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May 2016 - ATX Fun - Austin-San Antonio Fun, Travel & Educational Opportunities

ERROR FARE: NYC to Bulgaria for $344 Round-Trip

Fly from New York to Sofia, Bulgaria for only $344 round-trip November to March.

Grab this Error Fare while you can, cancel in the next 24 hours if you need to.

Fly on Brussels Airlines and/or Bulgaria Air.

Sofia is a beautiful city, long hidden from Western travelers until the collapse of the Soviet Union.

US to Dublin for Only $427+ r/t on Air Canada, Lufthansa, United

You can fly to Dublin, Ireland, for as little as $427 round-trip on several Star Alliance airlines.

Winter travel, from a variety of U.S. cities, on Air Canada, Lufthansa or United.

While you may not want to spend a lot of winter days in Dublin, remember that it is the hub city for ultra-low-cost Ryanair. Ryanair flies to numerous European destinations, sometimes for just a few dollars per ticket plus miscellaneous add-on fees.

Cheap Airfares on AA & UA from Texas to Europe

This blog post has the information.

Low airfares to Europe reportedly works from Austin and San Antonio also.

Flights: Texas Cities to Europe $560-$740 r/t – UA / AA + Alliance Partners

Both American Airlines and United Airlines are participating, unknown if Delta will follow.

Earlier today there were reports that American Airlines has opened up lots of award availability for Business Class travel to Europe.

American Has Opened Lots Of Business Class Award Space To Europe For You And Your Entire Family…Here’s How To Save 31% Off American’s Rates

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SFO to Costa Rica $330 r/t on United

Available next month, fly from San Francisco to Liberia, Costa Rica for just $329.58 round-trip.

This is a very good price for airfare to this tourist-friendly nation of Costa Rica, and it’s on United Airlines.

Costa Rica has volcanoes, coffee plantations, native tribes and beautiful beaches. If you venture up to San Jose be prepared for cool nights, due to the altitude.

Book on the United Airlines website. Other airlines may match from other United States cities.

Credit Card Application Rules Summary

Scott Grimmer has put together a helpful summary of the credit card application rules of the major banks.

Credit card issuers like American Express, Barclay, Bank of America and Citi give large bonuses for new holders of some of their credit cards, but each has its own rules for how often those bonuses can be received.

Scott’s post lists those rules.

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Credit Card Application Rule Summary

Scott Grimmer of MileValue has put together a good summary of the current credit-card application rules for the important banks.

Many frequent-flyers know about Chase bank’s 5/24 rule (no more than 5 new credit cards in 24 months), but not everyone remembers the rules of American Express, Bank of America, Barclay and Citi.


Wells Fargo issues a few credit cards of little importance, and they are not included in the blog post.


A Handy Electronics Travel Checklist

I carry an inordinate number of gadgets and cables when I travel. Camera(s), phone, tablet & laptop (yes, both), cables and chargers…it all adds up.

This blog post has a handy list that I plan to use for my next international trip (to Iceland).

My Pre-Trip IT Checklist

My tablet is an iPad Mini set up for T-Mobile, and it has a Simple Choice account which provides unlimited (but slow) internet data in almost every nation in the world. The T-Mobile account costs only $20 per month.

For voice I use a Republic Wireless phone.