The Game Of Baggage Fees – Alaska Airlines: 1 / JetBlue: 0

Airlines have made a lot of money charging for checked bags. For instance, 2014 saw a collection of $2.6 billion for the airlines with this fee! While most airlines will give their credit card holders a pass on at least one piece of luggage, Alaska Airlines has long been one that did not offer that as a perk. The Game of Baggage Fees Alaska Airlines: 1 Well, according to their recent press release, that is no longer the case for Alaska Airlines! All Visa Signature Alaska Airline cardholders will receive 1 bag for themselves and also one each for up 6 on the same reservation! That is a great addition for travelers on Alaska Airlines, especially since they are so on top of getting your bag to you at the carousel as it is. Here are some details about this latest perk: Available to the primary cardholder and up to 6 companions traveling on the same reservation Payment with the card is not required to get the free bag Only for... ...

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A New 75K Mile Executive AAdvantage Card Offer, But This Other Offer May Be Better For You

Yesterday, the blogs lit up with reports of a new increased offer on the Citi Executive AAdvantage card. It has gone from the 50,000 mile amount to a nice big 75,000 mile amount. This card was the easy winner for the best offer of 2014 as it had a 100,000 mile offer along with a $200 statement credit that helped to defray the upfront $450 annual fee on the card. The spending was on the high side – $10,000 – but the haul of 100,000 miles was fantastic. Not only was the bonus good but there were many who went for 2, 3, 4, or even more of the same card to multiply the offer (current language by Citi precludes customers from doing that now). I only went for one as I was out of the country for most of the offer and would not be able to meet the minimum spending on more than one card. New 75K Mile Executive AAdvantage Card Offer While the offer is not as... ...

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Transfer 20,000 Starpoints Into 30,000 AA Miles With This Promo

American Airlines just announced a great way to fatten up your transfer bonuses from SPG’s points program to their miles. SPG Starpoints are among the most valuable of travel points for many reasons, not the least of which is their incredible 1:1 transfer ration for many airline programs around the world. Transfer 20,000 Starpoints Into 30,000 AA Miles To make the normal transfer of 1:1 even sweeter, SPG always has a bonus of 5,000 mile on transfers in blocks of 20,000 Starpoints. So, if you transfer 60,000 Starpoints, you will receive a nice chunk of 75,000 airline miles in any of the many programs you choose. American Airlines is doing their own thing for a limited time by giving you a 20% bonus on transfers as well. So, if you transfer 20,000 Starpoints, you will end up with 30,000 American Airline miles! That is a great transfer bonus for sure, especially if you value American Airlines and their many award partners. My current favorite redemption partner is Etihad for travel aboard... ...

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Ryanair Letting Greek Customers Buy Tickets With Cash

This is the third day in Greece since the capital controls were instituted and the first full day since Greece defaulted on its loan repayment to the IMF. Things have certainly not gotten easier here for the Greek people as ATMs are still running low or completely empty and people are not spending the cash they do get so stores are becoming more empty of customers. Read More: Finding Money In Greece – Tips For Travelers Another aspect of the capital controls that were put in place is the inability to use Greek credit cards/debit cards to make payments outside of Greece. This includes online type services like iTunes, Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc. but also prevents payment of things like airline tickets for airlines not based in Greece. Such is the case with Ryanair. Ryanair Letting Greek Customers Use Cash Ryanair is known for being a completely cashless airline. If you want to buy a bottle of water onboard their aircraft (because they do not give anything away as part... ...

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Flash Sale: Save Up To 40% At Hyatt Hotels In Asia Pacific

Hyatt is having a flash sale (July 1-3 for booking) for their hotels in the Asia Pacific regions. While we love to use points for travel, getting between 10-40% off of your hotel stay may be enough to induce you to pay cash! Especially if the outright cash price is the same or less than the cash portion of a Points+Cash reservation at the same hotel. Save Up To 40% With This Hyatt Flash Sale This flash sale runs through July 3 and is for travel from July 8 – August 31. You must be signed up for Hyatt’s Gold Passport program to take advantage of this sale (it is free and only takes a moment). The sale is off the daily rate, meaning the discount does not come from the pre-pay, advanced rate. To start searching for your Hyatt deals, head over to this page and use code APGP40. One example of how you can save some money is in the case of the popular Park Hyatt Maldives. As a Category 7,... ...

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Roundup Of New Amex Offers

A bunch of Amex Offers ended over the last couple of days and I was happy about that – because it meant it was time for the Offers to start rolling in again! Some of the recent offers to roll out are not exactly spending/receiving offers but are good for people that are traveling to hotels and not staying with points. Roundup Of New Amex Offers Naples Grande Beach Resort Complimentary 4th Night Stay between 7/1 – 12/18 Must book at naplesgrande.com/amex Use rate code AMEX4th Located in Naples, Florida The Towers At The New York Palace Complimentary 4th Night Stay between 7/1 – 3/31/16 Must book at newyorkpalace.com/amex2015 Use rate code PRACH Located in New York City Credit At BJs [highly targeted] Different offers: Spend $50/receive $25 credit or Spend $100/receive $30 credit Can be used 3 times Must be used by 8/15 Only valid in-store Great way to purchase gift cards in-store for various retailers To maximize it, add the offer to separate cards, simply login to your American... ...

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An Amazing Finish By A 70 Year Old Woman [Video]

Last weekend was the granddaddy of ultramarathons and the ultramarathon equivalent of the Boston Marathon – the Western States 100. With a starting line in Squaw Valley, California (home of the 1960 Winter Olympics) and charting through the forest until reaching the track at the high school in Auburn, California. It is certainly one of the most recognized 100 milers in the US and one that many ultra runners aspire to starting at one day. It operates on a qualification system but that just gets you in the lottery. If you get picked, then you have to have volunteer service (8 hours) on trails or at any running event. So, you have to want to do this! The Amazing Finish The cut-off time for this vaunted race is 30 hours. Finishers under 24 hours get a handmade silver belt buckle with finishers coming it between 24 hours and 30 hours getting a handmade bronze belt buckle. To finish the race, you have to come in before 30 hours. While 30 hours may... ...

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Southwest Extends Their Schedule – Time To Book For The Walt Disney Marathon Weekend!

The last time Southwest extended their schedule, they just missed the most popular running event in Florida – the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend. But, they have extended the schedule today and that weekend easily makes it into the new booking calendar. The schedule window is now open through March 8, 2016. That gives a great window for vacations to warmer climates in the peak of winter as well. Make sure you check out the new schedule and see what looks appealing to you. As happens most weeks, there is a sale going on right now at Southwest as well (though I do not know if you can keep calling it a sale when they run it every week!). While this sale does not take into account the new extended schedule (it only goes through December 16), it makes for yet another reason to check your upcoming Southwest travel to see if your booked flights have come down in price or points (you can cancel and rebook for free – revenue bookings will... ...

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United Club Card – Is It Worth It? [Targeted Fee-Free First Year]

The United Club card from Chase is United’s high-end card for flyers similar to Delta’s Reserve card and AA’s Executive AAdvantage card. All of these cards sit at the top of the credit card pile when it comes to annual fees with each card doing their best to try to be deserving of those high fees. But, every traveler and their needs are different so it will depend on whether the perks offered by those cards will make sense for you. In this post, we will look at the United Club card and try to compare it to the United MileagePlus Explorer card to see how it stacks up and whether it is worth the high annual fee. United Club Card This card is a standout from the other airlines’ high-end cards for one big reason – it has no sign-up bonus with miles. In the credit card world of miles and points, sign-up bonuses are what lure us to various cards and make us become willing to stick it... ...

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