Friday stuff from the interwebs

A bit of travel-related stuff from around the interwebs that’s been sitting around on my desk for a while… It looks like Southwest and Virgin are coming to LaGuardia. For my colleagues in Indianapolis (where I am currently staffed) who are interested in signing up for PreCheck, the TSA opened the program for sign-ups at…

Friday blog roundup

Points Princess uncovered a new way to find better award availability on Air France and KLM. FlyingBlue is a Membership Rewards transfer partner, so if you are looking to book on Air France or KLM, definitely check out her post. Phil shared a news story about a pilot who will probably be losing his job…

Bank sign-up bonuses: Not a great deal.

Last week seemed to be the week U.S. Bank decided to do its bulk mail drop. In addition to some updates on my Cash+ card, I received a letter from U.S. Bank advertising $200 for opening a new checking account with direct deposit. I love sign-up bonuses for credit cards; sign-up bonuses provide a good…

The Flying Consultant is flying again!

Consulting life can bring surprises. Last week, I was told that my project in Tawas City, Michigan was ending and that I would be staffed in Indianapolis. This means I will spend approximately 8 fewer hours in a car each week AND I’ll be back to staying in Starwood hotels. This news is quite exciting,…

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…