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Escape Lounge at MSP Leaving Priority Pass

Bad news for those of your who are Priority Pass holders (cardholders of the Amex Platinum, Citi Prestige, or Chase Sapphire Reserve cards). This weekend, I received a message from reader Erin S., that she was told by Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) Escape Lounge staff that they were leaving the Priority Pass network on June 14th. This was later confirmed on...
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Southwest Flights to Hawaii Possible in 2018

    Southwest flights to Hawaii look to launch from the west coast as early as next year. Southwest CEO Gary Kelly, stated at the annual shareholders meeting this week, that flights to Hawaii are a high priority for a carrier. According to the Arizona Republic, Kelly stated, “We’re deciding what our plans are for 2018 and Hawaii is important...

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Europe Electronics Ban Scrapped (for now)

According to BBC News, the United States & European Union have rejected expanding the laptop ban to flights from Europe. The ban could still be implemented, but for now the talks are stalled. This is positive news as this would have had a detrimental impact on those traveling from Europe to the United States. There is the risk of transporting volatile lithium...

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Minnesota finally passes Real ID Bill (won’t need your passport to fly in 2018)

Thrifty Traveler is based out of Minneapolis! We only feature the best deals out of MSP. Subscribe to our Newsletter, like us on Facebook,  and follow us on Twitter & Instagram.   Minnesota state lawmakers finally passed a bill, upgrading MN licenses, bringing them in line with federal standards enacted with the 2005 Real ID act. Without the new bill, Minnesotans...
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Delta and Lyft Partner to Earn Delta SkyMiles on Rides

  Delta and Lyft are partnering to offer SkyMiles members the opportunity to earn SkyMiles on their next ride. Starting today, SkyMiles members can earn miles for every Lyft ride, and for a limited time, earn bonus miles during their travel for rides to and from the airport. Delta has been busy forming partnerships with several companies including Airbnb, CLEAR,...

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Delta is Testing Facial Recognition Technology for Self-Service Bag Drop at MSP

  Delta announced today, they are introducing four self-service bag drop machines at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) this summer, a $600k investment that allows customers to quickly check their own bags. One machine will be equipped to test facial recognition technology to match customers with their passport photos through identification verification. This new technology is the first to be introduced...

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I’m Speaking at Frequent Traveler University MSP!

After going full time with Thrifty Traveler, I’ve got more time for fun side projects. Next month, Frequent Traveler Advanced will be hosted in Minneapolis, MN at the Marriott Minneapolis Airport. I’ll be speaking on “How to book the cheapest flight possible” and also on “The top manufactured spending methods”. There are speakers and guest panels for every type of traveler. If...

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USPS Launches Informed Delivery Service

The United States Postal Service is in the process of rolling out a new service which sends scans of your daily mail to your email account. It’s free and we’re big fans. Last week, I received an email from the United States Postal Service inviting me to sign up for their new Informed Delivery service. Unfamiliar with what it was,...

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US Government Considering Electronics Ban from Europe

In the past 24 hours, we’ve seen more and more news about a possible electronics ban for flights originating from Europe to the United States. This would be an expansion on the current ban for flights originating from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa. According to CBS News, the Department of Homeland Security is weighing the advantages...

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My New Full Time Job – Thrifty Traveler

Last Friday was my last day as a federal bank examiner! I know what many of you are thinking: “You had a day job?”.  Yes, and it was a great job. A career that many people dream about with solid pay, great benefits, and ample vacation. The only problem was that I didn’t love what I was doing. Going through...