Marriott Kauai Gardens
The blog gremlins have been messing with me this morning. The rewrite is that Rene called to see if he could get more miles from his Citi Business AA card.They offered him 10,000 binus points for $5000 of spend in the next six months.
If you are not asking for a bonus, you are not getting a bonus. How many of you will call and try to get this bonus? I will.
Continental 4000 Mile Promo
If you are a new (or maybe old) OnePass member, try registering for this promo:
It says targeted but who really knows
Fly by May 31, 2010 you’ll earn 4,000 bonus miles on your next Continental Airlines flight
Link (offer expired)
What to do if You’re a Tourist in a Natural Disaster
Natural disasters can strike anywhere at any time. Mother nature doesn’t care who you are, how much money you spent on your vacation, or whether you bought travel insurance. Mother nature is kind of a jerk like that. So, what exactly do you do if you’re lying on a Chilean beach one day and then suddenly you’re in an earthquake?
While I would never advocate living in fear or always preparing for the worst (no way to live, in my humble opinion), a little precaution is more than a good idea; it’s responsible. It’s like packing an umbrella when you know it’s likely to rain. Consider the risks of your destination (Does it get avalanches? Tornadoes? Is it the island from Lost?), and make sure you have a plan in mind in case you get unlucky. Read on for a list of potential disasters and tips on how to stay safe.
But first, everyone should program 202-501-4444 into their phone or keep it in their travel documents. Why? It’s the phone number for emergency assistance to Americans in foreign countries, a’la the US Department of State (they’ll get you help from your nearest US embassy). Additionally, you should register with the US Department of State when you’re going abroad so that they can inform the nearest embassy that you’re coming and keep better track of you if there’s a crisis. Travel registration is a free service for which your taxes pay, and you can do it online here.
If that sounds a little big-brother-ish to you, consider how much passport stuff you go through anytime you travel abroad. It’s okay for your country to know where you are. In fact, it’s a very good thing, as they have an obligation to try and protect you on your travels. Also, there’s a Privacy Act:
Basically, the Department of State can’t tell anyone where you are, even if they know, unless you expressly tell them to. When you register, you can give them an emergency contact who’s not traveling with you. Don’t you want them to be able to tell your mom (or wife, husband, girlfriend, whoever you list) where you are and that you’re okay if all the phone lines and computers are down? You can also allow them to disclose info to the media, your medical representative or your lawyers. Register up. Expats, too. I did.
FEMA lists the following crises as potential disasters:
- Chemical Emergencies
- Dam Failure
- Fire or Wildfire
- Hazardous Material
- Nuclear Power Plant Emergency
- Winter Storm
Click on any one you’re concerned about for FEMA’s advice — they provide great instructions for what to do immediately, like crouch in a corner or get outside.
Additional advice for expats in particular is here.
Double Southwest Credits and Up to 40% Off
Dear Frugal Travel Guy,
As a Rapid Rewards Member, you can earn double Rapid Rewards credit and save up to 40% on rentals of three or more consecutive days. For double credit, you will receive one credit per qualifying rental instead of the standard 0.5 credit per rental. This offer is valid on all car groups at any participating Budget airport locations in the United States from March 1 through June 30, 2010.
For reservations, visit southwest.com. Enter coupon MUAZ017 in the Promotional Code field, BCD# U072700 in the Corporate/ID Rate field, and be sure to provide your Rapid Rewards account number at the time of the rental to receive your credits.
Citi Prestige® Card
- Annual Fee: $450 fee
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The increase to 50,000 ThankYou points for the Citi Prestige card may be a signal that Citi wants back in the game, big time. The sign-up bonus has just been increased to 50K points from the previous 30K offer. An added benefit is a $250 annual air travel credit each calendar year -- so, if you sign up in April, you'll receive the credit this year, and again in January of next year -- which more than covers the $450 first year fee. When you add in lounge access for you and up to two of your guests, you’ve added another $400+ in value. One more benefit worth mentioning is the fourth night free for any four-night hotel stay booked through Wagonlit Travel. And lastly is the $100 statement credit when you sign up for Global Entry and pay for it using the Prestige card. Don’t forget the ever-growing number of airline transfer partners that work with the ThankYou points program.
- $250 Air Travel Credit each year
- Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
- Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
- Points are redeemable for an $800 flight on American Airlines or US Airways®, a $665 flight on any other airline or $500 in gift cards.
- Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
- Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
- Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
- 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases