There are many stories that goes around the globe of how people in once case or another have used loopholes to gain airline travel miles and cheap or free tickets. At times such incidences happens when there occurs human errors or a system failure.
When people realizes such an issue, its a jackpot for them to gain massive mails on low costs or entirely for free! Such beneficially may escape with their tricks while others got themselves in a fixed state when airlines realizes and decides to dishonor their tickets or denies them airline travel miles.
Last year, Mashable reported visitors to United.com were able to “trick” the site into thinking they had more frequent flier miles than they actually did. By booking a reservation in two different tabs of a browser, customers could game a loophole and redeem unlimited miles.
The loophole allowed customers to purchase tickets at insane prices, with a roundtrip fare from Newark, N.J., to Dublin, for example, coming to just $49.40, the cost of taxes.
International Business Times succeeded in reserving a last-minute roundtrip flight from Newark to London’s Heathrow Airport, normally priced at about $1,278, for virtually no cost.
After an incident sometime later resulted in substantially reduced fares through United.com, the airline decided to honor the tickets, many of which had been sold for between $5 and $10 each. A Wall Street Journal article at the time argued United’s decision to eat the cost of those tickets was a smart move, though the airline could have challenged their validity if it wanted to.
However, subsequent month’s tickets were sold for next to nothing because of human error; specifically, incorrectly entered information!!
Source of the story.
Have you ever had an incident where you earned free miles or at a relatively low cost due to a loophole?
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Identify your objectives
What job do you want to do? Which company you want to work with? What do you need in return? This helps in identifying that career you want, companies you want to work with and probably the salary. Identifying the above will definitely simplify your job search.
Examine the employment market
Now you have your objectives, its time to research your dream career. Analyzing the employment market helps in getting general idea of international jobs. Find out those jobs that are of your choice and of high demand.
Make good use of your network
While still examining the market, take the advantage of network sources. They can help in alerting you to job leads, pass contacts or give information that might be helpful in your job searching.
You are through with your research and you’ve chosen those companies and vacancies you feel you’re qualified to work. The next thing is to apply. Application must be formal and simple describing your skills and experience. A complete application should have;
- Full contact including address, zip code and a phone number.
- Educational Information including date of graduation.
Send your application to all the vacancies you feel you have the skills. I believe you will get responses from few companies and that might be a chance to landing your dream job abroad.
Always be positive
Your friends might discourage you if they hear your plans to work abroad. You might not even get any response from the companies you happened to apply their jobs but do not let that decrease your ebullience. Always have that positive attitude.
Moving to a foreign country needs a lot of planning. Consider having a valid passport and a visa, at least learn language of the hosting country and learn their culture.
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Every time you wish to fly, there is a number of considerations that you put into place. A good seat not only increases your comfort, but it also keeps you wanting to fly with the airline once more.
Seats differ with different variables such as front or back of the seat, bulkhead or exit, aisle or window or leg room.
These factors contribute to make or break of any flight. Therefore we have created a list of flights in the US. Please participate in voting the one which you feel has the best and most comfortable coach seats.
Do you feel like we have left your favorite flight or just a flight you know well about? Please contribute by adding it or by leaving your reply below.Read More
Can you live without your smart phone?
It’s a communication tool between you, family, friends and business associates. It’s how you get your daily dose of news. Get social media updates. Get directions, restaurant recommendations, calendar reminders and a whole sleuth information. The smart phone and technology generally has permeated our lives. And for the best. How is this good for your as a traveler? It makes your travel experiences easier, richer and saves you money!
Travel Tech Tips
So how do you take advantage of the available technologies to get the best out of your travel trips? And what warnings do you need to keep at the back of your mind about tech? Find out as we explore the top travel tech tips below!
Back Up Your Data Before Travel
You have heard this countless times. From your tech guy or gal, your office policy has it too. Back ups are a life saver. Technology has a way of failing us when we least expect it. As a traveler, the dangers to your data are much bigger. You have to contend with the possibilities of losing your electronic gadgets. They might be stolen or get lost with your luggage. The experience of losing prized photos in your smart phone is not a pretty one. Use the myriad cloud and file storage services to back up your data. Dropbox, Box and Mega come immediately to mind. Alternatively you can back your data up on hard drives at home.
