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Impact Of Coronavirus On Nonstop Flights, Hubs?

Since the pandemic started, I've seen a lot of speculation about how airline route networks will change. When it comes to this, the most common speculation that I've seen is "well I bet airlines will operate more nonstop flights, because people don't…

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7 Things To Know Before You Cancel A Credit Card

We all have different things we're looking for in credit cards, and over time those things sometimes change, especially in the coronavirus era. Maybe our spending patterns change, maybe the perks we value change, and in some cases maybe card issuers…

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Coronavirus Testing

Logistics Of International Travel During Coronavirus

Before I talk specifically about our time in Bodrum (which I'll start doing in the next installment), in this post I wanted to talk more about the general logistical challenges and risks of international travel at the moment. Let me first clarify that…

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Etihad A380 First Class Apartment – 2

Which Credit Card Should You Buy Points With?

I frequently write about promotions for purchasing airline miles and hotel points, as this can represent an excellent value. While I generally don't recommend buying points without a particular use in mind, in some cases you can get outsized value, particularly…

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Bali Sunset

Housekeeping: Estate Planning & Your Miles

Not to be morbid, but this is a question I get all the time. Miles and points are confusing enough, and when you add in the stress surrounding an unexpected (or even expected) death it can be difficult to understand options and make decisions. I first…

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Cash Coins Money

Paying Taxes By Credit Card: How To Come Out Ahead

Ah, tax season. As many Americans are starting to procrastinate finalize their tax returns, questions about earning points for making those payments always come up. That's particularly relevant this year, and individuals and businesses may be paying…

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United 787 Polaris – 2

DOT Answers Key Questions About Flight Refunds

We know that a lot of airlines have been playing games when it comes to issuing refunds for cancelled flights and significant schedule changes. Here in the US, the Department of Transportation is the governing body that oversees that. In early April…

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Virgin Atlantic 787 Upper Class – 4

What Happens To Miles If Airlines Go Bankrupt?

With many airlines struggling to stay alive, one common question has revolved around what happens to your frequent flyer miles in the event of airline bankruptcy. Unfortunately there's no one size fits all answer to this, though let me address this on…

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Philippine A350 Business Class – 1

Dear Frequent Flyers: Please Stop Whining

It doesn't really bring me any joy to write this post, but I feel like someone needs to say this? Let me note upfront that this is addressed to a very small percentage of people in our little "world," and it's not intended to be personal. Rather it's…

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What’s Up With The Ski Industry Right Now?

There's no doubt that COVID-19 has impacted travel plans globally. One particularly hard-hit has been the ski industry, which relies largely on spring skiing sales as a major form of revenue. For skiers, the refund process has been a roller coaster (mogul-coaster?)…

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Money

What Is Even Going On With Those Small Business Loans?

Ever since Congress passed the CARES Act on March 27th, it seems like it's been dominating the news cycles as much as COVID-19 itself. As small business owners, we've all been trying to wrap our heads around it, and when the topic came up with Ben and…

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Coronavirus Travel Policies & Advisories

The situation is changing by the hour, and while there will be worldwide social and economic fallout from this pandemic, the impacts on the travel industry are far-reaching. If you're looking for information and updates on the virus itself, please check…

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US DOT Clarifies Flight Refund Rules

My goodness, the blog today might as well be renamed "One Refund Policy at a Time," because there's so much to talk about when it comes to flight refunds. DOT clarifies flight refund rules The US Department of Transportation has today issued an enforcement…

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Silo Hotel Cape Town – 59

Credit Card Disputes For Travel Purchases: Will They Work?

There are all kinds of benefits to making purchases with credit cards over other forms of payment -- you can earn rewards, you get fraud protection, you can dispute charges, and with some cards you even get purchase protection and other travel coverage.…

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Emirates New First Class – 25

What Should I Be Watching On TV?

Nope, this post has nothing to do with travel, but given the point we're at, I figure TV advice is probably more useful than travel advice. ;) I'm not usually that huge of a TV watcher -- in the past I typically kept up on a few different shows, and…

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Should You Plan Future Travel Right Now?

I'm sure I'm not the only one who is daydreaming at the prospect of getting on a plane. At this point I'd be giddy about a middle seat in the last row on a Spirit Airlines flight taking me to a Holiday Inn Express just off an interstate. I continue to…

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