I’m well versed in flight options from the US, but when it comes time to plan trips between different regions, I have to think about my options a little more. My boyfriend and I decided to plan a trip to El Salvador for the end of May, but I was going to Cuba right before as part of the last class for my MBA. He was able to snag great flights on Delta for only 14,500 miles roundtrip during one of their sales. Unfortunately, I was locked in to flying to Cuba with my class – which, thankfully was a cheap $90 flight that I wouldn’t have used miles for anyway. I decided it would make way more sense to fly directly from Cuba to El Salvador than to come back to the US first. As usual, I checked cash prices first. I was looking at around $300 for the one-way flight… ouch.
That’s when I turned to using miles. Flyermiler, one of my favorite tools, showed that I could book with Avianca LifeMiles for only 10,000 miles! It also showed that United would cost only 10,000 miles, but that’s not actually correct. United charges 12,500 or 17,500 miles for an economy class flight, depending on routing. Luckily for me, I had some LifeMiles, so I was able to get a killer deal on my flight to El Salvador!
Hi everyone, I am happy to introduce my friend, Vincent, the newest writer on TWG. We met through the SF Travel Hackers Meetup Group (now dormant) and we have stayed in touch over the years. Here is his first post. I hope you enjoy!
What’s it like taking American’s transcontinental A321T service in economy? It’s pretty good for domestic economy, there’s a responsive IFE, and they serve a complimentary cold meal.
A few weeks ago, I had the need to get back to the East Coast. Instead of flying my usual Southwest, I decided to work in American’s “premium” transcontinental service from SFO to JFK. I purchased the flight using my Chase Ink Business Preferred Credit Card to further progress on my minimum spend requirement, though I otherwise would have used my Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card for its useful travel benefits. (If you’re interested in these credit cards, I very much appreciate you using my referral links!)
I’m generally not a fan of red eyes as I get terrible sleep on them, but I can’t deny their utility. To my friends which travel frequently for work – or even leisure travelers with a specific schedule in mind – I can imagine them to be a godsend as they “save” an entire day. That is, you’re flying at night and not “wasting” the day.
Note: Since American calls “economy” and “economy-with-more-legroom,” “Main Cabin” and “Main Cabin Extra” respectively, I’ll be utilizing their naming convention for this post. But you’ll know it’s coach/economy.
Flight: AA 18 Route: San Francisco (SFO) to New York City (JFK) Time: 11:30pm (Pacific) to 8:20am (Eastern) + 1 Duration: 5hr 50m Aircraft: Airbus A321 Seat: 17F (Main Cabin) Capacity: 70% Full
Good morning everyone, happy Saturday! Thanks for the comments on yesterday’s post regarding which non-5/24 Chase credit cards I should get. I think I have narrowed down my App-O-Rama (AOR) credit card list to these 7 credit cards. I plan on applying for these credit cards sometime next week. Please let me know if you agree or disagree with any of the credit cards on this list. If there are any credit cards that you think are worth applying for, please share them in the comments and I will check them out.
Based on yesterday’s post, I will apply for these 2 Chase credit cards:
Chase Marriott Business Credit Card: This is the only non-5/24 Chase business credit card and who couldn’t use more Marriott points? The current sign up bonus is 75,000 Marriott points after spending $3,000 in 3 months. The $99 annual fee is waived the first year. I already have the Chase Marriott Rewards Credit Card, so the annual category 1-5 Marriott free night certificates will pair nicely with each other. I don’t plan on spending much on this credit card after meeting the minimum spend requirement. As long as I can redeem the Marriott free night certificate for more than an $99 hotel night, this is a decent credit card to hold on to for a long time. *snarky comment alert* If Marriott keeps devaluing their program, by the year 2029, there will not be any Marriott category 1-5 hotels left…
Chase Iberia Credit Card: Since you can get 1 personal and 1 business credit card from Chase on the same day, I have decided to go for this personal credit card. The current sign up bonus is 50,000 Avios after spending $3,000 in 3 months and an additional 25,000 Avios after spending $10,000 in 12 months. The annual fee is $95. I don’t plan on booking any Iberia flights in the near future, so I won’t be able to take advantage of the 10% discount on Iberia flights. I don’t plan on spending much on this credit card after meeting the minimum spend requirement and will close the credit card when the annual fee comes due the following year.
Greetings from Uyuni airport in Bolivia. I have a few minutes before my flight, so I wanted to get this post published. Sorry for the delay in posting this list, my crystal ball was in the shop for a tuneup. As you can tell from my 2017 travel predictions, I am wrong 99% of the time, so take these predictions with a grain of salt (that I took from the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia). Here are some of my highly unlikely, but entertaining travel predictions for 2018. Enjoy!
After the Virgin America merger, Alaska Airlines will add new routes to Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean
Delta Airlines will introduce cash and miles award tickets, then American Airlines and United Airlines will follow suit
Southwest Airlines will increase their Transfarency by automatically keeping track of travel funds in each account
JetBlue will add new routes along the West Coast and maybe to Hawaii
Singapore Airlines will allow you to book United Airlines awards online
British Airways will bring back the 4,500 Avios award price in the United States
Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. I was in freezing Chicago over the weekend for the FTU Travel Expo / Signature travel conference. I arrived late Saturday afternoon because I took a $500 bump from United Airlines, stayed the night at an SFO airport hotel and got on a Saturday morning flight to Chicago. When I finally arrived, I picked up a few travel tips from the sessions and one on one conversations. I will try to cover some of the public travel tips I learned this week. Don’t worry, your secrets are safe with me.
Question… wouldn’t it be cool if you could see legroom for different flights on different airlines in Google Flights? Yes, it is possible. All you need to do is install the Legrooms extension to your Google Chrome browser. I will walk you through all the steps the 1 step. Also, while researching this post, I realized this was covered months ago by several travel blogs, but somehow I missed all those blog posts, so maybe this helps a few people like me. Here is the basic Google Flights view: