Every once in a while I’ll be on a tour or staying at a hotel where I can’t help but hear the conversations around me. Sometimes I hear something that makes me stop what I’m doing and listen. The latest happened on a trip to Peru recently when one traveler asked, in amazement, “Why would you use a debit card to pay for an $8,000 tour? Are you out of your mind?!” The recipient of this question mumbled something about responsible spending and not going into debt, but the others at the table hit him with a barrage of arguments that had him saying, “Okay, OKAY—I get it. So what card should I get?” On the one hand, you’ve got to admire a guy who got to retirement age without putting things on a credit card. That restraint and fiscal responsibility are admirable. On the other hand, half the people at that table I was eavesdropping on had not paid for their flight—they cashed in miles to get to Peru. This guy, on the other hand, had … [Read more...] about Are You Getting All the Credit Card Perks for Travelers?
Credit cards that allow airport lounge access
While you’re waiting out a long layover, nothing seems more enticing than the airport lounge. With amenities like free Wi-Fi, drinks, snacks, and glossy magazines, these airport lounges feel like the answer to most of your travel annoyances. At the very least, they can give you sanctuary from the concourse noise and hubbub. Entrance to most airport lounges usually comes free for those carrying a first- or business-class ticket (and often, for economy-class flyers carrying an active military ID). But for the rest of us stuck in the back of the plane, there are ways to gain access to these comfy inner sanctums without shelling out thousands of dollars for an upgrade. When you’re the one sinking into a cushy armchair instead of clamoring for a seat at the gate, you’ll be glad to have airport lounge access as a respite from the usual airport irritations. Following are a few ways that savvy travelers can get into airport lounges, even if their tickets read … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Score Airport Lounge Access
Robin Saks Frankel, NerdWallet Published 11:48 am CST, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 This article was first published on NerdWallet.com. Ever come back from a family vacation feeling like you need a vacation? All the planning, packing, kid-corralling and sightseeing can make adventure time an exhausting time. Here’s a tip: Try thinking of your credit card as an efficient little suitcase. If you have the right one, you can unpack a bundle of time- and money-saving benefits that can make your family trip easier. This is how credit cards can help make your family travel more about fun and less about labor. » MORE: How to choose a travel credit card 1. Get treated like a VIP at the airport Many travel credit cards come with an annual fee — but if you’re traveling with a family, it might still save you money. The Chase Sapphire Reserve® offers complimentary Priority Pass Select membership, which lets you and a limited number of … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons Credit Cards Rule for Family Vacations
News Related: American Express Gold card, Club1Hotels Did you know more than 60% of travellers inquire about upgrades at checkin? If you live with the unfulfilled dream of travelling in First Class because your budgets simply won’t stretch that far… here are 10 quick secrets that will help you score that exclusive seat in First Class. Our Travel Auctions Sort Bypopularlatestending Do The Basics Always, always do these basic things- they may not get you an upgrade but they will open the doors to the chance of a free upgrade: An Expert Piece Of Advice Complain if your seat is broken! Sounds simple but travel expert Rick Brown, author of the book ‘Kiss My Baggage Fees and How To Be A Savvy Travel Hacker, recently revealed a little-known rule which could get you into one of those elusive First Class seats. If your seat is in some way faulty or broken (this includes the seatbelt), then you’re allowed to ask for a new one. “If one is not available in Economy, … [Read more...] about 10 Secret Tricks That WILL Get You A Free Upgrade To First Class
Will other airlines follow Delta's lead in limiting access? Chris McGinnis, Tim Jue Updated 12:57 pm PST, Monday, November 26, 2018 Delta's Sky Clubs like this one in in Seattle are getting tougher to visit Delta's Sky Clubs like this one in in Seattle are getting tougher to visit Photo: Scott Hintz Photo: Scott Hintz Image 1 of / 28 Caption Close Image 1 of 28 Delta's Sky Clubs like this one in in Seattle are getting tougher to visit Delta's Sky Clubs like this one in in Seattle are getting tougher to visit Photo: Scott Hintz Pressure is on airport lounges to relieve crowding 1 / 28 Back to Gallery TravelSkills on SFGate is brought to you by Visa . Most U.S. airlines allow … [Read more...] about Pressure is on airport lounges to relieve crowding