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Airplane Etiquette, Egypt & The Westin Hapuna Beach

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Every day I personally look through hundreds of blog posts from the best travel blogs on the internet. When I find posts that I feel would be valuable to you, I put them together in a Travel Blog News article. Today I found a few travel articles that meet the standards. Here are the best of the best from today.

 

Airplane Etiquette – Live & Let’s Fly

Always be aware of your surroundings.  If you’re thinking about reclining your airplane seat, that’s fine, but make sure to check behind you first.  It’s possible that the person sitting behind you has things on their tray table that could be broken with the sudden recline of your seat.  This almost happened to Matthew, when his laptop became jammed between the tray table and the back of the reclined seat.

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Add Egypt Back to the Bucket List – The Points Guy

Egypt has a lot going for it.  The safety concerns stemming from its 2011 revolution have been stabilized, a new sphinx has recently been uncovered, new hotels are being built, and a huge museum focused on the Egyptian civilization is about to open.  I have always been fascinated with the Egyptian civilization, but have not yet been able to travel there.  I hope to make the trip within the next five years, to see the pyramids, Sphinx’s, the Nile River, and experience the culture first hand.

Over the past few years, I haven’t felt comfortable enough to travel there due to safety concerns.  This article, along with other news has helped ease my worries about traveling to Egypt.  I can’t wait to see it all and check it off my bucket list.

 

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Westin Hapuna Beach Hawaii – The Points Guy

Next time I go to Hawaii I think I’ll spend at least some of the time at this hotel.  With a decent redemption rate through Marriott, this resort is a good deal if using points.  I’ve never stayed at this hotel, but have been to Hapuna Beach and enjoy the area.  It’s just North of Kona and very near to some amazing beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hopefully, the redemption rate stays the same at this property so that we can get multiple free nights with the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus credit card, SPG credit card (Read more – terms apply), or the SPG Business credit card (Read more – terms apply).  They all earn points and free annual nights in the newly merged SPG/Marriott program.

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African Safari Photos, Top College Towns & Being Single

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Editorial Disclaimer: This post may include references to offers from our partners. We may receive compensation when you click on links to specific products. The opinions expressed here are ours alone and at no time has the editorial content been provided, reviewed, or approved by any issuer. Thank you for supporting us.  We appreciate you.

Every day I personally look through hundreds of blog posts from the best travel blogs on the internet. When I find posts that I feel would be valuable to you, I put them together in a Travel Blog News article. Today I found a few travel articles that meet the standards. Here are the best of the best from today.

 

17 Incredible Safari Photos – Million Mile Secrets

Going on an African Safari is one of my top bucket list ideas.  They were lucky enough to see a huge assortment of animals on the game reserve in South Africa.  When I go on a safari, I’d like it to be in Kenya or Tanzania during the Great Migration.  I’d really like to go on a camping safari for a week, even though it’s probably not quite as safe as some other African Safari’s.  It would be amazing to be able to see so many exotic animals in their natural habitat.

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16 Amazing College Towns – Million Mile Secrets

Have you ever visited any of these college towns?  Maybe you happen to live in one, like I do!  I’ve been to three of the cities on the list and live in one of them.  I’ve been to Boulder, Charlottesville, and Berkeley.  I have lived in Eugene, Oregon for all but one year of my life and will expand on Million Mile Secrets’ explanation.  It’s the home of the University of Oregon Ducks, many outdoor activities, breweries, vineyards, running enthusiasts (Track Town USA), and great bike paths.  Also, the Oregon Ducks aren’t the only green thing you can legally experience while in the state (if you can read between the lines and you’re into that).  Eugene is nestled between the mountains, the Pacific Ocean, rivers, lakes, and the city (Portland).  All of which are within a two hour drive, making this a great place to visit or live!

