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Use the Fifth Freedom Right to See More Places

Fifth freedom flights

World leaders tend to argue about everything, but they have worked out a lot of issues to make sure that most of our flights go smoothly. The International Civil Aviation Association (ICAO) recognizes five Freedoms of the Air that make modern commercial aviation possible. Since all countries are protective of their borders and revenues, international treaties had to be put in place to ensure that airlines can fly freely anywhere in the world

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Postmates Celebrates Local Businesses and Communities

Postmates

Postmates is an urban logistics platform that operates a fleet of more than 65,000 members that complete more than 2 million deliveries per month across 44 major metropolitan markets. In 2017 the company is on track to make more than $1 billion in sales.

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International SOS: Providing Medical Services for Worldwide Business Travel

International-SOS

Imagine you’re overseas on a business trip and you suffer a serious ankle sprain. You’re not fluent in the language, you’re unfamiliar with the country’s healthcare system, and you can barely hobble your way back to your hotel. What do you do? If your employer uses the services of International SOS, a leading medical and travel security assistance company, the answer is just a phone call away.

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American Express Authorized User and Spending Bonuses

American Express Authorized User and Spending Bonuses

Lately American Express has been offering some great authorized user and spending bonuses for several of their cards. Many of these bonuses are targeted, but it might be worth calling American Express to see if you can get the promotion applied to your account. Below I will go into detail about the authorized user and spending bonuses that have been popping up so you know what to be on the lookout for!

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Help the World and Save Money with Goodshop

Goodshop

Shopping online for a new set of luggage, or surfing the web for a great buy on airfare or hotels? What if you knew a way to shop where you could save money and donate to your favorite cause at the same time? It doesn’t just sound too good to be true, it actually is, thanks to a company called Goodshop.

JJ Ramberg, co-founder and managing director of Goodshop, spoke with RewardExpert about how easy it is to find deals on just about anything, including trips and travel-related items, and in the process donate to a cause you’re passionate about.

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You Can Now Interview For Global Entry Upon Arrival to the U.S. at Certain Airports

Global-Entry

If you are an international traveler who frequents the United States border, you may already have applied for Global Entry in order to expedite your border-crossing experience. If you haven’t heard of Global Entry, it is a program directed by US Customs and Border Protection which offers more efficient border crossing for low-risk trusted travelers through the use of Global Entry kiosks at certain airports.

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TravelBank: Get Rewarded for Reigning in Your Business Travel Budget

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Companies worldwide spent a whopping $1.3 trillion on business travel last year, according to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), and the organization predicts travel spent on flights, hotels, car rentals, meals and other business-related travel essentials will only continue to increase—reaching $1.6 trillion by 2020.

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The Charity Network Connect Donors with Worthy Causes

Clarity Network

A two-week vacation in Sun Valley, Idaho. A three-night stay in a tropical villa in Belize. Seven nights in a cottage in West Cork, Ireland. Roundtrip airfare to Nashville and tickets to the Grand Ole Opry. These are only a few of the amazing experiences featured on The Charity Network’s online auction and sweepstakes websites Charitybuzz and Prizeo — with each one connected to a remarkable charity and worthy cause.

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Increased Sign-up Bonus on Virgin Atlantic MasterCard

Bank of America periodically increases the sign-up bonus on its Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard®, and this year is no different with a possible total of 90K miles available on from this card. However, this is a multi-tiered bonus that has several requirements in order to earn the full amount. While the deal is being advertised as a 90K miles offer, it is really a 75K offer with a possible 15K anniversary bonus. We will detail the requirements to earn each increment of this bonus and then discuss some good uses of Virgin Atlantic miles.

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Borrow Beach Reads for Free from Your Local Library with OverDrive

OverDrive

Whether you enjoy lounging on the beach with bestselling fiction novels or want to fill hours of boring airline travel with engrossing nonfiction tales, buying reading materials can take a bite out of your entertainment budget. Why not save those hard-earned dollars for another daiquiri and borrow your next read instead? Thanks to OverDrive’s partnership with local libraries across North America and worldwide, checking out eBooks and audiobooks is simple, easy and—best of all—free.

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Find the Perfect Hotel with Trivago

Trivago user

Whether you’re searching for that gorgeous resort for a family trip to the Bahamas, need a budget friendly hotel in the suburbs of New York City for a last minute getaway, or seeking 5-star accommodations in Rome, trivago has you covered.

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Hard-to-Reach Islands You Can Get to With United’s Excursionist Perk

If you’re looking to maximize your hard-earned airline miles by booking trips to multiple cities, or even countries, United MileagePlus is one of the best programs to do just that. The program allows for a longer stop in a city on the way to your destination, dubbed the Excursionist Perk, which lets passengers book a free one-way flight within a round-trip. Essentially, you can book three flights for the price of two if you do it correctly. A stop can be as short as 24 hours and as long as the calendar allows you to book.

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Take Maverick Helicopters for a Bird’s-Eye View of Southern Nevada

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Las Vegas and the Southern Nevada region are popular destinations for domestic and international tourists alike. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 42.9 million people visited Southern Nevada in 2016 and spent $35.5 billion in the process. While there’s certainly plenty to do and see at ground level, the folks at Maverick Helicopters want to show you the sights from a different perspective.

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Do You Need New Visas When You Get A New Passport?

What sould you do if your name has changed on your new passport

Say you’re planning a trip to a country for which you have a valid visa, but then you realize something: by the time you depart, your passport will have expired, but your visa will not have. What can you do?

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Cranky Concierge: Air Travel Experts

Cranky Concierge

The word cranky means given to fretful fussiness as well as full of twists and turns. Both describe the many of air travel experiences, so it’s easy to understand why Brett Snyder, author of The Cranky Flier, would use the term within the name of his award-winning blog as well as its sister travel service Cranky Concierge.

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Los Angeles Zoo Celebrates 50 Years of Animal Fun

Los Angeles Zoo

Los Angeles is one of the world’s biggest cities, so having one of the biggest and best zoos fits its personality. The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens has been celebrating its 50th anniversary with a yearlong “ZooLAbration.” The zoo draws about 1.8 million visitors each year, is home to 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, and has more than 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants.

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Air France/KLM Flying Blue Sweet Spots

If you’re not already using Air France and KLM’s Flying Blue rewards program, you should start thinking about getting familiar with it. Flying Blue is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points and Starwood Preferred Guest points and offers some incredible sweet spots. Let’s take a look at some of Flying Blue’s best sweet spots.

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GasBuddy: Real-Time Fuel Prices and More

While keeping children entertained is certainly a challenge on long road trips, it’s not the biggest source of stress for American families traveling the country by car. In fact, a recent survey of more than 1,000 parents with kids under the age of 18 found that “where to stop along the way” is actually the largest cause of anxiety and family strife.

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Go on a Learning Adventure with Quizlet

Are you traveling in Athens and want to learn about ancient Greek philosophers? Are you on business in Tokyo and need a quick refresher course on Japanese business etiquette? Then learning website Quizlet is the perfect tool to use, wherever you may be.

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Citi Prestige 75k Offer and Membership Rewards 40% Transfer Bonus to Avios

Citi recently implemented a massive wave of changes to its flagship Prestige card. Most of these were announced last year year but did not become effective until this week. Just ahead of the July 23rd implementation, Citi announced some meager positive changes to put a positive spin on things. While most of these recent developments are barely worth mentioning, there is one legitimate bit of good news: the sign-up bonus on the Citi Prestige card has gone up to 75k points.

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