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. Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, 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.
Through Monday, Costco is discounting iTunes gift cards 20% again. The rebate limit is 15. I guess there’s some universe where you need more than $1500 in iTunes cards. If you do, just pay for the first batch and get in line again. Keep in mind Costco Executive Club members get an extra 2% rebate here as well. This deal is valid through November 30, 2015. With all the promos I’ve seen on iTunes gift cards the last 6 months, you’d be foolish to pay face value. Seems like there’s […]
The Best of the Rest for Saturday includes American Airlines taking over the LAX-MEX route from Alaska, free $5 on iTunes, and more details on the disturbing soda can incident. Read more….
I was actually pretty surprised to see this sign when I walked into Costco yesterday. Costco had a huge display of iTunes gift cards. The “list” price was $94.49, a 5% discount. But, through the end of the month, they’re featuring a $10 manufacturer rebate, bringing the price down to $84.49, or a 15% discount. That’s the biggest discount I’ve ever seen on iTunes cards. The “limit” is 3 $100 packs per transaction, but they’ll let you do multiple transactions at the register. For a long time, Costco […]
Apple is currently offering a $25 iTunes gift card when you buy an Apple TV. That goes well with Apple’s recent bump up to 2 miles/points per dollar on a variety of shopping portals. I’ve had an Apple TV for quite some time now. They’re a little bigger than a deck of playing cards and they allow you to watch all your iTunes TV shows along with a bunch of other “channels” like Netflix and the MLB sports package. I use mine to watch all the Yankees games in Virginia, […]
From Southwest’s website: It doesn’t take long to get up to 10,000 feet, so it’s not like Southwest is millions of miles ahead of Gogo. But, since they have ubiquitous satellite Wifi on planes (unlike UA or AA’s and DL’s ground-based wifi) they get to trumpet this achievement a few steps ahead of at least United Airlines. And, setting aside my own preference to fly carriers other than Southwest, $8 per day for wifi is pretty darn reasonable considering the competition. $5 movies on your devices isn’t quite as good […]
While plenty of planes have in-flight entertainment systems, I’m always happy to bring my own (my iPad) with me. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t really remember what I did before I had an iPad. Work tasks are easier and they serve as a great entertainment device. I always wonder what other people have on their iPads, so here’s another edition of “What’s On Your iPad?”. I’ll start with a few new things I’m using: First, fun apps! Asphalt 8 (link): If you’re into driving games on your […]
The game of collecting miles and points has, like most things in life, easy parts and hard parts. For people just getting started, I like to advise them to focus on the low hanging fruit. For me, that’s usually cards like Chase Sapphire and Ink Bold. One of the benefits I enjoy the most with Ink Bold is the 5 points per dollar you earn on all office supply purchases. Because of the exceptional variety of gift cards available at your local Staples, Office Depot or Office Max, you can […]
Starwood continued its growth in the US this week with a new Aloft property in Cupertino, CA, literally right next door to Apple’s HQ. Aloft isn’t my favorite Starwood brand; I’m more of a full-service guy. But, one of the cool things I saw in the press release was that the rooms are featuring Apple TVs. For those not familiar, Apple TV is a small box that hooks into your TV and allows you to stream a bunch of things including your iTunes content, any movies or TV shows you […]