Archive for March, 2016

7-Point Credit Card Cheat Sheet for Improving the Value and Benefits of Frequent Flyer Rewards

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

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Understanding how to save money on everyday items and activities is something we can all take advantage of throughout the year, but many of us will be planning summer vacations and other trips that will require an airplane to get there. With airline tickets increasing in price and frequent flyer miles now being awarded based on the price of a ticket rather than the distance traveled, it becomes difficult to determine how to best use the award miles we have, understand when to use them (or if we should use them), and which credit cards provide the best value for accumulating reward points or cash back.

To help unravel the do’s and don’ts on this matter, we teamed up with Jason Steele, credit card rewards expert, to provide a 7-point cheat-sheet for travelers to easily determine when to use their miles, how to accumulate additional miles faster, and the ideal ways to find the best price on airline tickets if it makes more sense to buy your ticket with money rather than points:

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Peer-to-Peer Rental vs. Home Swapping – One on One with Jim Pickell, Pres., Homeexchange.com

While peer to peer rentals have been attracting a lot of attention lately, the first sharing economy startup for travelers, HomeExchange.com, is experiencing renewed interest and a tremendous growth surge by offering a zero cost option to travelers. ExpertFlyer goes One-on-One with Jim Pickell, president of HomeExchange.com, the first, largest and fastest growing online home exchange club in the world.

We’ve been covering the sharing economy quite a bit recently with the soaring popularity of Airbnb, Flipkey, Uber and Lyft, to mention a few.  Your service is similar to Airbnb, but very different at the same time.  Give us a quick overview of the service.

Soaring popularity sounds about right! Last year, the sharing economy was everywhere, from the proliferation of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft, as you’ve mentioned, and more. HomeExchange.com belongs to the “sharing economy” in that it is a peer-to-peer service—the concept is you stay in my home, and I stay in yours. But in that exchange, there’s a simple and important distinction that sets us apart from other companies: there is no monetary exchange between our members. We’re 100% exchanges, not rentals. Continue reading →

ExpertFlyer Top Tweets

ExpertFlyer Top TweetsRecent @ExpertFlyer Tweets that People are Talking About

United to add fifth China route from San Francisco 

New U.S. Senate Bill Proposes End to “Ridiculous” Airline Fees 

Alaska Air adjusts flight plan so fliers can see eclipse 

United Expands its Asian Footprint with New Service to Hangzhou, China 

United to Buy 25 Boeing 737-700s, to Phase out 747-400s in 2018 

Fast-growing Allegiant adds 3 new cities, 22 new routes 

Cleaner skies? Boeing designs self-sterilizing jet bathrooms

Why Traveling the National Parks is a Must-Do in 2016

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics – Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

Just in case you didn’t get the memo, August 25th marks the 100th year anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS was created under the Woodrow Wilson  administration to preserve the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment.

Today, the Park System includes 410 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. ExpertFlyer interviewed Ford Cochran, Director of Programming for National Geographic Expeditions, to find out why visiting the Parks is extra special in 2016.

Not too many people realize that 100 years ago the National Geographic Society was a founding patron of the NPS and actually helped persuade the US gov’t to create it. Tell us a little about the history between Nat Geo and NPS.

From shortly after National Geographic’s founding, and even before the creation of the National Park Service, the Society and those most closely associated with it have explored, documented, nurtured, and celebrated our national parks. Society founders John Wesley Powell, Clarence Dutton, and Almon Thompson systematically explored and mapped vast expanses of the Colorado Plateau, including regions that today contain Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks. Another founder, Robert Muldrow, was the first to measure the height of North America’s tallest mountain, Denali, now the centerpiece of Denali National Park. Continue reading →