Feds Watch Weekend Travelers, Delta Offering Free WiFi, Save 20% on IHG Award Stays

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It’s Official: Free WiFi is Coming to Delta Air Lines Flights!

Like many new things, the product starts out with a high cost, then prices continue to drop until it becomes free. While it’s not truly free, the cost is baked into your ticket price, or some company is paying to monitor your traffic and serve ads based on your profile. If Delta (or another airline) is smart, they’ll link your traffic with your loyalty number to learn more about your preferences. Remember, if something is free, you’re the product being sold.

IHG cardholders and select elite members: Get 20% off award stays of 3 nights or less.

I love the IHG card for its 4th-night free (25% off) feature when using points to book your stay. But I don’t always stay that long. This promo for 20% off stays of 3 nights or less is almost as good for short stays.

Kimpton Overland Hotel Presidential Suite exterior of hotel
The Kimpton Overland Hotel is one of my favorites for planespotting.

Unlimited Time Off Is Often Better for Employers Than Employees.

Having “unlimited” time off sounds like a great idea. The reality is much worse. Americans rarely use all of their vacation time benefits each year. This creates a liability for companies that carries over to the next year, or the unused portion is paid out at the end of the year. When there’s unlimited vacation, there’s no liability because unlimited is really the same as zero. And this creates a scenario where it can be actually harder to take time off since there’s no urgency to reduce the vacation accrual.

Book A Last-Minute Flight? You’re More Likely To Be Searched By The Feds.

If this is true, Anna and I must have been on a government watch list before we got married. Before kids, we used to travel 2-to-3 weekends a month to maximize our Southwest Companion Pass. We’d regularly fly out after work on Friday (or sometimes Thursday) and return on Sunday night or Monday morning. Big no-nos according to this article.

Program These Numbers Into Your Phone Before Traveling Internationally.

When booking an international vacation, we assume that everything will go according to plan. Only when things go bag, do we think about what to do and who to call. The stress of the situation makes it harder to concentrate, make good choices, and find the info we need. Taking a few minutes before you leave home can save precious time when disaster strikes.

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