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When I wrote about credit card payment fees in countries such as Australia and New Zealand, a reader suggested that I check out a product called Revolut.

Revolut

Revolut basically issues you a MasterCard (debit card – doesn’t say that anywhere on the card itself) out of the UK and is available for European Union countries plus few others. [click to continue…]

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Few years ago the US Mint had a problem. They couldn’t get $1 coins intro circulation and then someone had a bright idea; let’s sell these coins directly to the public that will in turn use them with the merchants.

What Happened To Those $1 Coins

You could order $1 coins directly from the Mint and pay using a credit card. The purchase of these coins was coded as regular merchandise and not cash advance (what it essentially was) that would have triggered all kind of fees for many. [click to continue…]

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There were big earthquakes this week in Japan and just today 7.8 magnitude earthquake close to Muisne, Ecuador, that is 170 kilometers from Quito where I am.

Ecuador Quake

I have lived in the LA in the past and don’t ever remember experiencing earthquake. This has now changed. Basically the hotel here in Quito was shaking and I wasn’t sure how serious this was. Called the front desk and asked if this was usual. Was told no and to come down. [click to continue…]

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When traveling (means 100% of the time), I have come to rely mobile data a lot. Usually my first step when arriving to a country is to recharge/reactive an old SIM card or to buy a new one.

RANT Mobile Data In Argentina

I don’t usually care too much of the voice more than few minutes max when need to call a cab or hotel but data access is really important. If I know that I am in a country that has sometimes challenging internet connectivity at hotels, I subscribe to an adequate data pack. [click to continue…]

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I thought that I had pretty much seen it all when it comes to air travel but something new popped up yesterday on my LAN flight.

Hairy Story

People tend to argue if one can recline their seat or who has control over the window shade, but how about the back of your seat? Can you throw your hair there? [click to continue…]

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Did you ever have to use a ‘Bereavement Fare‘ in case of family emergencies such as a death of a relative that required you to travel in the very last minute?

American B777 BereavementWhile it has been longstanding practice for airlines in North America and select other markets to offer some discounts to people who had to travel after a death in the family, this is slowly going away. [click to continue…]

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The Spirit Airlines flight 141 from Baltimore to Los Angeles yesterday morning must have been an entertaining one.

Spirit Fight

A fight had broken between intoxicated passengers that had been blasting music from their boombox (don’t think that there is in-flight entertainment on Spirit flights) and those that would have preferred quieter environment. This was all caught on camera. [click to continue…]

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After coming across this topic in the Conde Nast Traveler and having flown a few segments in Economy as well this month I want to bring up the matter of reclining seats in coach class. Do you? Should You?

AI Economy ClassReclining your seat appears to be a larger point for discussion and consideration than I imagined as my take always was if something reclines then it’s because it should be used that way. [click to continue…]