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PSA: Southwest Airlines Travel Funds can Only be Used by the Passenger Named on the Ticket

Grant is the Southwest Airlines maven around here, so you’d think I would know better. But I just had an epic fail with Southwest Airlines and want to save you from making the same mistake and losing money. In my defense, and really there is no defense for letting this happen, I must at least let you know that I rarely fly Southwest Airlines. A while ago, I bought a ticket for a Southwest Airlines flight which I ended up cancelling. That part was easy and the dollar amount was put into a Southwest Airlines travel fund (read How to Cancel Southwest Airlines Flights (Paid or Points) & View Travel Funds).

But these funds do expire, so I was keeping track of the expiration date. I was super close to having the travel funds expire and voila, I had a Southwest Airlines flight I needed to book that I could use my Southwest Airlines travel funds for. But my epic fail was not remembering that the funds can ONLY be used for the individual named on the ticket. That was me! So when I went to book a flight, I wanted to get two tickets (for my 2 friends) and it wouldn’t go through. I couldn’t figure out what the issue was, but Grant knew the answer. Continue reading

$10 Off Frequent Traveler University (FTU) Expo & Signature Tickets (Chicago November 17-19)

Good morning everyone.  Today, tickets to the Frequent Traveler University (FTU) Travel Expo and FTU Signature go on sale.  Some of your/my favorite travel bloggers will be in Chicago in mid November to share their travel knowledge, photography, and stories from the road.  I was just at FTU Advanced in Minneapolis a few weekends ago and I had a great time.  I might even speak at this coming FTU conference about hacking Southwest Airlines, hacking US Bank FlexPoints, or my credit card retention/reconsideration strategies. Stay tuned…

FTU Travel Expo – Marriott O’Hare Hotel, Chicago – Saturday, November 18, 2017

FTU Travel Expo will comprise of 36,000 sq ft of exhibition space and 4 simultaneous educational stages. Upwards of 3,000 travelers are expected to attend. With sponsors such as Marriott and Norwegian Airlines, we will have travelers of all experience levels. Confirmed speakers include FTU regulars plus guest speakers Rudy Maxa, Nomadic Matt, Chris Guillebeau, Chris McGinnis & Johnny Jet, and more.

Tickets are $39, but if you purchase by July 31, you can save $10 with promo code FTUEARLY (link)

I spy a Travel with Grant blogger in attendance

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A Penny for your Thoughts: Tips for Getting the Best Currency Exchange

Last week. I wrote about My Simple Currency Exchange Rate Philosophy and helping my nervous friend find a more relaxed approach to spending money when he travels. Reader Danny wrote: “I think it might be an interesting topic for how people get better rates for getting currency exchanged similar to your Disneyland best practices (read The Ultimate Disneyland Playbook (Full of TWG Reader Tips!)). I always do the ATM, but I’d be curious to see if there are any other good ways.” Danny had a good idea, and indeed many of you replied with your ideas about getting the best exchange rate possible. I still think this topic is worth fleshing out a bit more, so let’s begin.

Image source: http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/A-brief-history-of-money-11059182.php

I’ll go first, as I’ve had many varied experiences over the years, and I think some of it has to do with the varied locations of my travels. For instance, when I was in Bali, cash was king. My lodgings did take credit cards, but otherwise, the local merchants wanted cash. The owner of the small family-run place I stayed at didn’t want me going to any money changer, bank, or ATM on my own. I was traveling alone and he was the personal friend of friends of mine, so he felt very protective of me. He took me for a twenty minute ride on the back of his scooter into Ubud where he escorted me to his money changer and handled the transaction for me. Later, when talking to other travelers, I learned that I got a really good exchange rate, but of course, a scenario like this is POSSIBLE, but not the norm. Continue reading

PayPal Adding Faster Withdrawal Option (with a 25 Cent Fee) & Accepting Venmo Payments (Effective July 27, 2017)

Good morning everyone, happy Saturday.  On Friday morning, I received an email from PayPal with the subject line, “Notice of Policy Updates.”  When I opened the email, I almost immediately deleted the email.  The email looks like any other change of terms and conditions email that is super boring. But for whatever reason, I decided to look more closely at the email and see if there was anything newsworthy.  Good thing I did, because there are 2 important changes and 1 semi important update.  Like my good friend Stefan at Rapid Travel Chai always says, I always have my nose close to the screen looking at the small print.  Do you see how boring this email looks?

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Reminder: Sacramento Travel Hackers Meetup @ In-N-Out Burger (Saturday June 17 from 12-2pm)

Good afternoon everyone, happy Friday.  This is a just a friendly reminder that I will be in Sacramento this weekend for a wedding and will have a Sacramento Travel Hackers Meetup on Saturday afternoon.  If you are in town that day and want to talk about miles, points, travel, and enjoy a delicious double-double, come join me at In-N-Out Burger in Sacramento’s neighboring city, Rancho Cordova.

  • Where: In-N-Out Burger, 2475 Sunrise Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (Google Maps)
  • When: Saturday, June 17 @ 12-2pm

There is no need to RSVP, just show up with an appetite and an eagerness to talk about travel hacking.  I hope to see some of you there.  Have a great weekend everyone!