A Hodgepodge of News – The Week In Review 2/3/14-2/9/14

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Each week in the Hodgepodge of News article I am going to post one of my favorite travel memories.  This photo was taken on the remote Fijian Island of Waya in the Yasawa chain.  We stayed on this remote island for a week!  It was fantastic.
Each week in the “Hodgepodge of News” article I am going to post one of my favorite travel memories. This photo was taken on the Fijian Island of Waya in the Yasawa chain. We stayed on this remote island for a week in December 2007! It was fantastic.

 

Here is a look back at some of the most interesting articles and news stories from this past week. Enjoy!

  • American Airlines has discounted 10k one-way or 20k round-trip awards available to/from Los Angeles and Las Vegas.  One Mile At A Time has the details.  This is a great deal and the best part is that it is bookable online!
  • Travel Is Free had a great feature on booking around the world tickets with different carriers.
  • The newish hotel booking site Travelpony made a big splash this week with a great promotion!
  • Frequent Travel University tickets are about 90% sold out for the upcoming conference in April.  You can buy tickets here.
  • Visa and Mastercard announced that all U.S. credit cards will have a chip and pin by October 2015.
  • American Express announced that their Delta cards will be getting a chip and will no longer have foreign transaction fees as of May 1.
  • With the end of the Wright Amendment in sight, Southwest announced fifteen new destinations that they will fly to from Love Field starting in October of this year.
  • Hertz made some positive changes to their loyalty program by reducing the number of rental nights needed to gain elite status.  Deals We Like has the details.
  • Various journalists complained about the state of their hotels in Sochi this week.  The Washington Post had a great breakdown of what some people had to say via twitter!
  • Of course the Russian government claims that Western Journalists were delibreately sabotaging their rooms. As evidence one official said that the government had seen people leaving water on in their showers?!?  I guess the dirty water isn’t the only thing people there have to worry about.
  • Find out how to circumvent the AA Gateway stopover city rule and then change your flights later to better suit your needs.
  • The Southeast Asian airline market is rapidly expanding.  AIN Online has a great article about what that looks like for carriers in the region.
  • Forbes has an interesting article explaining exactly what the FAA’s downgrade of Indian aviation means.
  • Speaking of India, I put together a step by step explanation of how I booked and chose the segments for my upcoming trip!

Did I miss anything?  Let me know in the comments below!

 


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