Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cheap Hopper Flights From London

One of the great things about traveling to London, besides it being an amazing city, is that it is so close to other countries its really easy to catch a hopper flight and within a few minutes and for a few dollars you’re in a new country.  While staying in London I’ve  often taken hopper flights to another country and just stayed for the day and flew back to London that same evening.  Other times I stayed over for a couple of days.  It’s so easy with everything being to compacted together.  EasyJet offers great prices on hoppers flights between London and a number of other countries.  Check out these fares we found for the fall of 2015.


From London Gatwick Airport – September – 2 persons
(prices are slightly higher for 1 person, prices are for one way, return fare may differ ).

To Paris, France $37.50

To Zurich, Switzerland  $39.00

To Krakow, Poland $78.00

To Amsterdam, Netherlands $37.50


To Copenhagen, Denmark  $37.50


Monday, July 27, 2015

Flight Deal Alert

Deal: Flight to Naples, Italy from New York, roundtrip for as low as $559.00

Airline:  Meridiana Airline

Depart: New York

Arrive: Naples, Italy


Available: End of September 2015 thru June 2016 with departures on Sunday and Thrusdays. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New Lufthansa Airline Charges

Starting Sept. 1, 2015, Lufthansa Airlines will begin charging customer 16 Euro (about $18) for purchasing airline tickets from any other website other then their own.  That means anytime someone buys a ticket through websites such as Orbitz or Travelocity or even through a travel agent, they will have to pay this extra fee.

Though the concept is unpopular they plan to move forward any way.  Other airlines have made moves to ensure customers use their websites to book tickets as well.  Delta has been steadily removing their listings from travel websites including CheapOair.com, Bookit.com and OneTravel.com.  It had removed its listings from 21 ticket selling sites now.

It shouldn't be a surprise if other airlines follow in removing their listings from these ticket selling sites.  Airlines want customers to purchase tickets through their websites which gives them more profit and greater control.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Credit Card Fees

Airline mile rewards credit cards are a great way of earning airline miles but those high annual fees that come with these cards can be a little hard to deal with.  Many credit card companies will waive the fee for the first year but after that you will be stuck paying them.  If you cancel your credit card it can negatively effect your credit score so you could ask to "down grade" your credit card to a fee free card which won't effect your credit score.  

However you won't earn miles with these fee free cards so if you want to keep the card you have you could call in just before the annual fee will be coming due and ask if there is anyway they could waive that fee for you, pointing out what a loyal customer you are and how you pay your bill every month on time.  There is a chance they will say they can't waive the fee.  Which is exactly what I have been told many times.  I just hang up and call back, this time asking to speak to a manager.  I explain to the manager that I am a loyal customer, making charges to my card every month and paying my card on time each month and ask them if there is anything they can do about the annual fees for me.  The don't "waive" the fee but will credit my account the amount of the fee. 

So as long as you maintain a good credit history with the credit card company that will give you some pull with them and they will be willing to work with you.  Never be afraid to ask for what you want, just remember to be polite and courteous.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Bargain Hotel: Ingo Aparthotel, Krakow, Poland

Ingo AparthotelKrakow, Poland


This hotel is a budget travelers dream.  A great hotel, great location at a great price.  For a 6 night stay in a suite I paid $450. The hotel is about a two minute walk to the main square where you can find lots of restaurants, shops, places to book tours, catch a ride in a horse drawn carriage, watch street performers and do plenty of people watching.  There is also a huge, multi-story shopping mall within a few minutes’ walk, a park just a few feet away and the castle is within walking distance as well.  The hotel offers a decent free breakfast with eggs, meat, cheese, bread, yogurt as well as other items.  The room was spacious, comfortable and the staff was very nice and helpful.  I would absolutely stay in this hotel again and for the price, it’s a win-win!  I used booking.com to make my reservation.





















Credit Card Airline Miles Deals


Airline: Delta


Bonus: 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 35,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. In addition, earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.

Round trip tickets within the contiguous U.S, Alaska and Canada start at 25,000

Fee: $195





Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card


Airline
: Delta
Bonus: 30,000 miles after you make $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.

 

Fee: $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95.


Round trip tickets within the contiguous U.S, Alaska and Canada start at 25,000


American Airlines AAvantage
Airline: American
Bonus: 30,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in purchases within first 3 months of opening account, that’s enough for a domestic round trip MileSAAver award ticket.
Fee: $95 (waived the first year)



Chase Mileage Plus Explore – Business Card
Airline: United
This is a great deal.  You can get this card if you own any kind of business including any type of home business.  You do not have to have a “business name” you can use your name as your business name.
Bonus: 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
Fee: $0 intro annual fee for first year, then $95