Moscow Airport Sells Replica Guns and Citibank Double Bogeys

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A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips.

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Uber is Losing $2 Billion a Year. That’s Not Sustainable.

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This morning both Point Me to the Plane and One Mile at a Time expressed some shock that Uber lost $1.2 billion in the first half of the year.

They’re spending a lot to subsidize drivers as they grow aggressively into markets. They keep prices low, but guarantee income. They want to onboard drivers so there’s always a car available when customers pull up the Uber app — otherwise customers in a new city will get frustrated, and not use them again.

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PROMO: Discount Earning Miles Paying Your Rent or Mortgage With a Credit Card

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Bill payment service Plastiq lets you pay people by check and they charge your credit card. You earn miles, and if you use you a BankDirect checking account then it’s a good way to also earn American Airlines miles ‘on the float’ because the money stays in your checking account longer.

Plastiq has a promotion where instead of their normal 2.5% fee for processing payments, they’ll charge you just 1.75% for rent or mortgage payments.

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Ok, Which One of You Did THIS?

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Mickey H., who shared this with me on Facebook, wrote But officer… “You don’t understand, I have only 1 day left to get my mileage spend in to get my big bonus.”

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New American Airlines Club Option With Real Food and Liquor in Miami

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There used to be an American Airlines Admirals Club on the “E” concourse of the Miami airport. Nearly all of American’s flights out of Miami depart from D these days, so the Admirals Club closed in E. There are still some American flights out of E, and some oneworld partner flights, so the lounge was re-opened several years ago as a shared oneworld lounge though officially it’s designated the “premium lounge.”

However, the American Airlines club newsletter reminded of a recent change to this policy. Admirals Club members can now access this premium lounge which has ample seating as well ...

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Family travel snap: Lonely Planet Pathfinder Gretta Schifano

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For our family travel snap this month, we’re learning to cook in Spain with Lonely Planet Pathfinder Gretta Schifano.

Gretta blogs at Mums do Travel (mumsdotravel.com), covering luxury family travel, travel with teens and trips where you leave the kids at home. She believes in the need for compromise to make a family trip successful and likes to share ideas so the whole family can get what they want from a trip.

Gretta

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My husband and kids (17 and 12 years old at the time) are learning to cook some traditional Catalan fish dishes with ...

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BUSINESS CLASS AWARD ALERT: West Coast – Europe for 9 Or More Passengers (Virgin Atlantic, Use Delta Miles or Credit Card Points)

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There’s truly fantastic Virgin Atlantic business class award space between Seattle and London.

Virgin Atlantic takes over the route from Delta on March 26, and will operate it with a Boeing 787-9. Flights are timed wonderfully for connecting from other West Coast cities to Seattle; for spending the full day in Seattle before departure; for connecting beyond London; as well as connecting down the West Coast on arrival back in the States.

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The Most Beautiful Instagram Photos of America’s National Parks

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We've been going gaga over national parks this year and today is finally the day. The National Park Service's 100th anniversary will be celebrated with free admission to all parks from August 25-28. To honor our natural national treasures, we've gathered up some of our favorite photos shared of national parks everywhere from Hawaii to Colorado. Did your favorite park make the cut?

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Olympic National Park

Sequoia National Park

Yellowstone ...

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Aloft Hotels Now Has Voice-Activated Rooms

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In a voice-controlled hotel room, it pays to enunciate.

Ever wished there was an easier way to turn on the TV or open the blinds than by pressing a button? Good news: two Aloft hotels now have "voice-activated hotel rooms," where you can ask Siri (aka, the voice of the iPhone, who is sort of like the telephone operator for a new generation) for a nearby restaurant recommendation without even having to lift—or tap—a finger. Dubbed "Project Jetson," the program just rolled out at Aloft's hotels in Boston and Santa Clara, California.

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Concorde: A New Flight Deal Website for Impulsive Travelers

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So many flight deals, so little time: Concorde is a traveler's guilty pleasure.

Wanderlust is a funny thing. When it strikes, the urge to go is powerful, but it may not send you in a particular direction. It can turn the simple question—where?—into an agonizing choice. But, like most things in life, there's a website for that: Concorde.io is an airfare aggregator, new in February, that lists flight deals that you can book right now, pulled from around the internet. At first glance, it's a wholesale list of amazing flights—$131 round-trippers in the U.S. on United, or flights to ...

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Feds Propose Ban on Swimming With Hawaii Dolphins

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Hawaiian spinner dolphins may look like they're putting on a show, but some of that leaping could be attributed to elevated stress levels.

Humans, for better or for worse, love to swim with sea creatures: be it a green sea turtle in the waters of Kauai, a whale shark in the Maldives, or a chipper little dolphin in a bay (or for some reason, still, a tank). We humbly admit to being out of our element—gawky land-lubbers who want nothing more than to snorkel, scuba, or swim with these majestic beings on their home turf. But we've ...

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The Biggest Cause of Flight Delays

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Weather is no longer the leading cause of flight delays.

Most of us have been there, sitting on the tarmac ready to depart, only to hear the intercom crackle and the captain's voice fill the plane—inclement weather means we're grounded for "a little bit," or even worse, "This plane is returning to the gate." Yet according to data provided by airlines to the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, stormy skies are no longer primarily to blame for delays, which are defined as any flight that reaches the gate more than 15 minutes later than its scheduled ...