 

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Being Single Makes Travel More Expensive – The Points Guy

While this is up for debate in the comments of the post, I’d have to agree that traveling with a partner is much more frugal.  While flights remain the same per person, hotels and such end up costing the same price no matter how many people are staying with you.  For a $100 hotel room, it will cost the full amount for a single traveler, while it will cut the price in half if you’re traveling as a pair.  Sometimes my wife and I will save on food as well by sharing plates at a restaurant.  Especially when we go somewhere with huge portions and we lack the equipment to save or reheat them.

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Best Hawaii Hotels, Free In-Flight Messaging & VR

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Every day I personally look through hundreds of blog posts from the best travel blogs on the internet. When I find posts that I feel would be valuable to you, I put them together in a Travel Blog News article. Today I found a few travel articles that meet the standards. Here are the best of the best from today.

 

Free Messaging on Southwest – The Gate

It’s always nice to be able to communicate with friends and family while in the sky.  Southwest is rolling out free messaging on their flights and should be done in October.  This means you can message whoever is picking you up with an accurate time of when you should be arriving at the airport.  Or you can get in on that group chat that you’d normally come back to with hundreds of unread messages.

From experience on Alaska’s free messaging, I noticed that it also allows some other apps to work, whether on purpose or not.  While I was flying to and from Washington DC this summer I was able to receive updates on twitter through the free messaging.

 

Best Hawaii Hotels Using Points – Million Mile Secrets

While we normally stay in a condo in Hawaii, we’ve also stayed in two of these hotels as well as a few others.  Hawaii is our favorite destination due to it’s beauty and ease of travel from the west coast.  We typically stay in condos so that we can prepare most of our own meals.  But, with these options available using points, we may try booking a hotel for “free” next time.  I say “free” with quotations because many of these hotels have resort fees, which you still have to pay on reward stays.  I’m not a fan of resort fees.  Why should a hotel have a set price for a room and then for no particular reason add another fee to the price?

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We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Kauai using our free nights through the World of Hyatt credit card.  The hotel was in a great location in Poipu and was beautiful.  The sand bottom pool was great for relaxing if we didn’t want to make the trek another 100 yards to the beach.  It had nice white sand beaches just in front of the property.  We even made S’mores one night out near the pools!

Another of these hotels that we stayed at was the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach, which we did not enjoy.  It’s a few blocks from Waikiki Beach and in a great location if you like that area.  We found the hotel to be pretty run down and not what you’d typically expect from a Hyatt Place Property (they usually have nice chic rooms with the somewhat separated bed and living space with modern shower).  Also, we dislike the Waikiki area.  The beaches are not nice and it being overcrowded is an understatement.

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Alaska Airlines Has VR Headsets on Flights – The Points Guy

Virtual reality has hit the skies.  Alaska Airlines has rolled out VR headseats on a few of their flights.  You’re only able to watch a few movies in virtual reality 3D.  Fortunately the films that are on the headsets are only forward facing VR.  If not you might have passengers moving all over the place on the plane!  I’ve never watched a movie with one of these headsets, but it’s supposed to give the feel of being in the theater.  It seems like a good touch for Alaska Airlines.  I just hope they wipe off the headsets with sanitizer after each use.

 

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How to Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards, Alaska Airlines Giveaway

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Every day I personally look through hundreds of blog posts from the best travel blogs on the internet. When I find posts that I feel would be valuable to you, I put them together in a Travel Blog News article. Today I found a few travel articles that meet the standards. Here are the best of the best from today.

 

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$169 Flights to Iceland – The Points Guy

If you’re able to travel between September and December you may want to look at going to Iceland.  Wow Air currently has tickets on sale for $169 round trip.  They fly from quite a few major airports in the US, including a couple on the west coast.  The US airports that have this deal available are: PIT, EWR, JFK, BWI, BOS, CLE, STL, CVG, DTW, DFW, SFO, & LAX.

 

Alaska Airlines is Giving Away 100,000 Miles – The Gate

alaska airlines companion fareFree miles.  Yes, please!  Alaska Airlines is giving away 100,000 miles plus money to cover the taxes that it may incur.  It would be pretty nice to have some extra miles.  Where would you go if you were to win?  I think I would use my Alaska Miles on short haul flights along the west coast.  Good luck if you enter!

