Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
- On One Mile At A Time, Lucky asks, “why is there a camera on several airlines in-flight entertainment screens?” While the airlines in question quickly replied the camera function is permanently disabled, should you be bringing a post-it note on flights with you to cover the lens?
- Danny the Deal Guru writes on Miles to Memories about a special note being given upon boarding to passengers who found a mistake fare on Hong Kong Airlines and booked ultra-cheap business class tickets. The airline honored the tickets and are asking those who managed to book these tickets to take pictures of the flight and share them to their social media accounts, which is a brilliant way to take advantage of a possible public relations snafu.
- John writes on Loyalty Lobby about United Airlines blocking the ability to book MileagePlus award tickets on four airlines that are part of the Star Alliance. United is blaming the other airlines and saying it’s a technical problem that’s out of their control but since other airlines are able to book award tickets with these airlines, who do you believe?
- Michael from Inside The Magic writes a very interesting piece about the time when Disney Imagineers lent their skilled magic in cleverly crafting an infamous airport restaurant known as “Encounter” in the historic Theme Building at California’s LAX airport. We ate at Encounter two times and it was a restaurant like no other. In fact, it was (wait for it…) quite the “encounter.”
- Ric on Loyalty Traveler gives a good breakdown on what’s changing with the Wyndham Rewards program. In 2015, Wyndham did away with tiers and started charging 15,000 points for a free night at any of their hotels. The experiment is over and starting next month, there will be three tiers requiring 7,500, 15,000 and 30,000 points for a free night. The problem is they haven’t released the list of which hotels are going up or down. My bet is that the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek at Disney World might be one of the hotels going up in price.
- Charlie on Running With Miles writes about how Ryanair has been fined millions of dollars over their new baggage policy. What a shock! Ryanair? Who could believe the airline who proudly charges you for everything would create a policy so restrictive that they have to be told allowing people to bring on a bag with them on the plane is an essential element of travel and should be part of the base advertised fare and not an additional charge (or penalty if you don’t pay before getting to the gate)?
- I’m in total agreement with the sentiment from an article on The World According To Dev describing several different hotel stays. Each time, the hotel did not disclose information which, while not being a deal-breaker, would have factored into making an educated decision whether to still stay at the property or not.
- Stephen writes on No Mas Coach about a browser extension which, when using Google Flights, will give you additional information to help choose which flight you want to take.
- I’m admittedly a bit of a geek about the U.S. National Parks. Therefore I was interested in an article on Greetings from Kelly about the National Parks passport program and why people are going crazy over it. I’m way too far along to backtrack getting stamps from all the parks we’ve visited and I’ll never get Sharon back to some of them again (like Dry Tortugas – pic of our visit is below) so I’ll just keep my list in my head. I can see the interest people might have in such a collectible and would totally have one if I was starting over today.
- Lastly, Matthew wrote on Live and Let’s Fly about a passenger who needed to change a flight on United so they Googled for the number and spoke to a representative who took their credit card info and charged the change fee. The only problem was, they didn’t call United at all and no changes were made. They needed to pay United again once they discovered the scam. Remember, don’t take everything you see on the internet at face value.
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Who is John at Loyalty Traveler?
It should say Ric. My bad. Fixed.
Thanks for the shout out! If you’re interested in doing a National Parks Passport without having to revisit them all, I have some great news! I’ve successfully obtained some stamps from parks I’ve already been to by writing them a letter asking them to send me one. Include a self-addressed return envelope and you’ll get a stamp back! It was a lifesaver for some of my more difficult stamps!