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 (try being the operative word) 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:
Cheap Flight(s) of The Day: Nothing spooky about $31 one-way fares on Halloween from JetBlue!
A thorough review of the St. Regis Punta Mita, a property that’s been on my radar for quite some time.
What would you do if you paid over $1,000 to get a flat-bed seat and ended up in a seat just a bit better than standard coach? Here’s a good article by Scott McCartney of the WSJ. A lot of this is buyer beware, there are plenty of tools to make sure you get the seat you pay for. In rare circumstances, even that’s not enough as airlines still retain the right to switch aircraft if there’s an issue.
There’s a letter floating around from a South African airline saying that they’re going to cancel their Boeing orders if they can’t get financing from the Ex-Im Bank. Ex-Im has been on hiatus for a while when Congress elected not to extend its funding. It’s a divisive issue, for sure. And, the Ex-Im bank isn’t perfect. But, an imperfect solution that allows companies like Boeing to sell more planes (and continue job creation) is better than those plane orders going elsewhere.
If you’re like my wife and enjoy fresh produce with no harsh chemicals, this hotel (with their own garden) is the place for you.
If at first you don’t succeed booking a Star Alliance reward, try again, but with a different program.
It’s not just Copa doing Star Alliance status matches. If you missed out on the liberal Copa status match in the beginning, try this one on for size.