Category Archives: Tips and Tools

Trip Report: Our European Journey Begins: Agent Roulette, JFK T4, and JFK-AMS-VIE on Delta and KLM Business

Our European Journey Begins: Agent Roulette, JFK T4, and JFK-AMS-VIE on Delta and KLM Delta Flt. 70, New York-JFK to Amsterdam, B767, BusinessElite Dep. 8:12pm, Arr. 10:15am KLM Flt. 1845, Amsterdam to Vienna, B737, Europe Business Dep. 11:40am, Arr. 1:30pm As mentioned in my preview post, we were scheduled to… Read more »

The Anatomy of a Summer Vacation: Austria and Finland, Skymiles Burning, and a Lot of Radissons

As I mentioned yesterday, I am getting ready for my big summer vacation to Europe in a week and a half.   I figured I’d give a bit of a preview, explaining how I came up with the routing/itinerary, and asking for any tips readers may have. There are two… Read more »

A Day in Paradise: The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, New Mexico Review

Even if my flight to Albuquerque had gone as scheduled, I wouldn’t have landed til about 5pm. So I figured I’d spend my first night somewhere around Albuquerque and then head up to Santa Fe the next day. There were a lot of relatively affordable, though uninspiring, properties in Albuquerque,… Read more »

Stupid Article of the Week: What do you mean this isn’t Senegal?

Ok, so this isn’t really about a stupid article as much as about stupid people, and several “journalistic” outlets who have not done their job of skepticism. The story, widely reported but originating in the Los Angeles Times,  is as follows: Self-described “experienced travelers” call Turkish Airlines to book a… Read more »

Get those Amexes ready for free money! Small Business Saturday Signup Tomorrow

This year, as in the past several, American Express is running a promo on the Saturday after Thanksgiving — Small Business Saturday.  The terms are pretty simple.  Register your Amex in advance (any Amex but a prepaid or corporate card will do), make an in-store purchase of $25 or more… Read more »

Trip Report: Train Travel – Rome to Florence and a Credit Card Lesson

Our flight touched down at Rome’s Fiumcino Airport a little early, and I was quickly off the train and onto the monorail to the main facility.  Immigration took quite a while, as a flight from Rio de Janeiro had just arrived and there were only two agents for non-EU citizens. … Read more »

Hotel Booking Tips Part II: Summer Specials and Other Promos (Updated)

Hard to believe, but Memorial Day is just a few weeks away — meaning the start of the peak summer travel season is upon us.   And while airfare deals and promos are generally hard to come by in the summer, hotels are competing for your dollars by offering a lot… Read more »

Stupid Article of the Week: Carry-Ons and the Collective Action Problem

After a long hiatus, Stupid Article of the Week is back.  This week’s article comes from the Consumerist,  a site which has a more realistic pro-consumer bent than the oft-illogical Chris Elliott, but still often makes blunders. Earlier this week, Consumerist posted a story entitled “U.S. Airways May Make You… Read more »