Weekly Travel News Roundup: 12 September 2014

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On Credit Cards


  • Gary from View from the Wing shared a post on the secrets behind airport codes. I followed it up with more exhaustive post.
  • Airline Reporter (among others) reported on Southwest’s new branding. When I had posted about the rumor, I thought it was only the plane, but really, Southwest is going all out, but taking their time doing it. Taking the whole picture into perspective, the livery is growing on me, but it still looks “EasyJetish.”
  • One Mile at a Time had a few mistakes on Monday but a successful DYKWIA salvaged the day.

On Manufacturing Spending Opportunities

  • Fishing4Deals shared a Safeway deal – Purchase two Visa or Mastercard variable load gift cards and get a coupon for $15 off your next purchase. Its not much, but it covers the purchase fee, and maybe even your T-Rate. Its good 10 September through 7 October, so there’s a likelihood of generating a bunch of free miles/points (note I haven’t had the chance to test multiple purchases myself).
  • Chasing the Points was busy this week. He wrote about New Online Portals (that may even allow double dipping with gift cards), and Free Money at Staples for Bank of America users. I struck out on Bank of America though.
  • George at Travel Blogger Buzz summarizes the Unfortunate fate of Amazon Payments. I have to admit though, I sure couldn’t have maintained an “Amazon Payments 4-way” with another couple for “a very long time,” but, he clearly works on his physique more than I do–which may have delayed his eulogy for Amazon Payments.

On this past Thursday

  • I’m usually very quiet on this date. The memory for me, like many, still weighs heavily. Some wrote posts, some didn’t. Wandering Aramean’s post struck me as notable. That day affected many of us in different ways. I don’t think its necessarily a bad thing to be angry.

On Bucket Lists

  • I’m still working on the rest of the trip report, but flying the Emirates A380 in First was top on my bucket list, feel free to take a look.
  • Matt had an interesting bucket list post, not necessarily counter to my Emirates A380 post (even though I have to say, its totally awesome to shower at 40,000 feet). I have to admit, I’m starting to re-think traveling long distances for “relaxing” vacations myself, so this is timely for me.


5 thoughts on “Weekly Travel News Roundup: 12 September 2014

  1. Appreciate this post. I was away almost two weeks and am still catching up on the blogs I missed reading. Summaries like this are helpful and I caught a few I might have otherwise missed. Thanks! Cheers!

      • The main event was a wedding in Philly, but we decided to plan a trip around that. We spent time in Philly, NYC, DC and Princeton, NJ. Every night but the one when we stayed with friends in Princeton was an award night, using IHG, Hilton, SPG and Club Carlson points. We flew on award tickets too. Our first all-award vacation – all we paid for was food! Highlights included: the 9/11 Museum, the Newseum in DC, Grounds For Sculpture near Princeton, a day at the Capitol, and getting some upgraded rooms as well as comped breakfasts that we didn’t have the status to get automatically. Also went to a NYC travel hacking meet-up and spent some great time catching up with old friends and relatives we hadn’t seen in a long while. Nearly glitch-free – except for one really bad hour when we feared we’d miss a connection and some unseasonably hot weather, it was perfect.

        • @Elaine – I wish I’d have known – I’m just outside of DC. I’ve heard the Spy Museum is great too. How did you like the Newseum? Glad that your trip was nearly glitch free!! and hope that the wedding was awesome too!

          • Ah, next time! We loved the Newseum but we are real news junkies and museum people. Seeing the 9/11 Museum as well as the Newseum exhibit on journalists killed while doing their jobs we really quite moving, so close to the anniversary and with the increase in journalist killings this year.

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