Collect all Your Travel Information in One Place.
Travel comes with a lot of information that needs management. From flight data and seats to hotel details and directions. The bigger your itinerary the larger the amount of data you have to manage. Tech is your savior here! With an app like TripIt, you can aggregate all your travel information in one easily accessible place. Its beauty is that it seamlessly integrates with your phone calendar allowing you to view your itinerary neatly organized on a calendar. You never miss a beat.
TripIt has free apps for Android, iOS, Windows, and Blackberry platforms. Save yourself the hassle. Get your travel information organized.
Check In From Your Phone
No more queuing and papers trying to check in at the last minute. You can easily check in from your phone, at home or on your way to the airport. Most airlines have apps for that. Delta for example has a smooth app that you just log into, tap check in on the screen. The app already knows which flight you are scheduled to take. You receive a QR code and voila, you are done. Once at the airport, just show your boarding pass and ID, put your phone on a QR scanner and it’s as simple as that.
Why should you even consider checking in through your phone?
- In case you lose your boarding pass
- As a frequent flier you might get upgrades to first class if space is available
- Less paper and trash. Doing your part to save Mother Earth 🙂
There Is An App For That!
There is an app for almost everything you might require on your trip! And it will make your life a whole lot easier. You can find airline apps, restaurant recommendation apps, directions, translations, deals, discount shopping and offers. Install the apps prior to traveling. Get destination specific apps as they have more accurate information. Apps can be free or require a purchase. Even when traveling on a budget, whats $20 for a bunch of apps that will significantly improve the quality of your trip? It’s simply a small investment for the time of your life.
Find A Laptop Friendly Airline
You might travel with your laptop on your trips to get work done, keep in touch with friends back home, or even blog about your experiences. Getting a laptop friendly airline gives you the convenience of working on your projects in flight. Get a head start or just catch up on your favorite series.
Most cross country flights provide Wifi and Power sockets for travelers. You can check and compare on airlines before booking. SeatGuru offers information on laptop friendly airlines as well as comparisons of different airlines. The following airlines for example have Wifi on cross country flights: Alaska, American, Virgin, Delta, Frontier, US Airways & United.
Technology continues to make life easier on all fronts of life. You can get more from your travel by installing a few apps that will change the way you interact with your destination enviroment. Or utilize technology to land deals that will save you money and open new opportunities. All you have to do is research around for what is available and take advantage of it.
Perhaps just a soft reminder. Technology is a tool to better your life. Remember to “Look Up” from all your gadgetry and immerse yourself in true experiences!Read More
How to Make Money While Traveling
Is it possible to make money while traveling? Don’t answer me yet. I will need your answer after you’ve gone through this post. Traveling the world can cost pretty but you can lower that cost by doing side jobs such as teaching, bartending and many more. Be creative, make money and at the same time explore the world. I share with you few tips to make money while traveling.
The most common and easy way to make money while abroad is teaching English. English is becoming a cosmopolitan thus a rise in demand for English Teachers globally. You just need to be a native speaker to grab teaching opportunity.
Travelers always carry with them a decent Camera. Sell tour travel photos you take while on the road. You can sell your photos on stock photography sites like SmugMug or iStock. Also you can sell them to travel magazines and companies.
You might not be paid for house sitting, but who wouldn’t want a free place to stay. You can house sit on week days and travel on weekends thus avoiding accommodation expenses.
It is pretty easier to make money in freelancing from the comfort of your computer. You can do like computer programming, web designing, Virtual Assistant or any other online job. Che ck out Elance, Odesk or Fiverr to grab an online job opportunity.
There are couple of tour agencies abroad hiring those who can speak different languages in order to the needs of their customers. You can take advantage of this opportunity if you know the place well.
Selling Goods Online
May be you have cool stuffs, homemade product you can sell online. You can set up your own website, sell then on eBay or any other online sales sites.
How else do you make money while traveling? Share with us in the comments below.
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