The holidays are coming, and if you haven't already booked your flights you may be in for a rude surprise. Here are some of my favorite tips for booking cheaper flights when demand is tight. They're … [Read more...] about Four Tips to Save on Holiday Travel Plans
Category Archive: Strategy
Learn how good strategy can save you money, time, and frustration when traveling.
So some of us were lucky to get in on the British Airways business class fare sale from cities in the US to MAD, BCN and HEL last week. I booked two tickets to spend New Years on a culinary excursion … [Read more...] about Why British Airways Tier Points Rock in Premium Cabins
One seeming truth about this hobby is that if a deal is truly amazing, it will not last. You have to act fast, drop whatever you’re doing to get in on a mistake fare or ridiculous fare sale as soon as … [Read more...] about How to Book Mistake Fares and Other Great Deals
As one of the few travel blogs with a large focus on Alaska Airlines -- and, yeah, I'm based in Seattle -- I get a lot of emails from people asking about how to use their Alaska miles. Among the most … [Read more...] about Why Can’t I Use My Alaska Airlines Miles for That Award?
In the old days a mileage run was a cheap domestic ticket with a lot of connections that allowed the traveler to earn miles without paying very much. When airlines started putting limits on the … [Read more...] about Need a Mileage Run? Book a Premium International Fare for Under $1,100
While many guests book hotel stays for more than one night, the rates that hotels advertise can change on a daily basis during that stay. So which price do you actually end up paying? Some hotels … [Read more...] about Save Money by Booking Individual Nights for Your Next Hotel Stay
Alaska Airlines has what I consider to be a generous upgrade policy for its elite MileagePlan members. However, it's layered with complexities that can make it difficult to interpret and use to your … [Read more...] about Caution Required When Comparing Upgrade Options on Alaska Airlines
Some readers are genuinely confused when they check in for a flight and find the entire cabin is full. "But... but... I confirmed my seat assignments two days ago, and it was half empty!" That row you … [Read more...] about Never Use a Seat Map to Estimate How Full Your Flight Is
Many readers ask questions along the lines of: I'll be flying or staying at a hotel, and I'll reach the next elite status tier during that trip. What I can I do to make sure I get the appropriate … [Read more...] about What Happens If You Earn Status While Traveling?
Travel blogging is a competitive industry -- and not just among the bloggers. Readers will send in emails, and forum users will publish the latest news in new threads. When people ask me how I learned … [Read more...] about How Do Bloggers Learn about Promotions and Program Changes?