Friday blog roundup

Time to empty the RSS feed again… People in Venezuela are making money off of exchange rate arbitrage in conjunction with airline tickets. The Venezuelan government allows people to purchase $3000 at the official exchange rate (which is makes dollars VERY artificially cheap) if they have an airline ticket to the US. So, people are…

Chase Freedom cash back categories for October-December: Amazon, Department Stores

Chase has announced their Chase Freedom bonus categories for October-November… and the categories are actually quite exciting. Remember, Chase Freedom requires you to sign up to receive bonus cash-back on their quarterly categories. Details are at the end of this post. This quarter’s categories are: Amazon.com Select Department Stores Especially with the holiday gift season…

What happens for business travelers during a government shutdown?

Nothing. Okay, that’s not exactly true, but anything that might happen to air travel isn’t a big deal. Most federal government employees related to air travel are “essential”. During a government shutdown, “essential” workers would continue to work. This includes air traffic controllers, TSA, and Customs and Border Protection. Planes aren’t going to start falling…

Friday blog roundup

Time to share what I’ve found on the travel blogosphere lately… Rapid Travel Chai found a good website where you can book obscure airlines. This would have come in useful when I needed to book a ticket on Uzbekistan Airways last year. I find it funny that some people refuse to travel on Friday the…

Where to get good (Tumi) luggage on the cheap

I chuckled when I read Point Princess’ recent post about her becoming a “mother”. To the casual traveler, announcing to the world that you are a new parent…and showing off the luggage that you recently acquired…may be a bit overblown. However, for the road warrior, quality luggage is one of the most important pieces of travel…