I’m Probably Not Getting On Another Plane In 2020

How did it get to be September?  I’m sure many of you have gone through something similar.  Time seems to be crawling along, and yet it’s September.  The last time I got on a plane was in mid-March.  I haven’t checked my records, but it’s been at least 10 years since I’ve been home this long.  I’m guessing another month or so will be my longest streak since I was in college. You probably think I’m desperate to get back on a plane.  While I do love to travel, I’ve […]

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 […]

United Airlines Eliminates Change Fees And Standby Fees on All Domestic Flights

United Airlines announced some significant changes today that will benefit customers.  They call this a permanent move.  Here are the changes: Effective immediately, United Airlines will no longer charge change fees on virtually all domestic tickets with the exception of Basic Economy.  This is for all tickets, not just for elite members. On January 1, 2021 United will also eliminate standby fees for all passengers. United is also expanding free same-day changes.  Now, Silver members will also be included in free same-day changes.  You’ll still need to find the appropriate […]

Our First RV Rental: Minnie Winnie Winnebago 31H Motorhome

Some of the links in this article may earn me affiliate income.  This article has not been reviewed or edited by any third parties.  All opinions, thoughts, evaluations are my own.  You can read our full advertiser disclosure here. 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 […]

Why The American Express Business Platinum Might Need A Spot In Your Wallet

From the outset, let me note that I don’t earn any affiliate income from this or any other credit card.  These are just my thoughts as the travel world changes in the era of COVID-19.  You guys know I don’t talk a ton about the nitty gritty of credit cards here, but work with me for just a few minutes. I’ve had the American Express Business Platinum in my wallet for a bit over a year now.  I made a mistake when I applied for the card.  I mixed up […]

Plenty of Details: Air Canada Launches A New Loyalty Program With A Familiar Name

Allow me to nerd out for just a minute.  I’ve been a hardcore points and miles nerd for over 20 years.  Rarely in that time have we seen a completely new loyalty program emerge.  Even more rare is to see a new loyalty program from a large, established airline.  Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Rewards program is the one that immediately comes to mind when I think of big airlines with new programs.  Fast forward to today, and we have the reimagined Aeroplan program.  Many moons ago, Air Canada spun off Aeroplan. […]

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 […]

Beginner’s Guide To Renting An RV During COVID-19 Crisis: Choosing A Rental

Some of the links in this article may earn me affiliate income.  This article has not been reviewed or edited by any third parties.  All opinions, thoughts, evaluations are my own.  You can read our full advertiser disclosure here. Our family loves to travel.  We’ve frequently bypassed desirable destinations in the United States in favor of using our miles and points to travel abroad.  Italy is one of our favorite places, but we’ve also had incredible trips to Australia, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam and many more great destinations.  Disney parks around […]

Hyatt Offering Up To A 25% Discount On Award Stays And Free Parking Until October

This may be the turning point where we start to see really meaningful offers from travel companies looking to motivate us to start traveling.  Early on in the COVID-19 crisis the scramble was to confirm to customers that their elite status would be extended.  Brands like Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, American, Delta and United made announcements to put customers at ease.  There were also some early offers of shortcuts to higher status levels to try to spur customers to travel more.  Marriott even introduced a pretty lucrative discount on gift cards […]

From Our Daughter: Hersheypark During a Pandemic With Anxiety

Earlier this week our family took a socially distanced visit to Hersheypark.  There was general nervousness as parents.  The risk was really low that someone in our family would contract COVID-19. But, we didn’t have to go to a theme park.  We took lots of precautions and came up with strategies to help manage our daughter’s anxiety.  The more we talk to folks about her anxiety, the more we hear from other families who deal with something similar.  To that end, a friend asked if our daughter would share what she […]