Starting January 22, 2018, driver’s licenses issued by the a hand full of states will no longer be acceptable at any TSA checkpoints. So if you’re a resident of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, or Washington you’ll need to make sure that you have a valid passport or another form of valid ID if you’re flying anywhere domestically!
Today, Delta Airlines will become the first major airline to launch a smartphone app that allows fliers to track their checked bags. Believe it or not there were an estimated 23 million mishandled bags across the globe last year alone. Were you one of those sorry victims? Some of us were, and although we lived to tell about it our stories are nightmarish.
By the time the big day arrives next month, our bride will have spent roughly $30,000 with her Marriott Rewards Premiere Credit Card. We know that this seems like a lot, but it’s actually very much in line with the national average when it comes to weddings.
Consumer Reports recently published a cover story with the eye-catching headline of “Secrets To Stress-Free Flying,” which talks about everything from scoring the lowest fare and saving on baggage fees to how the air travel industry has drastically changed over the years.
The Guestbook is the newest premium hotel booking site that offers rewards for booking through its platform. The site is great for instant gratification, but doesn’t offer the same value as other hotel booking programs. Here’s a rundown of pros and cons for booking through The Guestbook.
United Airlines’ Bug Bounty Program just awarded 15 million frequent flier miles to 19-year-old ex-hacker and Georgia Tech student Ryan Pickren. Just last year he almost went to jail for hacking into rival University of Georgia’s online calendar, and now he’s being rewarded for uncovering, what sources say, could be up to 15 severe bugs in their system.
Most people think you have to spend a lot of money to earn free travel. It’s not necessarily true. When you live within your budget, it does take a time. I’m not going to lie, it takes a lot of energy and finagling to travel for free.
The Chase Sapphire Reserve is the hottest luxury rewards credit card out there right now. Its leaked release mid-August has generated so much buzz and demand that issuing bank JPMorgan Chase ran out of the engraved metal cards in 10 days, sending temporary plastic cards to clamoring masses.
The Ultimate Rewards Program from Chase is getting lots of free press these days. Thousands of people are applying for their newest addition to the Chase family of cards – The Chase Sapphire Reserve. Its 100,000 sign-up bonus can be redeemed at a rate of 1.5 cents apiece.
With the addition of the Chase Sapphire Reserve to the high end travel rewards market, and the discussions about all of its benefits and services to offset the $450 annual fee, we thought that it would be a good time to compare the airport lounge benefits associated with each of the 3 top cards in this upscale travel rewards category. What we found out might surprise you.
It’s promotion time again with the Starwood Preferred Guest program. SPG is currently offering a limited-time offer that gives travelers 35% off Free Night redemptions at select resorts. This promotion is available at only 8 of Starwood’s most sought after luxury properties, and is valid through February 28, 2017. The resorts included normally start at a 40,000 point redemption per night and goes up to 90,000. Now you can take advantage of a night free for as little as 26,000 at some of the brand’s most coveted and exclusive hotels.
Any points junkie worth his or her weight will tell you to sign up for any and all loyalty programs that cross your path. They are generally free, and it takes little time and energy to answer a few questions. So if you’re like us you have a member number for every hotel chain, airline frequent flyer program, and car rental company – but not necessarily tens of thousands of points with each. What do you do with…
Be careful the next time that you leave the country. Without a few key insights, that handbag that you bargained over in Florence could end up costing you more than you ever thought, and with every swipe of your credit card or ATM cash withdrawal your travel budget could easily get out of hand. But it doesn’t have to. We’ve identified the best ways to avoid banking fees while traveling, and have hopefully made it easier for you to travel knowing about all of those annoying fees.
Amtrak tickets for it’s Northeast Corridor can be very pricey, and can make a trip to New York City extremely pricey – until now. To save the most when booking Amtrak we suggest taking the Northeast Regional Saver and start your booking at least two weeks in advance. There are many options to travel on Northeast Regional trains to enjoy a $49 fare.
If you’re planning an event, do it at a Marriott for the absolute best rewards. We, at Point Savvy, are currently in the process of helping plan my sister-in-law’s Connecticut wedding by maximizing points so to offer her and her husband-to-be a variety of options for a free honeymoon that they will remember.
I have been a loyal guest at Starwood Hotels and a diehard user of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints for over a decade. I have spent more time dragging my family from Sheraton to Four Points to every W Hotel in the continental U.S. to rack up hotel stays to achieve Platinum Status, which just happened last week for the ninth time! Needless to say, I’m excited. But you don’t need to achieve Platinum Status to take advantage of one of the best Starwood offers – their fifth night free benefit.
Baltimore became the fourth U.S. market to use British Airways’ bigger, better Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which departed on its first flight for London Heathrow from BWI Marshall Airport on Monday. There are only eight Boeing 787-8 aircraft in British Airways’ fleet, so one coming to Baltimore is a big deal.
Here at Point Savvy we talk about the aging process more than we would like to admit. But with Starwood’s Birth Year Promotion we are happy to shout how old we are from the rooftop of any 5 star hotel under the Starwood umbrella. If you’re not quite sure where your next quick getaway may be, this program may help you to narrow your search while saving you some real money on your hotel stay.
Even though everyone around us is taking a summer vacation, here at Point Savvy we are looking ahead to a winter escape – of course, one where we can snag a deal on a high-end experience.
Once again, Norwegian Airlines is offering great fares direct from BWI to both islands giving you a great jumpstart to a vacation when you really need starting in early November. Best of all, these fares start in November and run through March so that you can take advantage of them from Thanksgiving through Spring Break.
True, some loyalty points only get you discounted plane tickets or hotel upgrades. But Starwood’s Preferred Customer program gets you tennis superstar Andy Roddick. Today, Starwood makes available one of its most popular SPG Moments by giving members the opportunity to redeem Starpoints for once-in-a-lifetime VIP experiences at the 2016 U.S. Open, including access to media tours, courtside seats to the finals and the aforementioned Andy Roddick (via a personalized tennis lesson).
The changes that have occurred since Frequent Flyer Miles were introduced in 1981 are endless. Long gone are the days when you could call a representative on the phone that would help you navigate the system and find you a free seat on a non-stop flight to the destination of your choice at the last minute without fees. With consumers now smarter, technology more advanced, and fuel prices higher, the airlines have made the process of free travel more difficult to achieve – unless you know how to navigate the system.
Savvy reader LeeAnn asked me for my opinion on how to choose an airline credit card. “What’s the best credit card that will get me a free vacation in the next three months?” The basic answer is what airline hub works for you. If you live close to major airport then you’re probably already signed up for a frequent flyer program that is tied to an airline that you already fly frequently.
My nephew carries the Gold Delta SkyMiles credit card from American Express. He lives in Atlanta so this made sense for him to get the credit card years ago. He has since married and has two sons so he needs to earn more miles to fly a family of four to Delta destinations. I advised that his wife apply for her own Delta SkyMiles Credit Card before this offer expires on July 6, 2016.
American Airlines is celebrating their 35 year anniversary by giving away 350,000 miles to 35 lucky people. This sweepstakes is happening now so you have to act fast and enter your information by June 1, 2016. To enter the contest, you’ll need to provide your name, email address and AAdvantage number at the giveaway site by 11:59 p.m. CDT on June 1, 2016.