Travel credit cards are great for frequent
travelers because they often come with rewards in the form of
statement credits or frequent flyer miles. They might seem like a
great deal for consumers, but don't let the airlines fool you. Your
travel cards aren't costing the airline any money at all. In fact,
quite the opposite.
Here are a few facts to consider about travel rewards.
You won't believe how airlines actually make
Flying you from place to place seems like a profitable venture for
the average airline company, but there's a better way to make money
these days: frequent flyer miles.
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Tired of revisiting the same old beach year after year on the
routine and always predictable family vacation? Do your all your
trips seem to bleed together in haze of souvenir shops, theme parks
and too much driving? It's time to get away from the typical
rotation of vacation spots and discover something new.
International travel might seem intimidating at first glance, but
there's a whole world beyond crowded waterparks and gaudy tourist
traps--and it's more accessible than you might think.
Just recently Virgin America, opened up services to Chicago and since the price was right and I needed to book tickets for my cousin's wedding, I chose to fly with them.
I'd flown with them before when my older child was almost two years-old and had a great experience. At the time, my daughter was a little sick and instead of having her sit on my lap, they gave me the entire row.
I have to say that this time around, I was a little disappointed with the inconsistency of customer service.
Remember the days when flying used to be fun? Where you didn't feel harassed by the security and didn't have to pack your liquids in 3 ounces or less? Hmm...really, like baby formula is a disguise for a bomb. Come on now. Nowadays, flying has become more of a hassle and on top of it, airlines have been finding sneaky ways to charge us for stuff that used to be free. What happened to the free but nasty food that came with your ticket? Or the blankets, pillows, headphones and movies that helped you survive a cross country flight while having your seat kicked from behind by some annoying kid?
Don't you wish you could say @#$% off to the airlines?
Recently, a Jet Blue flight attendant, Steven Slater did just that. He quit his job of twenty years after getting into an altercation with a passenger who accidentally hit him on the head with his luggage. Steve cursed out the passenger on the intercom, and told Jet Blue "I've had it, that's it." Good thing he made sure to grab some brewskis before he fled the plane through the emergency chute. Good thinking Steve! Maybe he was mad about the no free food on the plane as well.
As each news day brings the story of another monolithic air carrier biting the proverbial dust, the future of air travel seems headed in the direction of smaller, niche carriers. With so many cropping up, which airline is the best fit for your travel needs?
It doesn't take an aviation expert to see that the old business model for air travel is becoming extinct. With huge airlines charging big rates and then nickel and diming passengers, many annoyed travelers are looking for friendlier skies.
Enter the niche airline market. Dozens of tiny airlines catering to smaller market shares are cropping up. Rather than spreading themselves thin, these niche airlines do less--but do it better.
So which niche airline fits your travel personality?
Let's face it folks, air travel just isn't what it used to be. The pleasure trip to exotic locales or the always exciting family trek from Boston to the Jersey Shore has become more hassle than getaway over the last few years. Unless you pay through the nose for first class seats, most airlines, in an effort to cut costs, treat regular passengers like we're riding steerage on the Titanic. Some of the joys of air travel as we know it now: the lack of meals (unless you are willing to cough up some extra cash to choose from a list of twice frozen entrees), scarcity of blankets and pillows, extra payments for checking even one bag, waiting on the tarmac for hours while the plane finds a gate to dock into, and long lines seemingly every step of the way the moment you enter the airport.
But fear not intrepid dreamer of cloud surfing from days gone by. All is not lost. We do still have certain inalienable rights when flying the friendly skies.
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