Don’t Post That Boarding Pass Pic

Boarding Pass

Don’t be this guy.

Congrats! So you’ve already gone through the stress of packing, repacking, weighing your bags, re-evaluating your life, repacking…and then you waited through long lines, dutifully whipped your laptop out and kicked your shoes off for security, and found your way to your gate…

…now what? You still have an hour till boarding, because you planned ahead to not miss your flight. You’re on your own. Gate D26 is your oyster. If you’re at the PDX airport, the obvious choice is the ubiquitous airport carpet selfie – which has now turned more into complaining about how the new carpet isn’t nearly as iconic as the old one. But if you’re not at an airport with famous carpets (peasants!), chances are you’re going to default to the Boarding Pass Selfie to keep your Insta game strong. (If you’re in an airport and don’t plaster your traveling adventures all over social media, did it really happen?)

But HOLD THE PHONE. Put the boarding pass down! Slowly.

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Yes, you.

Turns out, much like you wouldn’t post pics of your credit card info online (or I’d hope not), so is posting boarding pass pics a big no-no. A lot of info is stored on them, and people can use that data to view your flight info and potentially even tamper with your itinerary. Besides obviously displaying your full name, the main culprits are your frequent flyer number and barcode, which anyone with access to a free online barcode reader can use to get even more info to use against you. Brian Krebs of the security blog Krebs On Security explains more in-depth details in his post on the subject.

(Tsk tsk, Suji.)

Now, is it likely that someone will actually try to use the info to sabotage your future flights? Doubtful. But better safe than sorry. Still, if you must, try the whole boarding-pass-peeking-out-of-passport shot so at least you’re covering up critical info.



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How To Never Miss a Flight

Missed Flight

Don’t let this be you.

Show of hands from seasoned travelers…you may think you’re pretty savvy because you know your way around an airport, but can you say that you’ve never missed a flight? Dave Hamamura, professional wanderer and airport pro, lays claim to this feat. (We want proof, Dave.) Lucky for us, he’s shelled out his best tips for speeding through airports on his travel blog Dave Wanders. And yes, sometimes you just have to sprint to your connecting flight in another terminal, dignity be damned. (Just pray to the good lord that it’s not at Charles De Gaulle, or you better start cardio training ASAP.)

One of our favorite tips that you may not be already using? Taking advantage of your iPhone’s Passbook app. (You can’t delete the default apps, so…if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right?) This is especially helpful for long/complicated flights where you’ll have multiple boarding passes to keep track of. Skip scrambling around for the right piece of paper and stay organized with a digital copy of all your boarding passes that will allow you to breeze through security with just a scan of your phone screen. And if you’re not an iPhone user? No worries – just taking a picture or screenshot of your boarding pass will do.

For more tips on expediting your airport experience, head over to Dave’s post!



(featured image via Infinite Legroom.)



Lost stuffed animal goes on airport adventures at TIA

Hobbes at TIA

Hobbes surveys his view at the Tampa International Airport (TIA), where he went on a few grand adventures.

SWOONING over this sweet travel story, courtesy of some nice folk at the Tampa International Airport (TIA)!  6-year-old Owen Lake was flying with his mother from Florida to Texas when he lost his stuffed tiger, who was appropriately named Hobbes after the beloved comic strip character. Though the airport was able to find Hobbes, Owen and his mother had already left for their trip to Texas…and when they returned back to TIA, they found out that Hobbes had been on quite the adventure.  Continue reading

Internet Travel Leads – Best Practices

Yesterday I did an hour-long webinar for members of the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA) on best practices for travel agents for working with internet leads (as opposed to brick and mortar walk-in clients, referrals, repeat clients, etc.). Essentially I shared what we’d learned about how travelers shop on the internet, how they tend to work with agents and OTAs, common misconceptions they have about working with travel agents, and statistics on what works and what doesn’t, gained from my experiences with both Visual Itineraries and TheBigDay Honeymoon Registry (which I co-founded in 2001). Continue reading

Does Spirit Airline’s $69 Promotion Suck?

Spirit Airlines is making headlines for its, um, unconventional advertising. The most recent of their shenanigans? Their $69 roundtrip promotion. The deal is…for $69, you get to go both ways. (wink.) Things take an even more juvenile downturn when they capitalize on the word cockpit and claim that they’re in an “even better position to get you where you’re going.” In my opinion, they could have just spelled out synonyms of “SEX” all over the ad for a similarly heavy–handed (–tongued?) approach.
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This Is Not a Drill: Expedia Swallows Orbitz Too

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HAPPY HUMP DAY EVERYONE! Great news from the travel industry. Remember when we talked about Expedia buying out Travelocity, effectively reducing the entire US online travel industry to three companies? (And why that was such a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea?) In case you heard that and were like, “Why, three companies? For all of the good ol’ US of A? That’s simply too many!”, then YOU’RE IN LUCK! Because… (drum roll please…) Continue reading

RIP Travelocity (And What It Means For You)

In case you hadn’t heard, online travel giant Expedia just bought Travelocity for a supposed $280 million. (Or, for those of us who glaze over at numbers larger than their monthly rent: that’s 2,800,000 Benjamin Franklins. Or, like, 280 healthy Orca whales, since they apparently average about about a million a pop. But I digress.)

Orca Whale

This seemed relevant.

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Portland Rated “Only Livable City” in US

Downtown Portland

Downtown Portland at dusk. Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor.

Monocle, an esteemed London-based magazine covering culture, global affairs, business, and design, has given Portland, Oregon a significant nod to its “livability” (which is awkward considering the fact that former Nike CIO and London native Anthony Watson left the company because Portland was “too boring.” Oops). According to KGW, Monocle’s annual Quality of Life Survey ranked 25 cities based on data from crime rates, healthcare, state-funded education, and business climate, along with a liveability assessment that considers green space, culture, sunshine, and local businesses. Portland placed 23rd (out of 25), right behind Lisbon, Portugal. Which doesn’t seem so impressive, except that it’s the only city in the US to make the list. Continue reading