Best Travel Deals and News – April 12, 2011 – Plan Your Round the World Trip, How to Pack to Travel, Avoid Airline Fees, Credit Cards for Frequent Flyer Miles, How to Get First Class Plane Seats

by brian on April 12, 2011

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How to Fly Around Pesky Airline Fees

Pesky airline fees and how we can avoid them have been the topic of many articles lately and for good reason: Most passengers hate them. Airlines love them because they are adding to the bottom line and keep them in the black.

What a Government Shutdown Means for Travelers

Well thankfully this was averted but in case it did happen, these could have been the ramifications. Passport Day 2011 was cancelled preemptively and as of this writing there was no makeup date.

Travel Video of the Week
How to Avoid Airline Fees

How to file a travel insurance claim and what to do if you’re turned down

Hold your documentation and read read read before and after you sign your travel insurance agreement to understand what is and is not covered. This is not the time for surprises.

Which countries speak English as a second language the best?

You’d expect India to be the top of this list given its history with England, but nope it’s in the middle of the pack. The countries that did the best were Northern European – Finland, Sweden, The Netherlands. I know when I was in Amsterdam everyone I talked to spoke perfect English. Would this be important to someone who has a fear of the language barrier when they travel? Perhaps. But most everywhere in the world there are English speakers. Even in Japan, which did not perform well, public transportation and travel items are in Japanese and English. Nothing to fear abroad about language.

Cash? Free Flights? Your Guide to Being Bumped from a Flight (or Not)

Some people go out and actively seek getting bumped from flights so that they can collect cash from the airlines. I’m not sure I could deal with the aggravation of it, but like anything else, if there something to be had for free, someone is willing to go out and collect it. Here are some things to keep in mind if you want to a person to do this.

11 Reasons to Stop Dreaming and Start Planning Your Round the World Trip

Well I’ve always agreed with this and posted a video on Youtube about it – 7 Reasons You Should Travel Around the World. If you’re debating a round the world trip, debate no more. Just do it.

I Want to Move Abroad – Where Do I Start?

The person considering becoming an ex-pat has a lot of questyions that may ultimately stop them from making the leap. Here is a short article of things to consider and resources to help you make the decision to take off or not.

New credit card offers up the ante for globetrotters

With the world ecopnomy geting a little better the airlines are teaming up with credit card companies to offer credit that comes with airline miles. This can get you merchandise or more imporantly, free tickets to destinations near and far.

You left your phone on a plane, now what?

This happened to me. I had my cell phone in my carry-on on a flight to Florida and I lost my phone in between the seats. I don’t remember if I had to go back to the airport or if the phone was delivered, but I did get the phone back. When I discovered the phone missing, I called the airline and told them the flight I was on and my seat number. I’m sure that helped me recover the phone much faster.

More importantly check in, under and around your seat before you get off the plane. I had an iPod that I lost in the magazine holder in front of me somewhere in Southeast Asia because I was in such a rush to get off the plane.

Score 100,000 British Airways Miles for $95

$95 for free tickets is a fair trade off. Just don’t go buy stuff you normally wouldn’t just to get the points. You still have to pay that back.

7 ways to keep your stuff safe when you fly

I’ve posted before about flight attendants stealing from you in flight and this article addresses TSA agents, baggage handlers and other passengers stealing from you at the airport

How to Pack Your Suitcase as Efficiently as a Flight Attendant

Great info and video on how to pack to get more stuff into a SMALLER bag. That is the key. We are not trying to pack more into a bigger bag.

First Class for Less Than the Price of Economy

The vast majority of people who are sitting in first class are there because they were upgraded, either by the airline, frequent flier miles, etc. Only the very wealthy or the person who is going to splurge can afford those fares. So how can you do it? Read on.

How To Avoid Baggage Fees When Flying

Whether you are bring carry-ons or checked baggage, there are ways to save. But these days can you never completely get away from the fees. You can only hope to minimize them. These tips will help you get there.

Yes, You Can Afford to Go to Europe This Year

Takes a little planning and timing, but any destination is ‘affordable’.

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Vacation Remix April 17, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Enjoyed the read.


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