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Obama Names Maine’s North Woods a New National Monument

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These 87,500 acres are now officially protected by the federal government.

What better way to celebrate the centennial of the U.S. National Park Service—which is today, so you still have time to run out and get a card—than to bring a new friend to the party? That may have been the thinking that President Obama was using yesterday when he designated Maine's North Woods, an 87,500-acre stretch in the state's central north next to Baxter State Park, a brand-new national monument. This is great news for environmentalists, who have been trying to keep the area safe from ...

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Chase Joining AndroidPay… But RadPad Kills Free Credit Card Rent Payments

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A couple of weeks ago rent paying service Radpad announced they would facilitate paying your rent for free with a credit card through end of year using AndroidPay.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that Chase cards didn’t support AndroidPay. So it was great for some other issuers (although Amex cards seem not to be working), but not Chase products.

And just as Chase is about to start working… RadPad pulls the plug.

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Park-to-Park Adventure: Glacier to Yellowstone

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Logan Pass, at the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park, delivers delicate subalpine pines and flowers, mountain goats, and even snow in July (one of the many highlights of our park-to-park adventure!). (Michele Firpo-Cappiello)

From the heights of the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park to the iconic waterfalls, geysers, and hot springs in Yellowstone, we celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service with an epic road trip through Montana and Wyoming. The best part? Thanks to affordable lodging and awesome stops along the way, this incredible vacation is within reach of Budget Travelers.

“Montana!”

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Marriott Adds Korean Air as Transfer Partner: Why This Improves Both Programs

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Marriott announced today that they have a new partnership to allow mileage earning with and points transfers to Korean Air SKYPASS.

This is fantastic on many levels. Hopefully adding partners and features of Starwood Preferred Guest into Marriott Rewards will continue because the merger remains likely to close.

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ENDING SOON: 60,000 Mile Signup Bonus for American AAdvantage Credit Card

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The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® has had a standard offer for some time of 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. The limited-time offer for the card is 10,000 miles better — but expires in only a week.

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Is This the Creepiest Way to Earn Miles Yet? New App Gives You Miles for Tracking Everywhere You Go

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Even pre-Snowden we knew that the government was collecting and storing our cell phone geolocation data. And data mining grocery store discount cards. And using license plate readers on traffic cameras to track our movements.

How would you feel about giving that information to corporations, too, for marketing purposes?

What if they threw you a few miles to do it?

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A Conversation with Gianni Onorato of MSC Cruises

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We continue our series of special extended conversations—interviews with the CEOs of the world’s major cruise lines. This week, Peter Greenberg has a conversation with Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC… Read More…

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FARE ALERT: New York – Europe from an Amazing $252 Roundtrip

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Fares across the Atlantic have been low for a variety of reasons: too much capacity from the major airlines, low fuel prices that support this, and increased competition from low cost airlines like Norwegian and Wow Air.

AirfareSpot highlights fares to Europe starting at $281 but there’s a trick to get the pricing even lower.

Norwegian has their flights from New York JFK to Oslo, Copenhagen, and Stockholm on sale during low season of January through mid-March at a super deep discount. You can visit these cities when it’s cheap, or use these flights as a jumping off point ...

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Travel Tip: The Problem With Inebriated Airline Passengers

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Does it seem that there are more inebriated airline passengers this summer? My airline sources report an increase in flight diversions, detentions, and arrests of drunk passengers. Many board planes… Read More…

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Some Airlines Will Start Charging Consumers to Complain

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It’s almost impossible to sue an airline except for violations of federal law and explicit breaches of contracts (and they write the contracts). State contract claims like duties of good faith and fair dealing are pre-empted by the Airline Deregulation Act. This was ruled explicitly on with regard to frequent flyer programs two years ago in Northwest v. Ginsburg.

But consumers can complain to the Department of Transportation (even if DOT has been improperly ignoring legitimate loyalty program complaints). They can also sue in small claims court, where pre-emption issues are unlikely to carry as much weight and ...

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Some Airlines Will Start Charging Consumers to Complain

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It’s almost impossible to sue an airline except for violations of federal law and explicit breaches of contracts (and they write the contracts). State contract claims like duties of good faith and fair dealing are pre-empted by the Airline Deregulation Act. This was ruled explicitly on with regard to frequent flyer programs two years ago in Northwest v. Ginsburg.

But consumers can complain to the Department of Transportation (even if DOT has been improperly ignoring legitimate loyalty program complaints). They can also sue in small claims court, where pre-emption issues are unlikely to carry as much weight and ...

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How to Survive a Family Vacation

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Book a villa, not hotel rooms.

1. Book a Villa

Book a villa or house, or log cabin or castle instead of a group of hotel rooms. You’re a family, and you want to live like a family; it encourages you to stay in one place longer and not have to pack, move, and unpack. Plus, you'll feel like a local by getting to know the neighborhood bakers, grocers, baristas, and markets.

2. Don’t travel in a pack

Try not to all travel together when you head out on holiday. Make it a game to see who can get ...

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