 

How to Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to Airline Partners – Points, Miles & Martinis

Since the most popular card for beginners in the points and miles space is the Chase Sapphire Preferred, this will be pretty useful.  The blog post shows how to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to Airline partners.  This is the way to get the most value out of your points, so take notes.  I often transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to British Airways to fly to Hawaii, and to Southwest to take advantage of my Companion Pass status.

 

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Free Miles for Washington Residents, Living in an Airport

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Every day I personally look through hundreds of blog posts from the best travel blogs on the internet. When I find posts that I feel would be valuable to you, I put them together in a Travel Blog News article. Today I found a few travel articles that meet the standards. Here are the best of the best from today.

 

Seahawks Delta 12status promo Delta’s Seahawks Fan Program – The Points Guy

Personally, I dislike the Seahawks… GO RAIDERS!!!  But, in this case Delta is giving away miles to Washington Residents as part of their 12status promotion.  You will earn miles without even flying.  They’re giving you a mile for every yard the Seahawks throw for, which should be a few thousand.  You will also receive priority boarding.  Seems like a good deal for those of you who consider yourselves Seahawks fans… EW!

 

Man Lives in Airport – View From The Wing

Could you live in an airport for a day? A week? A month?  How about 18 years?!?  That’s how long a man once lived in Paris Charles De Gaulle airport (as seen in Tom Hanks’ movie The Terminal).  I never realized that movie was a true story… Now I want to go watch it because I never have.  How long do you think you could live in an airport?  It might be an interesting journalistic story for a travel blogger to try out.  Priority Pass would be a necessity, as well as a boarding pass that you could delay over and over somehow…

air boat swamp tourNew Orleans Swamp Tour Review – Points, Miles & Martinis

I’ve always wanted to ride on an air boat through swamps (preferably the Everglades).  It seems like a lot of fun flying around and seeing the wildlife.  It’s on my bucket list, but I’ve yet to complete it.  Maybe next year I’ll head to Florida to check it off the list.  Like they recommend, I’d like to do it on a small boat.

 

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Giving Away a Million Miles, Hawaii Airfare Sale

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Every day I personally look through hundreds of blog posts from the best travel blogs on the internet. When I find posts that I feel would be valuable to you, I put them together in a Travel Blog News article. Today I found a few travel articles that meet the standards. Here are the best of the best from today.one million miles

 

I’M GIVING AWAY 1,000,000 MILES – THE POINTS GUY

The Points Guy has partnered with United Airlines to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation.  They’re giving away a whopping one million miles to the winner of their raffle.  To enter you can donate at least $10.  With some of the larger donation amounts you will receive some swag along with your entries.  The article also shows a few ways you could spend your million United miles if you’re the winner.  My favorite on the list is number 1 with first class going all the way around the world.

 

BEST TRAVEL TOYS FOR KIDS – MILLION MILE SECRETS

Emily from Million Mile Secrets has put together a list of toys that travel well with children of all ages.  She compiled a group of toys for babies, toddlers, and young children of age three or higher.  A flight of five hours is a long time to keep your child occupied in a confined space.  If you have children, let us know what their favorite toys to bring on the plane are in the comments.  I’d love to hear, for future reference!

HAWAII AIRFARE SALE – POINTS WITH A CREWbudget travel credit cards

If you’re looking to go to Hawaii in the near future and can fly out from the west coast, there is a great deal going on.  The sale has flights in September for as low as $247 or 16,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards.  That award redemption for a round trip flight to Hawaii is a steal!  Usually the best deal around takes 25,000 Ultimate Rewards transferred to British Airways.  If you’ve never been to Hawaii, you need to go.  It’s my favorite place in the world!

