I travel over a 100,000 miles a year so I have lots of miles and lots of experience with the airlines’ frequent flier mile programs. I’m usually pretty loyal to United because they have a hub near me and I have 100K status with them, but when it comes to using miles, I’m partial to Continental. They by far have the best web site, tools and programs to figure out when and how you can use your miles and to actually use them.
My favorite part about frequent flier mile tickets is that they are very flexible. You can (at least right now) change the day and time of your return at any time without penalty.
For keeping up on frequent flier mile program changes, I recommend The FrequentFlier Crier newsletter.
Uglesich’s (pronounced YOU-gull-sitch’s), one of the best places to eat in New Orleans, is closing! It’s more than a whole in the wall but nothing fancy and a little difficult to get to but the food is fantastic.
The New York Times article tells about the restaurant’s history and its owners. The New York Times > Dining & Wine > A Lunchtime Institution Set to Overstuff Its Last Po’ Boy
I really liked India, but I could still relate to what this author was describing. Maybe you have to have been there, but I was laughing pretty hard by the time I finished reading his weeklong journal, Trying Really Hard to Like India. I recommend the slide show.
Journeys: Leave Fido Back Home? No Way! Here’s a New York Times article about how people are taking their dogs on adventure trips. As I took my dog hiking on the Appalachian Trail – I even changed my travel dates to make sure she would fly with us – I could relate to the article. I couldn’t imagine going for a 10 day walk without her!!!
While traveling in San Francisco, we ran into the following high tech porta potty. You put a quarter in the slot, the door opens automatically and you step inside. Inside you hit the door close button and enter the world of high tech bathrooms. To wash your hands, you just hold your hands over the sink. The water and soap start pouring automatically and after a time, they shut off and hot air blows out. When you leave, the whole bathroom cleans itself, including the floor and toilet bowl. There’s a warning sign telling people not to enter as people leave, as the wash cycle happens automatically!
High Tech Porta Potty
The Wall Street Journal has a column today about travel websites. In it the article I discovered this cool tool called SideStep that you can download from the Sidestep website. It installs as a toolbar in your browser, lets you search for flights and takes you to the website with the fare when you pick one.