Travel

EXTREME? I Had Five Different Tickets Booked For Our Flight Home This Week

It still amazes me how much a seemingly small change during the pandemic has come to my rescue so many times.  Near the beginning of the pandemic virtually all US airlines eliminated change fees.  United went first, Delta and American quickly followed suit.  At the time it wasn’t something that moved the needle because nobody was traveling.  But, I had the sense then that this would be a big deal. One of the biggest benefit to elite status was the ability to reduce or waive some fees that airlines typically […]

Delta Should Proactively Offer All Sky Club Members A Refund

Delta Air Lines has what some folks might call a “good problem”.  In reality, this problem is causing frustration with many of the airline’s best customers, something we discussed in detail this week.  For quite some time the domestic airlines ran very mediocre lounges in the US. The lounges were a quieter place for members to catch up on work or relax in between flights.  Food offerings were meager as were drink choices. Delta set out to change that, and has done an excellent job.  Massive renovations and staffing increases […]

Win A Flighty Pro Lifetime Membership!

As a road warrior I’m constantly looking for new tools to help me keep track of my travel. Delays and cancellations are probably as bad right now as I’ve ever seen them.  But, travel problems are always lurking, keeping me from getting where I need to go.  Over the years I’ve collected a number of tools that help me figure out when things are likely to go sideways.  Many of them are arcane websites with crappy technology or involve flipping through multiple screens just to get one bit of data. […]

Daily Getaways Is Back! Here’s A Quick Look At Week One

If you’re new to the points and miles world you might wonder what Daily Getaways is.  It’s an annual promotion sponsored by the US Travel Association.  Daily Getaways took a break during the pandemic but is back again in 2022, getting started today.  While all the deals may not be spectacular, there are some gems.  And, for folks who don’t travel for a living or have a ton of credit card spend it can be a great way to jump start a vacation plan. There are four weeks of deals […]

Catching Up After 10 Days On The Road

Wow!  So much to cover after our trip to Iceland.  This was my 30th country visited, a small number compared to some of my friends.  It was also one of my favorites.  I’ll have a lot more to say on that in the near future.  I also need to catch up on some recent events. I didn’t want to wait too long after getting back just to check-in with folks, especially since I haven’t been writing much.  I’m happy to answer questions about Iceland or anything travel-related.  Leave a comment […]

Catching Up From A Busy Month On The Road

It’s been a month since I wrote a weekly update, though I did squeeze in a few blog posts in that time. I’ve been almost nonstop on the road and working on our family plans for summer travel. Since early March I’ve been to Vegas (twice), New York and New Orleans (twice). Probably the most notable travel in the past month was a last-minute trip to the Final Four. I’m a lifelong Duke fan and they made a surprise run to New Orleans. I decided to go with them. While […]

My Votes For The Best In Airline And Hotel Loyalty

Every year for as long as I can recall I’ve cast my vote for the best travel loyalty programs.  I generally write a story about who I voted for each year.  This year, as with so many other things, I’m running behind sharing my ballot.  That being said, you can still vote for a few more days in this year’s Freddie Awards. If you’re not familiar with the Freddie Awards, I’ve heard them referred to as the “People’s Choice Awards” of the travel world  Each person gets one vote, there […]

Painful Spirit Airlines Fees And Everything Else I Learned Last Week On The Road

It was an interesting week on the road, for sure.  My original plan this past week involved four airplane flights, which changed into five (across four different airlines), and then ultimately four flights on three airlines.  This is the unfortunate cross-section of business travel, COVID and crazy airline schedules.  Amidst this was the realization that Spirit Airlines has some pretty oppressive fees. Flight schedules took another sharp turn against effective business travel.  For my date of travel I couldn’t get to my destination (Reno) until after 12pm no matter how […]

Saying Goodbye To The Middle Seat

Alas, if this was only an article about the dreaded worst seat on the plane going away.  Instead, it’s a bit of a sad day as we say goodbye to a column that’s been a part of my weekly required reading for over a decade. The Middle Seat is a weekly column published by Scott McCartney.  After 20 years he put pen to paper from the middle seat for the final time. His final column, a list of his favorites over the years, follows a piece where he chronicles his […]