A reloadable prepaid Visa, free activities, and a new award chart sweet spot


Each week, we highlight some interesting reads from the week around the ‘net. This week, we have a fun dream to dream, the possibility of a new low-cost carrier in the US market, free things you can do on your next trip, and more. Read on for a recap of some choice selections around the web.

New Prepaid Rewards Debit Card Launching

Which cards allow debit reloads

I filled up my gas tank this afternoon. As I paid inside the station, the clerk asked me how I was doing. I replied, “Living the dream”. She said, “I’m living somebody else’s dream” — and I told her “That’s better than no dream at all!” Is it possible that there will be a prepaid rewards Visa card that is reloadable nationwide with a credit card? I’ll be honest: I think this is a pipe dream at best. But I’d rather be living Jon’s dream than no dream at all, so check out this post from No Mas Coach for more.

A new US-based low-cost carrier in the wings?

Whether or not you’d consider flying carriers like WOW, Norwegian, or Level, you can’t deny the effect those carriers have had on airfares from a consumer standpoint. We’ve regularly seen airfares from both coasts to Europe that are cheaper than what I’m paying to get to Chicago this weekend. Is there a new US-based ultra low cost carrier coming soon? Travel Skills has the scoop.

8,000 mile one-way awards on United – a bright spot in the Nov 1 devaluation

At the beginning of this month, a number of United awards went up in price. However, there was a bit of good news under the new chart — some one-way partner awards are available for as little as 8K points one-way. I think these might be particularly good value either close-in (especially if you have status) or for in and between Korea/Japan/China. Dave at Miles Talk has the details.

Free activities around the world

What’s your favorite price? Mine is definitely free — yet I will freely admit to having taken advantage of fewer free options than I’d like in my travels. Becky at sightDOING with The Girl and Globe gives some good suggestions about free opportunities to think about on your next trip. Reading her suggestions made me think of one of my favorite free sightseeing spots in New York City: The Brooklyn Promenade. It doesn’t cost you anything more than the subway fare to get there. One stop into Brooklyn, you get the postcard view of the New York City skyline at night. What are your favorite sightseeing/sight DOING suggestions around the world?

That’s it for this week around the web. Check back soon for this week’s last chance deals.

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