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.
What do you do when your credit card doesn’t work when you travel to a foreign country? An odd set of circumstances happened to a friend of mine recent when he took a trip to Mexico with his wife. His reservation was with a property in Cancun that’s part of a very well-known international chain, a property I’ve actually contemplated staying at myself. Upon check-in, his bank declined the pre-authorization on his credit card. He tried contacting his bank and they said they could open the card for a one-time […]
Clearing customs is a fairly standard part of entering Mexico, whether for business or pleasure. But, in most cases, it’s usually after you get to your destination. If a group of investors have their way, you’ll be able to walk across a bridge from San Diego to Tijuana and board a flight at Tijuana airport to any of the destinations served by the carriers there. Now, there’s no guarantees these investors succeed. Consider that Sam Zell, part of the group, while largely successful over the years is just a few […]
I had this post scheduled to run on the first day of Qatar’s full membership in oneworld, but United’s friendly moves with Expert Flyer and their incredibly drastic award chart changes distracted me. October 31st marked the beginning of Middle East carrier Qatar Airways full membership in the oneworld alliance. The big Middle East carriers have largely shunned the major alliances, preferring to do things on their own. For oneworld, it’s a bit of a coup to grab Qatar and add them as an official alliance partner. Qatar also […]
Looks like Alaska Airlines is fighting back against Delta’s infringement on their turf with double EQMs on a bunch of routes where they compete. One Mile At a Time has the scoop and he also points out that Alaska is essentially one-upping their partner Delta. Delta announced expansion of routes such as SEA-LAX, SEA-SFO and SEA-LAS and double redeemable miles. Alaska included these and added some markets close by, like San Jose, Oakland and Santa Rosa along with double elite qualifying miles. Looks like these two won’t be playing nicely […]
Thanks to everyone who submitted pictures for the contest to win a free airline ticket. It was very tough selecting the finalists. There were so many great pictures! Let’s go over the rules before we get to the finalists. First, the finalists are competing for one (1) award ticket for coach travel on American Airlines in the continental US, Canada or Mexico. Travel needs to be booked by the end of 2013, but can be completed at any time open for award availability either this year or next year. The winner […]
Pictures are such an easy thing to take nowadays. Virtually everyone has a smartphone, and most smartphones take pictures as good (or sometimes better) than digital cameras. For our family, that means lots more memories captured when we travel. I was trying to think of a good contest to have this fall and also happened to be reviewing some of our summer vacation pics. And, that’s where I came up with the idea for the contest. First, I’m giving away one free coach ticket in for travel on American Airlines […]