thatirieguy

William is the lead travel agent for an irie family of four. He hails from Nashville where his family wanders the world looking to quench their thirst for adventure, laughs and positivity. Live within your means, travel beyond them!

Southwest and American Airlines to Settle Lawsuit. Did you Receive a Notice?

This afternoon my wife received an email regarding a lawsuit against American, Delta, Southwest, United, Continental and US Airways. The lawsuit, that all airlines have rejected, states that the carriers listed conspired to increase fares on domestic flights between July 1, 2011 and June 14, 2018 by limiting capacity. Even though the airlines have stated their opposition to the lawsuit and have countered with their own evidence to the contrary, Southwest and American have decided to settle to simply end the ordeal. Will the others follow? Below is a copy of the received email.   Southwest has agreed to...

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Delta Amex Membership Rewards Offer, Get $60 after $300

Delta seems to be grabbing the spotlight late in the year with multiple offers on their routes for discounted points and for the targeted emails that are offering Delta bonuses on the American Express Delta Gold Card without the once in a lifetime language. Now an offer is available on Amex Membership Rewards for $60 off of $300 Delta purchase offer. This should be an easy spend for most folks and a nice little credit coming back for the holiday season. As you can see from above the offer runs through the beginning of the year, so plenty of...

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The One Thing all Point Earners Should Do

Earning and burning points may be one of the most satisfying hobbies a traveler could ever have. It opens up a world of possibilities that may have seemed at one point unattainable. For most it’s just a simple taste that can open the flood gates to more opportunities and more points. But with those points comes more cards, more deadlines and more fees. In order to make this hobby work in your favor at the least possible risk there is exactly one thing that you must be and that is organized. By organization I don’t mean having a nice...

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10,000 Hilton Amex Points for Bare Minimum Spend

American Express has done it again with a 10,000 point offer for only $200 in grocery spend! This is a pretty amazing offer considering that $200 for groceries can be met for many, including my family, in almost one trip. My wife received this offer this afternoon and since she does most of our grocery runs, well the eyes lit up pretty fast. With more than a handful of Amex cards between the two of us, I’ve made the necessary task of having all of our cards accessible. Based on past years, I expect even more offers to be...

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New AMEX Offer Spend $1500, Receive 1,000 Membership Reward Points Up to 3 Times

This nice little gift showed up in my wife’s Amex Platinum this morning. The new Amex bonus offer is to spend $1500 on the targeted card to receive 1,000 bonus points. The kicker is that you can do this up to 3 times. The offer expires November 20 so plenty of time to get an early start on holiday shopping. Easy Points to Attain! If you use your Amex cards for typical spend like we sometimes do, especially when we travel, this can be an easy way to earn some good Membership Reward points. As we all know, Membership Reward...

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Did Amex Just Open the Door for Second Bonus

Waking up this morning I’m wondering if what just happened came true. Did Amex actually just give the green light for a second bonus on the same product? As far as I can tell that appears to be the case! I was not dreaming and all of the follow-up I just completed yesterday all points to great news. It started around late June when Amex sent my wife a targeted email for the Delta Gold Skymiles Amex card. I pretty much took the email with a grain of salt. My wife and I were both targeted for this card...

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Go Far and Go Early With Family Travel

Don’t waste time! Don’t do it. You’ve heard it before and as cliché as it sounds, the time really does fly by. Before those little kids of yours decide to leave the nest, you should really consider going far and going early. Family travel changes fast so make those seemingly far off destinations the first on your list if possible. So, staring out my office window in my 9-5 day job (is that wrong), I sit here typing away on my all-to-infrequent side “job” wondering what’s next. For the first time in my life travel itinerary, I find our...

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Poor Hotel, Great Staff- A Lesson for the Hilton Curacao

So do you think that hotel reviews really tell the full story? The brutal truth  is that if you only go by the star levels, you may miss a great experience. Believe me when I tell you the intention was there on our recent trip to the Hilton Curacao to do an exhaustive review of the property on this blog. I took some pictures, met the staff and was prepared to tell it all good or bad. However, in the end, that plan was derailed and here is why. Those damn reviews. Leading up to this trip, much like...

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Give an Inch for the Good of Your Country!

It’s 29 inches! Plenty of space to watch the world pass you by in the window of an airplane, right? That’s a good couple feet…plus 5 inches! It’s even a make-able putt but not a gimme. I mean the saying goes if you give an inch, someone will take you a mile. If you take 29 of them, you’ll certainly travel far I would think. Or maybe you’ve heard that size is relative. It’s honestly how you internalize 29 inches that counts and maybe it is more room than we think? The realization that airlines would convert rows of...

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Yeah That’s My Metal Card

The metal card. The overnight delivery. The over-the-top packaging. Go ahead and suck it up and admit that you simply love the difference in look and feel of the premium credit cards. Just how important is the aesthetics that accompany your brand new credit card? Maybe more than you think. From a consumer standpoint, the appeal is obvious. But from a marketing standpoint, it’s a little bit of genius involved in the delivery from the issuer to the eventual destination. The financial industry is always looking for an edge that will make their products and services simply stand out...

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