Weekly Roundup – 4 Main Factors to Consider When Choosing a Flight

After determining your next destination you will definitely need to fly. Choosing the right flight can be enjoyable but There are several factors to consider while choosing a flight. I hereby share with you a few.

Price

Once you define your destination, your next thing is to choose your flight. Different airlines differ from each other in terms of prices. I myself prefer a cheap deal and so do many. Before choosing your flight, compare airfare from different airlines then choose that works for you.

Comfort

This another factor to consider especially if you are planning for a long and nonstop journey. Uncomfortable, squeezed seats and lack of enough room in the coach can be very sour, frustrating and tiring. Research widely airlines that offers comfortable seats and wide rooms for you to relax and enjoy the rest of your journey.

Entertainment

I like watching movies, Tv programs, or listening to music while in flight as it helps in relaxing. Airlines offers different amusements more so people enjoy being entertained differently. Research to find the airline that offers your preferred amusement.

Preference

People have different preferences. I like to eat while traveling, my chosen flight has to provide best foods and splendid amenities. I always go that extra mile in researching airlines with the cheap and best meals.

Which factors do you consider while choosing a flight? Feel free to add more in the comments below

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Airlines with Best Amenities

To attract customers and keeping them satisfied, airlines are adding amenities that keeps you relaxed and rested while flying. These days most airlines provide in-flight Internet service, TV programs, multiple movies, Full-size pillow, onboard lounge among other amenities. Airlines with best amenities may be setting themselves apart.

We’ve put this poll together to figure out which airlines have the best in-flight Amenities. Please vote in the poll and share your experiences in the comments below.

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The Construction of Kinkaku-ji: The Golden Pavilion in Kyoto

Architecture, buildings, living spaces. These are things that are common throughout all of human civilization. Whether it is a sprawling farm house with a craftsman door, or a well thought out machiya with sliding screens, a home is a home and that is a beautiful thing. However, some are just frankly more beautiful than others.

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, named Kinkaku-ji is found in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most beautiful and popular tourist attractions in the country, drawing millions to see its stunning architecture and artistic landscape. The temple has an interesting and ancient history, dating to the 1300s. A statesman named Saionji Kintsune built it for his private use. In 1397, Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu purchased the building; and at his death in 1408, his son converted it into a Zen temple. From that time forward, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion has been a dearly-loved feature of Kyoto. The rebuilding projects and design of Kinkaku-ji are instructive.

1. Rebuilding

The pavilion and other small buildings have burnt down and been rebuilt two notable times. The Onin War, which lasted from 1467 to 1477, left most of the complex burnt to the ground. Luckily, both the pavilion and the gardens were spared. The minor buildings were rebuilt, and the temple was restored to its magnificence.

In 1950, however, a monk named Hayashi Yoken burnt down the pavilion in a failed suicide attempt. He was arrested for the damage and, following his trial, received a seven-year prison sentence. However, Yoken was released after only five years when his mental illness was determined to be the cause of his attempted suicide. In 1955, the most recent reconstruction project was completed and, other than a couple restoration projects that keep the building in good repair, it stands as it was rebuilt in that year.

2. Design

Each of the three pavilion floors has a unique meaning and style. They work to complement each other and create a new, distinctive design. Few buildings in the world show such separate architectural designs in parts of one building, but it has been done masterfully in Kinkaku-ji. The three styles are:

  • Shinden- The first floor uses the shinden style. The floor is named The Chamber of Dharma Waters. It reminds visitors of the eleventh century palaces, with unpainted wood and open space. White plaster takes emphasis away from the building itself and magnifies the natural beauty of the landscape and gardens. The walls on this level are mainly shutters that open to bring in light and a magnificent view.
  • Samurai- The second floor is named The Tower of Sound Waves. It is styled reminiscent of the samurais, who were aristocratic warriors. The sliding doors are intended to suggest a temporary home. On the same floor, the temple houses a shrine to Kannon, the goddess of mercy.
  • Zen- The top floor is named the Cupola of the Ultimate. It is filled with gilded gold, representing the beauty of death. Gold was meant to purify the mind to free it of the negative connotations naturally associated with death.

