If you’re a member of United Airline’s Mileage Plus program, you’ve probably received an email from United announcing the upcoming changes. Like most things in my life, I need someone to interpret the “fine print”. The Points Guy came out with an article today that does just that and the news isn’t good. Looks like international award flights will increase by 30% or more when traveling on United! He said “For now, at least, United’s partner award chart for Star Alliance flights will remain intact, that means Lufthansa is still an option when traveling across the pond.
If you are a frequent flyer with American, check out the Point Guy’s article below, great information on acquiring Business Class flights to Europe for just over 1000.00!
Take some Advice From A Dumb Blonde, take a trip using your MileagePlus points before the “new program” kicks in (Nov. 15) and then invest in a credit card that allows you earn universal points. Check out Forbes best new “flat rate travel cards” in the link below.
This morning the Airfare Watch Dog posted there was a sale on airfares. I checked it out, as far as I can tell there are flights on sale from Frankfurt to the US but I didn’t see any from the US to EU but be sure to check your city to see if you’re eligible for a discounted flight to see us! There were some deep discounts from Washington DC to LAX and from NYC to New England. Tray tables up and seatbacks forward….travel on!
Take some Advice from a Dumb Blonde, if we are the sum of our life experiences…TRAVEL!
Our tickets back home are confirmed and the travel dates are fast approaching. Once again I find myself digging through my closet wondering what to wear on the plane. It fascinates me to see what people chose to wear when they travel, some chose to go all out with stilettos and short dresses while others dumb it way down in sweatpants and ponytails. Guys are no different, some show up in their suits, while others are in clothes that look like they’ve been slept in for a few days before checking in for their flight. I’m equally as fascinated by what people wear to pick up their family/friends, some are dressed to impress while others look like they set an alarm to wake 10 min before arrival.
I’ve spent a lot of hours lurking in airports and after looking at a few magazines (reading makes me sleepy 😉 ) my next favorite activity, assuming I don’t have a drinking buddy with me is “people watching” (is that a sport cause I’m good at it!).
There might have been a time when I’d suffer in an uncomfortable outfit so I looked nice when I made my debut through the gate and into the waiting crowd but those days have long passed! Still, I don’t want to completely give up, there must be something in between uncomfortable and lackadaisical. My latest obsession has been with blazers, I pair them with my dressy spandex pants. But here’s the problem, I am now over 50 and fear I am trying to dress like I’m 25??
A dear friend recently told me I over think things and I’m beginning to think it’s true! Over thinking or not I’m determined to find travel clothes that make sense. I decided to google “travel clothes” and while some great looking shirts, skirts and dresses came up I was surprised to see mostly light colored clothes?? Have these designers actually traveled? If they did then clearly these designers never miss when trying to shovel a fork full of noodles in their mouth in a partially reclined airline seat, while staring at the tv screen in front of them (not that looking at my food would help me). Not to mention timing the wave of turbulence that seems to hit every time I take a drink of red wine!
I’ve spent no less than 4 hours staring at the only shopping place I have at the moment (still recovering from surgery)…AMAZON.DE. You all know I slink my way through many goodwill stores in the states just to find crazy outfits that match my “throwback 70’s look” but trust me…I’m picky. I hate cheap colors and cheap fabric is even worse. I need something that wont wrinkle when I sleep my way to my next destination (putting me in motion always makes me sleep). I need my outfit to hide the food that I drop, the drink that I spill and God forbid the sweat marks I get when overheated from the run to my connecting flight.
I don’t follow any designers but I really like some of PattyBoutik shirts/dresses. I made the mistake of ordering CE PattyBoutik here in Germany and the quality isn’t the same! I’ve got a few options for shirts (I’m not giving up my dressy spandex pants!) but my search this morning was for the right shoes. I’m sick of wearing sketchers, every “older lady” out there is in a pair of sketchers these days. I ran across a designer that makes shoes and pocketbooks named Laura Vita, she has some serious 70’s looking shoes that caught my eye but not sure how comfortable they are.
The hunt for a good pair of travel shoes continues….better brew another pot of coffee!
Below is the link to PattyBoutik:
Ok, I’ve got to be completely upfront with you….I tried Expert Flyer free for 7 days and after spending a few minutes looking for possible upgrades I left their site and didn’t go back. You know I am a self diagnosed dyslexic and if you are even a little bit overwhelmed by information overload then you’ll probably be turned off by this travel site. That is unless you read today’s article by the Points Guy. He takes it step by step showing you how to check for upgrade availability and how to set up a notification when seats become available in the market you’re searching. I may actually buy a subscription now!
Found another good travel post talking about points for staying at an Airbnb. We rarely stay at a hotel anymore for several reasons…I mean why try to fit 2 adults and one “monster” in a small hotel room when I can get a condo or home for the same price or better! It’s always nice to have a kitchen (I actually like cooking now) and dining room to enjoy a meal or two so we aren’t eating out 3 times a day! If we’re doing a long stay I usually try to find one with a washer/dryer so we can pack lighter. All the pluses of an Airbnb and now we get travel points…that’s a no brainer!
Here’s part of the article from blogger Points Guy and Points & Miles backpacker:
If You’re Booking an Airbnb
Rumblings of an Airbnb loyalty program have been around for a while, but so far, nothing has materialized. However, there are several stackable options to earn a decent return on your stay.
Delta’s Airbnb Portal
All you have to do is go to this link, click through and enter your Delta SkyMiles number, and you’ll be taken to Airbnb’s website. Any booking made during your session will earn you one mile per dollar spent.
Earn one Delta Skymile
Earn one mile per dollar spent on Airbnb simply by booking through this link.
Buying Airbnb Gift Cards
If you’re planning to rent an apartment or home for your trip, be sure to check your local pharmacies, office supply stores or grocery stores for Airbnb gift cards. If you have cards that earn bonuses at any of these merchants, it can help boost your earnings significantly. Otherwise, purchasing Airbnb gift cards through the Mileage Plus X App will currently earn you 2 Mileage Plus miles per dollar spent, plus a 25% bonus, if you have a United card like the United Explorer Card, which you don’t actually have to use.
But if you’re seeking simplicity, Chase codes Airbnb as a travel provider, so you can still get 3x points using the Chase Sapphire Reserve.
We follow the Points Guy to keep a pulse on the latest travel and credit card deals but I kinda feel let down as we didn’t get the notice about this sale until the last day?? If you’re planning on coming out to see us, this might be a cheap way to get here…and of course, see Scandinavia enroute.
I pulled it up and looks like you can still book a ticket, I’ll put an extra Fruh Kolsch in the refridgerator for you!
I just booked my tickets back to the states and found a great sale on UA flights, it was so good in fact that I managed to get a business class ticket cheaper than using miles to upgrade.
See everyone in April!