Archive for November, 2011

The Money Crashers Travel Series – Part 1 of 3: Holiday Shopping Overseas

Expert Flyer Hot Topics – Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

Andrew Schrage, Editor, Money Crashers personal finance blog

Andrew Schrage, Editor, Money Crashers personal finance blog

Our featured Hot Topics series for November comes courtesy of Andrew Schrage, Editor of the Money Crashers personal finance blog, a growing online community of people who strive to educate individuals in making wise choices about credit and debt, investing, education, real estate, insurance, spending, and more.  Throughout November,  the three-part “Money Crashers Travel” series will explore unique money-saving tips and tricks for business and consumer travelers. We hope you enjoy part one of the series, in which we get advice for holiday shopping abroad.

Holiday Shopping Abroad

Holiday Shopping Abroad


(Part 1 of 3)
Can you offer any tips for folks who may find themselves abroad right before the holidays with an opportunity to do some international gift shopping for Christmas, Hannukah, etc.?  Any do’s or don’ts?

In the past, I have been overseas in the time leading up to the holidays, and rather than waiting until I arrived back home to start my holiday shopping, I started some of it while still abroad. It’s a great way to give out awesome gifts for the holidays, and it decreases the stress of shopping for gifts once back in the States.

Here is my short list of do’s and don’ts for international gift-shopping: Continue reading →

“Did you know…ExpertFlyer offers free Seat Alerts to get travelers out of the “Middle Seat?”

Free automated feature alerts users if occupied seats become available — even on sold out flights
( & USA Today)

Seat alerts

Create Seat Alerts

Just in time for the holiday travel rush, announced that the company’s award-winning Seat Alerts feature is now available free to anyone who flies.

Seat Alerts now allows ticketed and non-ticketed passengers to set up an automatic alert that notifies them if occupied seats become available. Using ExpertFlyer’s free Seat Alerts feature, passengers can select “Any Aisle”, “Any Window”, or “Any Seat” options and will automatically be notified by email or text message if any, aisle, or window seat becomes available on their desired flight, after which the passenger can change their seat assignment via their point of booking. Additional notification options are available for Any Exit Row seat, Any 2 Seats Together, or a list of specific seats that the traveler may want.

Read more about ExpertFlyer’s Seat Alerts in USA Today.

Free Account Details:

  • With the Free account, you can only create Seat Alerts
  • 1 Active Seat Alert at a time is included with the Free account
  • This 1 included free alert can use the Any Window Seat, Any Aisle Seat, or Any Seat alert options. The Any Exit Row Seat, Any Two Seats Together, or Specific Seat alert options require a paid Seat Alert which is $.99
  • Additional Active Seat Alerts can be purchased for $.99 each and include all alert options.
  • If you sign up for a Free Account to start, you can at any time click the Upgrade button that you’ll see after you log-in to start a 5-Day trial of our Premium service, or to reactivate your Basic or Premium subscription if you already had your 5-day trial. Continue reading →

“Did you know…The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner took flight to Hong Kong?”

(USA Today – Travel)

ABOARD THE BOEING 787 DREAMLINER – Boeing’s much-ballyhooed but long-delayed 787 Dreamliner finally entered commercial service this week, flying paying passengers for the first time on an All Nippon Airways flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong on Wednesday.

passenger seat aboard boeing dreamliner

By John Froschauer, AP The inside of a Boeing 787 at the assembly plant in Everett, Wash., prior to its delivery to All Nippon Airways.

The ultramodern 787 is being hailed in the aviation industry for its technological innovations, including the carbon fiber construction that makes it the first jetliner not made of traditional aluminum and steel.

But while the 787 is drawing acclaim from industry observers, how will it go over with ordinary passengers?

The Dreamliner — which Boeing designed with passenger comfort as a priority — drew nearly unanimous positive reviews from the roughly 240 passengers lucky enough to secure a seat on its inaugural flight…Read more about the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.