Just recently, Department of Homeland Security issued a new edict to certain airports – if your cell phone doesn’t turn on while you go through security, it won’t be allowed through. Allegedly, it’s to help combat terrorism – but you can form your own opinions on that.
So, as someone who travels frequently and frequently finds himself in airports, airplanes and Metro trains without a place to plug in, what’s a guy to do?
Tired of spending $7 for a drink on an airplane? There’s a solution! Go to BevMo and buy a few minis, put them in your carry-on liquids thing, and voila! Problem solved and (depending on how long a flight you’re on and how much you imbibe) tens of dollars saved!
Not so fast.
Lufthansa is promoting some very heavily discounted fares to Europe from the Eastern US coast for travel in the next few weeks.
Newark -> Istanbul -> Newark
Roundtrip, all-in: $472
The first two months of 2014 have been positively nonstop. 18-hour-day after the next meant that there was little time to write more about what I love – traveling, which meant that there were no new posts during the month of January, and little in February. But now we’re back. Promise.
Southwest Airlines is a great no-frills airline with service across the United States, and now as a result of acquiring AirTran, now has service to the Caribbean. Although I don’t often fly them because their Rapid Rewards points don’t take me outside that area, it’s the easiest (read: nonstop) way to Vegas from San Diego — and generally pretty cheap.
A big part of their “no frills” aspect is that seats are not assigned at all; once you’re onboard the aircraft, you can pick any seat you want that’s available — and to get on the aircraft sooner, you want to check in as close to exactly 24 hours before your flight to get an A, B, or C number, which determines the order in which you board and is assigned sequentially upon check-in.
One of our readers, Jonathan, received a promotion from US Airways: buy 30,000-50,000 miles and get another 30-50k miles. But is it a good deal, and is it worth it?
The short answer: it depends, but it can actually save you money.