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Flying the flag: The rise, fall and future of flag-carrier airlines

For any aviation geek, the sight of aircraft tails lined up at Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal is iconic. At any given moment you can see liveries from around the world including British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Air France widebodies lined up together.

For countries around the world, big and small, having an airline of their own has served as a symbol of national pride and economic strength. That’s why so-called “flag carriers” flourished during the early days of commercial aviation. Showing the flag around the world, on routes to big cities like New York or London, was a matter of prestige.

But flag carriers, once seen as global agents of influence, have lost their clout in recent decades, and some have ceased flying altogether. In the United States, there isn’t even a designated flag carrier.

WHAT IS A FLAG CARRIER?

In many ways, the definition of a flag carrier is what it appears. It’s an… Read More

The Best Credit Cards to Have in Your Pocket When Traveling Overseas

Are you looking for a new travel companion that will pay you back with robust rewards, open the doors to exclusive perks and answer the phone if you hit a snag during a visit to a foreign country? It may be time to track down a new credit card that’s built for travel lovers. There’s no reason why the card you use for everyday spending shouldn’t also provide the perks, adaptability and customer service that can give you confidence when you travel. Here are some big things to know when choosing a travel-friendly credit card:

Foreign transaction fees can cancel out your awards if you’re not vigilant.
Poor customer service can cause a real nightmare if something goes wrong while you’re traveling.
Not every card is accepted everywhere!
You can actually use more than one card for travel to make sure you’re always covered.
You can often make the most out of travel rewards if you’re willing to remain brand loyal by booking your trips using a card&#… Read More

Getting to Las Vegas on points and miles

Whether you’re looking for an inexpensive getaway with your friends, are headed to a convention or just scored tickets to the hottest concert of the season, there’s always something happening in Las Vegas. We’ll tell you how to get there on miles and points, where to stay, the best times to plan a trip and what to do while you’re there. Don’t worry, there’s plenty to do in Sin City besides gambling!

Las Vegas is one of the few cities that has consistent, year-round demand from both leisure and business travelers alike. With more and more companies and conventions choosing to set up shop in Vegas, there’s a chance you’ll head to Sin City — even if you don’t plan to partake in any of its well-known vices. Today, we’re going to take a look at the top ways to get to Las Vegas on points and miles, and even discuss a few of the best hotels in the city where you can redeem points.

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IHG Pointbreaks: One of the Best Kept Secrets in Travel

The IHG PointBreaks promotions are one of the best deals (and best kept secrets) in the world of travel. Here’s how it works: every quarter, the Intercontinental group releases a selected list of hotels around the world that are bookable with 5,000, 10,000 or 15,000 points—a fraction of the normal rate.

The list usually includes 200+ hotels, distributed both geographically and across the range of IHG brands (Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Intercontinental, etc.). The current batch of hotels are bookable through October 31, when a new roster will be announced. They range from modest establishments in far-flung locales to upscale accommodations in major cities. There are eight Intercontinental properties on the list this time around, including Cleveland and Miami Doral for 15,000 points. When you consider that IHG points are generally valued at half a cent each, that works out to $75 for a room at a top-flight hotel.

Is there a catch? Not rea… Read More

29 Things to See and Do in New York City

29 Things to See and Do in New York City

A aerial shot of Manhattan overlooking Central Park
Posted: 11/21/2019 | November 21st, 2019

New York City. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world and one of the most popular destinations in the US. Sprawling, busy, exciting — there’s a reason people call it the city that never sleeps!

It has something for everyone — including lots of budget-friendly activities for travelers looking to stretch their pocketbook. I lived in the city for years and still return often. Whether you’re looking for history, nightlife, food, or art, this city won’t disappoint.

To help you plan your trip, here are the best things to see and do in NYC — no matter your budget!
 

1. Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island

The Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island in New York City
At 151 feet tall, the … Read More

Best Virtual Mailbox Service For Travelers & Digital Nomads

Best Virtual Mailbox Service For Travelers & Digital Nomads

Virtual Mailbox Services ReviewVirtual Mailboxes: How to Receive Mail while Traveling
Digital Nomads

How do long-term travelers and digital nomads receive mail or packages while traveling? I use a virtual mailbox service that allows me to scan and forward my mail internationally.

I’ve been working as a digital nomad for the past 9 years, basing myself in multiple countries or simply living out of my backpack while traveling.

Currently, I’m living as an expat in Italy.

Yet I have a virtual mailbox with a physical address in San Antonio, Texas.

Using this service, any incoming mail or packages is photographed, which I can then view through an online dashboard.

From there, I can decide to scan the contents (letters), forward the mail/package… Read More

Air Peace CEO Indicted For Bank Fraud & Money Laundering

I’ve written extensively about Air Peace, a private Nigerian airline that I’ve been fascinated by. The airline has been flying since 2013 primarily as a regional airline, though just a few months ago they launched their first long haul flight to Sharjah in the UAE. The airline has big expansion plans, and wants to add flights to Guangzhou, Houston, and London.

The airline has a questionable safety record, though they do deserve some credit for at least existing, unlike Global Ghana Airlines, Goldstar Air, Avatar Airlines, etc.

The Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema, has been praised by many as a brilliant entrepreneur and philanthropist. Well, he is now facing some pretty serious charges.

The US Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Georgia has just charged him with bank fraud and money laundering, for allegedly moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false … Read More

This Crazy Referral Offers Put on by Sofi

Over the last couple of weeks we have seen a new player in the financial marketplace make some pretty incredible offers to us consumers. The company name is SoFi and they have been around since 2014 primarily focusing on issuing student loans. They have now expanded into a banking account of sorts and also an investment account, both with some remarkable sign-up bonuses and nice in-app features.

SoFi Money offers an account where they pay 1.6% on your balances, charge NO ATM fees anywhere in the world and if you open an account they give you a $50 Welcome bonus on your $100 initial deposit.

SoFi Invest offers a $100 Welcome Bonus when you open an investment account with a $1000 deposit. They buy fractional shares of about 100 stocks, mutual funds and ETF’s if your deposit is not big enough to buy full shares. You can set up automatic deposits into the Invest account of Money account and they will post in short order. I have both accounts and am extremely happy wi… Read More