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Entries from April 2010

Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights

April 29th, 2010 · Comments Off on Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights

Last month, the Airline Passenger Bill of Rights was included in and approved with the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. It’s a bill that’s been in the works for what seems like years and finally gives passengers some reasonable rights when it comes to air travel. The rules took effect yesterday. What are they?

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Tags: Reference

Credit Card Foreign Transaction Fees

April 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

If you use your credit card outside the United States, your credit card company will probably charge you a foreign transaction fee. A foreign transaction fee is a small service fee, usually 1-5% if your card charges the fee, charged by the credit card issuer and the processor (Visa, MasterCard, etc.) to convert your purchases […]

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Tags: Money Tips

Carnival Cruises Past Guest Recognition Loyalty Program

April 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Every cruise line has a loyalty program and Carnival is no different. Carnival Cruises has the “flattest” past guest recognition loyalty program of all the cruise lines, with two tiers: On your second cruise with Carnival, you are upgraded to the Gold Member status of the Past Guest Recognition program. On your 10th cruise, you […]

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Tags: Loyalty Programs

Spirit Airlines Charging for Carry On Bags

April 26th, 2010 · Comments Off on Spirit Airlines Charging for Carry On Bags

The fees on airline tickets is getting absurd. When I read that Spirit Airlines was going to start charging for carry-on bags, a staggering $45 at the gate, I figured the next news story we’d see was about Spirit Airlines going the way of the ghost. $45 to check your bag at the gate, that’s […]

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How do you Pronounce Eyjafjallajökull?

April 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on How do you Pronounce Eyjafjallajökull?

Eyjafjallajökull is the name of the volcano on Iceland that shut down European airspace for about a week (see some amazing pictures from The Big Picture) and I bet you have no idea how to pronounce it. How do I know? I listened to the pronunciation about thirty times and I still can’t repeat it! […]

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Repositioning Cruises

April 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off on Repositioning Cruises

A repositioning cruise is exactly what it sounds like – a cruise where the cruise line is repositioning the ship. They’re typically cheaper because the cruise will start in one port and end in another. It’s really an innovation in an old business practice when you think about it. When they used to reposition ships, […]

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How Hilton HHonors Rewards Program Works

April 20th, 2010 · 2 Comments

I recently signed up to the Hilton HHonors rewards program because Martha and I spent a few days in Miami after our cruise to the Bahamas. As far as I can remember, the HHonors Rewards program is the first hotel rewards program I’ve ever signed up for. Whenever I read a rewards program, I always […]

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Airlines Promise Not to Charge for Carry-On Bags

April 19th, 2010 · Comments Off on Airlines Promise Not to Charge for Carry-On Bags

Ever since Spirit Airlines announced a $45 fee for carry-on luggage a few weeks ago, the travel world has been talking about how the fees have started to get ridiculous. It also seem s a little silly but Senator Charles Schumer, Democrat from New York, contacted American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, United Airlines and US […]

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Tags: General

Afternoon at Boordy’s: Spring Case Club Event (2010)

April 12th, 2010 · Comments Off on Afternoon at Boordy’s: Spring Case Club Event (2010)

Martha and I are fans of trying to support local businesses and tops on the list are local wineries. Every year we attend Wine in the Woods, an annual wine festival that takes places just a stone’s throw from our house. Local, and not so local wineries, visit nearby Symphony Woods for an afternoon of […]

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Southwest Double Credit Days Promotion

April 8th, 2010 · Comments Off on Southwest Double Credit Days Promotion

I just received an email from Southwest about their Double Credit Days promotion, where you earn an extra Rapid Rewards credit for each flight. The promotion is running from April 7th through May 26th, 2010 and for each flight, you earn an extra credit. Business Select Fares during that time will earn 2.25 credits for […]

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Tags: Money Tips