I admit it, I’m the most tenacious hound for cheap airfares there is.

I made some travel plans this past year to visit a relative in Maui over the Holidays. I started tracking the airfares as soon as they were published, early in the calendar year.

In the past I’ve used Travelocity FareWatcher and the (now defunct) MyYahoo widget.   Travelocity’s fare watch tool is only effective for tracking bargain fares between  a City Pair- But it does not let you choose your schedule in advance.  I’ve been unimpressed with either of them (Travelocity, Yahoo, + others), so decided to try out the new Yapta, which appeared to have some very solid tracking features and built-in alerts. Continue reading



Navy Federal Credit Union Flagship Rewards Credit Card

Full Disclosure: I have been a Navy Federal customer/member since 1989, and I carry the Flagship Rewards card in my wallet. Navy Federal does not compensate me for content on this website.

I recently gushed about the benefits of Navy Federal’s Flagship rewards card… and the best just got better.  This sign-on bonus turns the credit card rewards game into a rout- Flagship Rewards wins hands down against everyone. Continue reading



Navy Federal Credit Union Flagship Rewards Credit Card

Full Disclosure:  I have been a Navy Federal customer/member since 1989, and I carry the Flagship Rewards card in my wallet.  Navy Federal does not compensate me for content on this website.

Navy Federal Credit Union’s Flagship Rewards Card has been pretty darn good to me over the years – For a $49 annual fee I earn up to 2% on ALL purchases when points are used for travel.  The card also provides me with free Rental Car Insurance (which once saved my bacon when a Drunk and Stoned Driver crashed in to my parked rental car).  I also pay low fees when overseas, and I get all the perks of a Visa Signature card.

And now, the Navy Federal Flagship Rewards Visa Card just got better. Continue reading

FY14 FY2014 GSA City Pair Search

 

FY14 FY2014 GSA City Pair Search

 This past week, GSA announced its 2014 City Pairs for airline travel.

 For those not aware, this a task that the much-maligned GSA does a good job at, saving the taxpayer up to $2.2 Billion per year.

The City-Pair program allows a Fed to book a flight at the last-minute at a pre-negotiated airfare, with guaranteed last-seat availability- Even if the last empty seat on the plane is in first class (note that the traveling Fed probably won’t get the First Class seat, someone else will likely get upgraded). Specifically, Fed travelers using GSA City Pairs get: Continue reading