Travel

American Express Begins Reopening Centurion Lounges

American Express has been able to boast some of the best airline lounges in the United States since they opened their first Centurion Lounge in 2013 at Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport.  When the pandemic began halting most travel in March, American Express closed all 12 of their lounges worldwide. While American, Delta and United Airlines temporarily closed a number of their lounges in the United States, they did keep some open.  Additionally, the Big 3 US airlines have slowly been reopening lounges and have also recently announced increases in the […]

What I’m Thinking About On 9/11

The last 5 months have gone by incredibly fast and incredibly slow for me, if that makes sense.  So many things continue to change, and at a sustained pace I don’t recall seeing in the past.  Amidst that backdrop, I’ve been thinking about 9/11 and what it means to me and to the country as a whole. It seems impossible to me that we’re only one year away from 2 decades since the twin towers fell.  Growing up in New York, the towers were an iconic part of the skyline. […]

Just Like That, Airline Change Fees Are a Thing of the Past (For Now)

United Airlines apparently started a trend on Sunday when they announced they were permanently eliminating change fees on tickets and making it easier to standby or same-day change to another flight.  There’s no question this is a customer-friendly move.  We can argue how long “permanently” will be since I’m pretty sure I’ll be writing about travel when change fees are once again a revenue source and a thorn in customer’s sides.  But, there’s no argument this puts more money back in customers’ pockets.  Delta and American were quick to match […]

Our First RV Rental: Minnie Winnie Winnebago 31H Motorhome

As part of our family’s exploration of the RV world, I’ll be writing a series of articles about what we’ve learned so far.  I started out with a beginner’s guide to renting an RV.  I plan to write a few articles about the types of RVs we rented and some of the campsites we tried out.  I’m pretty sure there will be a “lessons learned” article as well, since we’ve made all kinds of mistakes!  Our first RV rental was a motorhome. We pulled the whole thing together at the […]

Wow! American Airlines and JetBlue Form The Strategic Partnership I Always Hoped For

American Airlines and JetBlue have announced a very interesting partnership this morning.  For over a decade, I flew American Airlines every week.  During those times, there were always two weak areas in their coverage.  The northeast and northwest parts of the country were lacking great connectivity.  American Airlines solved the northwest issue by forming a much tighter partnership with Alaska Airlines earlier this year.  Side note: it’s been such a crazy few months I thought this happened last year….. Now, American has worked to shore up their lack of connections […]

A United Airlines Employee Details Why Taxpayers Should Demand Changes From The Airline

A management employee at United Airlines reached out to me in regards to recent articles I published reflecting how United is reacting to the COVID-19 scare. Through those conversations, we agreed to have them provide their thoughts on the current state of the management culture.  In light of the current bailout of the airlines and their performance over the past two decades, the thoughts shared here seem relevant for us, the taxpayer. These thoughts are not my own.  I summarize my thoughts at the bottom of the article. The bailout has been […]

We Shouldn’t Need This: Marriott Adds Ability To See All Fees When You Search

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Resort fees, facility fees, destination fees, urban fees and many more.  Hotels across the globe charge these fees on top of room rates as a way to earn extra money per room while hoping to avoid customers noticing until after they book a room.  As opposed to airline tickets, where they’ve been required for a number of years to show the full cost of a ticket, hotels are not currently bound by such legislation in the US.  Marriott seems to be the first major hotel chain to offer a way […]

Marriott Furloughs Two-Thirds of Their Corporate Employees

The crisis surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in ways that might have seemed unimaginable even weeks ago.  Marriott just announced that they’re laying off thousands of corporate employees, two-thirds of the entire corporate team. It was just a few days earlier that Marriott started furloughing tens of thousands of workers around the world in hotels that were part of closures due to the drop in travel.  Now, that appears to have expanded to their corporate office. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Marriott is furloughing approximately 2,600 […]