Cheap European Flights, Amex Targeted Offers Trap, Emirates Phasing Out Printed Boarding Passes

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER
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4 Cheap European Airlines That U.S. Travelers Should Know About.

If you’re planning a European vacation but are short on cash, check out these cheap flights. They won’t be luxury, but they’ll get you across the Atlantic. Would you consider flying one of these airlines to Europe?

How to Contact an Actual Person for All Your Airline, Hotel & Other Company Complaints.

Are you tired of getting stuck in an endless loop of prompts when you need help? I know that I’ve tried pushing the “0” button repeatedly, which sometimes gets an agent… and sometimes gets me hung up on. Whether you need help with a problem or just want to talk to a human to answer your question, there’s a better way. Instead of getting frustrated and hanging up, try these tips so you can get an actual person to talk to.

Man talking on telephone by Berkeley Communications on Unsplash
How to actually get someone on the telephone. Photo by Berkeley Communications on Unsplash.

Is It a Trap? The Dark Side of Those Targeted Amex Spend Offers.

When you log into your American Express account, you’ll find targeted offers for bonus points, discounts and more on each of your cards. Many of these offers are targeted based on your user profile, type of card, and spending patterns. But are they a trick? Amex has a history of investigating user accounts and clawing back rewards when customers take advantage of promotions too much.

Have You Visited These Incredibly Tiny Buildings and Landmarks?

I love finding unique and interesting buildings when I travel. It gives you something out of the ordinary to search for and explore during your trip. And stories beyond the basic tourist traps to share when you get back home. Have you visited any of these buildings or attractions before?

This Airline Is Phasing Out Paper Boarding Passes.

I’m old school and prefer having a paper boarding pass as a backup… especially when flying with my family or in places where I know WiFi is an issue. And my buddies Charlie and Brett always make fun of me. On Emirates, that won’t be an option since they’re phasing out paper boarding passes and will only issue digital passes for travelers boarding in Dubai. Overall, I think this is great for the planet, and I think more airlines should adopt this approach. Do still print out your boarding passes, or have you adopted the digital mindset?

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