Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well. A few weeks ago, I wrote PSA: Rental Car Rates are Sky High, Book ASAP where I talked about the crazy high rental car rates and how I use AutoSlash to find cheaper car rentals. On May 27, I booked 2 rental cars in Lihue and Kona, Hawaii and AutoSlash has already found me rates that are $400 cheaper (after only 2 weeks of searching). In this post, I will show you my rental car savings and share my best practices. For my first rental in Lihue, I booked with Enterprise and the rate was $1,018.59.
Good afternoon everyone, I hope your Memorial Day Weekend is going well. While planning our upcoming trip to Hawaii (and dealing with expensive rental cars), I had to make some airline flight changes and rediscovered my pet peeve regarding airline travel bank funds. I have run into this issue with Alaska Airlines and JetBlue, but I’m sure the issue exists on other airlines too. Nick at Frequent Miler ran into a related issue with United Airlines yesterday.
For our original Alaska Airlines flight home from Hawaii, we had a redeye flight from Lihue (LIH) to Los Angeles (LAX). I decided to use my $300 incidental travel credit from my JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Credit Card to pay for upgraded seats which includes 4 more inches of legroom, a free alcoholic beverage, and early boarding. The upgraded seats cost $133.99 each for a total of $267.98.
Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well. I have a few trips coming up in the next 2-3 months and needed to make 3 rental car reservations. I always start with AutoSlash and see what deals they can find for me. As you may know, there is a rental car shortage around the country and I expected rates to be higher than average, but I was not prepared for the sky high rental car rates (rental car rates are more expensive than airline tickets).
Generally, booking rental cars is the last thing I do when I plan a trip (after booking flights and hotels). Since rental car rates are much higher than normal, I recommend booking rental cars as soon as possible to lock in the cheapest price. Learn from my mistakes and save hundreds of dollars on your next rental car reservation.
Good morning everyone. A few weeks ago, I made a speculative Southwest Airlines booking to Lihue, Kauai for the first week of Laura’s summer vacation. I’ve seen the price of the flight drop a few times since I made the original reservation and checked for price drops every Tuesday morning (after SWA sends out their deals email). Unfortunately, when I checked the prices for this trip, I could not see the non-stop flights from Oakland (OAK) to Lihue (LIH). I started digging into the reservations and found out that the outbound flight was completely cancelled and the return flight was changed to the following day with 2 stops. I understand that this is a very uncertain time, but the part that really bugs me is that SWA did not send me an email about the flight cancellation or schedule change. I also needed to reach out to SWA to redeposit the SWA points back into my account. I will share all the details below.
Good morning everyone, I hope your week is going well. These are very uncertain times and I have difficulty finding motivation to write about anything travel related. Therefore, I decided to share my feelings in a series of Work from Home Diary posts. Feel free to share your work from home feelings in the comments section below.
First of all, I am very fortunate that I work for a company where we have the ability to work from home. My heart goes out to everyone affected in the retail industry, travel/hospitality industry, restaurant/bar industry and many other industries that are affected by the coronavirus.
Last week, my company gave us the option to work from home or go into the office. I decided to work from home the entire week. I’m used to working from home a few days a week, but working from home 5 days in a row takes a toll (both mentally and physically). In my next diary post, I will share how I am doing in week 2.
Laura and I were supposed to fly to Ireland last Friday (March 13) for a week for her spring break (she is an assistant principal). On Wednesday evening (March 11), the Europe travel ban was announced and we decided to cancel our Ireland trip. I cancelled our Aer Lingus flights booked with British Airways Avios, hotel awards booked at Hyatt and Radisson Blu, Hertz rental car, and a few Expedia activities. Canceling everything online only took a few minutes and thankfully everything resulted in a full refund, with the exception of the $55 cancellation fees per person charged by British Airways (I called to see if they could be waived, but it was not possible). Continue reading