San Diego

TWO Free Tickets To FTU Advanced San Diego This Weekend. One Last Time!

Short notice, I’ll be picking a winner tomorrow, since the event starts Friday. A good friend of mine reached out today to ask if I could help give away his ticket to Frequent Traveler University Advanced in San Diego, which starts day after tomorrow, Friday, March 5th. Leave a comment here and I’ll pick a winner on Thursday. ***if you’re on Twitter, make sure you send a shout out to @darrenmak and @jdufgate11 for generously giving away their tickets. Brownie points may help score the winner! PLEASE only reply if you […]

The First FTU Advanced Winner Is….

I’ve got two tickets to give away from friends of mine to Frequent Traveler University Advanced Edition in San Diego, March 6th-8th, 2015.  I’m giving one away tonight, but you can still enter the other giveaway until tomorrow. The first random winner is Bob P, who said: I purchased a ticket for myself when the event first went live and forgot to purchase one for my partner…now I’m in the dog house for it so an additional ticket would REALLY help to smooth things over! I’m guessing your partner won’t […]

FREE Ticket To Frequent Traveler University Advanced in San Diego March 6th!

For those trying to learn the absolute best tips and tricks for free award travel all over the world, the advanced sessions at Frequent Traveler University really are unmatched for knowledge.  And, I’ve got a free ticket to give away for the next session in San Diego from March 6th-8th, 2015. You can see the speakers and more information on the event here.  These tickets go for $249 a piece and all the advanced events have sold out in less than 24 hours.  One of my readers, a frequent contributor […]

The New American Airlines Route Network Is Good, Just Not If You Fly Out Of Washington Dulles

The New American has had a number of announcements lately about their network and for the most part they’re positive.  Due to some of the DOJ agreement and also to consolidation of the two airlines, some routes are being added while others go away.  The two biggest announcements so far are about Laguardia (LGA) and Washington-Reagan (DCA).  First, new destinations out of Laguardia: Charlottesville, VA Dayton, OH Greensboro, NC Knoxville, TN Little Rock, AR Louisville, KY Norfolk, VA Richmond, VA Roanoke, VA Wilmington, NC But, the downside here is that […]

A Bridge To Cheaper Flights In Mexico?

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 […]

Are Hotels Charging Too Many Fees? Not Really

Many a word has been written about the relentless march of airline fees, and not too many have been complementary (well, except those ones by the airlines themselves in reference to increased profits).  Heck, Southwest has made a multi-year marketing campaign out of airline fees.  Bags fly free!  No change fees!  Good stuff. So, what about the hotel industry?  Are they charging you more fees?  This piece by Joe Sharkey of the New York Times would lead you to believe that’s the case. And, he’s wrong.  Quoting from his article: […]

American Expanding Its Codeshare Relationship With Alaska Airlines; JetBlue Not Far Behind

In the midst of a crazy travel week, I missed the announcement from American that they were officially expanding their codeshare relationship with Alaska Airlines. The codeshare expansion will allow American to place its code on 22 new Alaska routes that provide Bay Area travelers with access to Hawaii and will increase the options for transcontinental flights for travelers in the Pacific Northwest and San Diego to Boston, Washington, D.C. and Orlando, Fla.  Under the agreement, Alaska will place its code on 19 American routes, which will provide better access […]