 Flight To China, Meerkat Sighting, Double JetBlue Points And The New Milepoint App. Travel News On Friday, March 20th, 2015

JetBlue’s fabulous Mint service is coming to the Caribbean. HT: CrankyFlier JetBlue is also offering double points on all transcon flights for the next two months.  I don’t collect TrueBlue points, but that’s a pretty solid value for a revenue-based program. Why American Airlines believes it was right to cancel those $0 China fares if the reservation was “held” but not ticketed.  I think it’s a compelling argument.  Matthew does a bunch of research to arrive at the ultimate conclusion. This is entirely different from the airline’s obligation to honor […]

2 Free Starbucks Gift Cards Every Day Until Christmas!

With today marking the first day of Hanukkah, I’ll now be giving away 2 Starbucks $5 gift cards each day until the end of the year. I’m giving the gift cards away using Starbucks’ Tweetacoffee service.  So, all you have to do is follow me on Twitter and I’ll randomly select people each day. Just a quick aside for those of you not on Twitter.  I avoided signing up for years thinking that I needed to be an active participant.  What I missed was the fact that I could subscribe […]

Southwest Is Asking Really Nicely If They Can Spy On You, Just A Little

I don’t fly Southwest much but I am on the Rapid Rewards (their loyalty program) e-mail distribution list. I try to read as much of that sort of stuff as possible as I’ve discovered some pretty good random deals in e-mails and newsletters. Admittedly, it took me a month to notice this targeted offer for Hilton HHonors Diamond status. I noticed a little snippet placed in a fairly prominent spot for customers to see in the recent newsletter. They’re asking for your Twitter handle so you can help them “stay […]