News and notes from around the interweb:
- Thrifty Traveler is an excellent airfare and award alert service. It comes at a $59 price per year for their annual plan but many readers find it worthwhile. I’ve shared several award availability alerts from their service in the past few months.
On November 3 they’re creating a new premium tier at $130 per year, but signing up now gets you grandfathered in at current pricing for life. So if you’re considering joining, do so now. (I do not receive any referral credit for this, just flagging for those interested.)
They promise “even more award alerts…as discounted first and business class fares – plus the cheap domestic and international alerts, mistake fares” and all current $59 members will get this without the price increase.
- The worst hotel in Minnesota has been permanently closed
- Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways wants to join a global alliance Vietnam Airlines is already in SkyTeam…
- FNBO-issued Amtrak card is now available BofA no longer issues the card, the refresh isn’t exciting, but will make sense for some of you in the Northeast.
- Amsterdam airport has been such a mess that their $1250 queue-jumping VIP service had too much demand and they’ve had to stop taking reservations for it.
- Air Canada Aeroplan is offering a 20% bonus on points transferred into the program from hotel chains other than Marriott through November 13. Of course Marriott is the program where transfers to an airline make the most sense! Hotel programs included in the offer: Accor; Best Western; Choice; Coast; Hilton; IHG; Radisson (America); Shangri-La; Wyndham.
What’s the TLDR on Thrifty Traveler vs. Expert Flyer?
Gary, the thrifty traveler post isn’t clear.
The new premium tier will be above the current tier? What more will it get and why do I want to get what won’t be the top tier anymore?
Thrifty Flyer seems to only offer a sign in with Google. Trying to use any other email gets you response asking for a password, with no place to enter one.
If the rest of their program works as poorly as the premium sign up, it doesn’t bode well…
Bamboo airlines would be a great addition to the Star Alliance. Crossing fingers!