Hello everyone! It’s been a few months since my last post. I had a bit of a hectic summer but I’m hoping to get back to regular posts now. It’s been about a year now since I’ve had a regular job. I’ve been subsisting on a few different side hustles and my newest side hustle has been renting my car out via Turo (get $25 off your first Turo rental with my referral link). I’d like to share my experience thus far with you and why I think this applies to frequent travelers.
Turo is like Airbnb but for cars instead of housing. It’s a car rental marketplace where travelers can rent any car they want directly from a community of local car owners throughout the US, Canada & UK for as much as 30% less than traditional car rental agencies. Obviously, this applies to frequent travelers who need to rent a car wherever their destination is. However, I believe it can also apply to frequent travelers who are leaving their personal vehicle behind when traveling. Why not make some passive income renting your vehicle out to others while you are out of town?
World of Hyatt sure is branching out lately. First they created the Try the World series of gift boxes. That’s a work in progress! Now they are luring us away from Airbnb / VRBO / Homeaway type stays with a new program called Oasis. According to this announcement, you’d be staying in a home yet receiving the amenities of a hotel-like stay. So far they’re rolling Oasis out in 22 cities around the world. We’ll also be able to earn Hyatt points and redeem them for stays.
Have you ever stayed at an Airbnb lodging? I’ve only done that once. We rented a flat in Paris. It came recommended to me from a cousin who stayed in the flat, and it worked out just fine. However, I’ll admit to being more partial to hotel stays. The same cousin who recommended the Paris flat and loves Airbnb recently went down a rabbit hole looking for some stays for herself and she found some hilarious, quirky, and sometimes cheap Airbnb options.
Even if you are like me and prefer hotel stays, you might have some friends who would enjoy these wild and wacky lodgings. Who knew Airbnb listed vans, tree homes, and hammocks?? I would get bored looking through pages of options for lodgings, but for some people, it’s fun. But if you like quirky and are the outdoorsy type, you’ll get a kick out of these ideas. If you consider booking one of these Airbnbs, you can earn 3x Delta Airlines miles per dollar spent on Airbnb by going through DeltaAirbnb.com.
When I see an Airstream, I’ll admit I’m intrigued. Camping certainly has gone upscale. An Airstream can cost $100,000, but then again you can rent one. Some Airstreamers offer up their aluminum trailers when they’re not using them. And a weekend stay could cost just a couple hundred dollars. For instance, this “Super Cute Airstream” lives in Wimberly, Texas. It’s $130 per night, accommodates two, and sits on 10 acres.
Here’s all the news that caught my eye this week – let me know in the comments if I missed something important or helped you find something new!
Airlines + Miles
Air Canada announced they plan to end their contract with Aimia, the company that runs Aeroplan, and launch their own in-house loyalty program in 2020. Many questions remain, including what happens to existing Aeroplan balances and whether the miles will be worth anything after the transition. Aimia’s stock dropped 57% after the announcement. [Toronto Star]
Alaska Airlines lounges now offer access to Virgin America passengers traveling on paid or award (not upgraded) first class tickets. [Travel Codex]
Alaska also announced that they will extend elite status for a year for Alaska Airlines and Virgin America elite members who take time off of work for a new child. [Skift]
Air India is launching nonstop service from New Delhi to Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Washington Dulles. [Travel Codex]
Delta has partnered with LSTN Sound Co. to offer sleek, socially conscious noise cancelling headphones in its Delta One suites this summer. [Runway Girl Network]
Flying Blue miles can get you from the US to Hawaii on Delta for just 15,000 miles one way. [Travel with Grant]
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is going to spend $38 million to create temporary bus gates in Terminal D while it works on a permanent airport expansion. [Travel Codex]
United is increasing its domestic presence out of SFO with more flights and bigger planes in response to Alaska’s expansion. [Travel Codex]
I’m a bit late on this, but I wanted to let you know that we started a round-the-world trip earlier this week and will be sharing some updates along the way.
After spending the weekend with some friends in Austin, we took off for Madrid in business class on an American 787-9 – booked with Citi Thank You Points and upgraded with AA System Wide Upgrades. (Four other friends were on our same flight, but we left them behind in Premium Economy…and then they left us behind at the Madrid airport!)
AA business class on the 787 Dreamliner. Image from aa.com