Biggest Ever Signup Bonus for Marriott Visa — Now 100,000 Points (and more)!!

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A year ago this card started offering 80,000 points as part of the biggest signup bonus it ever had. And now Chase has just upped the ante on the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card to a huge 100,000 Points after spending $5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months as a cardmember.

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American Airlines Will Now Sell You a Premium Economy Seat on (Some) International Flights

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American Airlines is the first US airline with a premium economy cabin. Delta plans to offer premium economy in the 3rd quarter onboard their Airbus A350 aircraft which will mostly fly to Asia. United hasn’t made a formal commitment to premium economy yet.

As of yesterday, premium economy is now for sale as a separate cabin (as it was intended to become) for travel starting May 4. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Wait to Do Heroin Until You Land and How We Know the Electronics Ban is Bogus

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Tipping Your Uber Driver is Illegal in 13 States

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Lyft embeds a tipping function in its app, while Uber does not. However Uber no longer advertises that tips are ‘included’ and allows drivers to solicit for tips. I’m not going to add the stress of cash, proper change, and the awkward friction at the end of a ride. Others take a different view.

I don’t like tipping but there’s no reason why it ought to be illegal — except to varying degrees it is in 13 states including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Virginia!

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Why United Owes All Its Customers an Apology for Yoga Pants

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Yesterday a social media firestorm broke out when United Airlines refused to allow passengers to board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis wearing yoga pants. It turned out that the passengers were riding on passes and their dress violated United’s policy for non-revenue travel.

However before United knew the facts of the situation, when it could just as easily have been revenue passengers, the airline defended its actions.

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United Has to Mothball Brand New Boeing 777s Because of Polaris Business Class Seat Delays

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United’s slow roll out of new business class seats is being delayed even further because seat manufacturer Zodiac hasn’t been able to deliver seats on time.

It’s reached the point where United is taking aircraft that it cannot put into service.

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Do You Want the Cancer? Something I Haven’t Been Asked on a Flight in Years

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I flew Southwest Airlines Austin – Las Vegas on Wednesday. It strikes me that this isn’t the only Southwest Airlines flight I’ll be taking in March. For someone that hadn’t set foot on a Southwest aircraft from 1994 through 2014, I guess that makes me a Southwest regular.

They are, after all, the largest carrier at my home airport. And they’ve re-timed their Washington National – Austin non-stop to leave after 5 pm so I can work most of a day and still make it.

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The Single Most Important Tip in Travel

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The most important philosophy in travel is “hang up, call back” — when you don’t get the help or answer you want the first time, whether over the phone or in person, start over with someone else. Be nice, be patient, and the next person may be more empowered or more sympathetic. I’ve been beating this drum for years.

But the most important tip in travel is far simpler.

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The Single Most Important Tip in Travel

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The most important philosophy in travel is “hang up, call back” — when you don’t get the help or answer you want the first time, whether over the phone or in person, start over with someone else. Be nice, be patient, and the next person may be more empowered or more sympathetic. I’ve been beating this drum for years.

But the most important tip in travel is far simpler.

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United Airlines Says Women May Be Denied Boarding for Wearing Leggings

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A United gate agent this morning apparently told women they’re not allowed to board in leggings — that if they wanted to fly flight 215 from Denver to Minneapolis they’d have to put dresses on over their athletic wear.

The airline’s twitter team backs this up.

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My Favorite Way to Travel

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I’m not going to lie I love international first class, and especially flying Etihad’s First Apartment. But at most I do that a few times a year, so that’s not what makes the bulk of my travels better.

I slog it out with well north of 100 flights a year, most of that is domestic. And there’s one thing that makes my travel better than anything else: not checking a bag, but more importantly not needing overhead bin space.

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Facial Recognition Replacing Boarding Passes in London, Missing Pilot in Plane Crash

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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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Do You Bother Putting Your Phone into Airplane Mode When the Doors Close?

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A little over three years ago the ban on using personal electronics below 10,000 feet was lifted.

Almost everyone at some point mistakenly either left their phone on in their bag, or had some electronics turn on during the flight which they only realized later. And no Really. Bad. Things. happened.

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How to Fix Hyatt’s Confirmed Suite Upgrades

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Hyatt introduced the most innovative and rewarding elite benefit in 2009 — confirmed suite upgrades. Top tier elites could confirm a suite at time of booking for up to 7 nights four times a year.

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Delta’s New Policy for Checking Guns and the Greatest View Ever From a Plane

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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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