This post from The Points Guy tells how to request and receive compensation from airlines for issues related to air travel. Perhaps most importantly, it tells you right up front what sorts of issues do not merit compensation.
For example, if your flight is delayed due to weather or air-traffic-control, the airline doesn’t owe you anything. There is also an explanation of the European rules, which are more favorable to passengers than American rules.
If you find yourself at any of these airports with hours to kill, taking one of these tours is like a quick and easy vacation. Just be sure to leave enough time to return through security and passport control.
You may not have flown on Air Serbia, but it is a legitimate airline with landing privileges in the United States. They are offering a crazy-low $227.06 round-trip fare from New York JFK to Sophia, Bulgaria this Fall and Winter.
The August 11, 2016 issue of the Wall St. Journal had a great article by Geoffrey A. Fowler about how to use your old iPhone and Android mobile phone. You may have a newer model, but the old one in the drawer still has a lot of useful capabilities.
Just update the operating system, plug it in so it’s continuously charging, and install one or more new apps.
Among the suggested uses:
Security Camera — The Manythings app lets your iPhone function as a smart security camera, notifying you by email if there is movement in its camera’s field of view.
International Travel Phone — Unlock your phone, then buy a local SIM card when you are traveling internationally.
Smart Alarm Clock — There are many apps to choose from.
TV Remote — For Android phones equipped with an IR port, you can get apps that let you control your TV / cable box / DVD player.
Digital Picture Frame — Use your old iPad or Android tablet to display photographs, either singly or as a slide show.
Second Monitor for Computer — Duet is a $20 app for Apple that lets your old device serve as a second monitor for your computer.
Car TV — Let kids in the back seat watch videos on your old iPad or iPhone.
Kitchen Helper — Get recipe app(s) for your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
This handy chart from Million Mile Secrets shows which points (Membership Rewards, Starwood, Thank You, Ultimate Rewards) can transfer into which airline frequent flyer mileage plans (American, Delta, etc. etc.)
Many consider Starwood Starpoints to be the most valuable “currency” because they can be transferred into the most different airline frequent-flyer programs. Plus, for every 20,000 Starpoints you transfer, you receive an additional 5000 frequent-flyer miles.
Priceline is famous for its Name Your Own Price (NYOP) program, which can often provide significant savings on hotel rooms. But, one of the cardinal rules is that NYOP reservations are NON-CANCELLABLE. However, this blog post reveals a trick that works.
The comments to this blog post are very instructive.
The idea is to call the hotel first and get them to agree to a cancellation. Then call Priceline, tell them the hotel has agreed to cancellation and give the name of the hotel person. A Priceline representative will call the hotel to verify, then refund your money.