Travel Tools and Applications

12 November, 2011

While earning miles and points is great, there comes a time when you eventually will want to use them.  Or in the process of earning them, you will be travelling.  As we all know, the act of travelling is not exactly seamless.  All sorts of things can go wrong and even if everything goes right, there are little conveniences which can make everything easier for the person travelling.  Today, I will go over two of the applications I use and what I like or do not like about them.  I use more than just two but I am trying to keep the posts somewhat short so I will be reviewing them two at a time.  Keep in mind, I use a Blackberry so my reviews are centred on the Blackberry versions of the applications.  I also have an iPod Touch which I will use to outline any differences between the iPhone and Blackberry versions.  While I do not think the differences are huge, I will mention them when appropriate.  Also, I am deliberately excluding applications from specific airlines or hotels, I will review them at a later time.

Blackberry Travel – This one is obviously only available on a Blackberry but for those with iPhone and Android devices, there are similar applications designed for those systems as well.  Essentially the programme will organise your itinerary for you.  You can either add the itinerary manually, forward the confirmation emails from the reservations to Blackberry Travel or you can set it up to automatically scan your inbox for the confirmations.  After the confirmations are added by whichever method you choose, the programme will then organise everything into one seamless schedule.  It will even tell you if you have anything missing like hotel accommodation on certain days of the trip.  If this happens, there is a built in search function to find and book hotel rooms.

In addition to the booking and itinerary management features, Blackberry Travel also includes a currency converter, weather reports for your destinations, world clocks, flight status lookup and local search powered by Yelp.  Another feature included which seems rather innovative for the technology behind (but for which I have no use for) is that you can link your Blackberry Travel account to Linkedin and see if any of your linkedin contacts are travelling when you are.

Similar apps for iPhone and Android include TripIt and WorldMate both of which are also available for Blackberry users.

Rewards Network Dining – This has been a handy little tool.  For a very long time it did not include AAdvantage dining spots but it seems to have been added recently.  The app comes for Blackberry, iPhone and Android.  You must pick which dining programme you are a member of (you can switch them so don’t worry if you are in more than one), and while it does not track miles earned it allows you to find the restaurants and if you sign in, it tells you how many miles per dollar you can earn.  While they all work pretty much the same, the iPhone does have one additional feature.  In addition to searching for restaurants by city, or postcode, you can also search by current location.  For some reason the Blackberry and Android versions do not do this. 

SPG Audience Rewards

8 November, 2011

1. What is Mrs. Wilkinson’s daughter’s name in Billy Elliot? Debbie
2. True or False? The Walter Kerr theatre was built in 60 days. True
3. Brooke Shields in from where? New York
4. What theatre is Bonnie and Clyde playing at? Schoenfeld
5. True or False? Billy Elliot on Broadway won all ten Drama Desk Awards it was nominated for. True
6. Seminar is playing at what theatre? Golden Theatre
7. Aside from Rock of Ages, what other Broadway show has Mitchell Jarvis been in? Fiddler on the Roof
8. True or False? The leading lady in Lysistrata Jones on Broadway is the same one who played the role in the Off-Broadway production. True
9. What is the love song duet in The Lion King called? Can You Feel the Love Tonight?
10. True or False? Spider-man: Turn off the Dark had out of town try outs before coming to NYC. False
11. (20 points) Currently, which of the four main characters was NOT played by an actor originally involved with the Broadway company in Million Dollar Quartet? Jerry Lee Lewis

USAir Audience Rewards

8 November, 2011

1. Which of the following casts did NOT make a recording of The Lion King? London Cast
2. True or False? Brooke Shields has not yet originated a role in a Broadway show. True
3. True or False? The original Broadway company’s Jerry Lee Lewis cast member is still in the show Off Broadway. False
4. Frank Wildhorn wrote a few songs that appeared in a popular Broadway musical that was not primarily his show. What was that musical? Victor/Victoria
5. What is Seminar considered to be? A comedy
6. What song in Billy Elliot has a different name in the US productions from what it had in the UK production? He Could Be a Star

Delta Audience Rewards

8 November, 2011

1. What is the last song of Act 1 in Rock of Ages? Here I Go Again (20 points)
2. Besides Bonnie and Clyde, what other Frank Wildhorn show had elements of country and folk music in it? The Civil War
3. Which of the following movies was Alan Rickman NOT in? The Remains of the Day
4. True or False? Daniel Radcliffe has not yet been nominated for a Tony Award. True
5. What city does Million Dollar Quartet play, besides NYC, in terms of a permanent sit down company? Chicago
6. True or False? The cast of Lysistrata Jones recently had a coaching session with an MBA Hall of Famer. True

Student Universe

28 October, 2011

For those who are students and eligible for this, Student Universe has a promotion for $30 off flights to Asia and various discounts for flights outside the US.  Find the details here.

USAir Audience Rewards Trivia

27 October, 2011

Constantine Maroulis is from where? New York
The original Spiderman comics were written by whom? Stan Lee & Steve Ditko
The women in Lysistrata Jones are what? Cheerleaders
In what year did the movie version of The Lion King come out? 1994
True or False? None of the three Billy Elliot’s in the original production had ever been in the London production. False
What was the first show that Rob Ashford directed on Broadway? Promises, Promises

Best Buy Reward Zone Audience Rewards

27 October, 2011

Here are the latest:

  • How many shows has Constantine Maroulis been in? 2
  • What is the name of Spiderman’s love interest? Mary Jane
  • What is the central sport in Lysistrata Jones? Basketball
  • The song “The Circle of Life” is the opening number of what show? The Lion King
  • True or False? In the London production of Billy Elliot, all 3 Billy actors appeared in one performance for one night. True
  • The chorus of The Addams Family play what characters throughout the show? Addams Family ancestors

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