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These States May Require a Passport Or Non-State ID to Fly Domestic in 2018!

Premise Previously, any state ID was sufficient for flights. But now, you may have to have a passport (or form of identification other than a state ID) to fly commercial, either international or domestic! These forms include: passport, permanent resident/green card, or military ID. Note that previously several state IDs did not meet the minimum security standards and were in danger of not being valid: Kentucky Maine Missouri Montana Oklahoma Pennsylvania South Carolina Washington   Update – Get Your Passport However, the Real ID Act’s compliance requirements had an extention until October 10th 2017, with a new grace period...

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Food & Hotel Review: Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting.  Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Highlights: Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh This Westin, as all Westins do, meets or exceeds expectations. From the beautiful lobby, to the thoughtfulness and flexibility of service, this hotel was a great experience. Highlights include their service (more detail later), and the amazing quality of their breakfast and room service. This conveniently located hotel nestled in the heart of downtown made for a...

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BREAKING: Southwest Announces They Will Fly To Hawaii

From reddit and southwest.com comes great news! Southwest announces breaking news that they will begin service to Hawaii from the mainland. Details are sparse, but this is welcome news. Also, pair this with the previous promotion on easy Companion Pass! Details Tickets will be sold in 2018, with more details to come. Based on government approvals, we can expect flights starting from the west coast in 2019, or late 2018. For those with companion pass, especially continuing through 2018 and 2019, this will be a great deal. However, the press release has little to no specifics, so we should wait...

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TARGETED: Buy one flight, get one free – Southwest Companion Pass with Just One Purchase!

TL:DR This deal came out Monday, 10/9/17, ending 30th of November. Targeted California residents, get your Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card, make a purchase, and get a Companion Pass!   Companion Pass Promo Details You can also stack with the Rapid Rewards points – earn 40,000 points after $1,000 spend! Check your email for details. Open (new) Credit Card Make Purchase Get Companion Pass (within 8 weeks)   Fine Print This is limited to California residents, so if you are one of the lucky 39.25 million people, then be sure to sign up for this promotion! Offer ends 11/30/17,...

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Marriott Moments: Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, Global Cuisine Series

This isn’t your typical hotel review – and focuses on the Global Cuisine Series (cooking class & luncheon) part of my Marriott Moments experience.   Premise: Marriott Moments As mentioned previously, this auction by Marriott Moments mirrors Starwood Moments, which are unique experiences crafted by these hospitality companies for valued guests. This is my first non-traditional points redemption, which is something other than hotel stays or airline miles, and I was very excited when presented with this opportunity, especially as it was at a Ritz-Carlton.   Research: Global Cuisine Series Both Moments programs had an abundance of selection, ranging from...

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Come to Disneyland Paradise: Hotel Menage, Anaheim

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Highlights: Hotel Menage, Anaheim, California I have decidedly mixed feelings about this hotel. On the one hand, the food was quite delicious and reasonably priced in the hotel restaurant, and their service was flexible. On the other hand, the quality of the rooms, property, and facility was well below my expectations. They are remodeling to a Four Points Sheraton Anaheim later in...

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Data Exposed? How to Automatically Sue Equifax for Up to $25,000!

Premise As you may know, Equifax was hacked, resulting in private information from 143 million people being leaked. They are facing a gigantic class action suit, which may take years to resolve, and result in only a few dollars for impacted parties. What is the average consumer to do, other than this class action suit where the lion’s share of monies received will go to corporate lawyers?   How can this help me with Equifax? An innovative legal-assistance chatbot known as DoNotPay, known for disputing parking tickets and filing for maternity leave, now can automatically sue Equifax on your...

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Marriott Moments: Luxury at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Premise & Highlights: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay This was truly an epic experience. I check Starwood Moments every so often, and thought about Marriott and explored their Marriott Moments program, where I found an auction for a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, including a Global Cuisine Series cooking class and luncheon, $100 resort credit, and complimentary resort fee &...

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Got a Robocall for a Free Cruise? Get up to $900 Compensation!

Premise You’ve all had them – that annoying, pesky robocall, offering a free timeshare, or survey for your thoughts, or in this case, a free cruise! A class action lawsuit against Big Cruise, including Carnival, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean, argues that these players violated the Telephone Consumer Protection act by spamming unsuspecting Americans with robocalls. These robocalls, through a company called Resort Marketing Group, require previous consent from consumers to receive.   Robocall: What happened? As a result, the companies have settled, with a preliminary settlement fund of $7 to $12.5 million. This will be doled out to consumers,...

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Grand Piano in Penthouse Suite: The Tremont Chicago Hotel at Magnificent Mile

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. ·                     Highlights ·                     Lobby & Check-in ·                     Room ·                     Hotel Space / Ambiance ·                     Food & Drink ·                     Fitness ·                     Miscellaneous       Highlights: The Tremont Chicago Hotel at Magnificent Mile The service before I arrived was great. In my last attempt to stay here, I was informed it would be $50 to confirm the Michigan Ave Penthouse Suite, a 761 square foot suite with a grand piano. This time, I had an amazing agent, Reginald, lock it...

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