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:
Free Stuff Friday! Courtesy of Mommy Points.
Fellow blogger Miles to Memories scores great rate ($100 for a Penthouse Suite) at Aria. Pays for room. Then, hotel changes their mind.
If you’re like me, remembering to take your pills is hard enough. Fold in an aggressive travel schedule and it’s much harder. Le Chic Geek is actually using a company I considered investing in, Pill Pack. It’s a totally awesome service.
With Points Hound, Rocket Miles and Kaligo, there are plenty of options to earn tons of airline miles for hotel bookings. There are so many offers it’s hard to keep track of them all, but that’s where Frequent Flyer Bonuses comes in. This post summarizes all the current offers.
After United bailed on JFK, it didn’t take long for JetBlue to step in and add service, seemingly out of thin air according to Wandering Aramean. I like JetBlue’s experience, but since they gutted their schedule out of IAD I’ve been reluctant to fly them. The two times I had flights canceled flying them, they refused to put us on another airline (not a huge surprise given their position in the market). Unfortunately, I usually don’t have a lot of flexibility in my schedule. But, if they’re going to have 10X daily frequency to the West coast, I’d give them another look.
McCool Travel has an informative post on the best way to experience Europe without leaving North America. Great for families who can’t afford to fly overseas.
$200-ish round-trip fares from DC to Southern California, courtesy of The Flight Deal. That’s generally the cheapest you’ll find.
A great way to earn some miles for free buying gift cards, especially if you hold a Chase Ink card.
And, a 3% discount on gift cards purchased through Raise. And, if you want to get really creative, you can use Raise to purchase Southwest gift cards at a 9.5% discount.
The State Department is pulling their business from the Waldorf Astoria after the Chinese purchased the property for fear of spying. I don’t blame them.
Courtesy of Cranky Flier, here’s an interesting update on Bombardier’s C-Series aircraft. I got a chance to crawl around the C-Series factory a few years ago on StarMegaDO 3, another aviation geekfest that took us up to Montreal. I have mixed feelings about the C-Series. I’m rooting for Bombardier, they were good hosts for us and have done a great job delivering a plane that seems to be performing better than their initial estimates. But, as a Boeing shareholder, I don’t want them eating into Boeing’s 737 order book! Seriously, though. According to Bombardier, one of the reasons the C-Series has had trouble catching up is that a plane just over 100 seats in the US is costlier to operate due to FAA requirements for crew. Once you get over 100 passengers, it can be more cost-effective to fly a plane closer to 150 seats now that you’re paying for another flight attendant onboard.
Legoland tickets, buy one get one free. Great deal for families! Thanks, Points Miles & Martinis!
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