In this Frequent Miler Week in Review Around the Web, we have some money-saving tips for Disney, some interesting news about the future of airfares, the possibility of an Amazon checking account, and more. Read on for some good reads.
Disney veterans may know the Disney Dining Plan through and through, but this post from As the Joe Flies was a great read for me as I contemplate future Disney trips with our little fella. My first and only trip to Disney was a one-day trip when I was 26. We’ve talked about a Disney trip in the second half of 2019 and considered making it a family affair. With that in mind, I think the tips here will help us save some money on the trip.
Miles for Family provides a good reminder that this $400+ signup bonus will be disappearing soon — and you never know whether it may end sooner than expected. It was also a good reminder that sometimes a little patience pays off, as it seems that putting the cart before the horse in terms of getting the checking account information in hand was a contributing factor in how long it took.
This piece from Chris McGuinness (formerly of Travel Skills and now of SFGate.com) about the future of airline pricing is an interesting read. The concept of dynamic pricing certainly isn’t surprising — I imagine that Big Data collection will only lead to more of this down the road — it’s still a fascinating concept. Here’s my question: will those of us who primarily travel on miles appear to be the kind of cheapskates form whom they can’t extract more value — leading to cheaper tickets for us? Or will they see that we primarily travel in international business class and up the cost of that economy ticket from Long Beach to Las Vegas? Time will tell.
Seven or eight years ago, before learning anything about airline miles or hotel points, my wife and I decided to sublet an apartment in Berlin for a few months. We were both working online and decided to spend our weekdays in Berlin and our long weekends traveling around Europe – often by train. It was an awesome experience that taught us as much about ourselves as it did about the history, culture, and people we encountered. What would the 18-year-old me have gleaned from a similar experience? It’s hard to say — but the much older than 18 year old me harbors at least a little jealousy over this new program as reported at Wandering Aramean.
If this materializes, it will be very interesting to see how the account can be loaded and unloaded. Here’s hoping that Synchrony beats out Chase somehow. Unlikely, but probably the better partner for those hoping for a chance to maximize without jeopardizing other important accounts.
That’s it for this week around the web. Check back soon for this week’s last chance deals.