Most Interesting Room You Have Stayed In? Mine Was a Bomb shelter

While miles and points allow us to stay in some really nice places, there are times when our overnight lodgings are more of a unique nature. There are places like these (some of the smallest hotel rooms), there are places built out of unusual facilities, and many other interesting rooms. Stays like this help to add some local personality to our travels – at least that is one way to look at it! ...

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The New International Phone Plan That Acts Like A Local Plan

When it comes to staying connected abroad, it can be an expensive proposition. It really starts making you question how badly you need to upload the photo to Instagram of the lunch in front of you right now! Of course, it is always nice to stay connected with family back home and sometimes it is essential to stay connected for business reasons. Throw in mapping apps or other tools and the international roaming is viewed as a necessity. For more information about global communications, check out this guide post. The problem is that it is not cheap. There are other services that can compete with each other for global use, but it is still expensive (especially data) and not practical for actual daily use while abroad. Then you have services like Cell Buddy which are trying to reinvent the global cell phone market plan. However, I still have not gotten my beta SIM from them so maybe it is going to be a little while longer. The International Phone Plan – Truphone... ...

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What Happens When The Pace Car Misses A Turn?

The Bangalore Marathon and Half Marathon event was held this past Sunday and it did not come close to going without a hitch. It appears that the leaders in the half marathon went off course by over 3 miles due to their pace car missing a turn. Not only that, but drivers along the course got tired of waiting for the roads to open up and crashed through barriers and caused pileups that created huge headaches for the runners. Now, I have missed a turn once or twice during a trail ultra, but I was certainly not leading the race – and it was my fault! I have also been in races where the leaders did not have proper signs at the finish line and went to the wrong finish line (the half instead of the full). But, to have the pace car – the one who is in charge of making way for the runners and showing them the way – misses a turn, that is really bad. In... ...

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Should You Credit To United Or Aegean In 2015?

With the upcoming changes to the United Airlines earning structure, there are many casual to midrange travelers who may be looking for where to credit those miles next. The truth is that the best way to earn miles with United going forward (for most travelers) is going to be via credit card spending. But, what do you do with your actual airline miles? Do you credit to United or Aegean? Credit Miles To United Or Aegean? Who This Concerns The traveler that is going to make out very well in the new era of United’s award mileage earning is the traveler who flies on high dollar fares. The more you spend to travel, the more miles you earn. It will not really matter anymore as to the distance as much as the price paid for that ticket. So, this does not concern those travelers but the United flyers who are traveling on the cheaper of fares. You can check the earnings page here to see how many miles you would... ...

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Passengers Missing Flights Because They Cannot Find The Airport

There are a lot of excuses reasons given for missing flights – overslept, flat tire, sick, mistaken day of departure, and many others. Now, some passengers are using this one – they cannot find the airport! Hawaiian airline Mokulele Airlines is the first airline to service a newly converted commercial airport on Oahu. The airport, Kalaeloa Airport, is about 20 miles away from Honolulu International Airport. Passengers are saying they cannot find the airport! Apparently, the route for the airport is not very well marked and passengers have been unable to find the airport. The airline says this is costing them (the airline) a lot of money and this needs to be fixed. Given the fact that the cancellation/change fee is only $20, that must be why the airline is saying they are losing money. I imagine many passengers end up calling to cancel/change the flight (with a fee that low) when they are unable to find the airport. Hey, I still think it is better for the passengers to not be... ...

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Aegean And Olympic Celebrate Anniversary With Free Tickets Onboard

This morning, I was flying an Aegean flight and heard them announce that it was the anniversary of Aegean and Olympic Airlines merging and Aegean was celebrating by giving away one roundtrip ticket to someone on each Aegean flight today. Unfortunately, I did not win it. But, I thought it was a pretty cool gesture on the part of Aegean. Celebration Sales Fare Sales To/From Athens and Larnaca (Cyprus) For everyone that is not on an Aegean flight today, Aegean is allowing others to celebrate by more fare sales online. One of them is on flights to and from Athens and Larnaca(found here). With this sale, tickets from Athens are from 37 euro and 24 euro to Athens. Flights from Larnaca to Athens are 39 euro and 44 euro to Thessaloniki. They must be booked by November 2 and good for travel between November 15 – June 30, 2015. This would be a nice way to knock out the 4 Aegean segments (for Star Alliance Gold) if you are going... ...

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The 10,000 Mile Anniversary Bonus On The US Airways Card Will Stay

The US Airways Mastercard has long been one of the best cards to get for quick miles – make one purchase and get 40,000 miles (or 50,000, as it was before). Things have changed a bit over the last year and that includes the annual fee not being waived the first year anymore and no longer coming with a 10,000 mile anniversary bonus. But, the good news out from Barclaycard is that the anniversary bonus will continue, even after the merger takes place! There was a lot of speculation as to when that bonus would expire but it is great to finally hear that it will remain. Yes, the annual fee of $89 will still be in effect, but that means you are essentially buying US Airway miles (and AA miles after the merger) at a rate of $.0089 per mile (for the 10,000). That is a great deal – just don’t ever cancel because they will stop taking applications for the card in the next year. Also, the current offer... ...

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WOW Air Offers Tickets To Europe As Low As $99

WOW Air is an Iceland-based airline that is beginning to branch out to the US next year with its first airports being Boston and Baltimore. They are a low-cost airline that has been around for 3 years and has had good success. With this new service to and from the US, tickets can be had to Europe for as low as $99. But, is that a good deal? WOW Air Tickets As Low As $99 Tickets that cost $99 – $129 for one-ways are what you would normally expect to see on flights to Florida from New York or something similar. It is not what you would expect for flights to Europe! One of the great things about this airline is that the flights go to and through Reykjavik. Iceland is a beautiful place to visit and to be able to get there from the US for only $129 is fantastic. Summer time is peak season in Iceland so award flights (available directly from the US on Delta) can be hard to come... ...

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Get A $200 Sears Gift Card For $180 – And Why You Want It

eBay has a sale today on a Sears gift with a $200 value – you can buy it for $180 (10% off). That is a pretty decent deal going into the holidays, but because it is for Sears, there is a way to get more points and keep some of those points rolling and rolling. And it all starts with this $200 gift card for $180!   – Sears Gift Card Auction Link – eBay Sears and Rewards Sears has the Shop Your Way Rewards program that allows you to accumulate points based on what you buy and then you can use those points for future purchases. Sometimes, they have special point offerings that let you get back almost as much as the item cost. To make it really lucrative, you buy the items that let you keep on rolling the points and it will basically be getting you a lot of merchandise with almost no money out. Unfortunately, not all of the deals let you roll the points – getting points... ...

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