Last week Republicans and the Airline lobby defeated an amendment in the U.S. Senate that would have set a minimum size for airline seats. The airlines continue to make airline seats smaller and smaller to fit more and more people in their planes. It is painful today to sit in many coach airline seats. The eighth amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits “Cruel and unusual punishment”, which is considered unacceptable due to the suffering, pain, or humiliation it inflicts on the person subjected to it. If sitting in a coach class airline seat does not apply to that definition I don’t know what does.
Always charge international credit card purchases using local currency –
When traveling internationally and using a credit card to pay for a purchase many vendors will ask you if you would like to charge using the local currency or the U.S. dollar. Many Americans think the best thing is to charge using the U.S. dollar. That is a BIG mistake. Recent research by Jay Campbell in the “Company Dime” reports that hotels and restaurants will often charge 6% or more for conversion fees if you charge your credit card using the U.S. dollar versus the local currency. This scam has been going on for years. I have been around the world 100 times and probably wasted thousands of dollars in currency conversion fees not knowing this one simple thing.
Marriott and Starwood agree to marriage –
The on-again, off-again merger of Marriott and Starwood (Westin, St. Regis, Sheraton) has been approved by both boards and now members of the SPG rewards (Starwood) are holding their breath as they wait to see how the merger will affect their SPG points program. The SPG Rewards card by American Express has been rated by many as the credit card that offers the best points that can be easily redeemed for airline miles or hotel stays. I just hope Marriott does not mess up a great program by replacing it with their lackluster points program.
If you fly more than twice a year you are crazy to not have a Global Entry pass –
The best thing I have ever done as a frequent flyer is to purchase a Global Entry pass that includes the TSA PreCheck pass. For $100 you can purchase the Global Entry pass and included with it is the TSA PreCheck pass for free. Global Entry allows you to bypass the long passport and immigration lines when returning to the U.S. from an international flight. The TSA PreCheck allows me to clear airport security using the express lanes without removing my shoes and jacket. The Global Entry pass is the best thing since apple pie. Get one!
National Parks putting up “No Vacancy” signs as domestic travel surges this summer –
With all the press headlines about terrorist bombings and the Zika virus abroad Americans are turning their focus to discovering National Parks as a new option. This year is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and business is booming. Most parks are reporting that they are sold out during the busy summer months and only a little space is available during the slower shoulder seasons. Some have warned that U.S. parks will be so full they will be like visiting a Walmart parking lot this summer.
Join our spectacular Alaska Tour and Cruise this August! –
If you have Alaska on your bucket-list, here is the once-in-a-lifetime chance to join the most spectacular tour and cruise. We begin our journey in Vancouver with three days of exploring this bustling west coast seaport, including a full day tour of Victoria Island with a visit to the Butchart Gardens, and continue with the greatest seven-day Glacier Discovery Cruise. Extension to Denali National Park is offered at the end of the cruise. Tour dates are August 5-14, 2016. CLICK HERE for the detailed tour program. Availability is extremely limited, so call Anne at 402-435-8888 now or email firstname.lastname@example.org for full information and to sign up.
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