On this week’s edition of The Travel Guys, we talk to an old friend and take you to a new country. The old friend is Summer Hull, creator of Mommy Points, a most unique frequent flyer web site, designed for…mommies. And others as well. But Summer has a 5 year old and another on the way, so her outlook on travel and the miles/points game is a little different than most. Not to mention the fact she’s a really fun interview.
We go to Croatia, to explore an upcoming Sports Leisure Vacations package, but also to get you better informed about a really interesting country. How to best see Croatia? From the land and from the sea is the answer.
In the travel news, Southwest is, for the second straight year, devaluing your frequent flyer points. We’ll explain how it won’t impact everyone. Plus, a United flight attendant has written an open letter to her boss…and we have a copy to share with you.
- Southwest Flyers, Prepare for Higher Award Prices
- Rental car insurance: What you need to know
- JetBlue Airways Reveals ‘Bluemanity’ Livery
- Mommy Points – Summer Hull
- Katarina Line - Katarina Hauptfeld
- Incoming Croatia
- Croatian National Tourism Board
- Croatia By Land and Sea – Sports Leisure Vacations
- Skunk Train
- Sacramento RiverTrain
- Sierra DinnerTrain
Man Uses First Class Ticket to Eat for Free at the Airport. For a Year.
By Hannah Keyser
One man in China figured out the perfect—and harmless—scheme to score a free lunch, day after day.
The unnamed man purchased a first-class, fully refundable ticket aboard Eastern China Airline that came with access to a VIP lounge at Xi’an International Airport, where flyers can enjoy a free meal. For almost a year, he came to the airport, enjoyed his free food, and then rescheduled his flight for the following day, only returning to enjoy another complimentary meal.
Eventually, Eastern China Airlines officials noticed something strange—but only after the same ticket had been rebooked over 300 times, and the man had (presumably) enjoyed over 300 free meals. Although the officials confronted the man and he stopped his scheming ways, there wasn’t much they could do. In fact, in the end, he just returned the ticket for a full reimbursement.
A spokeswoman for the carrier called the man’s free-meal scheme a “rare act.” But unless they close the loophole, it seems likely to inspire copycats.