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Bet You Didn’t Know: Left an Item on the Plane? Use the Online Automated Lost and Found

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   When I’m getting off a flight, I’m fanatical about collecting my carry on stuff. I double and triple check around and under my seat, in the seat pockets, everywhere, to make sure I have all the items I came on board with before I deplane. And yet somehow I occasionally leave an item behind. I don’t know what it is about airline seats, but all those nooks and crannies manage…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: JetBlue Blue Flex Fares Are Cancelable, But NOT Refundable

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Airlines have gone out of their way to make their industry as complicated as humanly possible. If you were to sit down and consciously try to create a system that was convoluted, bizarre, and mindbogglingly user-unfriendly, you probably couldn’t come close to matching the byzantine patchwork of rules the airlines have managed to create. JetBlue has often been one of the better airlines when it comes to keeping things simple, but they’ve got unnecessary…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: How To Look Up Your Priority Pass Guest Policy Online

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Just because this series is called “Bet You Didn’t Know” doesn’t mean I personally know everything. Oh, sure, I might have a few little-known tips that I enjoy sharing with Frequent Miler readers from week to week. But there’s plenty I don’t know. In fact, there’s so much more I don’t know than I do know that one could easily fill an entire encyclopedia with all of it. They could…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: A New Way To Book Flights Directly From ITA Matrix

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   ITA Matrix is still the godfather of booking engines. There simply isn’t a more powerful tool out there for piecing together complex flight itineraries. Even though Google Flights has become my primary search engine in recent years thanks to its speed and flexibility, it still has limits and can’t keep up with ITA Matrix when airfare availability is rapidly changing, such as during a mistake fare spree. However, to…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: When Is The Best Shopping Portal Rate Not Really The Best?

By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Most Frequent Miler readers know that shopping portals are a terrific tool to earn extra cash or miles, especially when booking travel. As Greg the Frequent Miler says, if you were going to buy an item anyway, there’s no reason not to use a portal finder like Cashback Monitor to earn bonus miles or cash back via a shopping portal. The same is certainly true for travel bookings. There are portals that…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: Last Chance To Transfer Points Between Bank of America and Fidelity

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   We’re at one of those “transition points” in the miles and points world that happens every so often, when we have the chance to speculatively take advantage of a change in the industry. Or, perhaps, to avoid one. Fidelity cards have long been popular for their 2% cash back rewards structure, and back in the day Fidelity cards were the only way to get 2% cash back on every purchase…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: Updates on Walmart kiosks, digital Priority Pass, and more

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Now that summer is officially underway, we can start planning our outdoor activities — barbecues, trips to the beach, and of course a visit to the Yukon Sign Post Forest. Wait… what do you mean “what the heck is the Yukon Sign Post Forest?” You know, the Sign Post Forest at Watson Lake in the Yukon. It’s one of Canada’s greatest tourist attractions, now boasting over 77,000 individual road…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: American Airlines Still Offers Free 24 Hour Holds

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   When American Airlines announced the end of their free 24-hour hold policy last month, it was a disappointment to those of us who regularly book and fly on American tickets. The 24-hour hold was an extremely useful tool for chasing low airfares, as you could “stack” holds day by day in an effort to catch a reduced price while not losing your previous fare in the meantime. Theoretically you…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: Enhancements to Amex’s Plenti Rewards Program?

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Roughly a year ago Plenti Rewards arrived on the scene with an enormous thud. Designed to be a “coalition” rewards program similar to the AirMiles program in Canada, Plenti limped badly out of the gate. There were too few partners where you could earn points and even fewer partners where you could redeem them, all wrapped up with some terrible customer service and mediocre IT. As I wrote over on…

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