Ep 10; Frequent Flyer Loyalty

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Travelers are constantly bombarded with “Sign up now!” loyalty offers and point earning systems. Are airline offers worth it? What do you get for your loyalty?

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

0:11 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)
Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake

0:34 – Where have the ladies traveled recently? San Diego!

1:16 – Piper’s Trip

2:14 – Sparkly floors

2:33 – The PDX carpet

3:02 – The SouthWest airlines cattle call

3:50 – Question for the audience -> Can you walk to San Diego downtown from the airport?

4:23 – Gaslight district and San Diego Comic-Con

5:04 – Balboa park

5:14 – Mysterious Galaxy -> awesome bookstore

6:14 – Seaview -> cute bookstore with cafe near SFO

6:40 – Need listener help: What’s the name of the Alice in Wonderland-esque speakeasy behind the brick wall (or bank vault?) covered in ivy in San Diego?

7:53 – military, retirees, and/or vacationers mean… Reader town!

8:36 – cocktails in San Diego; wine in Portland…lulz.

8:52 – Gail pisses off the audience. Wine fight. (“Portlanders claiming they have wine? Lol”)  Ready? Fight!

9:32 – La Hoja; full of eclectic restaurants and sea lions

10:17 – Del Mar beach (dog beach)

10:45 – all Piper cares about => dogs and food

11:48 – tutorial on how to kidnap Piper

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12:07 – Main Topic -> Frequent Flyer Miles and Loyalty Points

12:35 – Gamified system’s help keep you loyal by letting you “level up” your membership

13:20 – The benefits of access to the business lounge (hard boiled eggs and showers)

15:15 – Credit Card multipliers

15:42 – American Airlines has Piper’s soul

16:16 – always sign up for the frequent flyer’s club regardless of the airline you’re flying to ensure entry of you Known Traveler Number (KTN) for ease of travel

16:57 – Gail often goes to unusual locales and has others book her flights, so avid loyalty is difficult

17:49 – Gail’s now a SouthWest gal

18:05 – Gail loves the cattle call –> it means faster boarding!

19:39 – http://crankyflier.com/

21:25 – Be aware of what company has a hub at your local airport, and where other hubs are for that airline (take advantage of that!)

23:49 – Further tease of future episode about Credit Cards to optimize miles’ collection

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24:29 ? Gadgets! –>  Neck Pillows

Gail – Pillow’s to lean on while you lean back
Trtl Pillow – http://amzn.to/2EWJN8g
Travel Mate Memory Foam – http://amzn.to/2HOaLke

Piper – pillow to lean forward with
Inflatable – http://amzn.to/2F25AP5

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31:24 – Outro and thanks to: Producer Matt

Special thanks to Dan Sawyer of Artistic Whisper for editing this episode!

Thanks for listening and happy travels!

 

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