 

AIRLINE GIMMICK TO AVOID COMPENSATION – LIVE & LETS FLY

Have you recently had any flights where the flight time seemed extraordinarily long for the distance you were traveling?  I definitely have, but didn’t realize why.  This article makes complete sense to why airlines would be fluffing the estimated arrival time of your flight.  My wife and I actually experienced this on our recent flight from Washington DC (DCA) to Dallas (DAL).  Our flight was delayed nearly an hour, but somehow we actually got there before our expected arrival time.  I was confused and didn’t think we could have made up that much time in the air.  This gimmick would make sense to why we made it to Dallas on time.  Have you experienced this yet?

 

I’m thinking about donating to The Points Guy’s fundraiser and then hopefully winning that million miles!  I would love to be able to take a round the world trip, and help donate to a great cause at the same time.  Good luck if you decide to donate as well.  Leave us a comment about any of these blog posts.  We’d love to chat with you about them!  On with the week…

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How Do Credit Cards Work, Southwest to Hawaii, VIP

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Every day I personally look through blog posts from the best travel blogs on the internet.  When I find posts that I feel would be valuable to you, I put them together in a Travel Blog News article.  Today I found a few travel articles that meet the standards.  Here are the best of the best from over the weekend.

 

credit sesame credit scoreHow Do Credit Cards Work? We’ve Got The Answers – Johnny Jet

Johnny Jet examines the ins and outs of how credit cards really work.  There are a ton of terms you should be familiar with when it comes to your credit cards.  He goes over things that have to do with your credit card spending such as statement closing dates, payment due dates, statement balance, and minimum payment due.  He covers different types of fees and interest, which we always want to stay away from.  Plus, of course he covers earning and redeeming travel rewards, and other benefits that come from travel credit cards.

Do you know your credit score?  If you want to check your credit score, go to Credit Sesame to make a 100% free account and learn what your approximate score is.

 

Southwest to Hawaii News – Mile Value

Hawaii is due for some good news, after suffering from earthquakes, heavy rains, volcanic lava, and a hurricane to top it off.  Finding out that Southwest will be booking and flying it’s new Hawaii routes starting in September or October is excellent news.  My wife and I have earned a Southwest Companion Pass for the rest of 2018 through the end of 2019.  We plan to use it for some buy-one-get-one-free Hawaii flights!  Now I’m interested to see what the pricing will look like, and when they will add new departure cities from the mainland.  I’m really hoping for Portland or Seattle to be added soon after launch.

 

Chase Sapphire Preferred card holders are VIP at Popular Events – Million Mile Secrets

bucket list world cup gameWhether you knew about it or not (most don’t), the Chase Sapphire Preferred comes with a somewhat secret benefit.  It’s cardholders have VIP Access privileges at many concerts, sports, and dining events.  I have never looked into these in the past, but I’m going to start as some of the events sound pretty amazing.  VIP Access at an Ed Sheeran concert in a luxury box for $300 sounds pretty cool… Having a special dinner at a Michelin Star restaurant… Yumm.  Did you know about this benefit of having the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card?

ALSO: Chase Ink Business Preferred credit card holders also have access to some of the events.

 

If you missed the last episode of Travel Blog News, you can find it here.

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Eating Healthy on Planes, Self Cleaning Airplane Seats

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Speaking of staying healthy while traveling... If you've ever felt like it's impossible to eat healthy while flying, this one's for you. It goes into more detail about how a few health experts stay healthy while on the go and in the air.

GUIDE TO EATING HEALTHY ON PLANES - THE POINTS GUY

travel with kidsWhile I'm not a mom, my wife and I do want to have children soon, so this one hits home.  Many people with kids claim that it's impossible to travel once you have kids.  I'm sure you've heard something to this extent before...  Well, whether they mean financially or just the difficulty of added passengers who don't always obey or even understand, I'm going to boldly say they're wrong!  No, I don't have children yet to judge how hard it really is, but I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say we won't stop traveling when we have kids.  This article explains how traveling with her kids actually made her a better mom.