Gardens

Surrounding this magnificent building are beautiful gardens. The entire building is reflected in a pond named Kyoko-chi, the translation being Mirror Pond. The pond is adequately named, because its glassy surface reflects the building with pristine crispness. The gardens are landscaped with meaning, directing the mind to harmony and peace between life and death. The placement of rocks and other structures point to major features of Japanese and Chinese literature, such as four stones in a pond that represent sailboats from the Chinese mythology about boats headed to the Isle of Eternal Life.

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4 Key Facts About Credit Card Signup Bonuses

If you are anything like me you get inundated by credit card offers everyday. Be it in the mail, on TV, on flashy billboards, text messages. They are just everywhere. To sweeten the deal further, most card companies dangle a credit card signup bonus to win you over. They can range anywhere from 10,000 points to a whooping 50,000 points, enough for a local or even international flight. So, today, let us separate the facts from the fluff. Before you put pen to paper on your next card with a signup bonus tied in, read through this. It might save you a tonne of headache in the long run.

1) The Bonus Ain’t Free

There are strings attached to the bonus points. On many cards this will include a minimum amount you need to spend on the card to qualify for the bonus. Most times, the spending minimum is time bound, say, spend $3000 in a month or two to qualify for the bonus. The credit card companies are in the business of earning interest for their money. The bonus is a way to woo you over to them. They understand that having your business in the long run will more than make up for the bonus in most cases.

2) Too Many Too Soon, Your Credit Score Tanks

Even with lucrative signup bonuses, these are still credit cards. When you open too many credit accounts to get the bonuses, you trigger credit checks on your credit history. Too many of these close together sends the wrong kind of message. For you it may be that you want to accumulate points fast through bonuses. Credit companies see you in trouble, in a debt hole, and flag you as a risk. Your credit score gets downgraded.

3) Debt Ruins The Credit Card Signup Bonus Fun

Pay your debts first if you want to get a credit card with a signup bonus. Why? As already pointed out, credit cards with signup bonuses have an “eligibility criteria.” Plainly put, you have to do something to earn the bonus miles, such as hit a spending minimum within a specified period, or do something else thats approved for the card you are signing up for. If you have debt, you might end up sinking into more debt as you try to hit spending minimums. Its best to clear your debts first and then consider the bonus credit card offer.

4) Thou Shall Pay Annual Fees

Most of the top signup bonus credit cards have annual fees attached to them. However, sometimes the fees are waived for the first year you signup for the card. In fact, you can get a waiver of the annual fees for some additional time if you politely request it. At the end of the day, banks and card companies want your business in the long run. They are willing to cede ground in the short-run to win it, so take advantage of that.

Conclusion

Credit card sign up bonuses compound your chances of accumulating airline miles and points fast. You don’t have to wait years to qualify for a single domestic flight. With the bonus you can get your first taste of free flights and upgrades. However, get you facts straight before you signup. Understand that the bonus isn’t free and that getting too many cards too fast will affect your credit score. Be smart about signing up for these cards. Plan accordingly and you will be glad you did it especially when you take to the skies on your first “free flight”.

Have you gotten a credit card with a signup bonus of late? What other advice would you give to someone considering signing up? Please, share in the comments below.

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Weekly Roundup – 4 Main Challenges Facing Airline Industry

Airline industry faces many challenges that handcuff its daily operations. Insecurity, fuel cost, staff shortage are among the main challenges facing this industry. I hereby share with just a few main challenges.

Escalating Oil Prices

High oil prices is reflecting in airline tickets thus passengers tend to balk at high airfares affecting the profit of airlines. This can lower level of operation, merging different airline companies to one or leading to closure of some airlines.

Stiff Competition

Airlines compete in airfares, frequency and efficiency, customer service, passengers amenities, frequent flyer miles and cargo services. Airfare reduction due to competition affects revenue generating and level of operation thus a huge challenge to airline industry.

Security

Security is one of the main challenges facing airline industry. It has been a challenge to keep passengers safe in airports and while flying. September 11 attacks hijackers managed to pass through all checkpoints, boarded airplanes unnoticed. Such incidences shows air security is still a challenge to this industry.

Availability of Best Cabin Crew

It has been difficult to find and train up pilots by many airlines. Those already in industry are old and retiring causing real headache to management.

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