HOW AIRLINE MILES MAKE ME A BETTER MOM - MOMMY POINTS

Airplane seats that kill bacteria instantly?  Sounds like people will be getting sick less from travel... Oh wait, aren't some bacteria we carry good for us?  I'll let you decide for yourself whether or not these newly designed airplane seats are a good thing.

SELF-CLEANING AIRCRAFT SEATS - THE POINTS GUY

Ok, this isn't really travel related unless you consider driving to 7-11 travel... But, they're giving away free 12 oz cans of Redbull at 7-11.  All you do is click this link, input your phone number, and you'll receive a coupon.  Make sure not to redeem the digital coupon until you actually are ready to purchase the Redbull, because the coupon will only be valid for 15 minutes from that point.

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Here are a few ways you could redeem 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, which happens to be the amount of points currently offered through the introductory bonus for the Chase Ink Preferred credit card.

BEST WAYS TO REDEEM 80K UR POINTS - ONE MILE AT A TIME

Thanks for tuning in to this episode of "Travel Blog News".  If you missed the last episode you can find it HERE.  See you later Travel Tribe!

 

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Worst Travel Habits, Keep the Airplane Air Vent On

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More travel blog news is in order.  I’ve found a few blog posts from around the points and miles travel community that I think will either benefit you or spark your interest.  These are the ones that caught my eye today…

Here’s a list of the worst travel habits out there.  Hopefully you aren’t one of “THOSE” people, when it comes to flying…

WORST TRAVEL HABITS – THE POINTS GUY

air vent on airplaneKeep that airplane air vent flowing!  It may just prevent you from getting sick… did you know that those vents were originally made to clean the air from cigarette smokers on planes?  I still can’t believe that was ever allowed… DISGUSTING!

THINK TWICE BEFORE TURNING OFF THE AIR VENT – TRAVEL & LEISURE

If you’re trying to meet a minimum spend for a credit card, or have a credit card that earns multiple points per dollar you’ll want to know about these two promos going on right now.  I’ll be heading to both stores with my Chase Ink Cash credit card that earns 5 points per dollar at both.

EASY 5X AT OFFICE MAX – FREQUENT MILER & FEE WAIVED VISA GC’S AT STAPLES – DAN’S DEALS

grow business with credit cardsIf you have a small business, or work independently you may find this article interesting.  It describes a few ways that credit cards can help your business.  As a small business owner, myself, I find this topic interesting and will be writing about it soon as well.

7 WAYS CREDIT CARDS CAN HELP GROW YOUR BUSINESS – THE POINTS GUY

In case you missed it, here’s a link to the last episode of travel blog news.  Leave a comment if you found any of these blog posts useful.  I’d love to hear what you think of them.

 

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Southwest Hawaii Flights – UPDATE!

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In my prediction last week, I was slightly wrong about what cities the new Southwest Hawaii flights would depart from.  Originally I had guessed flights would be from a few different west coast states including Washington and Oregon, but they will actually all be in California.  The four departure airports that will have Southwest Hawaii flights are Sacramento (SMF), San Jose (SJC), Oakland (OAK), and San Diego (SAN).  I was close with some of my guesses, but I’m a little bit disappointed there are no airports in the north west.

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Another surprise is that Southwest plans on flying inter-island routes.  This is excellent news that I didn’t expect, because currently there are only a few options to go between the islands.  Maybe this will create some cheaper fares to get from island to island.  I love Hawaii and travel there often, so it’s nice to be able to split up a vacation between multiple islands, like my wife and I are doing this summer.

 

MORE SOUTHWEST HAWAII FLIGHTS ANNOUNCEMENTS TO COME

hawaii budget flightsThe only things left for Southwest to announce about their Hawaii launch, are how often they will fly these routes and when they will begin flying them.  I’m definitely excited for Southwest Hawaii flights to begin, both because I love Hawaii and I have a companion pass coming my way this month.  That means my wife and I can both fly to Hawaii for the price of one ticket.  Also, that price can points instead of money, so it has the potential of being an extremely cheap/free way to get to Hawaii!